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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: 2334   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NosirIwont (1962) - Aalborg Vestby, DENMARK - OCT 31, 2005
Bottle. Pours deep red/brown with a brownish head. Quite complex aroma; mostly balsamico vinegar at first, but gives room for notes of sherry, chocolate and rhum as it warms, the balsamico vinegar still being the dominant aroma, though. Flavour is mostly balsamico as well. You’d think that this would be hard to drink, but it actually works really well, especially as it is quite well-balanced. There are some slight metallic notes, though, but overall this is a really fine beer. 28-10-05.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maupie (927) - Roosendaal, NETHERLANDS - OCT 29, 2005
This beer has a dark brown body - hue apperance and a coarse light brown scum collar. I have drunk the beer from the bottle and it had a lot of carbonic acid. The initial flavor taste is sweet/acid.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
duke33 (68) - Eldersburg, Maryland, USA - OCT 28, 2005
Beautiful ruby coloured beer, with a small white head. An interesting sour ale...had a nice sweet sour cherry taste. Not a large hoppy taste to overpower the cherries...it was very well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fairyqueen (1) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 21, 2005 does not count
This is one of my favorite beers. It is complex. Sweet and sour at the same time. This is a beer that I like to just sip slowly and enjoy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Clear deep red with little head. Vinegar aroma with some earthy notes and a hint of raspberry. Sweet and sour flavor. Excellent body and rich but carbonated mouthfeel. Very clean yet the light and fruity sour flavor lingers delicately on the tongue. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
Red-brown with bubly vanishing cream coloured head. Vinegar like aroma with notes of maraschino and higher alcohols. Some earth flavours blends well with the vineous sour flavours. Sweet yet balanced and fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8493) - Bochum, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2005
(bottle) Dark ruby red colour with a creamy off-white layer. Vineous aroma of black currant, raisins, also vinegar. Bittersweet flavour, sweet malty and sour fruity taste, slightly acidic. Medium bodied, somewhat woody; tart sweetsour finish with a light bitter hoppiness. Not a disappointing but decent Flemish Red.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Clear reddish brown colour with thin off with head. Sour malt vinegar nose. Saour acidic taste with dry saour finish. A real lip puckerer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Pours dark reddish orange brown with a thin tan head. Tart aroma of cider, tart cherries, funky brett, red wine, berries, and oak. The taste is sweet and sour. Starts fruity, yeasty, and acidic which slowly mellows into an earthy, woodsy finish. Notes of oak, dried fruits, and dusty yeast. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Good mix of sweet and sour with a great aftertaste. I thought this was too extreme the first time I had it, but with a second bottle I’ve grown to like this. Quite unique.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark brown/ruby. Bubbly tan head fizzes away quickly. Wild yeast, berries, oak, subtle malt and alcohol, touch of spice, also-complex aroma. Same flavor. Body is a bit heavy, needs to warm up a bit. Has a certain taste in the finish I can’t put my finger on. Medium/full body, well carbonated. Very good.


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