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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2826   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (7602) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Aroma is that of sour cherries, spices. The flavor is initially a sweet tangy flavor which quickly delves into sour fruits. Its not unlike eating something tart like a Granny Smith apple. The right balance is here to allow for both a sweet aftertaste as well as a nice sour punch.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Pours a really pretty amber color into the fluted glass. There was a nice off-white head and flickers of lacing. The scent was very sour with hints of cherries, vingegar, spices and some barnyard funkiness. A quick sweetness on the front of the tongue gives way quickly to a puckering sour flavor. A slight reminder of a sweet red wine. The finish is very clean with some sour notes. I was very fond of this beer, as I am finally warming to the sour ale stlye.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbiere (101) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2008
Red/burgundy color topped by a foamy head, great carbonation. Aroma of apples, cider, cherry, oak. Sweeter than I remembered, yet tart and bitterless, ends on iron notes. So refreshing. My mouth gets watery with each sip. I am not tired of this one, even after numerous times. My second favorite Brune des flandres after Rodenbach Grand Cru.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jonte (1413) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 Bottle. Sample at Haket, Gothenburg. Red/light brown color with a small beige head. Aroma: Very sweet and lightly sour, cherries, perfume, wood, light vinegar and caramel. Flavor: The sweetest Sour Ale i tried this day. Notes of red wine, light vinegar, cherries, wood, caramel and bread. My favorite Sour Ale beeing a newbie to this beer style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShKincaid (9) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 4, 2008 does not count
11.2 oz bottle redish brown color with a fruity scent. Fruity taste surpasses aroma. Carbonation more like a champagne than a beer. A pleasant surprise!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12295) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2008
11.2oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head and deep ruby red color. Aroma is dark fermented fruit-raisin, cherry, medium malt. Taste is dark fermented fruit-raisin, cherry, secondary medium/dark malt, syrupy, some spicy (hops). Kind of a spice lambic. Good effervescence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FOAMer (45) - Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 31, 2007
Malt sweetness, noticable at first. Sour notes light acitic acid notes as well a slight woody note. Dried fruit notes come thourgh as the beer warms. Light brown in color with light ruby tint when held to the light. Light off-white head that clings to the side of the glass. Malt Sweetness in noticable upfront then cut through with a light sourness in the back. Cherries come to mind in the flavor of this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
KM (416) - Troms, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown body, small off white head. Heavy sweet malty aroma. Way too sweet flavour. There is some complexity here, but I dont whish to explore it further. (Brssel (hotel room), 15.12.07)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
downender (8189) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle bought at Hopduvel Gent. Deep brown colour with some reddish undertones and a moderate tan head. Aroma was very sour, almost vinegar-like, with some fruit and molasses and tart oak. The flavour was powerfully sour with some yeast and a vinous mouth feel. The finish had a lingering acetic edge. Complex and very enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 Bouteille brune de 33 cl. Nez puissant de fruits (raisins, pruneaux, cerises). Belle robe brune et mousse qui tient bien. Got trs fruit, avec une note de bois et une prsence lactique discrte. Larrire-got fruit demeure discret, peut-tre le point le moins russi de cette excellente bire. Unique en son genre parmi les bires trouvables au Qubec.

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