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


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RATINGS: 2887   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
ukoolaid (580) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 Bottle. Im afraid I didnt like this one at all. Its probably my fault, as I "lost" it in my beer cabinet for who knows how long...1 year, 2 years? I didnt mean to age it this long. It was barely sour. Mostly alcohol sweetness with rotten fruit. I owe this one another rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brstp (201) - - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Mahogany color, bubbly head, liquory aroma with some grape. Tangy yet creamy taste with tangerine, sour blast with a sweet finish, thin mouthfeel. My first sour ale, so disregard this :)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - APR 5, 2007
Its a deep mahogany with glints of red at the edges and a spritzy tan head. The aroma is somewhat of dark fruity liqueur and chocolate and soy sauce. It feels thin in the mouth but with a huge flavor of fruit; sweet and a bit tart.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2007
Bottle. Dark, iced tea coloring. Mayo/mustard scent. (my writing is illegible for most of the rest. Ill need to re-sample this one)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2007 Draft @ Eulogy - Wow, Im not a big fan of Flemish Sours, but this bad boy could help turn me around. Reddish color with a rich aroma of vinous fruits, oak, and yeast. Taste dominated by sweet/sour cherries. Sweet flavor mixes well with the sourness + some nice oaky hints. Maybe Ill finally get into this style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Pours a nice color, like a red wine with hints of brown. In the aroma I detected vinegar/vinaigrette with cherry hints. The taste was very sweet and fruity with hints of vinegar. Too sweet for me and I am also not big on the vinegar taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 Another venture into this peculiar style for me. Pours a very dark brown/red with a decent sized head that lasts forever. Aroma is intense and has a lot of qualities that changes as it warms. The sour vinegar and cherry aroma is the most prominent, but it doesnt take over the oak, dirt, and caramel aromas. As it warms, the aroma becomes earthier, and the sourness is more integrated. Now theres some grass, hay, mustard...all sorts of stuff. Tastes is cherry-like at first, but then it tingles with some vinegar, but then the dry oaky taste takes hold. Its fairly sweet, in a fruity and almost toffee sort of way. Finishes with a dry "barrel" taste in the mouth, but its not dry. The beers a little cloying actually, which I usually enjoy with super sweet beers. Mouthfeel is pretty medium all around, slightly tingly and more oily than creamy. Id say this is pretty balanced, but could be a little drier. Cheers to another foray into the strange world of sour beers.

Had this again recently and found it really enjoyable. Very sweet for sure, just a bit sour, and effortlessly drinkable. Pretty much as nice as Goudenband.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 on draft dilly deli, @ cincy beer gathering: it was great, though I hear you can get a sour bottle. The pour was foamy and frothy with a think lace, huge inviting head . Cold it was like decedent dark chocolate covered cherries on the tongue, though it soured some with time. There was no nasty finish or any hint of vinger l though I feared it in the nose. It was very nice, very very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yalnikim (800) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2007 Tasted 24/03/2007. 25cl bottle from Rumbles, Wellington. 6.2%. Sour cherry aroma, a touch of brett mustiness and oak. Lacy light tan head sits firm atop this ruddy garnet coloured ale. Lots of fruity cherry-like fruit sweetness and sugar up front with lovely sour and astringent balance - a touch of oaky astringency cuts throgh first, followed by a lingering, yet mild, 9-volt acidic fruit bite. Sourness tingles between mouthfeels. A little sweetness lingers the longest. Balanced and very drinkable. Excellent beer. Before, during or after dinner... but probably not for breakfast. Re-tasted at a Sour Ale study session on 03/05/2007. The standout beer of the evening. Outstanding beer with hints of fruitcake crusts and a sublimely complex balance of sweet, sour and tannic astringency. Upped a point each for every aspect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (999) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 21, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 7, 2008 Ive come back many times to rerate this beer, and I find myself enjoying it a bit more each time I get it. I can remember my reaction the first time I had this...blegh! Appearance is similar to flat coca-cola, deep burgundy / copper-brown color. Thin lace and no head, but plenty of carbonation. Wild yeast funk in the aroma, but less so than other prominent sour ales; mostly sweet oak wood notes and some pepper and ginger. The bolder flavors linger towards balsamic / vinegar notes. Tingly carbonation on the palate with each sip. A bit more sour funk versus the stronger acetic acid nose would round it out nicely in my book.

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