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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
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Brewed for Brasserie Vanuxeem.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bov (9072) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - FEB 3, 2005
dark ruby-brown colour, the foam disappears immediately, vinous nose, aroma of vinegar, apple and wood, tart, sour and sweet with a medium body, the finish is slightly dry and fruity with more notes of vinegar - good but too much on the sweet side to be exceptional

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2005
Fizzy light brown head on a dark clear amber body. Vinous malt and tart fruit aroma with cheese and vinegar notes - classic Verhaeghe! Biding flavor. Tart fruit, vinegar, malt. Rather thin bodied though flavorfull. Nice, but not the best from Verhaeghe. Definately interesting and different.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Nate (3557) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2004
Tart acidic nose, some malts, but mainly a sour fruitiness with lactic-vinegary quality. Dark red-brown hazy with no head. Medium body with high carbonation. Very tart start, fruity but also with a lot of vinegar, soy sauce. Hard to taste much beyond that. Finish is the same, and the after is reminiscent of a raspberry vinegarette. I do enjoy a good Flemish sour ale, but I think this one went South on me.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2009 2009-10-29, bb 11/2006, possibly 5 years old, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Beautiful color, dark mahogany with red sparkles; small creamy head. The aroma is fruity, moderately sour, creamy, and there is some vinous wood too. Good mouthfeel quite round, as it still has some pleasant sweetness; malt flavor corrected by the typical Verhaeghe winey sour and fruity touch. The bitterness is quite low, and the final medium short. Complex and beautifully aged.

2003-11-09, 8-5-9-4-17=43
Clean dark amber color; creamy head. Original aroma: malt, sourness, cherries, toffee, caramel, cookies… Smooth, sweet and lightly sour, very similar to Duchesse de Bourgogne (therefore good!). Dangerously drinkable!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 25, 2003
A good one. A nice brown colour, an aroma of wine and a good sweet and sour taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Similar to it's siblings Vichtenaar and Duchesse de Bourgogne, sweetish like Duchesse, not as tart as Vichtenaar. Great sweet-sour flavors.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - MAR 30, 2003
Very light nose - pleasant, red amber color, huge fluffy head. Quick light malt taste, slight toffee tastes, chewy. Tight dry hoppy bitterness far back in the mouth. Thin and not complex. Clean palate. Pretty good - liked the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - MAR 18, 2003
Academie de la Biere, Paris: On TAP: Fruity nose. Red amber color, long lasting little head, leaving laces. Malty, candis sugar and fruity taste. Fullmouth medium bitter but short finish. Was a wonderful location and the beers were completed by great jazz music and moules de Geuze.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (28458) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAR 8, 2003
A deep red beer with an fine head. The aroma is sharp, fruity and sweet - probably stemming from a mixture of wild- and controlled fermentation. The flavor is sweet in the beginning, then sharp - which lingers a long time, and the aftertaste is sharp and sour. A good beer, but not as good as I had expected after trying The Duchesse.


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