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 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 (1853) - 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 (11175) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 20, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2009 [rerate] Tried this again for the second time and I dont love it nearly as much as I did upon discovering it. The body also seems to be much thinner and watery than I remembered. Maybe I was just on crack when I first tried it. Meh... it seems ok but nothing amazing.

[June 20, 2009 - 7/5/9/5/18] This is probably only the fourth or fifth sour ale Ive ever tasted, but it is definitely the best so far. The aroma is very strong fermented grape sourness...and maybe some vinegar. It comes off as a little intimidating, but the flavor is fantastic. Much more smooth and drinkable than you might think. An excellent combination of sweet and sour flavors along with malts and fruits. Also has a bit of a red wine taste as well. Great carbonation, dry finish. This beer might just make me explore more sours that I usually overlook.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jayb0 (1184) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Quite good with a nice balance between the sweet and the sour. Some hard fruit in there.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - SEP 6, 2009
cloudy reddish-brown with a thin fizzy offwhite head. aroma is mostly malt vinegar, but not too strong, and with a bit of lambic-funk and apples. similar flavor, too much malt vinegar but also has a nice dry fruityness. leaves a residual dry sweetness at the end. medium body, nice carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2009
Pour is deep reddish brown, with a very dense pinkish tan head. Moderate lacing. Nose of caremel, apple, cider vinegar. Taste is slightly sour, sweet malt, apple, some lemon and rose water. Moderate carbonation with a smooth mouth feel.


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