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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: 2552   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
PJMTL (9) - LaPrairie, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2006 does not count
Good carbonation with a nice crisp, dry taste of Cherries, smooth body and a full mouthfeel.Tart with a lightly sour taste of sour dark cherry flavor and a slight hint of oak with a malty finish. I much enjoyed this Flemish Red Ale, a very good balance between maltiness and tart sourness

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle. Thank you Dave Howard for sharing this one with me. Best before 03/02/04. Hmmm... that could be a bit troubling. And sure enough, one the top was popped, 1/4 of the beer came flowing out. Plenty of carbonation in this one! Luckily, I was able to save most of this one. Pours a medium brown with a reddish tint. HUGE head on this one, but based on the way it exploded out of the bottle, it is understandable. This beer was screaming to be drank, and I was happy to oblige. The arome of tart red cherries, with some woody notes. The flavor is very good. Excellent tartness, a hint of wood from the cask aging, and a clean tart finish. Excellent Flemish Sour Ale. I wish I could have recovered the lost 2-3 ounces of this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 10, 2006
From a 11.2 slender brown bottle with best before date on the back label, 30.03.07, sampled at a cool cellar temperature served in a flute glass. Poured a ruby hued brown with a frothy, foamy off-white head that settled into a thin lacing, small amount of laced, ringed sticking. Aromas of a tart dark red wine, hints of dark cherries, and oak woody. Good carbonation and a nicely crisp, dry and tart, carbonated smooth medium bodied mouthfeel. Good tart, lightly sour taste, wine-like in it’s alcohol presence and tart, sour dark cherries flavor, a subtle sweet caramel maltiness, a little woodiness, a light lime towards the end and a dry, sour cherry and lime, woody, malty finish. A very enjoyable Flemish Red Ale, a good balance between the tart sourness and malty sweetness, well worth trying.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Never had anything like this thus far. Smells woody and sweet. Taste is even more extreme sweetness and clear oak flavor. Definately seems more like a wine than a beer with very mild carbonation and sharp, sour bite on the tounge. Unusual.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stefano (1901) - Thisted, DENMARK - OCT 3, 2006
Pours a dark ruby, small off-white head settles to a thin film quickly. Tart fruity aroma (apples), with some woody notes. Intense sour flavor, lots of fruit, very complex and vinous. Crisp acidic finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Mouth coating stickyness leads to a nice lingering finish.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pootzboy (1650) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle: Poured a decadent dark garnet colored ale with orange highlights into my goblet. Tight 2 finger off-white cap reduced to a thick surface froth that draped the glass sides with lace. Looks like a glass of burgandy with a head. Nose: complex.. grape or cherry skins, fruits in blasamic vinegar, some woodyness light detectable sweetness. A delightful tart fruityness. Medium body, puckering but silky mouth feel, vinous sweet and sour character. Starts musty-maltty and quickly turns on the complexity...the tougue is pummeled with concord grape, apples, cherries, boysenberry, figs, vanilla pods, some tobbaco and lots of other tones too numerous to grasp in one mouthful....all this complexity is wrapped in a sweet and sour controlled acidity where the lactic acids and fruits are balanced off by sweetnes from rich malt and candi adjuncts. The finish is remarkably dry-tart where the vinous quility is experineced in a slow departure of tart fruit and musty-woody flavors.....slightly sweet aftertaste. MY God what a ride!! This is a great beer for what it offers...a speeding roller coaster of complexity in its delivery...it may not be everyone’s cup of tea but until you have tried it consider yourself deprived.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (6767) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Small light beige head; deep dark red body with ongoing carbonation. Acidic vinuous aroma with notes of wood and some tartness. Taste is deep acidic and wine-like, with notes of wood and a balancing sweetness. Very complex, yet harmonic. Tart aftertaste of wood. Excellent balance. Intense, acidic palate which is at the same time surprisingly clean for a sour beer. This is a great beer. (0.25l bottle.)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerDoppelbock (22) - Aachen, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2006
Stark an Wein erinnernder Geruch, säuerlich und voluminöse Blume, mit Malztönung. Der erste Schluck verdeutlicht, dass es sich hierbei um ein „Flemish Sour Ale“ handelt. Geschmacklich zeigt es dann die Vorzüge dieser doch eigenen Biersorte auf und kann sich mit Süffigkeit behaupten. Fruchtig-säuerlicher Antrunk, hält sich aber in Grenzen, und im Mittelteil kann sich das volle Bouquet entfalten. Der Abgang baut glücklicherweise das aufgebaute Aroma nicht ab und bildet so ein gutes Finish. Sehr gut!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Reddish amber color. Smell of sour fruit, malt, some oak and minor caramel. Taste of sour apples and prunes with vinegar and some hops. Taste of oak too! Very sour with a rotten apple bitterness at the end. Had this again and had to re-rate this one. Very good ale. Just a bit below Rodenbach but very enjoyable.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Fan-f’n-tastic. Huge body and flavor. Dense and velvety. Flavors of oak, cherries and wine. All blended together extremely well. I’m not getting that spice on the back end as others. It’s just rich and oaky. There is sourness, as you would obviously expect, but it is subdued. Sweeter than I am used to in the style, but both are well balanced. Just a gorgeous beer. The flemish sour is probably the greatest use for oak in the world.


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