overall
97
85
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: 2903   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Aroma: Sweet, crisp smelling with slight medicine and floral bouquet.
Appearance: Mohogany to dark brown
Flavor: Crisp, slight fruitiness, not as strong as La Folie.
Palate: agree with acrodizer, "Mild for the first second, then carbonated and rough like cola."
Overall: Not bad, seemed a little thin though.
<small>Re-rated 5/22/04:</small>
Aroma: 8/10--strong butter, finegar, and carmel malts. also some cinnamon, nutmeg, and mineral scents
Appearance: 3/5--cloudy brown, slight lacing, small head
Flavor: 7/10--very sour, like drinking balsamic vinegar out of the bottle, also some sweet 'n sour sauce flavoring
Palate: 3/5--smooth, buttery, vinegar finish
Overall: 16/20

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Purchased this as Vintage Estate in Boardman, OH. Couldnt wait to try this as I had been bred to expect the sour to eat my face off. While it wasnt really that sour, it was still damn solid. Appears a very dark red with that great belgian head and lace. Smells like nail polish at first! After you keep trying, you can get some sour apples though. Taste isnt nearly as sour as the nose would have you believe, though you still get hints of something I can only describe as nail polish remover. The strange thing is, it works. Light sour ints of grape and apple. Mouth is medium with relatively high carbonation. This is a good beer and I look forward to trying it again, though I cant see where all the sour hype comes from! This is nothing to a Cantillion Kriek.

4.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Oh the sour goodness&#033; Found this lurking in the back at Town Hall Brewpub tonight. normally i would like to have the local, but I find it hard to find Flemish Ale in my perts.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (381) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcalbi (380) - Medford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2002
Claret colored body with a sandy-brown head. Streaming thin bubbles rising to the surface at a frantic pace. Very oaky and somewhat sour cherry-like aroma. Very tart front, a middle that is quite sweet and woody and a rather intensely bitter finish. My wife took a sip and immediately picked up on the balsamic vinegar theme. To me, this is Rodenbach on steroids.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
ruby brown with a medium carmel head. sour cherry, toffee aroma. thick and slick body with soft carbonation. sweet carmel with some oak and sour cherries, but the sweetness is a little overpowering. i like this style but found this one too sweet

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - MAR 15, 2010
pours amber brown with large head. aroma is light funk, bread and butter, red fruits. drinks slightly tart with red fruits, bread, oak, sweetness and a sugary fruit finish. well done

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Speko (380) - DENMARK - SEP 23, 2016
Bottle 0,25. Pours dark brown and redish with large off-white head. Aroma of cherries, vinegar, malts, berries. Taste is cherries, red berries, malts, hint of oak and tobacco. Sour at first but with some sweetness taking slowly over. Reminds somewhat of red lemonade. Interesting mix of sweet and sour. Medium body and soft carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2012
On Tap.....Pours a deep ruby copper.....slight whitish head. Aroma is a wonderful sour grape. Taste is dominated by sour cherries....good carbonation. Excellent for the style!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KapitiCritique (379) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - FEB 3, 2014
Pours dark, clear reddish-brown, fruity-- apples and wood nose, intensely sour but sweet, big head dissipates slowly; lingering sweet & sour acid taste, carbonation is almost champagne in the beginning but goes flat quickly. Very good.


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