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


on tap

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RATINGS: 2903   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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cokolwiek11 (370) - POLAND - SEP 9, 2015
Clear dark reddish brown, low creamy head that sticks to the glass and stays on the beer. Thats how it should look like. Aroma: Fruits, wine, dry wine, little vinegar, slightly peach, red grapes. Old, dry acohol. Beautiful. Taste: medium sour, light sweetness. Caramel, fruits, dry wine, some vinegar. Yummy. Palate: medium body, dry on palate (despite high residual sweetness), long vinous finish, low saturation. Overall: I love this style, one of the best beers in this style, aboslutely briliant.

Mpuntmuts (370) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2017
Dark clear amber pour. Aroma of caramel malts, balsamic vinegar, dried fruits, fresh berries, caramel/honey sweetness. Medium to over medium sweet and sour. Medium body with medium carbonation. Tasty stuff!!

tmzl (367) - SLOVENIA - DEC 2, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014
Look: Very light white head which quickly disappears; dark amber/reddish, brown - almost cola like.

Smell: Very nice balance of sour and sweetish notes; cherry, grape and a little brandy/rum notes, all in all very fresh and inviting .

Taste: The sour, tart notes increased compared to smell, still reminds me of berries with some citrus notes, but still some sweetness to be found with some spice. all this gives the beer a nice fresh, light kick.

Mouthfeel: Nice to sip, medium body, good balanced fizzy carbonation with fruity taste which leads to a nice finish. sip leaves medium sour notes to play with long after.

Overall: Excellent sour ale with strong fruity feel, fresh and enjoyable to drink.

eruizgarcia (367) - - JAN 9, 2015
Very bright plum and cherry, tart, medium palate, lots of lacing and slightly syrupy but not too thick. Pretty good. Menu description says 6% ABV, I find it hard to believe, feels more intense. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
Dark red color, small beige head. Interesting aroma, can’t place it, but not quite pleasant. Punguent flavor, rather revolting actually. Must be an acquired taste.

smcd (366) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
(Draft. Bottles. 03/2006) An intense mix of sweet and sour. Dark, dark brown with big, white head that disappears relatively quickly to a thin film. Nice lace. Definite fruity, acetic nose with all the hints of balsalmic vinegar. Sweet maltiness balanced by acetic qualities with no notes of bitterness. This beer exhibits a wide variance, sometimes being more pleansantly sour and others tending toward an almost cloying sweetness.

mpersinger (366) - , California, USA - APR 9, 2011
Have had in bottle several times, once on draft that was hugely diacetyl, and now this recent bottle: Pours brownish-ruby with slight haze and lasting beige moderate head. Mild, aged balsamic vinegar, leather, and cherry aromas. Some caramel and prune notes with well-balanced moderate acetic, some lactic and cherry sweet malt flavors, leaning toward vinegar. Medium The rather sweet finish does give credence to the ’rumor’ that they backsweeten with aspartame (as does the subtle thickness to the back of the tongue that I feel around the third sip). There’s a latent dryness in which there’s oak and a hint of alcohol.

UselessGdTaste (365) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAY 13, 2007
This could truly be paired with any food with successful results. I need to buy a lot more of this. Spectacular.

SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle. I’ve had this on multiple occasions now, and each time was different, so this will be a composite description. Dark brownish red, not unlike Cherry Coke. Aroma was sweet and sour and had a hint of vinegar. The flavor, on the other hand, had more than a hint of vinegar. Very ciderish in flavor. Sometimes, the sip is sweet, the next is sour. Aside from the cider flavor, there was a bit of darker berries and even a tinge of chocolate. Not bad for a first foray into Flemish sours.

gorkogrlo (364) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark red, cherry like color with brownish long-lasting head. Aroma of chocolate and dark fruits with brett character after 1 or so chocolate smell disappeared. Dominant taste is reminding me of cherries with porto and vinegar. Also some spicy and oak character is present. Maybe too sweet. No hop bitterness. Really spicy finish. Overall: nice one., but it would be better if it has more balance between sourness and sweetness. In my opinion, it is little bit too sweet. But still good beer.

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