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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: 2471   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.


4.3
   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!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Poured from a 750ml bottle a deep mahogany with a very nice tan head and left great lacing. Aroma reminded me of black cherries, it had a vinous aroma, and a bit of apple cider vinager mixed in. Initial mouth feel is full of carbonation almost like drinking a brut champange. Flavor was like a cherry sweettart. It started out tart then in the finish you get the sweetness. I will drink more of this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Thanks to OldRaspy! Pours a burnt, rusty brown with a decent tan head and good lacing. Nose of apple cider but is subdued. Flavor is sour, tart, sweet with some dark fruits. Bubbly on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5179) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Light burgundy in color, with off-white, sticky lace - sour, vinous aroma, with just a hint of background sweetness - present but not overpowering sourness, even a slight candy-like, fruity sweetness to temper it - lots of red wine character in this one, loads of oak - a great flemish sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Large-bubbled head over a dark amber body...many floaties in this one. Yeasty, musty and sour nose - filled with sour cherries and a pleasant earthiness. A really great Flemish Sour Ale - I am pleasantly surpirsed with this. I’ve seen it in the store so many times, and just haven’t picked it up until now, and I’m sorry I waited so long! The flavor is full and ever-so-slightly malty. Perfectly tart, well balanced, and perfect for enjoying with fine cheeses. Just a bit too heavily carbonated/bubbly for me.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Diogène (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 I don’t know if I can be fair with this one, since it is a sentimental choice, this is the beer that introduced me to the wonderfull world of beers! I am now down to the last half of my caisse of 24. Served at 10 degrees C. Poured a beautyfull dark ruby colour with a tiny beige head. There is a lot of effervescence. The aroma is viny, with oak, berries, balsamic vinegar and maybe a little nutty. The taste is sweet and sour, with definite notes of oak, berries and malt. There is a long finish of oak, tart, berries and roasted malt. It is really vinous, with medium to full body and a creamy texture. This is a great aperitive, and for those who haven’t try the style, it is miles away from ordinary!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Best by date of 08-06-06 Pours a very dark burgundy color with a thick two finger head that settles to a solid ring that leaves behind nice webs of lacing. Smell; very vinous and slightly sour. There’s planty of fruit present (cherries, apples and raisins) as well as a bit yeasty. I really like that way this smells. The sourness isn’t quite as pronounced as I had expected, and blends well with the fruit aromas. Taste; a slightly surgary sweetness hits at first, followed by cherries, apples raisins/plums intertwined with a tart sourness. There’s a bit of a dry oak flavor, as well as a touch of cinnamon in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation that makes this somewhat creamy. This is my first beer of this style, and I’m pleasantly surprised. I didn’t expect to like this nearly as much as I have.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GRM (3179) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2011 Bottle, 330 ml; expiry date: 19-08-08; eye: head of a cream colour, lot of effervescence (you can actually hear it almost like after you have poored milk over Rice Cripies), burgundy in colour; nose: reminder of a malt vinegar, caramel, sourness; mouth: yeast, fruit, relatively thin in the mouth, sourness, vinous texture, long sweet finale

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Burgundy pour with foamy, frothy white head. Nose is upfront and tart with sour, dark fruit and a carbonated effervescence. Palate is medium-bodied and appetizing. Flavor is starts very sour with cherry and licorice, then mellows with some oak, and smooths nicely into malt deliverence. Damn fine and well representative of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8828) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle from Bier Tempel in Bruxelles. Ruby red colour. Robust sourish aroma. Well balanced and good sour body. Sweetness all through and in the finish.


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