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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2828   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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoopsy99 (3) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 13, 2007 does not count
This beers biggest drawback might be how unusual it is. Sour fruit on the nose. An almost vinegary, cidery, sweet and sour dark fruit flavor on the front palate fading to wood on the finish. Great depth of flavor, but takes some definate getting used to. Not for beginners. Acquired from The Spirit Shop in Norman, Oklahoma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Draft at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle. Poured a hazy ruby red color. Head was light tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of sour cherry and other mixed fruit, molasses, and a hint of milk chocolate. There was mild acidity on the tongue that was unfortunately overwhelmed by a cloying sweetness. Tasted of cherry, green apple, and distinct oak. There was some nice malty caramel in the finish. A bit too sweet for me, but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 6, 2007
Ruby color, good head. Aromas: Sour, acid, apple, cherry, citric. Palate: Sour, malt, oak, fruity, sweet. Complex.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Root beer appearance; opaque with garnet as transmitted color. White wine aroma. 4 months after best by date, but lets be honest, that shouldnt matter much here. Apple cider vinegar taste. Sweet/sour dry grapes. No head retension; thick rings which slid back into brew. Bubbles spaced very far apart. Tried this warmer than normal. Thin Mouthfeel. No bloating, which is unique to this style for me. Resinous palate. Oaky with tart cherry undertones. Almost cloyingly sweet. Drinkable though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2007
BB 12-08. Pours almost clear but deep, dark ruby in color with rust hints; head is full, pale beige, rocky at first, but surprisingly lasting and firm, leaving nice lacing. Nose is tart and sour but not overly so, as with most of the style; lightly acetic notes of overripe chery, some sour apple notes, wet rotting logs, light musty yeast notes, even some sweet notes of caramel. Flavor is surprisingly not sharp with sour notes; still some overripe cherry notes, sweet notes of bruised apple and caramel, wet oak, and light musty notes. Palate is decent, soft to lively, medium, and velvety. Finishes with the tart notes disappearing, leaving the bruised apple notes and wet oak giving some light bitterness. Certainly one of the more "tame" Flemishes with the sharp, tart, acetic notes being fairly light and not so dominant. It was nice for a change but still left me wanting the brash notes of others in the style.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stdavid (6) - ITALY - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
Brown with red highlights, good head. Smells sour (lambic like) and woody, the taste is bittersweet and sour and you can feel the oak. Very drinkable and refreshing. Great beer but too sweet to be perfect!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10883) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Duchesse de Bourgogne
Date: 09/25/2003
Mode: Bottle

dark amber, nice tan head, strong sweet alcoholic aroma with lots of oak character, big bold flavor, sweet, sour, slightly hot (?),
-------- /> Name: Duchesse de Bourgogne
Date: 04/07/2005
Score: ii+ to iiii
Words: Bottle
Words: Ale Atlanta

clear brown, light tart malt aroma, rich malt flavor, nice sweetness, slight tart finish,
-------- /> Name: Duchesse de Bourgogne
Date: 03/26/2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: iii to iiii

ruby red, thin beige head, big woody tart cherry aroma, creamy body, lots of oaked cherry flavor temped by some oaked character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: ***4

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2007
oh thats beautiful! intriguing sour aroma that masks the depth to come. deep dark red, fluffy spongy head. sharp sour bite is quickly matched with a velvety soft sweetness and cherry finish. the oak came out halfway through and continued to get sweeter.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Ruby red cranberry pour with cllingy lacing. This beer looks like sparkling cider. Sour fruit aroma. Dried sour fruit flavor, yeasty. Dry mouthfeel, velvety. This beer might appeal to a lot of people, but its not really my taste. Seems closer to cider than beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
walter (359) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 27, 2007
Bottle. Deep reddish brown with offwhite head. Sweet and sour nose of red wine vinegar and tart cherries. Flavor is mostly cherry sweetness over a nice tart background. Not nearly as sour as the nose implies, which is disappointing. Not overly sweet, just not terribly complex. Tasty stuff.

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