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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 27, 2008
(Dgust avec french tickler) Une biere brune ambr avec un collet tres collant. Odeur de cerises, dalcohol, senteut tres sure. Gout sucr, avec banane et alcohol, je dirais meme porto. On dirat un espece de gout medicamenteux. Une bonne biere agreable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slemmert (20) - Slagelse, Flakkebjerg, DENMARK - MAR 27, 2008
Very surprising beer. The smell is sour, tart and fruity. The first sip tastes like Balsamico vinegar or saladressing. The fruit aroma and tastes appears with the next sip, and then the full falvour kicks in. Rich fruity taste, with a perfect sourness keeping it drinkable for hours.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beaux043 (2) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2008 does not count
I felt the Duchesse had a beautiful aroma. A unique wine like quality. It has a very nice color. The taste was great with complex sweetness with hints of "sour". I will add this to the collection.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (43224) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2008
25 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber/brown with a lacing tan head. Berry, wineous and light sour aroma. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavour. Light fruity note showing up and a light vanilla note swept around it. Sweet lingering fruit flavour. The sourness is nicely complimenting the fruit and not at any point dominant. Nice balance and smoothness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazMania (669) - Oceanside, California, USA - MAR 24, 2008
Smaller bottle, 11.2 ozer. I was told this was a sour and I bought it because Im trying to learn more about this style. While it is a very nice beer, with a hint of tartness, it is also a bit sweet. I taste brown sugar and dark cherry in this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2009 Im really surprised I enjoyed this beer as much as I did. Had it in great company, served in a Duchesse De Bourgogne snifter from tap at Draught House in Austin. Poured a huge, frothy beautiful head that led to excellent lacing. Color was a clear, but deep dark ruby. Smells of roasted caramel and molasses. Medium body with a somewhat sticky texture. Taste was sour, but sweet and tastefully so - very well balanced. Delectible and insanely yummy. Even a hint of vinegar, which is usually a huge turn-off for me. I wanted another, but felt it my duty to move on to a St Bernardus ABT 12 before we split. Im hunting this down again. Sarahs take: "Lovely!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DietPepsican (1587) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Tap ay maduro. pours brown with red around the edges, thin off white head. Aroma is sour cherries with a red vinager backing. Flavor is string sour cherries but turns too sweet without as much sour as I was expecting from the aroma. Some raisin, fig, and plum round it out a bit Finished slightly sour with a cloying sweetness lying behind.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7921) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 22, 2008
Marked as best before December 15, 2008. Smells sweet and acidic sour with strong doses of citrus and wood (oak?). Pours with a largish, fluffy, light brown head with great lacing and retention. The body that it covers is a deep brown that, when held up to a light, appears clear. Taste is pretty sweet like a Faro, but ends on a sour note (with citrus and clove). There is some noticable metal in the finish. Creamy body with lively bubbles. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2008
2008-03-07. Ruby tinged brown body with a creamy beige head. Flavour of cherries with an odd funk to it, and an earthy sourness to the cherries. Malty base. (7+) Earthy aroma at first then mild cherry fruit that increases steadily as the glass warms up. Average palate. Expected this to be much more sour. Pleasant.
On tap at Poechenellekelder, Brussels

   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.

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