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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: 2685   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2007
On tap. Brown crimson color with a sweet almost cherry aroma. Flavor is bitter and sweet a the same time. It works though. The cherry aspect is awesome. There is also hints of oak and dried fruit. It is difficult to compare this to any other beer. Sour ales are in a class all their own. You either praise it or abhor it. I love this beer.

1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - OCT 18, 2007
Bottle. Dark, almost cola dark, with lots of effervescence on glass and a modest, tight tan head. This beer resembles a root beer. Smells like vinegar, just god awful. Sweet, with a slight vinegar flavor. Very smooth. But, the vinegar flavor is just awful. Had to pour this out. Just awful. I gave it a 2 overall because it is smooth.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2007
bottle- enjoyed this, but was not as sour as I was expecting or hoping. Rather, this had a nice tart (slightly sour), cherry/raisin flavor, followed by a strange and enjoyable toffee like finish that was smooth...Aroma was semi disappointing as I smelled a lot of the balsamic qualities others have written about. More sweet than sour in parts for sure, but very good nonetheless. Still, not as good as Rodenbach.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PHXHOPLOVER (50) - LAVEEN, Arizona, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Wow, not expecting this sour ale to be so sweet, but not bad for balance. If it wasnt sour, it would be way too sweet. Kind of a desert beer. Good sour belgian ale smells. Tastes of cherries, and fruits, with a hint of caramel and slight roastiness from the dark mal.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 13, 2007
On tap at Ortinos Northside. Pours a ruby red/brown with a smaller creamy/bubbly almost pink head. Aroma of red wine, malty sweetness, mixed berries and light oak. Flavor of red wine, mixed berries, oak, malty sweetness.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
33cL bottle, from old notes. Deep ruby red color with short lived tan foam, not so good lacing. Lots of oaky sweetness in the aroma, bit too sweet on the flavor end, almost seems like it was artificially sweetened.

3.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
uoffgator (49) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2007
This is a good sour ale. Very deep in color creamy head and a unique full flavour. Has a bitterly sweet flavor that is perfect for after dinner or a pre dinner cocktail. Surprisingly light for all its rich tones.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DownsouthGav (601) - Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 10, 2007
Pours a garnet colour beer. Bold beige head. Soft mouthfeel. Some carbonation. Complex taste with sourness, vinegar, yeast, malt, raisins, dates and spiciness. A real joy to drink.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10408) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
Pours red brown with an abscent head. Aroma is sweet sour with hints of malt and balsamico. Flavor is sweet sour and a bit watery in the middle before a mild sourness kicks in. Rather vinous but lacks character.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheQuaffer (14) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle from Ghent. Pours a reddish brown colour with a thin head. A fruity & sweet smelling aroma. Has a well balanced sour taste. Give me a Duchesse over a Rody every time!


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