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


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RATINGS: 2903   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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2008
bottle. pours a brilliant deep red with a decent size off white head. deep aromas of dark fruits, cherries, and apples. very sweet and full of fruit. full body over the palate with the sour apples coming forward, followed by dark cherries and some sweet wine. Nice sour finish... not too sour, just the right amount for my tastes. Excellent sour...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Had at the Abbey, and shared by dragonstout. Thanks Brian!! Pour was a dark ruby red. Aroma was soured fruit. Flavor was berries, sour apples, and a hint of spice. I imagine this would be a good beer to try to get used to sours, if, like me, you do not like sours!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swanmann (753) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 1, 2008
The big bottle poured deep mahogany with cherry tones and fluffy tan head. Smells of dark fruits with caramel notes. The flavor is definitely fruity and sweet, with a slight alcohol warmth. It’s a good tasting sour, but not too complex. Medium bodied with sufficient carb. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ogivlado (7706) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled(250ml). -Reddish/brown coloured, small pale tan head, sour wine like almost vinegar nose. The taste is also vinegar, very sour fruity, light spicy and lactic with notes of caramel, wood and maybe glue. Strong sourness in the finish. Didn’t impress me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 On tap at Papagos. Notes of horse blanket, banana and spice. Wasnt very sour - more sweet than anything. Pours brown with white head. SECOND ANALYSIS: From a 330 cl bottle: smells like new plaster, banana and fruit. Sweet. Pours brown with fluffy tan head. Thisdissipates quickly, but doesnt fully go away for a while. Definitely has a sweet "cooked" flavor. Has almost a sweet/sour thing going on. Not much brett going on here - just vinegar. Im definitely tasting the cherries - and its not a Maraschino cherry flavor, but a full on dark Bing Cherry flavor.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (12034) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2008
sour, acid. looks, red light brown head, flavor is sour, raspberries, strawberries. very nice for a sour beer. (first one i tasted which was not sour due to infection, was much better than the bad ones)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2008
winey nose, almost vinegary, not entirely pleasant. clear auburn color, light but present head. sweet red berry flavor. acetic aroma carries over to the taste, giving it a very rustic character. interesting though a little off-putting. i can see tomato, pomegranate, and apple skins, especially as it warms up. just enough carbonation makes this pretty light and refreshing. retronasal grainy "cheerios" come out (does anybody else get this?). recommendable, if you can get past the vinegar. but for my money, go for the rodenbach grand cru ;)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
Dark red beer, taste more like fruits juice. Un pur dlice. For all. Deep cherry and dark fruits flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2009 Ruby-amber on the pour, deep brown in the glass, with refractive garnet highlights, a finger of beige head leaves a glass-coating lace. Full bodied aromas of apricot nectar, balsamic vinegar, and yeast. First sips from the cold glass are more sweet than sour, apricot nectar with an underlying tartness. As the glass warms, the vinegar element dominate the sweetness, while the fruit remains, plums and apricots. Mouthfeel is initially viscous, like a fruit syrup, then turning dry as the beer fades into an oaky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Borresteijn (6884) - Zaandam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2008
On tap @ in de Wildeman, a few months ago. Very deep red colour, like red wine, white/pink head. Aroma of cherries, dark fruits, vinegar, a bit musty, yeast. Flavour is surprisingly sweet, a bit sour, cherry, forest fruits. Champagne like mouthfeel. Too sweet, becomes cloying.

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