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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: 2776   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheJester (2533) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2008
330 mL bottle. This one is darker than I expected (donít know why, exactly) - reddish brown with a smallish but persistent head. The aroma reminds me of balsamic vinegar, with a little sour cherry thown in. There is a real sweet & sour thing going on with the flavour - very appealing. Some fruit (cherry again), oak, red wine, and sour. Great complexity. Very smooth. Medium to heavy carbonation. I really like this one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MuertosPorter (24) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Dark honey amber in color. A minimal amount of head with a good amount of lacing. An oaked sweetness on the nose. Sweet and sour notes. Clover honey and sour cherries. Sticky mouthfeel. The sweeter side seemed to overpower the tart sour notes. Not a favorite, but good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAR 4, 2008
aroma was fruity (grape?) and alcohol. this one had a nice strong tart kick in the middle and a dry finish. drink this one last if trying a bunch, this was in the middle and make the next couple hard to taste

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - MAR 3, 2008
Poured brown with a small off white head. Aroma of cherries. Good funkiness. Not really sour as others Iíve had. Mostly cherries. Shared with the fiancee.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davhix (38) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
delicious sour ale. poured nice head, dark ruby/red color. taste of cherries with a little hint of sour. very nice.

2.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2008
I thought it smelled like nail polish remover initially and K said all she could smell was barbecued shrimp. Interesting sour ale with a lot of complexity going on, but I couldnít get over the smell. The more I drank, the more a cherry syrup flavor started coming to the forefront. Definitely had better sours. Poured a gorgeous amber color, however.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kmeves (1098) - Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Pours a clear rubyt body with an off-white head, small lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, vinegar and oak. Flavor is medium sweet, cherry, some sourness and ther oak is less pronounced. Light-medium body, small carbonation. Sticky texture, long sour finish. Really a very nice beer.

1.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
slf245 (50) - USA - MAR 1, 2008
Too much like a carbonated dessert wine for me. Tart cherry. Good if I was in the mood for something other than beer. Would give me a tummy ache, like malt beverages (a la Smirnoff). Eww.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - FEB 27, 2008
33cl bottle. Deep red-brown with a small head that leaves a film after a few minutes. The aroma is definitely acidic, with a sweet caramel element under sour grapes, with some wet wood thrown in. The flavor reminds me of grape juice mixed with cherry juice; goes from sour to sweet, then a little vinegar. Slippery and oily body with soft carbonation. My first flemish sour, and its pretty much what i expected, but maybe a little fruitier. Interesting and kinda nice, but I donít think that I could drink a lot of it.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2008
Pours a dark amber brown with burgundy edges. Beautiful aroma of oak, cherry, vanilla and sour tartness. The combination of the two aged brown ales provides this beer with a perfect smooth balance that is not to sweet and not to tart. Hints of oak, vanilla, grape, cherry, sugar and sourness.


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