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


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RATINGS: 2903   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
shigadeyo (3723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 I had the privilege of trying this on draught today (8/29/2006)... Color looks very dark brown, but when you hold it up to the light it is actually very red and clear - maroon would be a good way to describe it. Moderate carbonation with a nice creamy head. Aroma initally screamed of vinegar, but then became more fruity (cherry-like) as the beer warmed a bit. Flavor was great - LOTS of thing going on there. It is a wonderful play of sweet, sour, tart, fruit (cherry), maybe even some vinegar type flavors in there. I was quite impressed by the complexity and thoroughly enjoyed this brew... This was my second Flemish Sour Ale (first was Rodenbach Redbach) and I must say that this style is really growing on me quickly. 10 oz draught; $4.75 at Dilly Deli. Rating: 8 4 8 3 16 = 3.9.

UPDATE (1/15/2006): Sampled again on 1/14/2007 from a 750 mL bottle at Lances "Harvest Ale" homebrew day. Thank you to everybody that was there for the great conversation and great beer! I had a great time and look forward to future brew days... -- This beer was just as good, if not better, from the bottle as it was on draught! Ive heard that this beer can very some from batch to batch and bottle to bottle, but this particular bottle was quite good! Poured a dark brownish-red color with a creamy tan head. The aroma, like the flavor, is a wonderful blend of sweet and sour cherry with some acidic and vinegar notes. There are lots of great flavors (cherry, grapes, oak, berries and other fruits, vinegar, malt, spice, and more) at play on the tongue. This particular bottle seemed a bit sweeter than the glass I had on draught. Also, more of flavors and characteristics from the oak aging (slight woodiness, creamier, smoothier) are also more apparent in the bottled version. Overall this is my favorite Flemish Sour Ale so far (albeit Ive only had a few). It has yet to disappoint me! I am really starting to develop the palate and appreciation for this style of beer. SO GOOD! New rating: 8 4 8 3 17 = 4.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jerre (3284) - Waregem, BELGIUM - AUG 27, 2006
Deep, mahogany color. Fruity aroma. Huge flavor. A bit of maltiness. Strong tartness on the back of my tongue. Wonderful blend of flavors. Slight oakiness. Possibly a touch of barnyard but it tastes like lactic/pedio dominates the funk. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 25, 2006
Bottle. Red-brown colour (or may I say burgundy) with a creamy offwhite head that is smallish, but persistent and lacing. Nice fruity aroma as of cherries, but full of sour yoghurt notes. Flavours balance between sweet and sour, ending woody and dry. Very fruity. Good carbonation, slightly oily texture. One of the classics -simply a great drinking experience.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2006
Aroma is of bread and molasses with moderatly perfume and earthy overtones. It poured clear and red with a light brown fizzy head which didnt last long. The taste was a surprise, sweet and acetic at the same time finish was lightly bitter and again the vinegar was promanate, light to medium bodied watery and fizzy with moderate alcohol flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle - quite vinuous aroma with a touch of tartness. Beautiful maroon body with a beige head. Delicious flavor! Sour and malty and fruity. A touch of vinegar. Just terrific.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7667) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Cant believe I forgot to rate this one! One of my favorite beers - first had at the Map Room in Chicago. So sour. So red. So lovely. Drank a bottle the other night. Its one of those beers I dont overdo; I indulge at just the right moment with this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (6325) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Marroon, with a big thick creamy beige head. Grapey, winey, slightly tart aroma. Nice mix of flavors - red wine, prune and raisin, some lemony tart citrus notes, too. Much winey-er as it warms. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (3795) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2006
Love the combination of malt and sour wine / lambic taste. Dark brown with a nice foam. A very special brew !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2800) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 Rating #250! The lady pours a mahogany/burgundy color with a nice sized tan head. Aromas are very distinct and Im not sure Ive seen a lot of these elements before, so Ill do my best. I can detect a very sweet and earthy tone with a creamy butterscotch background and some oak/wood in the background. Im not picking up the sourness/vinegar that others mention. This tartness somes through heavy in the flavor though and then quickly mixes nicely with the sweetness that is promised in the aroma. It all ends in an earth/wood flavor and then a return of the sour notes that began it all. Very interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3622) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice moslty lasting creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts and citrus. Nice flemish.

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