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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2886   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 2, 2007
dark blood red nice creamy head taste is really great very little vinegar, sweet taste I would drink again

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (937) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Rich vinegary, fruity aroma. A lot of bright fruit esters with a hint of musky malt vinegar. The pour is a dull ruby, nearly opaque, with wisps of an egg shell head. Taste is slightly fizzy on the front of the tongue with a mid-palate of vinegar, sweet red sugary fruit, and a smooth, quenching finish that is slightly sour and acidic. Decent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hiddenvariable (210) - pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 30, 2007
bottle. pours a dark crimson with a decent cream head that thins out but sticks around and laces nicesly. before i finished pouring (at nearly arms length), i could already smell the tart cherries. a sniff gives more of those delicious sour black cherries, with grape and raisin and oak and grapefruit. the smell is nearly knocking me out of my chair. the taste is something new entirely. the first note is a pretty strong candy malt, with tart red cherries coming in right behind, but that soon changes to a bit of apple and pear, and maybe even a slight grapey note. both the taste and smell are amazingly complex. finishes lightly sweet and quite tart. good creamy carbonation and a tight astringent mouthfeel. delicious!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Bottle. Pour is a very dark red/brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is tart and sweet, dark fruits and some caramel and butterscotch. Tastes of fruit, apples and grapes come to mind. Balanced out with some sweet malt, like caramel apples. Not very sour for a sour ale. Silky smooth, medium body. Finish is a interesting, I get some apple peel, but then almost like burnt sugar. Not bad, very balanced and non offensive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5371) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2007
very dark amber color with a small head. weird smell that i just cant place besides the fruit. very fruity taste almost like what id imagine nectar tasting like with strawberries, cherries and apples mixed together. it reminds me more of a wine than a beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beershine (5224) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2007 Pours deep ruby, garnet red. Little head but makes up for it in lacing. Piquantly sour aroma. Lactic acid lots of cherry flavors. Some sugary-candy elements and dirty sock. Velvety-syrupy in the palate. A little too sweet for my taste. Or is that the oak that bugs me? I dont know. Quite interesting and worth revisiting now and again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
LordCorkscrew (1774) - Ronco Scrivia (GE), ITALY - OCT 27, 2007
Bottiglia da 33cl comprata da Ciob; versa colore rosso scuro con schiuma chiara anchessa con riflessi rossicci; aroma fortemente vinoso, ma molto dolce, con qualche nota di legno. Sapore acidulo e dolciastro che si stempera in bocca per un finale non eccessivamente secco ma liquoroso; anche il corpo piuttosto presente. Tutto sommato si sente che addolcita in bottiglia (con zucchero), ma straordinaria. Da sorseggiare lentamente, non fredda.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 22, 2007
The first sour ale I ever had. Very little carbonation, smooth, very tart. The only complaint I have is that sometimes it has this deep burnt flavor mixed in with the sour that reminds me of barbeque. Weird.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2007
On tap. Brown crimson color with a sweet almost cherry aroma. Flavor is bitter and sweet a the same time. It works though. The cherry aspect is awesome. There is also hints of oak and dried fruit. It is difficult to compare this to any other beer. Sour ales are in a class all their own. You either praise it or abhor it. I love this beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
dkoonce (911) - Peoples Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle. Dark, almost cola dark, with lots of effervescence on glass and a modest, tight tan head. This beer resembles a root beer. Smells like vinegar, just god awful. Sweet, with a slight vinegar flavor. Very smooth. But, the vinegar flavor is just awful. Had to pour this out. Just awful. I gave it a 2 overall because it is smooth.

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