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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle. Pours an off colour maroon. Thin white head. Very sweet, thick. A little too sweet for me. Nice and warming going down. Good with desert.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Red ale color with thin tanish head. Sour nose (in a good way) and a good lightly sweet cider taste. Leaves palate clean. Really good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2343) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle from Santa - Thanks! Deep ruby, tan head. Nose is candied balsamic vinegar, tons of fruit, caramel malt, light acid. Flavor is more of the candied balsamic, lots of caramel, light chocolate notes, refreshing fruits (apple pops out and then disappears again), pleasingly tart.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Pours dark ruby, thin off white/pink head. Aroma is sour sherry, vinegar, oak, brandy. Flavor is sour, tangy cherry: peaks and then drops into a nice sherry/wheat/bologna hum. Quite sweet, but not offensive. My mother would like this.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Clear reddish brown, or maybe burgund... Tiny khaki head. Alluring aromas of portwine and balsamic vinegar. Fruity sweet-acidic flavors, mostly cherries. Also notes of dried fruits, almonds and rock-candy. Syrupy mouthfeel. Quite sweet finish. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2007
Bottle. Poured reddish brown with off white head. Acidic nose, with notes of dried cherrries, brown sugar and leather. Delicious tart flavors with cherry and oak. Fairly full bodied. Long sour aftertaste. I wish i had another bottle right now!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Aroma: Acetic vinegar notes, cherryish and fruity with some malty, chocalatey overtones and brett character. Oaky. Complex. Appearance: Long lasting head, burgundy, clarity good. Nice. Hints of brown but more of a dark red. Flavor: Very complex. Sweetish candy notes with a lactic sourness and fruity finish. Oaky tannins are very prominent and hints of vanilla also from the oak. Cherry and fruity flavors, some sherry. Lovely. Palate: Not harsh at all, but a little sweet. It’s sweet and sour, but I would prefer more sourness. Tastes like it is sweetened like a Lindemans. Overall: Excellent beer. Very complex, very drinkable, nicely balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottled. Dark reddish brown. Huge creamy tan head. Aroma like a sweet aged balsamic. Sweet malty taste with a strong acidic finish. Very well rounded and quite pleasant. A fine example of a Flemish Sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4166) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Bottle. Head was large creamy and off-white with lasted for a long time. Body was slightly cloudy and color was light brown-ruby like. Aroma was perfume, sweat, barnyard, leather, grape, apple, pear, peach, vinegar. Medium bodied, with a slightly sticky texture and a soft carbonation. God moderated balance between the acidic and sweet. Nice fresh acidic in the finish with an average duration. Surprisingly good experience that is above the Lindemans that we hade.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2007
Pours a deep, clear, dark red with a small head with great lace and decent retention. Aroma quite pungent - sour cherries overpowers. Taste is much more interesting - the cherries are still there, and so is a touch of yeast, but so is light malting, milk chocolate, sweet cherries, and a bready warm aftertaste with just a hint of sourness on the inhale. Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying, and the light carbonation is perfect! Easily my favourite Flemish sour ale.


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