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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2884   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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eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottled. Pours black or dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is a stale sour cherry. Not overly strong in the sourness with the cherry only being slightly detectable. Flavor is very sweet and I definately taste cherry. The sourness comes in towards the end and isn’t that much. Almost cloying it is so sweet. The fruit comes through at the finish with the sourness being an after thought. Super smooth body, but just too much sugar.

Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Pours dark brown with red accents. One finger of thick tan head. Aroma is intense sour with Worcestershire. Very satisfying full mouthfeel . Very sour...cherries...hint of soy. Sour/bitterness lingers for a bit, then finishes clean. Incredible! The first time I had this I couldn’t stand it. Now I can’t get enough! Thanks to Boboski for turning me on to this one.

roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Pours a clear dark mohageny color with a thin amount of fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is tart and burbony,dark cherries, and sour apple. Flavor is much smoother than I had imagined. A bit heavy on palate, silky and smooth, sweet rumminess and slight tartness. Balance is exceptional. Great beer.

faroeviking (11217) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear dark red-brown colour. No head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, some sourness and dark fruits. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is sour, roasty and sweet with well ripe fruits, spices, wood (oak), red berries and some yeast. Sour bit dry finish. Nice one this Duchesse.

andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2007
750 ml. thanks semich. pours intense, dark brown, but with a ruby-garnet glimmer. adequate lacing. typical sour ale nose. tart fruit, smooth yet silky. a bit of underlying raspberry fruit and currants on the tail end. taste? fruit follows onto the flavor and into the finish to coat the palate, both on the sides and the front end. sweet, ripe fruits, a healthy dose of carbonation (reminiscent of champagne), and a lighter dose of yeast. on the palate, it’s velvety, yet extremely smooth. excellent for the style. it’s one to savor.

Lowe1983 (1632) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Pours a copper color with a light tan head. Aroma is of oak, cherry, candied sugar, and some dark fruit. Flavor was a little lighter then I was expecting from the aroma but it’s still a strong flavor. Starts off with a little tartness from the cherry. Dark fruit and oak dominate the middle flavor and it finishes sweet with sugar. Complex and delicious.

beerbrat99 (132) - Shanghai, CHINA - NOV 2, 2007
Draft. Green Dragon. A wonderful belgian ale. Poured in appropiate brewery glass. Notes of tartness but finishes with slight sweetness. WOW!

beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2007
11.2 oz bottle-Poured a mohogany red color w/a minimal head but great lacing which lasted thru the brew. Sweet Belgian aroma. Has a nice sour, tart flavor to it, traces of cane sugar, apples, cherries. & plums. Dark fruit presence which is a nice change of pace. Long, sour, tart finish. This was quite good; my first Sour Ale; thought it was just a standard Belgian when I bought it so it was a plesent surprise.

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

xmarcnolanx (945) - 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.

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