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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: 2319   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3340) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 10, 2005
Deep ruby brown, lasting tan head.Sour acteic nose.Starts sweet, slightly acetic, then sour. Unfortunately there is a metallic tone that spoils the beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DonMagi (5596) - bantervile, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2007 Well my 200th rating at last, iv seen this so many times but have been told i wouldnt like it as its not my style(im not a big fan of souness). However i found the aroma intence and intresting, sour, hops, malt(just raw malt), tomato vinigar, and about 400000 others aswell. taste is sweet and sour and as it warms it gets far to complex for me, it actually overpower me by the end and was glad to finish, one to have again yes, but only one at a time with food(which type im not sure yet) i would imagine). TIME FOR THE MUSIC!!!!!!!� RERATE: Bottle in the rake, London. Just an amazing sour ale, creamy mouthfeel, tart sourness with balanced red malts. Oh yes this is a very very good ale.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
veronika (410) - SWEDEN - AUG 8, 2005
Black, with a creamcolored head. Aroma from grapes, plums and some alcohol. Floral grapefruit flavor, red wine, fruyits, juniperberry, some cinnamon and with a sweet finish. Different and a bit hard to define.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2005
On tap at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL. I’ve had this several times out of the bottle, first time on tap. I’m always struck with the sour cherry flavors, although I’m not 100% there is even any fruit in this beer. I’m not a big Belgian fan, but I’ll drink this before the Abbaye des Rocs Brune or Grand Cru anyday (which to me have far too many banana notes in them.) The clove and nutmeg profile added a nice touch. This is a great sipper, doing an entire bottle is a chore.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2005
Pours a deepish red color with an off-white head. Fruity aroma with a good bit of spices. Flavors are a lot like a sangria at first getting sour in the middle with some weird unknown flavor in the finish. It helps to balance out the sour pretty well but isn’t the beer’s best attribute.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (9888) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
750 mL bottle from Dumdum. Burgundy red with a thin off-white rich head. In aroma, vanilla fudge and oranges are noted. In mmouth, crême brulé with sour points comming out well. However, the bottle is off, or oxidized, and lost some of its umphh...

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10278) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
(Bottle at Le Poechenellekelder, Brussels) Amber with an offwhite head. Floral aroma, fruity and quite strong. Fruity malty flavor with vanilla and notes from red wine. Grape and juniperberry. Sweet finish with some cinnamon. Different and a bit hard to define, but quite ok.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JK (4401) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2005
Good, complex aroma. Balsamic vinegar, lambic-like yeast aroma, and light fruit and spices. Red, with a small head that continues to float on the beer. Not as sour as I expected, particularly after the liquor store clerk made a point of telling me it was sour. Somewhat sour anyway, with abundant sweetness. The wood aging is evident in the flavor as well. A very lambic like aftertaste. I will drink this again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Zeswaft (1368) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2005
This is the weirdest "beer" i have ever had. It smells and tastes so much like sweet red wine. Has a sour taste, too. At very short times during the tasting do you ever get any flavor of remotely beer. Won’t ever get it again.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2500) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2005
Clear, dark ruby-orange with a tight, white ring and an island, direclty in the center, the size of a canadian twenty-five cent piece. Sour, vinegary cherry aroma with some weird, dusty vegetable that’s unique and not necessarily bad... The flavour is very vinegary, which is not to say only sour, but like cider vinegar with more of that dusty vegetable and some celery and woody cherry. Nice refreshing sourness, but really I cannot get past the vinegar. Medium body and medium carbonation. I would have preferred to have a tad lighter body and more carbonation.


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