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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheQuaffer (14) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2007
Bottle from Ghent. Pours a reddish brown colour with a thin head. A fruity & sweet smelling aroma. Has a well balanced sour taste. Give me a Duchesse over a Rody every time!

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Carlus12 (361) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 7, 2007
Cask @ Lowlander, London. Pours murky reddish brown. Very thin head. Aroma is dark fruits / raisins & cherry. Taste is sour fruits and malts. Interesting and a little different.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - OCT 7, 2007
On tap a the Stumbling Monk, and served in proper glassware. Pours hazy reddish brown with a thin but dense off-white head. Aroma of tart cherries, lemon, vinegar. Full body and light carbonation. The taste is surprisingly sweet, and the cherry/lemon taste is only vaguely represented. It’s replaced by oxidized apples. A lightly woody, lightly vinous finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cheap (5152) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2008 At the Vintage Estates Octoberfest Beer Tasting Festival in Boardman Ohio. Poured out of champagne bottle with a cork. Aroma is sweet, tart and slightly vinegary, like home made dago red. It makes my mouth water. Looks like light colored rootbeer. Thin tea froth for a head. The initial taste yields interesting and unique flavors. Very complex. Has some tartness mixed in with a somewhat champagne palate. Upper back of throat mild citrus bite. Really nifty on the taste buds. Reminds me a bit of dago red wine mixed with seven up or gingerale. This is more like a champagne than a beer. The taste is morphing, now it reminds me a bit of Cold Duck; a favorite drink of my youth. Finish is rather friendly and warming, no observable bitterness. Really good beer! You would never know it is over 4%, mild session.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Draught: Sour aroma. Smells of schmegma, funk, and Limburger cheese. Poured ruby red/brown with a small tan head. Good lacing. Clear. Disgusting sour and tart flavor. Tastes of dark fruit, Limburger cheese, and mold. Medium to full body. Dry texture. Lively carbonation. Dry sour finish. Overall, YUCK!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Unusual dark red color, frothly tan head, no visible carbonation. Definite cherry aroma overpowers any other typical beer smells like malt or hops. Smells like a fruit punch or cranberry cocktail. A bubbly light palate. A definite Kriek beer packed with berry - like cherry . Just like the aroma, the fruit dominates all other things one expects from a beer. No hearty malt, no dry hops. Perhaps good for those who dont enjoy beer - the former Zima crowd and new malt vodka types. Its tart and different, but if your looking for a traditional beer, stay away.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2007
dark brown/ruby nice head. sweet fruit with a hint of sour akin to a red wine maybe. rich malt with a nice rounded mouthfeel. finish brings out the sourness just enough to let you know its there. even shows signs of a light cherry soda on occassion. like a cheerwine minus the sweetness for you southerners. lovely and easy drinking. one of my favorites.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdelljh (155) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2007
This was a sweet ale with much carbonation. It reminded me of a malt liquor, perhaps it was because of the subtle sourness. strong citrus flavor. Not the belgian i expected, but good nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BenRod (48) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - OCT 3, 2007
Dark brown body with offwhite head. good fruity aroma with a lot of dark malt. Taste was very malty with a nice finish.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
authenticbeer (1) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 3, 2007 does not count
Pours out smooth with minuscule carbonation. The nose on this beer is full of dark fruit with spicy/sour hints. The taste was malty sweet, with the sour aspects saved for the finish. Recommendation: In bottle, store for about 2-3 months to make sure the yeast takes up some of the residual sweetness if the beer is still young.


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