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: 2887   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (11761) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011
UPDATED: APR 22, 2015 Re-rate: Bottle @ Home.Courtesy of Saxo, Thanks! BB18012014 Pours very dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of light sourness, tart fruit, cherries, wood, balsamico, light vinegar, slight oxidation, maybe a bit of mold, but not in a bad way. Flavor is malt, lightly sour, sour cherries, wood, little vinegar, light spice. Medium body, soft carbonation, light sweet sour finish. 220415 Bottle @ DE meeting. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of tart fruit, like sour cherries and malt. Taste is very sweet with cherries and sugar. Thin body. Not a beer to my liking, way to sweet. 6-2-5-3-11. 190111

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
madsberg (11655) - 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

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (11487) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 16, 2014
"cant pronounce it, but i liked it. pours an attractive mahogony red, aroma is sweet & fruity, taste is very sweet with a mouth puckering sour smack to the mouth before finishing sweet again. of the 5 sours we tasted together, this was the most flavorful, and finished a close 2nd to the Dissident. 3/10-a little smoother and sweeter on tap. just as good. 2/10-still an acquired taste, but ive acquired it. beautiful aromatic, flavorful and complex. there is a malt vinegar characteristic, but its just so smooth and pleasing to drink, as are other good sours. 2/11 - had a 750 for the first time. why a green bottle? the small ones are brown, and the beer is better. 750 was a little blah and not as sour as usual."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (11379) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2010
250 ml bottle. From Germany (bierkompass.de). Shared w/ Brandman.
Dark red colour with small off-white head. Interesting sour aroma with wine, portwine and maybe calvados (?). Sweetish fruity flavour with caramel desert, sour fruits. Well balanced and delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (11234) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle 330ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours brown/deep amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, sour apples, fruits, balsamic and brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet and medium sour with a long sweet, fruity, light sour and dry finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (11218) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle. Dried cherry / fruit wine aroma. Light reddish brown color with small head. A very nice sweet-tart dark cherry flavor - very much like a fruit wine. Great taste and easy to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (11021) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Pours dark red with a pinkish head. Aroma is full of all types of fruit, berries and plums mainly with sour undertones. Starts off sour and builds to a sweet aftertaste. A little sweet for me but not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (11010) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 Aroma is of balsamic vinegar and Cabernet. Also, notes of pear and dark fruit. Crystal clear, deep mohogany hue. Small, creamy, off-white head. Quickly diminishing with decent lacing. Extremely fruity and moderately tart flavor. Blasts of cherries, Cabernet, plums, red-delicious apples and other tangy fruits Im unable to identify. A little white vinegar thrown in for good measure. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. A medium length, very acetic, lightly earthy finish. Being a fan of Sour Patch Kids, I really enjoyed this beer. Be prepared to pucker!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (11000) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 I was a wee infant when I rated this beer the first time. Now that I am a graduating to the world of sours I find that I do enjoy the Duchess very much. Reminds me so much of sweet tarts. Fruity, tart, sweet, woody. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: Duchesse de Bourgogne
Date: 09/25/2003
Mode: Bottle

dark amber, nice tan head, strong sweet alcoholic aroma with lots of oak character, big bold flavor, sweet, sour, slightly hot (?),
-------- /> Name: Duchesse de Bourgogne
Date: 04/07/2005
Score: ii+ to iiii
Words: Bottle
Words: Ale Atlanta

clear brown, light tart malt aroma, rich malt flavor, nice sweetness, slight tart finish,
-------- /> Name: Duchesse de Bourgogne
Date: 03/26/2006
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
Score: iii to iiii

ruby red, thin beige head, big woody tart cherry aroma, creamy body, lots of oaked cherry flavor temped by some oaked character,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 17/20
Rating: 4/5.0
Drinkability: 9/10
Score: ***4


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