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


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RATINGS: 2942   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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SHIG (4962) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle: Poured a reddish tinted clear brown with a creamy off white head. The aroma is bitter fruit possibly grapes. Flavor is very interesting, sour wine like at first and then dry malty finish.

Dgator32 (16) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2007
Bottle. Pours a ruby-brown color with a smallish beige colored head that is rather thin Aroma is grape and some cherry and other fruit Flavor is really good almost wine like... really well made beer!!!

VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Pours a dark red with an off white head. Aromas of vinegar, grapes, and other fruits. Flavors of grapes, cider, spices and berries. Finish is thin and dry but very refreshing. Good summer ale.

garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Let me start by saying that this is my first Flemish Sour Ale. I have to say I thouroughly enjoyed it. This beer smells like vinigar with sugar plum mixed in. Taste is vinigary and sweet as well. I tasted cherries, raisins and alot of carbination. It reminds me of sparkiling wine, very dry finish with notes of fruit and of course vinigar, but it also very thin. I must give a big thanks to Mike (Sprinkle) from Crown Liqour for suggesting this beer. I would like to try more Flemish’s too

ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle via Vintage Estates Bottle Shop - Ohio. Pours a ruby-brown color with a smallish beige colored head that almost settles out. Aroma is vinegar like, grape, sour cherry, vinous. Flavor is more of the same blasamic, grape, sour cherry, vinous. Palate is medium light, medium carbonation, sharp, crisp, acidic, tart, at the same time sweet and fruity. There is a friggin party going on in my mouth and everyone is invited!!! Love this stuff!

cgarvieuk (24499) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 Deep red, sharp vinigar lambic like, but with full body sourness. I thought this bottle had turned but seeing other comments maybe not. Would not wzant more than 1 bottle at a time...3.0

tk2 Bottle at jens, brought back from belgium ... brown ... light balsamic vinegar ... no where as much as i remember .... deep fruits ... very light sourness ... ok but oddly i was hoping for a bit more sour. dark brown ... deep malt ... soft balsamic tones nose...rich soft fruits ... deep mellow fruits andagain balsamic3.4

Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - MAR 5, 2007
The most striking thing about this beer is the nose; masses of balsamic vinegar. Something I have not really encountered in beer prior. Balsamic still evident to taste but it makes way for some more overt sweetness with some clearly defined vinous notes. Not sure if this is a session beer but always great to taste something so different.

rmussman (1701) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Wow, what a disappointment. Has a nice color to it, dark red. Everything else is horrible. The beer is so acidic and sour thats its almost undrinkable. The aftertaste was absolutely unbarable.

Svesse (8601) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2007
(Bottle) Dark reddish brown colour with foamy, pale brown head. Complex, acidic, slightly vinous nose with notes of chocolate, nuts, toffee and distinct aromas of balsamic vinegar. Some burnt notes hiding underneath a sweet and sour veil. Fruity and acidic taste that starts very sweet (with notes of brown sugar), turns more complex with slightly roasted notes and fruity hints of citrus (blood oranges?), prunes and dark rye bread. Slightly oaky sweet and sour finish. Very different beer, in my opinion one of the better in the Flemish sour style. Would probably even get better after a year or two in the cellar, that would probably even out some of the overly sweet notes. However, great beer as it is.

detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 25cl bottle. In the glass it has a deep burnt amber hue. The aroma reminded me of stout with lots of liquorice smells. It had a lose brown head. Flavour was incredible - At first it was sour fruit, orange and lemon. This gave way to a sherbert like sweetness. This mellowed into a hoppy dryness with lots of dry oakyness with spices. Very tasty - not heavy and very enjoyable. Maybe its a litlle too sugery, but I’d still say its a winner.

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