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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: 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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianG (44) - Big Stone Gap, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2005
Poured a nice brown red. There was little head which dissipated quickly. Little lacing to speak of. The aroma was sour which was misleading. The taste was great. A tangy sweetness followed by a mild bitter finish. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
This beer poured a dark brown color w/ slight head and lacing. The aroma had soury light fermented fruit, apples, and grapes w/ a light raisin sweetness. The flavor had soury fermented light fruit, apples, candy and grapes. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (752) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. My first sample of the style... Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and lots of lacing. Poured thick, you could tell it would be full bodied before even tasting it. Aroma of malt vinegar, and sweet/sour candy. Flavor is sweet and sour with apple cider. Reminds me of a chinese sweet and sour sauce we used to make at a restaurant I worked in as a college kid (applesauce, vinegar, sugar, soysauce). Well it sure is different, interesting, and quite good...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (2896) - montrťal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
Reddish-brown hue, with a thin foam, sweet and sour, fruity cherry accent, with an oaky note aroma, follows through on a medium-bodied, fruity character of cherry, with a softness touch, his acidic aspect is giving some roundness, supporting by a hint of chocolate, in a mild tartness on the finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2005
bottle 2004 poured into a chalice Deep amber brew with a fluffy off white head that subsides to lace islands. Aroma is balsamic vinegar mingled with some sweet honeysuckle. Taste is both sweet and sour ,cherry is present and vinegar, its very carbonated .Very rich, very Flemish and something for the chefs to experiment with in the Kitchen

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Poured from a bottle. Dark red color. Medium head with good lacing. The aroma is absolutely wonderful. Oranges and raisins. Currants and sweet spices. I really wanted to just sit and smell it for an hour. Way too much carbonation for my taste. With all those great smells I wanted a much smoother beer with just a hint of fizz. The flavor takes some getting used to. Very sour. The taste is very alarming. Very enjoyable for about 75%. Then I was ready to move onto something else. First time Iíve ever wished a beer came in a smaller bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2005
Pours a dark red with a frothy off white head, and is a bit syrupy. Aroma of balsamic vinegar and sour cherries and is somewhat reminiscent of a gueuze. Feel is syrupy and thick. Flavor is definitely different. Sour cherries, a bit of vinegar, some grassiness, lemon, and some fig. I found this pretty interesting, and look forward to tracking down others of the style.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 23, 2005
33 cL bottle, snifter. Holy crap this is a frothy mutha! I donít know whatís different about my bottle but I poured gently and got 70% head, 30% beer. Deep maroon-brown hue, topped by a huge rocky tan head. Great lacing. Caramel and straw malt. Hops...flowers, lemons? Very light. Leather and cobweb yeast aromas are fairly heavy. Dates, cherry, strawberry, raspberry, merlot, cask wood, and touches of smoke and anise. Really great aroma...didnít open up for a few minutes though...strange. *sips* Wha? Er, itís not...sour? Very sweet up front...tastes like fruity hard candies. Still sweet in the finish, a hint of acidity and bitterness show up. Medium body, super creamy texture. Lots of carbonation, but itís very compact feeling...doesnít disrupt the mouthfeel. The bottom line is: this is...wow...just a treat to drink. If it actually had the sourness I was expecting...damn, thatíd be close to perfect. Great fruits, fabulous mouthfeel...just no sour. Damn.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
drpimento (2151) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2005
virtually no head due to light carbonation, fermented date, fig, cherry, raisin nose and sweet/ tart flavors, rich filtered dark chestnut hues; maybe too little fizz, not as much as Iíd personally like. Had it on draft last night at Bodega

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Very dark brown and amber color. A medium sized white head. The aroma is leather and lemons. The taste is sweeter than I had imagined. Notes of lemons with sugar and some honey. Also notes of cola and a finish with cinnamon. Very nice summer beer. Best by March 26, 2006.


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