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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: 2392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2006
750ml - exp date Oct 2007 - Aroma is strong: red wine, yeast, red vinegar, and a hint of cherries. Pours a deep red with a nice fluffy light brown head that won’t quit, great lacing. Flavor is milder than aroma leads on, but still very flavorful. Red wine, candi sugar, yeast, red grape juice, and oak. Palate is tart, but sweet. As I kept drinking the bottle I liked it more and more. This is a very mild sour and very tasty too! My wife loves it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Yeggo (38) - USA - APR 8, 2006
citrus, ginger, REALLY sweet flavor, lot of head. Almost tastes like a dessert wine and can probably be served with a dessert course.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GG (2326) - NorCal, California, USA - APR 7, 2006
Simply incredible. This might be one of the BEST examples of a Flemish Sour you can find. A deep ruby red color with a khaki color head. Aroma was vinegary and sweet and fruity, very sharp. The flavor of this beer is so stinkin’ complex. There is a fruity, sharp, malty character that is just incredibly tasty. The best I might be able to sum the flavor is like an incredible basalmic vinegar, but that really doesn’t do it justice. The only negative thing was the slight taste of acetone in the finish, which I’m not sure where that comes from. At any rate, this is one great beer which I am glad to be able to buy anywhere at anytime.

4.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
boojummy (50) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2006
Outstanding beer. I’ve had this twice, most recently from a bottle at the Publick House in Brookline, MA. Beautiful red color. Foamy, white head that dissipates quickly. Notably tart and sour, but not overwhelmingly so-- just enough to round out the barley. Fruity aroma, in my girlfriend’s words, "like a super wine". Slight bitterness. Perfect, medium-light body and effervescent carbonation. My favorite beer next to Vuuve White. Find this if you can.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2006
Bottle. Pours a bronze red\brown with a minimal off-white head. Aroma of fermented cherries, and alcohol. Flavor is sweet up front, fruity, carbonated with a sour tart finish. Good body, ok brew.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demdeac40 (299) - Etowah, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2006
Beautiful. Smells of cherries and red berries. Pours a wonderfully dark brown color with a minute head. It does have some wine characteristics but the traditional slight sourness is wonderful

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kreepindeth (404) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 1, 2006
Definitely a unique beer. Smells like berries and red wine. Has a very wine-esque taste with some pleasant sourness. Nice tingling mouthfeel. Tastes almost like a lambic. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hezron (610) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Chewy aroma with sour cherries,...nice and funky and fruity. Amber-brown in color with a thing off-white head. Wow, sour flavor just explodes in your mouth with lots of cherries and other malt flavors. It ends fairly abruptly after the initial excitement. Thin body, fairly crisp and a dry finish. Fascinating...thanks Dave for sharing this one, straight from Belgium.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jrob21 (2677) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2006
Dark ruby color, big tan head. On tap at the brickstore for my birthday. Crisp and spicy aroma. Slightly sour with a red fruit taste. First adventure with the style and it was good. The second glass was better than the first.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2006
A dark ruby color with a very fruity taste. You can almost taste the cherrys in this one. It has an alcohol feeling to it higher than it’s %. All in all a good beer.


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