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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2469   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2006
12 oz bottle. Only my second Flemish Sour, I liked the first one so I’m looking forward to this. Pours a deep reddish brown with a medium foamy head. The aroma has notes of tart fruit and reminds me of traditional lambics. The taste is light and fruity with a tart slightly sour aftertaste. It leaves a nice feeling in the mouth. Not as sour as I would have expected by quite enjoyable. I’m curious how a brew like this would fare with age.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
GandGKevin (932) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
I can see that this is either a beer that you love or hate. Thick tan head with aromas of sour fruit. The first taste starts off slightly sweet and then turns into flavors of sour green apples. Loved it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrewSquid (45) - Plattsburg, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2006
Ruby-red in color with a a fine head and a wonderful lacing of the glass. DO NOT drink when it is too cold as you will miss much of the drinking experience. Allow it to warm as the label suggests to 47-53 degrees F. The tannin and vinegar detectable in the flavor & aroma are similar to those found in a fine balsamic. There is also a slight ’oakiness’ noticable in the aroma. Beautifully done!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1563) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle: Dark copper color with a delicate off-white head. Tangy, sweet vinegar aroma. Also, I sensed some oaked cherries. The taste is absolutely delightful. It is akin to a stronger hard cider. The ale is as refined as the duchesse on the label. It leaves a wonderful taste tempting you to drink it in massive gulps. It is quite smooth going down. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this gem with me!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (37271) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby color with a small off-white head, settles to a thin film quickly. Fruity aroma (apples), with some woody notes. Intense sour flavor, lots of fruit, complex and vinous.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3696) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 5, 2006
11.2 oz bottle - Pours a clear dark reddish-brown. I think this bottle was on the liquor store shelf for a long time. The yeast is all stuck to the bottom of the bottle and the ale poured clear enough to look filtered. However, the "best before" date isn’t stamped. Anyway, the aroma is of sour fruit (apples and cherries) and some vinegar. The flavor is sweet and sour with the sour cherry flavors coming through nicely. The body seems a little too thin, while the finish is quite tart. Interesting and enjoyable, it’s certainly a departure from most beer styles.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1924) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
lovely. had recently at beer bistro, had it many times before at Smokeless. chocolate and lots of semingly creamy notes. kinda acidic but nice. it has that sweet and sour mix down...

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (1859) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Nice and dark with a reddish hue, and thin white head. Aroma is effervescent cidar vinegar with spices. Taste is better than I expected... not nearly as sour, and fairly sweet with very little pucker in the finish. Not a favorite, but not bad for its style. $3/11.2

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (5949) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Draft at the Biergarden, Portsmouth VA, 10/28/06: Very dark red with a thin body. Definite vinegar in the aroma, but nice rounded sweet sugary flavors. Quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scania (188) - Malmö, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2006
A few years old 75 cl bottle. Amber. Flavor: Vinuous with notes of wood. Flavor: Fruity. Subdued sourness. The maturing has made it softer. One of my favourite beers


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