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: 2902   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours a deep red/brown color with an off white head. The head diminished almost immediately and left a thin sticky lace. The aroma is tart and more like wine than beer -- cider vinegar smell. The taste is tart like a cider. The mouthfeel was somewhat complex: tart at the beginning with a dry middle and an astringent finish. I have had this beer a couple of times. It does not appear to bee a good representation of the style, but a style of itself. An interesting experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 750ml. at a BJCP study session. Pours a clear amber brown color with plenty of off white head. Some bready and malty aromas at first followed by some sour vinegar that fits in well with this beer. There is a lot going on in the flavor. Complex sweet fruit in the front but not cloyingly sweet. A surpisingly smooth sour acidic finish. Overall this is a well rounded complex beer with a sourness that fits in well with the aray of the different elements offered in this beer. I like it!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2005
bottle 2004 poured into a chalice Deep amber brew with a fluffy off white head that subsides to lace islands. Aroma is balsamic vinegar mingled with some sweet honeysuckle. Taste is both sweet and sour ,cherry is present and vinegar, its very carbonated .Very rich, very Flemish and something for the chefs to experiment with in the Kitchen

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2009
This beer was mighty tasty! Thats almost all I have to say about it. I tried a bit of it at a bar that was dimly lit, so my guess for appearance is sort of swayed. Taste and aroma, however, were amazing. I almost didnt know what to think of it. It had a VERY strong smell, fruity, and at first I couldnt pinpoint it, but it was certainly vinegar. Amazing! Taste was just out of control. It was like candy yet sour too... man, out of this world. I just cant wait to have some more.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Not my favorite of the sour ales. Nose is a little too funky, even for this style... almost moldy. I tried a few bottles of varying sizes that all I had this problem. The usual sour, tart notes are there. But there is an underlying almost creaminess that dulls out all of the tart, floral flavors and really just ruins the beer for me.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrewMstr (194) - Pleasant View, Utah, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Beautiful ruby color and sour taste and aroma. Malt backbone with dry, fruit finish!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kacperred (194) - Gdask, POLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Kran. Barwa ciemnoczerwona, piwo klarowne. W aromacie potęga - początkowo uderza ocet, aby po chwili dopuścić do głosu bogate aromaty owocowe, cukierkowe, nuty kwaśnego jabłka oraz aromaty typowe dla brettw - stajenne. W smaku coś niesamowitego - początkowo uderzenie octowego kwasu, płynnie i dość szybko przechodzące w dużą cukierkowo-słodową słodycz. Skrajności idealnie się znoszące. Smakiem przypomina faro, lecz jest dużo bardziej bogate i słodsze. Piwo po prostu fantastyczne.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShelbyGrey (193) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2011
Aroma acido con un toque avinagrado, madera y caramelo y frambuesa. Sabor dulce residual con final acido!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lanchester (193) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2011
Pours a cherry amber hue with a prominent and pillowy off-white head, thinning out to leave nice lacing around the glass. Aroma is an enticing blend of caramelized malts and dark fruits, with slightly woody and boozy undertones. Flavor is a very up front sourness that definitely surprised me at first, though it quickly subsides and gives way to a nice cherry/raspberry character. Finishes dry and leaves a lingering fruity and slightly grainy flavor on the tongue. Very lively on the palate, the strong yet smooth carbonation really help to tie the flavors together and balance out the initial sourness. Highly drinkable, and complex beer, the alcohol content is very well masked.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2006
Mtl beer fest. Ok, so I could see how people would love this, but not me. Flavour was dominantly sour, way to sour for me. Cource, I dont like sour beer. Might be great for you, not so great for me. Cheers


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