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: 2849   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sammy3D (141) - Lawrenceville, Georgia, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Hmm. This is likely the first Flemsih Sour Ale that I have tasted. Pours an unusual metallic almost sparkling brown with a touch of red. Nice head forms with off white bubbles. Aroma is quite a unique combination of cut wood with old cheese and a dash of cooking sherry or port wine. Starts with a sugary sourness almost like a "sweet tart" and then finishes with a effervescence reminding me of a cherry soda. All sorts of complexities in the flavor with sour apple, dark chocolate, smoke, ginger, black cherry, notes of cedar and more. Like a soda with a medium to full body. A truly unique brew and a treat for me on this night.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SteC (140) - Oostende, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2007 This one is a typical beer in its style, initially very spicy and fruity, and more bitter and sour later on. Very surprising when you drink this one for the first time.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alebrewer (140) - Mentor, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle, exp 6/2012 Beautiful sour aroma, berries and cherries with earthy overtone. Color is ruby/brown, brilliantly clear. Beautifully conditioned, liveaving nice lace on the glass. Flavor is good, but a bit disappointing. Full attenuation leaves nice dry finish, but complexity of aroma doesnt follow through on the flavor. Rather bland but clean finish.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
brekeriet (139) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2011
Aroma: lactic adid, vinagre, brett, rotten. The taste is way too sweet, and a lot of iron. Very nice appearance with a clear color. Ok head. Full bodied with lively carbonation. Not our type of beer at all.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Stultus (139) - ESTONIA - NOV 3, 2015
Pours brownish red with a thin beige head with strong lacing. Aroma: sour, cherries vinegar. Taste is sweet and sour, almost wine-like, light carbonation. Definitely a very well crafted beer and a personal favourite.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyldeturkey101 (139) - - AUG 11, 2016
the aroma is a great powerful hit of vinegar, there is more there but i find it hard to recognize anything other than the vinegar. flavor is much the same but it transcends to a salty savory after the sweet vinegar has dissipated. it poured int a clear dark body with a creamy white head.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
LanceUppercut (139) - SWEDEN - JUN 4, 2009
It pours a dark reddish colour, with almost no head. Aroma is really good and sweet, containing red wine and cherries. Taste is equally awesome and brings out everything that was present in the aroma, plus a nice touch of yeast, cherry stones and metal/minerals. Finish brings out a little too much funk which is the only bad thing I have to say. Great brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAY 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown. Aroma of wood, balsamic vinegar, and fruit. Flavor starts very sweet... caramel like. Very creamy and smooth. But too sweet to put it up at the top with my favorites.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - DEC 8, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2008 bronish red in color, aroma sweet fruity taste sweet, acidic then cherry hint of vanilla then sour and cherry before the swollowing finnishes abit dry

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrStitch (137) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick egg shell colored head. Aroma was like vinegar, malt, cherries, must, funk, and markers. Taste was interesting cherries and malt playing nicely off of one another with a hint of vinegar much like the smell. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice tangyness to it. An excellent sour ale that I will be having again.
Earlier Rating: 3/30/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick egg shell colored head. Aroma was like vinegar, malt, cherries, and markers. Taste was interesting cherries and malt with a hint of vinegar much like the smell. All in all a very nice taste its just a shame that it was retired.


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