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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2884   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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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

Anova167 (384) - Manhattan Beach, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Pours deep ruby red with a tight white head that dissipates quickly. I have had this several times and this batch has a more vinegary aroma than others. Flavor is so unique. Not the most tart, but it comes on a bit after the initial sweetness. Flavor is very comPlex and hard for my untrained pallet to breakdown. Pairs nicely with this Bayley Hazen blue cheese as well.

revolution2718 (383) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Is this beer or balsamic vinegar? Disgusting. I don't know if this is really old or what it's supposed to taste like, but this was undrinkable.

Cory (382) - , 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.

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.

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.

Zilb (381) - Fontenay Sous Bois, FRANCE - JUL 11, 2017
3 mois avant DLC avec fromage cru des alpes et salées. Bière brune très foncee/rouge. Pas de mousse, carbo importante. 1er nez sur le vinaigre et le vinaigre de cidre ! Puis beaucoup plus complexe : mélange cerise, bois, vinaigre, floral bizarre genre rose. Complexité écoeurante : mon cerveau n’arrive pas à suivre ...! En bouche, acidité très présente, très complexe, sucrée, du fruit rouge, cerise, du bois et des fleurs à gogo. Mais trop bizarre... Si c’était pas une bière je ne l’aurais pas bue. Bref, j’ai pas aimé. Un peu adoucie par le fromage mais trop extrême et trop originale pour moi.

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

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

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.

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