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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2293   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDalkoholic (2141) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 13, 2005
11.2 oz bottle: The aroma is robust just like a red chardonay wine and has a trace of green apples to it too. Color is brown and tinted red on the trim of the glass. Thick topping of head created and will remain throughout the drink. This is a very interesting beer because of the strong sour flavors in it that remind me of Now and Laters and somewhat like sour Skittles along with other similar sour candies. Dark, robust, sweet, tart, sour, dry, and sugary are only a few words i will use to sum up everything i feel while drinking this beer. It will give way to a touch of sweet yet sour green apple that seems to be unripe as well as cantelope and a notice of yeast presence. I look forward to having the chance to find other flemish sour ales in the future to better understand the Belgium art of flemish brewing further. After all, this was my first experience with the style.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (3945) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2005
kept putting this beer up to my nose and could not figure out what the smell reminded me of...lambic-like in taste, but much sweeter ( a little too sweet for my tastes) aroma is amazing though its not really my bag, baby

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 (1399) - 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.


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