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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Surprised I hadnt gotten around to rating this yet. 11.2oz bottle, Best before 15-07-07. Pours a clear ruby with a two and a half finger slightly beige head. Aroma is quite sour and sweet at the same time with sour cherries and pickled figs, some musty hints and cork. Flavor is more sweet than the aroma leads on with a hint of sweet tobacco leaves. Otherwise the same as the aroma. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. There are better examples out there, but this is a solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Red brown with light head. Hint of vinegar and apple aroma. Slight sour and then almost a sweet cider flavor appears. Extremely enjoyable. (Had a tasting at Beer Church, bought a few more bottles to enjoy at home.)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a rich red color with a light white head. Smells very sour with hints of mustard, vinegarette, and fruits. Tastes of sour fruit and strawberries. Sourness is a little overpowering. Has a long finish that stays with you on the tongue. Its a pretty good sour red, I can see why this one is popular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours as a thick, reddish brown with white head and good carbonation. Aromas of sour, acidic cider with cherry and rasberry notes. Taste bursts of fresh grape juice and red wine vinegar with nice oak notes. I found the overall body to be very light and unassuming with less of an acidic kick than I was expecting. Nicely subtle and the dry finish makes for a good starter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5898) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle at home. Amazing ruby red colour. Acidic scent. Sweet cassis, cherry and raspberry tastes. Hints of fresh apple. Sour and punchy. Its not my favorite type but I think it does this quite well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours an effervescent deep reddish brown, topped by an inch and a half of soft beige-red foam. Good head retention, solid lacing. Aroma of cider and tart cherry. While sipping I can detect a subtle caramel malt presence. Tangy beer with sour cherry, freshly picked sun-warmed red raspberry, foxy wild grape, and oak flavors. The first sip made the fillings in my teeth hurt - they way that accidentally biting on aluminum foil does. Awesome! Finishes lighter and drier, though still very sharp, with a bit of a metallic taste. Raspberry wine vinegar with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2007
11.2oz brown bottle from Florians. My first Flemish Red. Dark brownish-red body with ruby-red highlights and a half an inch of light tan head. Smells acidic (like vinegar) with hints of fruit. Tastes acidic and fruity, like a raspberry maybe? After a few sips, a yeasty character starts to show too. Medium-bodied. Not sure what to think of this one... Im sure its to style and great for what it is, but I just cant get past that vinegar-like quality, which hurts the taste, smell, and drinkability... Call me unsophisticated and inexperienced, and compared to some I may be, but I am just not a fan of this one, sorry. At least I only ot an 11.2oz.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnydollar (35) - greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2007
pours dark but has a light mouthfeel. a thick sweetness with hints of muscadine and cherry. very enjoyable. my first flemish sour so i have little to compare. buy very yummy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (6078) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours very dark crimson with a thick tan head. The aroma is musty and sweet with traits of cobwebs, cherry, wood and only a hint of tartness / sourness. Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. The taste starts fairly sweet for a Flemish sour and has cherry, thick malt and candy cough drop. Fairly cloying as well. The finish adds a bit of spice and more of the cough drop taste. There is only the slightest hint of oak throughout.
This is an okay beer, but it doesnt have a lot of the traits I enjoy in a Flemish sour. If I went into it with different expectations I may have though differently.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 10, 2007
On tap.
Pours a dark clar ruby with virtually no head. Acetic aroma similar to apple cider -- very nice but one-dimensional. Strong apple cider flavor as well with a touch of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of spicy hops, and enough residual sugar to keep this beer from being aggressively tart. Tingly and creamy palate. This is a great "off-the-beaten-path" treat, and one of only two beers my beer-hating wife will drink.

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