overall
97
84
style
Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2828   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 23, 2008
This beer absolutely floored me the first time I had it and it was complex enough to keep me buying it again and again. Super apple smell fills the air once poured, Colour is beautiful amber with some golden shades. Taste is apple peel, fire raisins, pear, peach, vinegar, lots of interesting and unusual wine notes. Slightly bitter finish. Wow. The thing that made such an impression on me were the wine characteristics of this beer. Took me by surprise that I enjoyed this one so much since I am not a fan of fruity beers, overall. Excellent stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Sour and fruity. Very good to have now and then, but not often.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
L_Lovecraft (375) - - NOV 2, 2016
Acetic, red fruits, beautiful dark red with a good head, light/medium body, medium carbonation, very acetic with notes of fruits...a very good oud.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchMark (374) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2016
Good one. Deep dark with a small head. Vinegar on the nose. Flavor is nicely tart with malts and red fruit coming through. Theres a hint of balsamico.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (373) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Pours dark with a sour aroma assailing my senses. First tastes (at a much colder tempurate than the bottle specifies) are of soy and vinegar. Once the ale warmed, fruit tastes overwhelm the vinegar. Finish is still a little sour but well adjusted by the malt.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoser (372) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
My wifes favourite beer, and of late there is always some in the cellar. Page 476 of Michael Jacksons Great Beer Guide.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewC (372) - Canterbury, Kent, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2011
Thanks to Harrisoni for this one. Smells of sour muscles. Very nice sourness with hint of rubber. Stawberries, bit of sherbert, nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cory (372) - , California, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is of apple cider, pear, light lemon, and unripe blackberries. Sweet taste up front with a solid sour backbone. Flovor is a nice blackberry and sour apple finish. Clean and short finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/15/03. Also tried in bottle. Ratings above are for draft. Pours to a frothy head that dissipates quickly to a lingering, thin whisp. Dark ruby/copper color, almost deep brown until you pass some light through it. Hypnotizing vinous scent, sour cherries and oak with some alcohol aroma too. Deeper into the keg, more vinegary scent, bordering on completely overwhelming. Apart from that, it's very enticing and almost intoxicating just from inhalation. Medium-full body, very full and creamy for the style. Taste of berries with sourness and tart cherry bite as well as a bit of a "dirty" woodiness to it. It jumps a little bit as you swallow and lingers in a nice hum in the back of your throat. Nice, long finish with constant, mild tartness in the throat and savory cherry sweetness on the tongue. Very delicious beer, and a definite treat for dessert at the end of a satisfying meal. Just don't get the stuff at the bottom of the keg. Hoah boy! Bottled version: much more sour, almost overwhelming. Kind of unpleasant, but the fruit flavors are still there beneath it all. A little too sharp.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Very emjoyable. Ive been sampling this nightly for that past week or so, trying to get a read. Sweet sticky head that attaches to the lip and continues to grow. Nice sour vinegary aroma. A little too sweet, but enough sour not to make it distracting. A great beer and good representative of style.


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