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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: 2637   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.


3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Rerate, tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Not sure what the deal was with this pour, but I couldn’t even drink this: smelled like oily, overripe fruits and balsamic vinegar (similar notes to before, but I found it overpoweringly balsamic-y this time around); fit only for salad dressing. Acidic and vinegary in the mouth (though not exceptionally tart or sour at all); flabby carbonation, overripe and pretty gross sour ale. Even at half-price happy hour, this wasn’t worth the $3. I’ll revisit this in a bottle someday, but it won’t be anytime soon. 4.4.5.3.12=2.8

Draft, Brickskeller. The very last of the keg, evidently. Pours a clear, dark mahogany-ruby color, like a rich, reddish wood; light tan head with large-bubbled retention and patchy lacing. Dense, mildly tart and overripe red fruit aroma; hints of balsamic vinegar and sour cherries; a bit of toasty oak. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: surprisingly relaxed tartness; dense, dried red fruits, oily fruit leather, and a hint of vinegar, but nothing very sharp or tart (could use some more acidity as well); a bit flabby, all told. Medium, dried red fruit and somewhat doughy finish. 8.4.7.4.14=3.7

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Pours a wine-dark red with a thin head. Aroma is amazing- sour steak sauce with a hint of dark malts. The flavor is more of the same, but with a great Belgian acid sourness that really goes great with the burnt steak sauce flavor. Finishes with a nice sweetness on the tongue. One of my favorite beers... a work of art. I usually drink the 350ml bottles, but just drank a 750ml bottle last night... a bit too much sweetness for that much beer. I would suggest sharing if you get one of these.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stoopsy99 (3) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 13, 2007 does not count
This beer’s biggest drawback might be how unusual it is. Sour fruit on the nose. An almost vinegary, cidery, sweet and sour dark fruit flavor on the front palate fading to wood on the finish. Great depth of flavor, but takes some definate getting used to. Not for beginners. Acquired from The Spirit Shop in Norman, Oklahoma.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Draft at Brouwer’s Cafe in Seattle. Poured a hazy ruby red color. Head was light tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of sour cherry and other mixed fruit, molasses, and a hint of milk chocolate. There was mild acidity on the tongue that was unfortunately overwhelmed by a cloying sweetness. Tasted of cherry, green apple, and distinct oak. There was some nice malty caramel in the finish. A bit too sweet for me, but pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
epassa (105) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - SEP 6, 2007
Ruby color, good head. Aromas: Sour, acid, apple, cherry, citric. Palate: Sour, malt, oak, fruity, sweet. Complex.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TechMyst (167) - Fox River Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2007
Root beer appearance; opaque with garnet as transmitted color. White wine aroma. 4 months after ’best by’ date, but let’s be honest, that shouldn’t matter much here. Apple cider vinegar taste. Sweet/sour dry grapes. No head retension; thick rings which slid back into brew. Bubbles spaced very far apart. Tried this warmer than normal. Thin Mouthfeel. No bloating, which is unique to this style for me. Resinous palate. Oaky with tart cherry undertones. Almost cloyingly sweet. Drinkable though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2007
BB 12-08. Pours almost clear but deep, dark ruby in color with rust hints; head is full, pale beige, rocky at first, but surprisingly lasting and firm, leaving nice lacing. Nose is tart and sour but not overly so, as with most of the style; lightly acetic notes of overripe chery, some sour apple notes, wet rotting logs, light musty yeast notes, even some sweet notes of caramel. Flavor is surprisingly not sharp with sour notes; still some overripe cherry notes, sweet notes of bruised apple and caramel, wet oak, and light musty notes. Palate is decent, soft to lively, medium, and velvety. Finishes with the tart notes disappearing, leaving the bruised apple notes and wet oak giving some light bitterness. Certainly one of the more "tame" Flemishes with the sharp, tart, acetic notes being fairly light and not so dominant. It was nice for a change but still left me wanting the brash notes of others in the style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stdavid (6) - ITALY - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
Brown with red highlights, good head. Smells sour (lambic like) and woody, the taste is bittersweet and sour and you can feel the oak. Very drinkable and refreshing. Great beer but too sweet to be perfect!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kp (10884) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2007
oh that’s beautiful! intriguing sour aroma that masks the depth to come. deep dark red, fluffy spongy head. sharp sour bite is quickly matched with a velvety soft sweetness and cherry finish. the oak came out halfway through and continued to get sweeter.


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