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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2903   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 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Poured brown with a small off white head. Aroma of cherries. Good funkiness. Not really sour as others Ive had. Mostly cherries. Shared with the fiancee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davhix (38) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
delicious sour ale. poured nice head, dark ruby/red color. taste of cherries with a little hint of sour. very nice.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
I thought it smelled like nail polish remover initially and K said all she could smell was barbecued shrimp. Interesting sour ale with a lot of complexity going on, but I couldnt get over the smell. The more I drank, the more a cherry syrup flavor started coming to the forefront. Definitely had better sours. Poured a gorgeous amber color, however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a clear rubyt body with an off-white head, small lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, vinegar and oak. Flavor is medium sweet, cherry, some sourness and ther oak is less pronounced. Light-medium body, small carbonation. Sticky texture, long sour finish. Really a very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
slf245 (50) - USA - MAR 1, 2008
Too much like a carbonated dessert wine for me. Tart cherry. Good if I was in the mood for something other than beer. Would give me a tummy ache, like malt beverages (a la Smirnoff). Eww.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
33cl bottle. Deep red-brown with a small head that leaves a film after a few minutes. The aroma is definitely acidic, with a sweet caramel element under sour grapes, with some wet wood thrown in. The flavor reminds me of grape juice mixed with cherry juice; goes from sour to sweet, then a little vinegar. Slippery and oily body with soft carbonation. My first flemish sour, and its pretty much what i expected, but maybe a little fruitier. Interesting and kinda nice, but I dont think that I could drink a lot of it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Pours a dark amber brown with burgundy edges. Beautiful aroma of oak, cherry, vanilla and sour tartness. The combination of the two aged brown ales provides this beer with a perfect smooth balance that is not to sweet and not to tart. Hints of oak, vanilla, grape, cherry, sugar and sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (8557) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Big thanks to the Oldsmar Tap House owner Tony for loading me up with a very healthy sampling of this beer as its first pour after being tapped. Pours deep crystal clear copper to amber-ish with lasting tan head and cobweb lacing. Looks like an impressive beer. The aroma is just plain ole big with even sourness across the top and nearly chalky. Those notes are backed up by vinegar and faint dark fruitiness. The taste doesnt initially come across as sour as the aroma may lead one to believe. It starts with sweet grape juice along with mild sourness and faint vegetable-ness. The overall taste does remain sweeter than sour with a growing balsamic vinegar note that seems to account for the bulk of the sourness into the finish. Interesting. A bit more age could help the flavors to meld some

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Like the other sour ales I have tried, Duchesse de Bourgogne would be better served on a salad than in a glass. That said, this was a very smooth ale. While I do not enjoy sour ales, this one is drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bitter and sweet, with many berry-fruit tones. Aged in oak barrels, which gives it a good rich flavor.

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