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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 2552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Pours an effervescent deep reddish brown, topped by an inch and a half of soft beige-red foam. Good head retention, solid lacing. Aroma of cider and tart cherry. While sipping I can detect a subtle caramel malt presence. Tangy beer with sour cherry, freshly picked sun-warmed red raspberry, foxy wild grape, and oak flavors. The first sip made the fillings in my teeth hurt - they way that accidentally biting on aluminum foil does. Awesome! Finishes lighter and drier, though still very sharp, with a bit of a metallic taste. Raspberry wine vinegar with a hint of caramel in the aftertaste.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2007
11.2oz brown bottle from Florianís. My first Flemish Red. Dark brownish-red body with ruby-red highlights and a half an inch of light tan head. Smells acidic (like vinegar) with hints of fruit. Tastes acidic and fruity, like a raspberry maybe? After a few sips, a yeasty character starts to show too. Medium-bodied. Not sure what to think of this one... Iím sure itís to style and great for what it is, but I just canít get past that vinegar-like quality, which hurts the taste, smell, and drinkability... Call me unsophisticated and inexperienced, and compared to some I may be, but I am just not a fan of this one, sorry. At least I only ot an 11.2oz.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnydollar (35) - greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2007
pours dark but has a light mouthfeel. a thick sweetness with hints of muscadine and cherry. very enjoyable. my first flemish sour so i have little to compare. buy very yummy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (4730) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours very dark crimson with a thick tan head. The aroma is musty and sweet with traits of cobwebs, cherry, wood and only a hint of tartness / sourness. Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. The taste starts fairly sweet for a Flemish sour and has cherry, thick malt and candy cough drop. Fairly cloying as well. The finish adds a bit of spice and more of the cough drop taste. There is only the slightest hint of oak throughout.
This is an okay beer, but it doesnít have a lot of the traits I enjoy in a Flemish sour. If I went into it with different expectations I may have though differently.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheEnemy (562) - Chicago, USA - JAN 10, 2007
On tap.
Pours a dark clar ruby with virtually no head. Acetic aroma similar to apple cider -- very nice but one-dimensional. Strong apple cider flavor as well with a touch of balsamic vinegar, a pinch of spicy hops, and enough residual sugar to keep this beer from being aggressively tart. Tingly and creamy palate. This is a great "off-the-beaten-path" treat, and one of only two beers my beer-hating wife will drink.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10191) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2007
Nice, red-brown color and a huge, golden head. The aroma is sour with notes of berries. The flavour is sour, at fist rather like vinegar, but then more mellow sweet/sour, mostly sweet. It has a lot of berry notes, rowan berries, black currant and a little prune. Itís an exciting beer, and I quite like this type, not every day, but once a while...

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Dark amber colored with a nicely sized head. Impressive oaky tart vanilla aromas, fruity (raisin, cherry), alcohol, vinegar, candy sugar, and alot more. Very sweet & somewhat sour flavor, a strange blend. Refreshing mouthfeel with light carbonation, very smooth. This is a well-made & unique brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2007
750ml bottle pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a big creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces in layers. Aromas of sour cherries, oak, a touch of caramel and a little apple. Flavor is good caramel malts blended well with sour cherries. Some hints of oak on the edges and even a touch of chocolate. Soft creamy mouthfeel but the finish is a tad acidic. Well balanced quite complex and very tasty. Nice beer!

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2006
25 cl bottle. Yeast at the bottom. Dark brown colour with a weak head. Aroma of sourness, acid and sweet fruit. Lovely complex flavour of oak, sour and sweetness combined with fruit and spices. Very wonderful indeed.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (22853) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2006
Bottled. Dark brownish red in colour, with mediumsized beige head. Aroma is sour fruits along with dry dark fruits. Flavour is at first quite sweet dry fruit, then turns into a sour dark fruity, raisiny thing. Aftertaste again gets quite sweet with a "dry bittering touch". Must be one of the nicest beers in the Flemish Sour ale category I have had. Totally hides the ABV. Nice palate, very filling, and also the carbonation is at a good level.


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