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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: 2539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2007
Bottle via Vintage Estates Bottle Shop - Ohio. Pours a ruby-brown color with a smallish beige colored head that almost settles out. Aroma is vinegar like, grape, sour cherry, vinous. Flavor is more of the same blasamic, grape, sour cherry, vinous. Palate is medium light, medium carbonation, sharp, crisp, acidic, tart, at the same time sweet and fruity. There is a friggin party going on in my mouth and everyone is invited!!! Love this stuff!

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (17269) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 Deep red, sharp vinigar lambic like, but with full body sourness. I thought this bottle had turned but seeing other comments maybe not. Would not wzant more than 1 bottle at a time...3.0

tk2 Bottle at jens, brought back from belgium ... brown ... light balsamic vinegar ... no where as much as i remember .... deep fruits ... very light sourness ... ok but oddly i was hoping for a bit more sour. dark brown ... deep malt ... soft balsamic tones nose...rich soft fruits ... deep mellow fruits andagain balsamic3.4

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stew41 (1805) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - MAR 5, 2007
The most striking thing about this beer is the nose; masses of balsamic vinegar. Something I have not really encountered in beer prior. Balsamic still evident to taste but it makes way for some more overt sweetness with some clearly defined vinous notes. Not sure if this is a session beer but always great to taste something so different.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - MAR 4, 2007
Wow, what a disappointment. Has a nice color to it, dark red. Everything else is horrible. The beer is so acidic and sour thats its almost undrinkable. The aftertaste was absolutely unbarable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Svesse (6901) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2007
(Bottle) Dark reddish brown colour with foamy, pale brown head. Complex, acidic, slightly vinous nose with notes of chocolate, nuts, toffee and distinct aromas of balsamic vinegar. Some burnt notes hiding underneath a sweet and sour veil. Fruity and acidic taste that starts very sweet (with notes of brown sugar), turns more complex with slightly roasted notes and fruity hints of citrus (blood oranges?), prunes and dark rye bread. Slightly oaky sweet and sour finish. Very different beer, in my opinion one of the better in the Flemish sour style. Would probably even get better after a year or two in the cellar, that would probably even out some of the overly sweet notes. However, great beer as it is.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 25cl bottle. In the glass it has a deep burnt amber hue. The aroma reminded me of stout with lots of liquorice smells. It had a lose brown head. Flavour was incredible - At first it was sour fruit, orange and lemon. This gave way to a sherbert like sweetness. This mellowed into a hoppy dryness with lots of dry oakyness with spices. Very tasty - not heavy and very enjoyable. Maybe its a litlle too sugery, but I’d still say its a winner.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TChrome (1447) - Bedford, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2007
I am predisposed to Flemish Sours. Beer pours dark ruby color with a big, totally retained, bubbly off white colored head. Aroma is a bit vinegar like with a bit of earthiness and yeast. Flavor is likewise, though for me the sourness is too much like vinegar to be as enjoyable as might be. There is some cherry sweetness as well. Just not going to be my favorite in the category.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2007
beautiful dark brown hazy color with a short lived light brown head. flavor is very unique. a sweet malty start that finishes with a tremendous tart flavor. only complaint is that it is slightly too carbonated and that tartness may take away from some complexities. overall it is a refreshingly unique beer

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. A typical belgium dark beer, not bad but at the same time not special. Not very complex with a bit artificial flavour.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
elektronikfagtekniker (891) - kbh, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
bottle. dark amber color. no head. buttery aroma. berrys in aroma too. lots of berrys in taste. woddy and acidy. strong and sweet.


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