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

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RATINGS: 2886   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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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
78samh (279) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Pours a reddish brown. Aromas of funky cherries. Taste is sour, funk-yeast, raisins and cherries. Mildly tart and a little oak. Great beer!

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2004
I have had this several times before rating it.. Dark reddish coloured with a huge head. Lumps of yeast floating in the beer - just like an old homebrew! Very thick mouthfeel, almost like a good port or sherry. A fantastic blend of sourness and a nearly cloying sweetness. Sharp, sour and mouthwatering aftertaste. Too bad it is so damned expensive in DK!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
A lot of carbonation. looked like half flat coke being poured. I couldn't pick out a whole lot out of the sourness. I think i need more of this.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
morri (277) - NORWAY - MAY 3, 2013
330ml bottle from Vinmonopolet. Tiny off-white head which vanishes almost immediately. Dark red body. Aroma of vinegar and apple cider. Quite sour, and also sweet at the same time. Dry down the throat, which suits the style well.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (277) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
If you took a quick glance at the glass you might think little of this deep brown liquids appearance. Holding it up to the slightest sparkle reveals a beautifully clear vermilion hue that shines bright and illuminates the whole glass. The ephemeral off-white head fizzes off quickly leaving only a slight bubbly film that laces remarkably well in my trappist glass. The nose first reminds of a dessert wine, with plenty of red grapes and the familiar fragrance of Champagne. A distinct woody aroma builds the character of this beer and with the subtle notes of sour cherries and ripe strawberries create a certain complexity that unfortunately is diminished by the strong vinegar aroma. Fortunately the vinegar does not appear so prominently in the flavor. In fact the usual puckering sourness is considerably trimmed in this Flemish Red, making way for a surprising blend of sweet grape and apple juice. As the beer warms up, the sourness becomes a bit more salient especially in the increasingly lingering aftertaste. Brown sugar, vanilla and a burst of cherries and berries erupt on the tongue as it reaches optimal temperature. The palate is light and airy with just enough carbonation to create a certain volatility that lets this brew open tremendously in the mouth. Delicious and luscious, this an odd Flemish Sour Ale that is certainly better behaved than some of its more aggressive brothers and would probably be a good introduction to the style. Apparently it ages very well, so I hope to keep a few in the cellar and find out!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - MAR 21, 2010
Pours darky red/close to black with a large whitebut not lasting head. The aroma is of red wine a litlle plum. Taste is oak, plum, with a good complex aftertaste.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark brown with a thin but solid head. Sweet aroma carrying wine and pine. Flavour is tart, sweet, and smoky with a viscous mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Pours a brownish color, with a nice head and good lacing. Sour aroma, very wine-like. Looks and tastes like a red wine. Vinegary, tart flavor. Can't really detect any hops here. Good, interesting, but not my favorite style.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lawger (275) - SWEDEN - SEP 10, 2016
BBF-date 17-02-2018. Pours a clear dark chestnut brown with small and quickly dissolving off-white head. Loads of oriental spices, some figs, herbs and frangrance on the nose. The palate is enticing. Medium bodied and alot less acidic than I expected, with a nice balancing sweetness. Finisheslong with a sort of ice tea-like quality, but fizzy. Extremely tasty. I need to buy a case of this stuff. This beer should appeal to both newbies and experts alike as its not as difficult to appreciate as some other examples, yet is at least as complex and interesting as all others Ive tasted. One of the best beers Ive had this year.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
godofsky (274) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 20, 2010
bottle from SAQ. into tulip glass, pours a clear dark red, almost brown. nice thick creamy off white head. lots going on in the aroma. incredible. lots of fruit; raisin, plum, apricot, cherry. almost like a red wine. the taste is mostly sour, but a little sweet at the same time. finish is dry, and leaves a taste of oak barrel in the mouth. the flavours really combine well in this beer. very complex and delicious.


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