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

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 2291   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Oh, why did I try this? Was too tart and sour for me, but, It IS a flemish sour, right. Jim, you may have crept into my subconcious. This grew on me, like mss and mold.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - JUL 8, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2005 ruby red color with a quickly diminishing head. Aroma is very vinegary and lambic like. Flavor is very sweet and tart.WOW! As it warms the fruity flavors become more pronounced and very complex, more like a very strong wine.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
OldStyleCubFan (77) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Dark amber color... little to no head out of the bottle... looks like a flat coke. Clear sour cherry taste.....very sweat as well...nice smooth mouth feel... at first I thought it was a little too sweet but by the end, Iíve warmed up to it

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
schuimkroaat (413) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2005
Draught, 10de Mechelse Bierdag, 3rd July 2005, Mechelen. Dark mahogany colour, no haze, small lacy beige head. Aroma: caramel, wood, acetic acid, slightly perfumed. The taste is sweet-sourish, with basically the same components as in the aroma. Good body, nice carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2005
Red/brown color (very attractive) with a tan, dissapating head. Aroma of sour cherries and subtle toffee with balsamic vinegar omnipresent. Flavor is malt sweet throughout but acidity pervades and adds an enjoyable sweet/sour effect. Acidity dominates up front then malt sweetness overtakes it into the finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Otje (677) - Veendam, NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2005
#100. i hope itís worth it, i like flemish sour ale. so letís go! red/brown beer with a small biege head. aroma: sherry, oak, bit fruity(floral, citrus?), bit malty. tastes great: sourish, sweetish, fruity, wood(oak, sherry). finish is long, sourish, with lingering oak taste. body is thin/medium, with fizzy co2. very good, well balanced. good choice for a 100th rating.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lunkie (1398) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2005
Spicy sweet hop aroma. Clear brown colour with good head. Sweet floral flavour with spice malt and hops. Very complex. Fizzy palate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JUL 2, 2005
Tap at Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn NY. This beer is not for everyone. Extremely tart and fruity in taste. A great complex flavor that reminded me a little of an aged lambic but not as full bodied or heavy. It is actually quite crisp and refreshing to drink. I love to get it in the summer. Overall a great unique beer.

1.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
UnsofistaCat (234) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Wow. I just tried a new kind of beer, a so called Flemish Sour Ale, and think its absolutely disgusting. I hated this so much that Iím not sure Iíll even risk more hard-earned cash on a higher rated brand of this sour puss. Smelled of cooking wine with a dark brownish color with tints of red. Tasted of moldy wine and apple vinegar. Couldnít even finish it. On a positive note, I am imagining this ale being a great ingredient in an improvised North Carolina bbq sauce. Ironically, like another recent review, my mom actually liked it.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hawkshadow (107) - Rural Retreat, Virginia, USA - JUN 27, 2005
Pours clear amber, virtually no head. Aroma is weak at best, with sweet but also of a wine that is turning to vinegar. Initial flavor is slightly winelike, and reminds me of ducksauce at a chinese restaurant. Finishes slightly bitter, somewhat sweet. Not really one that I would sit back and enjoy. My wife and mother(who tasted it with me) both really enjoyed this.


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