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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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RATINGS: 2286   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
Bottle. Clear brown body with very slow-rising bubbles, makes me anticipate a well-textured beer. Oaky whiskey aroma with pepper and dark grape skins. Big rich mouthfeel - maple syrup, herbal hops, and tart grapey fruitiness. I love how the cask aging has mellowed out the tart flavors and replaced them with smoother sweet ones.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3333) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 As I tried this again and again, it has a bunch of metallic qualities and watery vinegar. Not as good as once rated. Poured from a bottle. The bubbles rise very slowly. Red-brown body. Light tan head. So-so lacing. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla, black pepper, sour fruits, oaK. It has a VERY complex aroma. Not as barnyardy as other flemish ales. The flavor is mellow given the aroma, alcohol, sour fuits, tangy, cask aged grape juice. Pretty damn tasty. The palate is very thick. Almost syrupy. Yet still very appealing.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
haukur (1259) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2012 dark ruby red, sour and vinegary smell. small head. Taste is typical for the style, but a bit yeasty, very yeasty finish. Some wood notes, candy and grapes to add to the berry sourness. Very very acidic and funky. lovely stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2005
Yes, it is sour--I doubt it’s being advertised as anything but. Pours a pretty dark red with a minimal head. Aroma and flavor are mostly sour, with some fruit (apple and grape?) and yeast notes. Somewhat divorced from other things that are called beer, but as a clear change of pace this will do the job. Refreshing, medium body and lack of aftertaste are pluses.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2005
[bottle: snifter]pours a dark red colour, with a large foamy head that quickly diminishes to a film. sweet fruity aroma, apples and a little cherry, there is also a dusty smell of yeast. very sweet upfront and finishes long and sour, reasonable body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
Bottle poured. Very nice reddish-brown color. Decent amount of head. Sweetingly sour aroma, but neither being too strong. Nice hints of cherry. Not as sour as I was expecting.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Garrat (1254) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
From A Bottle.Dark red in colour with a small head, aroma is sour like old cider and vinegar, taste is sour, woody with some cherry and airfix glue.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1268) - TAIWAN - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 sour fruity aroma, amber color with little head. mdeium bodied. sour sweet flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours brownish-red with beige head. Aroma hit me full force of model glue, but I kind of like it. Well carbonated, with hints of cherry and quite sour in the flavor. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
My first flemish sour. Pours a great dark reddish, brown color with no sediment, which surprises me. Aroma is somwhat wine like and fruity. Flavor is very sour and fruity, and very sweet. I can’t say that I love this style or beer, but I can’t say it is a bad beer. If you like the style you’ll probably like this.


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