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


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RATINGS: 2848   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - MAR 16, 2008
(750 ml bottle (exp. date 06/09) from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/maine/portland/ target=blank>Downeast Beverage Co.) Like malted blackberry wine...Pours hazy brownish red with about 1/4" or so of tannish head. Aroma is rich and intriguing - like a malted wine with notes of yeast, brown sugar, sweet and sour cherry, wine and oak. Mouthfeel is fairly smooth, medium-full and a little sticky. Carbonation seems rather low. Flavor is sweet with undertones of cherry tartness. The tartness underneath keeps some of the sweetness in check. Malty and yeasty but quite sweet. More wood emerges as it warms - old wood like the inside of a well-aged wine barrel. Not really a truly great beer but very interesting and must be one of the sweetest sour ales out there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10925) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 I was a wee infant when I rated this beer the first time. Now that I am a graduating to the world of sours I find that I do enjoy the Duchess very much. Reminds me so much of sweet tarts. Fruity, tart, sweet, woody. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5721) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2016 Bottle. Gorgeous Flemish Red aroma, loads of tart sour cherries and not too close too vinegar. Deep red pour, dark and barely translucent, with a quickly dissipating beige-brown head rocky while it lasted, though. Taste is much sweeter than anticipated, even over the strong levels of sour cherry tartness, but just under cloying. Some sweetened kriek notes, a gentle wash of oak in the bg, and a solid malt base. Mouthfeel is slickly malty with edge crispness, body medium-full, and aftertaste lip-smacking fun! One of the better examples available in the States but a blend with toned-down sweetness would break the 4.0-barrier.

Much more acetic than I remember, and more acetone to boot, but the super-strong sweetness provides balance in this bottle and slight relief from the intense acid burn. Fruity funk with Brett that scratches the throat like Consecration, lesser brown malt, huge cherries, huge acid. A huge, slow gusher even after half had been poured out. Still too sweet for me, however. [2016.02.11: 3.8]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Red-brown with a small white head. Vinegary aroma with sour fruit. Very sweet with a little bit of sourness. Bitter finish with lots of earthy funk. Not that great. Way too sweet. Ive had better flemish sours.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2009 Dark, dark mahogany pour with generous light tan foamy head. Sweet and sour grapey aroma. My wife said "like a grape Nehi gone bad" to which I replied "... or gone good." Tastes of sweet/sour grapes, cherries, malt vinegar, kombucha (good call, AlabastorJones). Palate flatter than expected. Slight metallic finish takes away from finish significantly. Wish it had a dryer, tarter finish. A unique beer. Probably priced too high for me to drink often, but very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
greedycheater (80) - Oklahoma, USA - MAR 9, 2008
Molasses, raisin, grape juice smell. Beautiful, deep dark amber. Persistent head with excellent lacing and mild carbonation. First taste is very much like grape juice, sweet and acidic. Medium- to full-bodied, but champagne-like. Certainly unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
henrikb (1263) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAR 9, 2008
Clear red body, small beige head; Very simple cheap cane sugar nose with only a very small fruity sour touch; Slightly sour but overpowered by way to much cane sugar sweetness; Long sugary slight metallic finish almost no sourness. A very poor attempt to make a Flemish Sour Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Deep, but dull reddish brown color. Very sharp aroma, almost too sharp. Very tart but reasonably sweet flavor at the same time... much sweeter than the other flemish reds Ive had so far.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlabastorJones (814) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2008
deep rouge brown coloring, tan head, laced, champagne aroma, dark fruits, raisins, dates, grape flavor, champagne, black tea, mildy bitter, acid, kombucha, complex ale

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFGrind (2024) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Cellared this beer for a few months, but after reading the back label I dont think I needed to hold on to it. Blended vintage Sour Ale aged in oak made for a unique beer. Crimson, medium body, fruit, sharp tartness, adequate alcohol and full strength flavor. Quite enjoyable Sour Ale.

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