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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2420   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber to red pour with almost no head at all. A sour but yet sweet aroma to it. Has a cidery, hint of cherry flavor. I was really impressed with this. It got better with every taste.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cathschlag (48) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2006
Odeur d’alcool assez présente. On sent les cerises, le poivre. Suberbes bulles. Couleur brun profond. Très effervescente en attaque. Arrière-goût au palais en finale.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2006
Bottle. Amber with a white foamy head. Sour aroma that hits you right on the noggin’. Sour cherries and raspberries finish with a slightly vinegar aftertaste. A decent sour.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
hughie (3996) - Bedford, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 16, 2006
Dark red-brown, clear and almost headless. The odour of sweetness and cheap malt vinegar was not the best introduction to this much-respected brew. The first taste was enough to convince me that it would be a struggle to avoid a drain pour. The vile, cloying fruity sweetness was bad enough, but the vinegary sourness was more like something I would sprinkle on fish and chips. The worst three quid I ever spent.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BusyBeeKeeper (1) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2006 does not count
Dark red like a nice wine with a flimsy head. Sour with nice woodsy flavors like oak and smoked peat moss. This is one of my favorite beers of all time.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2006
Dark, ruby red coloring with a thick, quickly diminishing head. Intensly sweet, cloying aromas of balsamic vinegar and black cherries. Texture is insanely carbonated and saturated with berry sugars. Raspberry, strawberry, and rouge champagne litter the tongue. Aftertaste reminds me a bit of nutrasweet. One of the sweetest Flemish sour ales I have ever tasted, but almost to the point where it clashes with the sour characteristics of the style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
(Draft. Bottles. 03/2006) An intense mix of sweet and sour. Dark, dark brown with big, white head that disappears relatively quickly to a thin film. Nice lace. Definite fruity, acetic nose with all the hints of balsalmic vinegar. Sweet maltiness balanced by acetic qualities with no notes of bitterness. This beer exhibits a wide variance, sometimes being more pleansantly sour and others tending toward an almost cloying sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the White Horse, London SW6 23/11/2002 Mid brown coloured and very strong in alcohol. Fruity aroma. Slightly dry lasting finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. There’s a portrait of a lady on the front, must be the Duchesse. It says Flemish Art of Brewing above the portrait. I pour it into a snifter. Temp was 55 F. It was reddish brown as per its style. It is clear which means there must be no yeast in the bottle. I’ll look and see when the bottle is empty. (No yeast!) There is plenty of carbonation and the beer formed about a finger’s worth of a light tan head. Retention was decent and the head settled down to a rim around the glass with a light coating floating on top of the beer. The smell is SOUR! Then when you bring it back to your nose it is more like sweet tarts. There may well be hops in this brew, but you’ll never know it. Now on to the taste: with the aroma this brew has, of course the sour hits first. But, in a surprise, about mid swallow it gets sweet only to turn around again and finish off sour. There are all sorts of fruit flavors here, nice and complex. The carbonation keeps this light on the palate. I had to really concentrate to get the mouth feel as there is so much going on in the mouth with this beer. It feels bubbly like champagne. You must like Sours to drink this. I love shock tarts and I’m falling in love with this style of beer. This beer just makes you want to have another one. I left bottle out as I drank it and that didn’t change things much. As it got warmer it was not as refreshing and maybe a little sweeter, but not by much!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 5, 2006
OldRaspy’s contribution at gputty’s Friday tasting. Oh man, did I like this! Clear mahogany pour, with a quickly dissipating beige head. Sweet, vinuous nose, hints of vinegar. Super lively mouthfeel! Sweet, lightly sour flavor. Finish is like a SweeTart. Beautiful!


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