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


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RATINGS: 2844   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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PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Wow, not expecting this sour ale to be so sweet, but not bad for balance. If it wasnt sour, it would be way too sweet. Kind of a desert beer. Good sour belgian ale smells. Tastes of cherries, and fruits, with a hint of caramel and slight roastiness from the dark mal.

TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 13, 2007
On tap at Ortinos Northside. Pours a ruby red/brown with a smaller creamy/bubbly almost pink head. Aroma of red wine, malty sweetness, mixed berries and light oak. Flavor of red wine, mixed berries, oak, malty sweetness.

mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
33cL bottle, from old notes. Deep ruby red color with short lived tan foam, not so good lacing. Lots of oaky sweetness in the aroma, bit too sweet on the flavor end, almost seems like it was artificially sweetened.

uoffgator (49) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2007
This is a good sour ale. Very deep in color creamy head and a unique full flavour. Has a bitterly sweet flavor that is perfect for after dinner or a pre dinner cocktail. Surprisingly light for all its rich tones.

DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2007
Pours a garnet colour beer. Bold beige head. Soft mouthfeel. Some carbonation. Complex taste with sourness, vinegar, yeast, malt, raisins, dates and spiciness. A real joy to drink.

KimJohansen (10509) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
Pours red brown with an abscent head. Aroma is sweet sour with hints of malt and balsamico. Flavor is sweet sour and a bit watery in the middle before a mild sourness kicks in. Rather vinous but lacks character.

TheQuaffer (14) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle from Ghent. Pours a reddish brown colour with a thin head. A fruity & sweet smelling aroma. Has a well balanced sour taste. Give me a Duchesse over a Rody every time!

Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Cask @ Lowlander, London. Pours murky reddish brown. Very thin head. Aroma is dark fruits / raisins & cherry. Taste is sour fruits and malts. Interesting and a little different.

bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
On tap a the Stumbling Monk, and served in proper glassware. Pours hazy reddish brown with a thin but dense off-white head. Aroma of tart cherries, lemon, vinegar. Full body and light carbonation. The taste is surprisingly sweet, and the cherry/lemon taste is only vaguely represented. It’s replaced by oxidized apples. A lightly woody, lightly vinous finish.

cheap (5911) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 At the Vintage Estates Octoberfest Beer Tasting Festival in Boardman Ohio. Poured out of champagne bottle with a cork. Aroma is sweet, tart and slightly vinegary, like home made dago red. It makes my mouth water. Looks like light colored rootbeer. Thin tea froth for a head. The initial taste yields interesting and unique flavors. Very complex. Has some tartness mixed in with a somewhat champagne palate. Upper back of throat mild citrus bite. Really nifty on the taste buds. Reminds me a bit of dago red wine mixed with seven up or gingerale. This is more like a champagne than a beer. The taste is morphing, now it reminds me a bit of Cold Duck; a favorite drink of my youth. Finish is rather friendly and warming, no observable bitterness. Really good beer! You would never know it is over 4%, mild session.

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