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


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RATINGS: 2918   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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ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet. A: Pours a dark burgundy color. The off-white shaded head, in typical sour ale fashion, is quick to fade, but starts at three fingers high due to an aggressive pour. Nice specks of lacing left on the glass, though. S: It starts off with a load of wine grapes and lesser notes of cherries. As it opens up in the glass, it develops more and more acetic vinegar notes. Still, itís very well balanced within the (restrained) sugary sweetness. T: The opening is moderately tart, nothing to rape the palate, but something thatís definitely palpable. It develops into a leathery finish that I find quite offensive at first - after a few sips, though, the palate adjusts to its presence. The more I sip, the more its fruity cherry notes come forward on the back end. After a while, I start to enjoy its sweet/tart balance. As much as I enjoy it, the musty strangeness (especially on exhales/burps) brings it down a touch. M: The palate is never fully beat down by tartness...the sweet finish does a great job of keeping it in check. I would complain that itís too sweet, but I wonít. This is too drinkable and refreshing for me to care. O: If anything, this is something of a middle ground between Lindemanís sugar bombs and a proper sour ale. The sugary sweetness is quite prevalent, yet it doesnít overpower the tart qualities. I can see this being very approachable to sour ale beginners.

jksipa (914) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 23, 2017
Bottle from the LCBO. Clear reddish brown with a large lingering off white heat that leaves some patchy lace. Nose is Vinegar, dark fruit, grape, cherries and light wood. Flavour is a light fruit sweetness with a dominant cherry tartness that continues through the sticky finish.Mouth is medium+ and sticky with a good carbonation. Full and complex. 7/4-/8/4/15

zizivan (8) - SLOVENIA - JUN 23, 2017 does not count
Vinegar and glue, cherries, up front caramel sweetness, complex packed with flavor, but too much glue on the nose.

Towey1989 (2698) - Stoke On Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 21, 2017
Bottle at Den Engel, Leek. Pours a deep brown colour with a thin white head. Aroma of plum, black grape, some vinegar, slight cherry, a little sourness and subtle wood. Taste of plum, dark berries, some black grape, slight vinegar, a little sourness, a hint of wood and subtle sugar. Medium bodied and an oily texture. A dry, slightly sharp, red fruit sourness on the finish. As good as Rodenbach but more softer and slightly more sour. Good body and lots of fruit. Very good.

paulcliff (16) - - JUN 20, 2017
Aroma of a good Belgian Trappist ale, beautiful reddish-brown colour...just not a fan of sour ales. My palate hasn't matured to the point where I appreciate them yet I guess. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

mkdyderski (7) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 20, 2017 does not count
floral, fruits aroma, dominated by grapes red, brown, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, l ong finish, fizzy, very nice, a bit sour and refreshng beer

czlowiekmotyka (257) - Warsaw, POLAND - JUN 19, 2017
I am disappointed. It tastes like vinegar with sugar. Some red fruit wander in the background.

ccubaka (40) - LATVIA - JUN 17, 2017
A little sauer but also sweet. Dark ruby color. Refreshing and subtle scent. Really nice one.

Tranquillity (2251) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 17, 2017
Bottle. Dark red orange body, huge light brown head. The aroma has grapes, oak. The taste is fruity. Very complex.

jbman73175 (1) - - JUN 16, 2017 does not count
Fantastic and unique beer. It has a very bitter and sweet almost citrusy flavor. One of my top beers and one that I buy for sharing with special guests. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

peony (7) - SOUTH KOREA - JUN 14, 2017 does not count
This Flemish red from Verhaeghe is truly unique. a wonderful oak and cherry aroma, with a hint of balsamic vinegar.beautifully sweet and melts away into a soft, sour cherry-like beer known as a Flemish Red.

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