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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2800   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (12145) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2001
dark ruby colour, nice head, fantastic complex aroma: fruity, flowers, vinegar and a hint of chocolate, very rich flavour, cherry, sweetness followed by a long sour finish

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pinball (11959) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2008
sour, acid. looks, red light brown head, flavor is sour, raspberries, strawberries. very nice for a sour beer. (first one i tasted which was not sour due to infection, was much better than the bad ones)

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (11879) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. I am still a little new to Flemish Sour Ales, Rodenbach Alexander being the only other one I have tried so far. From what I understand both are good examples of the style. That being the case I am fairly certain this is not a style I am a big fan of. Pours a dark amber/brown with a thick multi-colored head (beige with light brown splotches), with thin lacing. Aroma is alternatingly fruity and sour. The flavor actually reminded me of some Ohio Buckeye Brown that I tried not too long ago that had gone way past the "best by" date. Tart and vinegary flavor is tangy throughout. The finish is like an oaky Merlot. I was able to drink most of this in small doses, but I just can't appreciate the style.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (11774) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Poured a dark reddish brown with no head. Poured with a very thick, almost syrupy, body. Very strong vinegar aroma and tastes (my wife said it smelled like balsamic vinegar). Slightly sweet with a sour finish. Some cherries mixed in there. Thick, oily body. This beer was different than any Ive rated yet (but not a bad different - I enjoyed it).

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (11608) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
A super sweet and syrupy Flemish Red. IT has notes of sugar syrup, horse radish, and vinegar.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kermis (11605) - Where the wild whales are, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle at Fiddler. Pours clear red brown with a small tan head. Aroma of tart dark fruits and red berries, some caramel, light barnyard, leather, prunes and raisins. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate sour. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (11499) - Troms, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle from Bier Tempel in Bruxelles. Ruby red colour. Robust sourish aroma. Well balanced and good sour body. Sweetness all through and in the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (11497) - Sborg, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 On Tap: Dark ruby colour with medium lasting head. Fabulous mix of sweetness and sourness makes this a highly drinkable beer. Last long in the aftertaste and the mouth calls for more. Had it as a aperitif to a 4 course beer menu. Excellent

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11389) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Edgy Belgium. Good lace. Foamy pour, fluffy. Sweet aftertaste. Oak lends a brown to the amber. Some cherry tartness here, maybe sour lemon and unripe fruit, and oud bruin style. And as Monty Python would add, woody.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
djd07 (11359) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Bottle as shown. Pours a very dark amber with a medium frothy ligh tan head that lasts awhile leaving behind decent spotty lacing along the glass. The aroma is a strong vinegar and tart. Light bodied and thin mouthfeel with a very sweet strawberry taste. Very smooth and easy to drink, my first sour ale and what an amazing beer it was.


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