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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: 2333   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.


2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown/red color. Vinegar aroma. Sweet taste. Cherries. A bit too sweet for my taste but not bad. The head disappeared fast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1516) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Poured ruby with a light brown head and tons of lacing. Big vinegar and wine aroma. Flavor starts tart and sweet together, like a fine balsamic with melon. Finishes a little too sweet, with an almost grape soda like flavor. Full bodied and very wine like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 3/20/06 Re-rate -- I guess my tastes have changed somewhat as I upped this things ratings from a 3.1. Oh well... Great red body with a light medium ivroy head. Sourdough, vinegar, and granny apples dominate the aroma. Initial vinegar taste, blending to a sweet fruit. Slight metallic tang in the ending. A great beer.

Dark brown color with a high amount of head. Almost no aroma, somewhat sour. Thick taste that is like sourdough bread. No major overtones for taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 07/11/2010. "Exp. Date: 03/10". Clear dark amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet cherry, fruit and light vineagar aroma. Slightly tart cherry, fruit and balsamic vineagar flavor. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 8/4/8/4/15 - 3.9 Brown in color with a thick white head that dissipated into a thin lacing on the glass. Slightly sour aroma, but a fairly sweet taste. 5/4/9/4/16-3.8

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Vinegar aroma dominates. Red/brown with a firm tan head. Fore is fuity-sweet with a sour-vinegar finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat still despite ample carbonation. Sour cherry flavors come out as it warms.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Bottle, 25cl. Nice label. Dark ruby colour with a beautiful, lasting and creamy beige head. Nice carbonation. The first contact is primarily vinegary, with hints of fruits as well. Flavour is strong vinegar, sweet and sour, with small notes of berries. Nevertheless, the end is very sharp and the combination with what i was eating wasnít quite pleasant. Maybe with cheese? Definitely, not my type of beer although i could consider this a very good experience.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (51) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Sampled on draught at The Blind Pig in Champaign, Il. A beautiful and complex beer, redolent of sour cherries and oak. This was an introduction to Flemish Sour Ales for me, and Iíll definitely seek out additional examples.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3152) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Pours dark red with a tanned head.Nice fresh sourness. Aromas of fruit, leather, balsamic vinegar and almond essence. Sour finish.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
Aroma has hints of wine, medicine, and paint remover. Whoah! Head is tan colored and endures to the end. Color is a mix of red and bronze...beautiful. Sweetness dominates flavor initially, gradually overtaken by sourness; however, both sweetness and sourness fade from the palate quickly leaving behind little trace of the initial sweet/sour explosion.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 Dear Duchess,
It pains me to do this. You used to be my favorite beer in the whoooole wide world. I used to salavate at the very mention of your lovely name. I rated you 4.9 our first time, but itís been like 390 beers ago. Thatís a lot of beer under the bridge, and Iím afraid my affections have faded.
Donít get me wrong! I still think youíre an awesome babe and Iíd love to hang with you once in a while. But Iíve moved on, itís time for you to find another girl to sweetly lure into the world of craft beer.<P>Beer is a pretty, clear, very dark ruby-brown color with a large, off-white, frothy, mostly lasting head and nice lacing.<P>Aroma is vinous, sweet-sour: malty with light notes of toasted grain, cookie and caramel; hoppy with light notes of dill-like herb; yeasty with a light note of dough and damp cellar; packed with miscellaneous notes of moderately weighty copper, cherries, heavy balsamic vinegar, light notes of cinnamon and five-spice powder.<P>The flavor is like soda pop; totally missing the sour part of the FSA equation: heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter with an average-length, moderately sweet, lightly acidic finish. Still dig the copper/blood-like retros. Refined sugar aftertaste.<P>The body is light, the texture is watery-to-velvety and the carbonation is lively.<P>Iím off to go hang with that Dulle Teva chick now... I hear she really puts out.


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