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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2887   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Bomber. Pours a lovely brown color with a medium-sized tan head. Aroma is Belgian funk with grape/wine notes thrown in as well. Flavor was mostly the same, though I also detected some dark fruit (cherry, plum, grape) with a wonderful dry and tart finish. Excellent, excellent sour ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottled. Watch the pressure--when I unwired the tin cap and removed it, the cork came out on its own (probably a tad too warm). After the explosion, it poured medium brown, with a nice tan head. Vinous nose, with notes of hoarhound. The flavor was malt, grape, oak, and cherry and had a nice tartness to it as well as a fine dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (8881) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a beige head. Aroma is tart fruit, rhubarb, apple skin, and apple cider vinegar. Medium body. Flavor is very well balanced. The sour vinegar side is very well complimented by sweet tastes of cherry and pomegranate. Finishes dry and with a hint of oak. Very good. I have a tough time getting around the vinegar, but this is really a very well made beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3986) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2008
11.2 oz bottle(courtesy of RSRIZZO)-A dark amber body with a nice tight off white head and an aroma of sweetness, banana, and a Lambic. Taste of this beer is of slight sour, sweetness, banana, berries, and finishes with a light dryness. This light to medium bodied brew is very well balanced and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Bottle from Ledgers in Berkeley, CA. This Sour was fruitier than expected. The taste was of sour cherries and tart rasberries. It had a hint of sweet to go along with a good deal of, but mild, carbination. Overall, a departure from the genre, but very good for what it is (which is to say unique).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Geuzelambix (243) - Kbenhavn, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
A strange beer with an acidic touch - almost like vinegar. On the other hand it’s rather sweet as well, and goes along fine with some kind of desert - or simply AS a desert. I didn’t like it the first time around, but now I admit it’s quite nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
The beer pours a very clear reddish brown with a thick off white head. The nose is sour with a hint of rotting fruit and sour milk. The nose sort of scares me. The taste is a sour sweetness on the front with a sharp acidic sweet spike in the middle. It reminds me of a gueze, in as far as it is a sour sweetness with a sharp bite on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rhapsudsy (7) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2008 does not count
Complex and inviting. Ruby-crimson-brown in color. This one tastes almost exactly like its aroma: black cherries, pears, tart, acidic, and a hint of the warmth of bourbon. I’m thinking Gorgonzola might make an interesting pairing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Had this on draft at Proof in DC. Poured a deep brown color with a nice tan head. Fruity aroma. Somewhat sour. Nice flavor! Good mix between some sour, bitterness and some fruit. Hinted some raisins in there as well. Much better then I anticipated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2008
75cl bottle from Jans Wine and Boos #2 (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark reddish brown with a one-finger tan/white head that settles slowly and provides lacing on the glass. Aroma is strongly of vinegar, sour ripe fruit, oak, maybe hints of candy sugar. Flavor is very strongly sour and acidic with strong vinegar notes, ripe sour fruit, spice, phenol. Interesting and pungent sour ale.

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