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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2539   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Bottle - quite vinuous aroma with a touch of tartness. Beautiful maroon body with a beige head. Delicious flavor! Sour and malty and fruity. A touch of vinegar. Just terrific.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4794) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Canít believe I forgot to rate this one! One of my favorite beers - first had at the Map Room in Chicago. So sour. So red. So lovely. Drank a bottle the other night. Itís one of those beers I donít overdo; I indulge at just the right moment with this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Marroon, with a big thick creamy beige head. Grapey, winey, slightly tart aroma. Nice mix of flavors - red wine, prune and raisin, some lemony tart citrus notes, too. Much winey-er as it warms. Tasty stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
thomat (2525) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2006
Love the combination of malt and sour wine / lambic taste. Dark brown with a nice foam. A very special brew !

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrBunn (2572) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2007 Rating #250! The lady pours a mahogany/burgundy color with a nice sized tan head. Aromas are very distinct and Iím not sure Iíve seen a lot of these elements before, so Iíll do my best. I can detect a very sweet and earthy tone with a creamy butterscotch background and some oak/wood in the background. Iím not picking up the sourness/vinegar that others mention. This tartness somes through heavy in the flavor though and then quickly mixes nicely with the sweetness that is promised in the aroma. It all ends in an earth/wood flavor and then a return of the sour notes that began it all. Very interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice moslty lasting creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts and citrus. Nice flemish.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
LordCrabapple (109) - Merseyside, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2006
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 This is a wonderful beer. A rare taste and a sourness that doesnít offend. Quite delightful. I look forward to the next one. But how long will I have to wait?

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Pours dark amber brown w/ medium sized spritzy froth. Aroma is sweet and sour, remeinescient of my aunt Debrahís sour braughton recipe. Medium nectar w/ ample residual effers. Flavors are crisp w/ an intense sweet and sour character.Jjolly rancher fruit, green apples, tart grapes, slght cherry fruit. Very tropical w/ kiwi, passionfruit, and pineapple. Nice oak on the finish to bitter it up but remains sour fruit. Overall: an intersing flavor profile worthy of mention. Complex and balanced. Highly recommended for the connoiseur.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 9, 2006
Full of, as my sister put it, vinegar on the nose. Not terribly offensive, but not terribly inviting. I love sour ales normally, but this one tasted like a mismatched half & half. This beer did grow on me as it sat in the glass and is obviously far far from terrible, just not harmonius, to this tongue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 9, 2006
Iím amazed this isnít aged in wine barrels or mixed with wine or has grapes smashed in it or something. Yeah, you can tell itís a flemish sour....but it almost just tastes like a great belgium brown mixed with a good wine. Have had a few of these in the past few months, love it.


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