masteren (15) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and fruity, with a taste an smell of oakwood.
Refrishingly with a good after-taste.
A fine beer for both men and (maybe even more) women.
When you first taste it, you will come back for more..
MPA (860) - Amager (form. NÝrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with off white head. Malty, fruiyte, spicy aroma with a sourish, sweet and a little metallic flavour.
jonno (2345) - JAPAN - OCT 25, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 a real treat...quite surprising as this is my first red ale. Almost like a nice red wine. 750ml which allowed me to appreciate it more as the bottle wore down. definately recommended...
Theis (14087) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at home - shared with Mette.Dark red - white head This is for fans of burned rubber. Burned rubber (the good kind), red berries, sour, some sweetness. A very lovely beer.
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2006
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorites for sure. The Duchesse pours out a medium to dark brown color a slight brown head. The Aroma is to die for--great sweet oak aroma combined with hints of bourbon and port--very complex and appealing. The mouthfeel is right on, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is great--more sweet than sour. Lots of oak and molasses flavors. Great beer.
DerWeg (1546) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ahh, whatís over twelve dollars for a hard-to-get beer nowadays? Fact of life, some beers you have to try once regardless.
I did try this at BeerBistro today, and while I love BBís selection, atmosphere & service, I was not much enamoured with the Duchesse.
My choice today was just a little too round and fat for me, the tartness was too simplistic, there was little complexity or finish, and none of the mysterious ícellarí notes I personally enjoy in Flemish ale.
Maybe those qualities evidently lacking would emerge if the sweetness were tamed over 3-4 years? Sadly, I only had 20 minutes! ;)
Liefmanís Goudenband and Petrus Oud Bruin are my winners, fresh off the shelf. Iím picky about Gueuze as well - I want immediately present character and at least a little demanding complexity (though as far as ícharacterí Iím a wimp about Rodenbach GC Flemish, it hurts my head!!)
Simple sweet-tart Aroma did nothing for me (God Iím spolied) and the feel was a little unpleasantly sticky.
hiphops (286) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown with red. frothy head. smells like malt vinegar mustard cherry oak. taste real sweet with only a trace of acidity. complex. brown suagr cherry wood very good beer little too sweet for me
PJMTL (9) - LaPrairie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Good carbonation with a nice crisp, dry taste of Cherries, smooth body and a full mouthfeel.Tart with a lightly sour taste of sour dark cherry flavor and a slight hint of oak with a malty finish. I much enjoyed this Flemish Red Ale, a very good balance between maltiness and tart sourness
antzman (315) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Thank you Dave Howard for sharing this one with me. Best before 03/02/04. Hmmm... that could be a bit troubling. And sure enough, one the top was popped, 1/4 of the beer came flowing out. Plenty of carbonation in this one! Luckily, I was able to save most of this one. Pours a medium brown with a reddish tint. HUGE head on this one, but based on the way it exploded out of the bottle, it is understandable. This beer was screaming to be drank, and I was happy to oblige. The arome of tart red cherries, with some woody notes. The flavor is very good. Excellent tartness, a hint of wood from the cask aging, and a clean tart finish. Excellent Flemish Sour Ale. I wish I could have recovered the lost 2-3 ounces of this one.
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 11.2 slender brown bottle with best before date on the back label, 30.03.07, sampled at a cool cellar temperature served in a flute glass.
Poured a ruby hued brown with a frothy, foamy off-white head that settled into a thin lacing, small amount of laced, ringed sticking.
Aromas of a tart dark red wine, hints of dark cherries, and oak woody.
Good carbonation and a nicely crisp, dry and tart, carbonated smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
Good tart, lightly sour taste, wine-like in itís alcohol presence and tart, sour dark cherries flavor, a subtle sweet caramel maltiness, a little woodiness, a light lime towards the end and a dry, sour cherry and lime, woody, malty finish.
A very enjoyable Flemish Red Ale, a good balance between the tart sourness and malty sweetness, well worth trying.