Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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RATINGS: 2869   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
Duchesee de Bourgogne is the traditional top fermented reddish-brown ale from the West-Flanders region of Belgium. This refined ale also known as "The Burgundies of Belgium" is a blend of 8 and 18 months old ales following careful maturation in oak casks. 100% natural and unpasteurized.

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Rustyham (1836) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
I was scared at first, but this is really smooth. Nice thickness, saturating your mouth and not nearly as sour as a lambic. It tastes very natural, earthy. $7.99 per bottle at Whole Foods

madvike (3292) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottle - Pours a beautiful rosy amber with a nice head that’s both frothy and bubbly. You can smell the wood and fruit from across the room. Up close there’s a bit of a metallic twinge and a lot of sour cherries. The metallic smell is also present in the taste, along with cherries, raspberries, balsamic vinegar and oak. There’s also a whiskey flavor that doesn’t seem to fit. A dry, sour fruit taste lingers in the mouth for awhile on this one.

HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottle. Poured a reddish brown nice head. Aroma is very sour. This is my first sour ale so that probably explains the low rating. I thought it was pretty aweful very sweet and at the same time very sour tasted of vinegar. Sweet and sour, like it on my pork not sure if I want it in my beer.

puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Burgundy pour with foamy, frothy white head. Nose is upfront and tart with sour, dark fruit and a carbonated effervescence. Palate is medium-bodied and appetizing. Flavor is starts very sour with cherry and licorice, then mellows with some oak, and smooths nicely into malt deliverence. Damn fine and well representative of the style.

Lagunitasfan (1323) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 1, 2009
On tap at The Blind Lady in San Diego. Lovely red-brown color in the glass. Has a nice sour/tart nose. Hints of dark grapes linger. Taste is sweet. Candy and tartness. I liked this.

MitchWayne (263) - Kokkola, FINLAND - FEB 28, 2009
The color is absolutely beautiful, the sour smell wonderful, the taste suprisingly soft and the finnish nicely tart. Up there with rodenbach when it comes to sweet and sour beer, the fruity notes are just beautiful. Why don’t they hype this at all? Goddamn classy bitch of a beer.

Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
750ml. Bottle. Deep burgundy color with a soft tan ring of foam. Musky aroma with tart fruits and aged wood. Shows characteristics of balsamic, but with more sugar and less vinegar. Flavor is similar with pronounced acidic cherry and sweet malt characteristics. Mouthfeel is somewhat fizzy and medium bodied. Definitely a bit sour on the tongue with notes of the oak barrel throughout. Finish is dry and lingering.

tsetlock (66) - Hartland Twp, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Pours copper with a nice, light brown head. Aroma shows raspberry, balsamic vinegar and oak. Palate has sweet malt that brings berries before the oak kicks into gear and delivers a dry, salty mustiness to it. Finishes with chalky, slightly tart acidity.

ljstephenson (250) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - FEB 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 Pours brown with a slightly reddish tinge, off-white head, strong presence of cherries, right amount of malt, sweet & sour aftertaste, finishes perfectly dry.

jkwalking05 (4743) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2011 Deep ruby in color with a large cream colored head. Aroma is of alcohol, funk, prunes and apples with a slight tartness. Taste is of apples, plum, peaches, funk, wood and vanilla with the same light tartness.

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