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


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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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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.

AndrewC (379) - 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.

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!!

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.

Geuzelambix (376) - København, DENMARK - JUL 16, 2008
A strange beer with an acidic touch - almost like vinegar. On the other hand it’s rather sweet as well, and goes along fine with some kind of desert - or simply AS a desert. I didn’t like it the first time around, but now I admit it’s quite nice.

Drinkingdan (375) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2002
Sour and fruity. Very good to have now and then, but not often..............

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.

madsenbryg (371) - Holstebro, DENMARK - SEP 21, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 Flot hvidt skum, rødbrun , sød malt og rugbrød, svesker,syrlig sød og dejlig dame.

Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - JUN 16, 2004
Very emjoyable. I’ve 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.

RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Best by date of 08-06-06 Pours a very dark burgundy color with a thick two finger head that settles to a solid ring that leaves behind nice webs of lacing. Smell; very vinous and slightly sour. There’s planty of fruit present (cherries, apples and raisins) as well as a bit yeasty. I really like that way this smells. The sourness isn’t quite as pronounced as I had expected, and blends well with the fruit aromas. Taste; a slightly surgary sweetness hits at first, followed by cherries, apples raisins/plums intertwined with a tart sourness. There’s a bit of a dry oak flavor, as well as a touch of cinnamon in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation that makes this somewhat creamy. This is my first beer of this style, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect to like this nearly as much as I have.

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