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


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3045) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Bottle: Expires 12/09. I can assume this was a few years old. Pours a ruby brown rusty color with good clarity and a wispy tan head. Fruity/sweet aroma. Notes of dried cranberries, green raisins, toffee, and evident musty oxidation. Interesting. Creamy fluffy body. Flavor shows some signs of oxidation, papery and sweet. Notes of cranberries and candied sugar. Fruity with notes of green raisins, plum and just a touch of vinous quality. There’s some later toasted nuances of driedn bread crust. Pretty unique and interesting. A bit sweet, with less tartness/funkiness than I would’ve liked. I want to try it fresh.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
benwa420 (47) - East Hampton, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Not My style at all. Has a little to much sweetness and sour notes. just not doing it for me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
CH-303 (2159) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - JUL 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 21, 2014 Appearance: Dark redish brown. Nice amount of head. Aroma: Dark fruit. Sour/tart. Chocolate. Taste: Sweet fruit, though still sour. Quenching Info: 250ml bottle, 31/3-2007, 165/500, 14/300M

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duellist17 (34) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Perfect representation of the Flanders red. Beautiful oak character. Refreshing tart sour character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Joppe (15) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 23, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2008 Bottle (75cl). I love this one Pours as said, a dark brown color with a thick head. Taste cherries, almond. very refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BonVoeux (40) - Beveren-Leie, BELGIUM - JUN 22, 2008
Today, bottle 25 cl. Deep brown with thin beige head. Woody fruit aroma. Sour and sweet pallet. Great balance. light sourness for a sour. But for me is Vichtenaar little better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 20, 2008
In the bottle thanks to Rich S. of Beerme.com. Such a dark brown sepia color that it is nearly black. Medium white head. Musty fruity and large acetone notes in the aroma. Flavor is candy sweet and has a thick chewy body. Very complex in all its rich fruity flavors. The oakiness is there, but hidden behind the port flavors. Theres a lot going on with this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DialSquare (4802) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2008
rich red amber hue with a thin white head that never really went away. tons of lacing. aroma of vinegar, cherry and green apple. taste -- sour apple, light pepper, sweet. great palate. vinous I think. a little tingly carbonation and then tart acidic finish. Ive had some sour ales on my travel but am a relative newbie at this point. I feel like Ill like them eventually. this is good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (6037) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2008
750 ml cork and caged bottle purchased from Oak Tree served in my Duvel 135th Anniversary tulip. Pours an ugly murky brown with a very large and very long lasting foamy very light beige head. I would have gave this one a 3 on appearance if it wasnt for that incredible head. Aroma of rotting fruit, very tart and sour with some vinegar as well. Light bodied with light bubbly carbonation and a smooth finish. Flavor is sour and tart with lots of fruit.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Very enjoyable. The nose is the down side and gave me bad feeling. Fig prune and date rotting fruit. This belies the mild sweet and sour ballance of the brew that makes it so drinkable. Notes of sugar snap peas. Red brown with a wet bubbly head.

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