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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: 2293   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark brown with a thin but solid head. Sweet aroma carrying wine and pine. Flavour is tart, sweet, and smoky with a viscous mouthfeel.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2472) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2005
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Nov 06). This had some really nice flavours and aromas going on - oak, soft fruit, vinous a hint of malt with a small level of tartness. I just couldnt get past the sweet finish which combined with high carbonation and tartness had an almost artificial sherbert feel. I wanted to like this but couldnt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 250ml bottle in Duchesse de Bourgogne glass. Smells of cherry and grapes, and the usual malt, grains et cetera. Dark red. Yellowy foam. Not that sour, almost like a kriek. Hm, it’s nice but too weak.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bockyhorsey (2610) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Asilage fermantaion aroma stood out that wasn’t overly offencive. Body was dark but held to light had a mahogany hue to it. Decent head and plenty of lacing. Flavor was more like wine. Sweet and sour notes but not sour enough to overpower a beer drinker. Fruity tones left on palate an enjoyable brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2335) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2006 Burgundy (go figure) body with a moderate head. Aroma is extreme vinegar with notes of wood and cherry. Flavor is the same, wonderful stuff. Sweet n sour all the way.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 20, 2005
Deep reddish colour with a foamy beige head. Fruity, light tart aroma with yeasty and woody notes. Fruity, wellbalanced sweet flavor with hints of spices. Light tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle, the aroma is a strange combination of sweet and vinegar; dark brown color with a long-lasting tan head; the taste is definitely sour, very much my taste.......

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (13283) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
25cl bottle. Beautiful deep red/brown colur, no head at all. Red wine nose and apple. Weird! Some sour cherry . Sweet sour mouthfeel. Starts with sweet cherry but quickly followed by an attack of sourness. This beer really shouldn’t work, but it does. Mainly because of the sweet/sour intensity and the cherry fruit. Although in no way is this comparable to any kriek I have had. Candy sugar flavour provides some of the sweetness. Glad I bought a second bottle

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottle. I’ve had this on multiple occasions now, and each time was different, so this will be a composite description. Dark brownish red, not unlike Cherry Coke. Aroma was sweet and sour and had a hint of vinegar. The flavor, on the other hand, had more than a hint of vinegar. Very ciderish in flavor. Sometimes, the sip is sweet, the next is sour. Aside from the cider flavor, there was a bit of darker berries and even a tinge of chocolate. Not bad for a first foray into Flemish sours.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8611) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. A browny red coloured beer with a nice cream coloured nead and good lacing. The aroma is cherry fruits, oak, wood and lots of cobwebs. The taste is quenching. Good fruitiness; good mustiness and nicely sour. Tickles the back of the throat. A really tasty moreish beer. Top stuff.


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