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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: 2386   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (246) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
If you took a quick glance at the glass you might think little of this deep brown liquidís appearance. Holding it up to the slightest sparkle reveals a beautifully clear vermilion hue that shines bright and illuminates the whole glass. The ephemeral off-white head fizzes off quickly leaving only a slight bubbly film that laces remarkably well in my trappist glass. The nose first reminds of a dessert wine, with plenty of red grapes and the familiar fragrance of Champagne. A distinct woody aroma builds the character of this beer and with the subtle notes of sour cherries and ripe strawberries create a certain complexity that unfortunately is diminished by the strong vinegar aroma. Fortunately the vinegar does not appear so prominently in the flavor. In fact the usual puckering sourness is considerably trimmed in this Flemish Red, making way for a surprising blend of sweet grape and apple juice. As the beer warms up, the sourness becomes a bit more salient especially in the increasingly lingering aftertaste. Brown sugar, vanilla and a burst of cherries and berries erupt on the tongue as it reaches optimal temperature. The palate is light and airy with just enough carbonation to create a certain volatility that lets this brew open tremendously in the mouth. Delicious and luscious, this an odd Flemish Sour Ale that is certainly better behaved than some of its more aggressive brothers and would probably be a good introduction to the style. Apparently it ages very well, so I hope to keep a few in the cellar and find out!

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 6, 2006
BBD bottle 23-04-06: Red vinegar and raspberry nose, some apple notes, not all that pleasant; the flavor, however, is oaky and woody with apple tartness following a rather strange but absolutely delicious watermelon bubblegum sweetness; soft palate, yet it has a tangy acidic tartness for balance; very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Tart sour cherry aroma, with a delicious cheek pinching sour cherry taste. Delicious and thirst quenching,somewhat acidic, donít drink this before going to bed. Major acid reflux

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2006
ruby black appearance with minimal off-white head....cherry aroma with the typical tart flemish sour backbone....flavor is of of a kriek lambic as well, but has more of a tart wine-like backbone; there is some sort of chocolate, soy, and ginger in the flavor as well....nice palate

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
I cannot believe I havenít rated this yet! This is one of my stand-byís. Bottled Pours mahogany with an ivory head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is primarily cherries with some sour and vanilla qualities as well. Sour flavor is dominated by cherries and sweet malt. Huge sour apple notes and some musty smokiness as well.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 24, 2005
I had been waiting to try this style for a while so I picked this up when I saw Half-Time had some. Maybe a bad bottle, either way I was a little dissapointed. Great dark ruby, cherry, mahogeny body. Long lasting medium off-white haed. Nice lacing. Vinegar aroma. Very acidic, bubbly vinegar flavor. Sweet, bitter fruits. This beer explodes in your mouth like champagne. Became drinkable after a while. Different then anything else Iíve tried. Iíd like to try some more, but for now it was just a little extreme.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bobaidan (516) - Southington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 23, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2005 Aroma is almost wine like, with a definate vinager type scent. Flavors are a combination of fruity sweetness and sour. Almost like a soft drink rather than a beer. Definately not bad and very different. I nice change of pace, but not something Iíll be drinking often. **Edit** After drinking a second bottle of this I have dratically improved the rating. Once you know what to expect, this is an exceptionaly good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2005
large bottle 12/19/05. This is my first flemish sour and it was not at all what I expected. Extremely vinagar like in taste and smell. Very acidic. Reminded me of beer mixed with carbonated apple cider. Poured a cherry wood color with a decent head. I am going to have to try some others in this style but my first impressions are no better than average.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2005
(Bottle, ABS drinks) Dark brown colour, little slowly diminishing beige head, no lacing. Lots of acid bubbles. Aroma of orange peels, hops, spices, light alcohol, sweet fruits, light raisin, cherries, soap. Sour, spicy and sweet taste. Flavour of fruits (cherry) and wood. Vivid mouthfeel, almost like cola blended with alcohol. Some sweet and not too harsh maltiness in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Deep brown ruby, small fleeting off white head. Vinegary aroma turning vinous - interesting to say the least. Mouthfeel improves as it warms and there is a champagne like fizziness. Flavor of sour cherries and grapes, yet it is basically on the sweet side. The sweet finish isnít my style, but overall a well crafted beer. I need to try other examples of the style, and then perhaps try this again.


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