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: 2828   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerlady (556) - lucerne, SWITZERLAND - MAR 24, 2009
reddish brown colored beer with offwhite head smells sourish and malty and fruity tasts sweetish-sourish of some mixed fruits and some alcohol, somme woodyness aftertaste sweetish sourish, the fruityness is no more so like mixed fruits, more like pineapple, and a bit winy tasts special, between ale and lambic

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RedSox2004 (1743) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - APR 1, 2009
Deep brownish red, slightly cloudy from the yeast, with a small head but good retention and very good lacing. Strong sour fruit aromas featuring apples and cherried. Some smokiness as well. Flavor is dominated by the tart fruits, with a solid malt backbone, and a surprisingly dry, crisp finish. Lively carbonation and a soft, smooth mouthfeel. Very enjoyable, but Id have trouble with more than one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adam77 (457) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2009
Poured brown with a white head. Aroma of cherries. Sour funky cherry. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10709) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tripelthreat (190) - Soquel, California, USA - MAY 6, 2009
330ml bottle. Another try after a nauseatingly sweet attempt many years ago. Small head on a reddish brown body. Nose is of raspberries and cherry, wood, and apple cider vinegar. Flavor is much of the same with sweetness and oak coming through very strong. Finish is short and fairly clean. While Id like more acid, its a tasty and easy to drink sour.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NDbeerdrinker (167) - West Islip, New York, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Aroma is ultra sweet malts, sour apple and cherry. Taste is sweet sour cherry, some caramel, vinegar, and a less that desirable aftertaste that takes away from an otherwise very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alphadelic (2198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Deep chestnut in colour this beer has stron mustard and nutmeg aromas. There is something of orange juice on the turn in there too! Sweet and nutty it has some maple syrup characteristics but these are outweighed by the rich vinous fruit and cheesy saltiness. In the finish it is very airy and mature with some walnut and toffee knocking about in there too.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joeneugs (6105) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 9, 2009
Pours brown with a large tan head. The aroma is vinous with cherries, berries, and wood. The flavor is surprisingly sweet with a touch of sour. Same flavor as the aroma with maple syrup and a touch of balsamic vinegar adding to the sourness/acidity. An unusual beer, that wine lovers would probably really like.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevman7 (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2010
This was my first sour ale and I found it exceptionally different for anything I have had before. I was a little shocked by the taste at first but either because it was warming up or because it is an aquired taste, I began to enjoy it thouroughly. The aroma is very strong and smelled of vinegar. There was little to no head and it was a dark brown that glistened red in the light. The taste was almost like a bitter sour wine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Archibaldo de la Cruz (1120) - FINLAND - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Dark reddish colour with a creamy medium-sized beige head. Aroma is tart, woody and fruity with notes of sweet cherries. Flavour is sweet and sour with some caramel, apples and cherries. Medium-bodied and quite sour finish.


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