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


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RATINGS: 2393   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (9036) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2005
Bottle: Pours reddish-brown with a mid-sized brownish head; sourish nose, a tinge of "barrique", some maltiness, vinous, liquorice, but "bubble-gum" also; starts a bit sticky and very sweet, later becoming sharper and drier; sharp, a bit "medical" and nearly not hoppy ending. Good, but a bit too sweet and not so well balanced............

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
11.2 oz bottle, best before 17-03-06. Pours clear red-brown (Coke?) with decent head. Aroma is unlike anything Iíve ever had! Itís sweet but thereís something else. Taste was no different. It was so sweet that even my wife almost liked it (she hates any kind of beer!) with a pronounced tart edge. Definitely an intriguing beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenBallz (6) - USA - SEP 1, 2005 does not count
Reddish brown=maroon in appearance. Fizzy on the tongue w/ a slight sourness. Richer than a cider, but with a pronounced apple fruity taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vanvenlo (1319) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
25 May 2005 - Big fruit and complex hop aroma, with some earthiness. Clear brown-drak red colour, with nice brown head. Too sweet for me, with a tangy and hoppy taste, along with heaps of sourness. Liquory sugar lingering finish. I guess I am not a fan of sweet and sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2005
Poured reddish brown with a thick tan head. Great creaminess and head retention. Appearance gets a five from me. Smell had vinegar, cherry, grape, apricot and vanilla. Taste had a strong and interesting cherry and vinegar combo with vanilla coming into play. Mouthfeel is really cool. This was a good introduction to a style I donít know much about.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
this is my favorite beer... tastes more like fine wine than beer, fruity, tart yet sweet and flavorful. warning - must be chilled properly to avoid nasty nasal "smelling salts" aftertaste but if properly chilled the aftertaste doesnít show up and itís just wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 25, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Oooooh yeah, this is the good shit! Clear ruby-brown with a small, tight head. Sour, fruity aroma - notes of wine vinegar, oak, and a dusty finish. Flavour holds a fantastic balance of sweet brown sugar/caramel and a bracing tartness. Really good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
blankboy (6277) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev. Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small tan head. Aroma is very sour with some sweetness added. Flavour is also sour with some green apple and citrus but itís the sugary malt sweetness of it that I didnít particularly care for -- it just wasnít my thing. I also found the palate quite harsh and I didnít like the aftertaste. This oneís not for me.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HogTownHarry (6131) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2005 Bottle (330ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - courtesy of blankboy. Poured a crystal clear deep red-brown with a small light-brown head. Aroma is very sour/tart - red wine vinegar, sour white wine, pine resin, oak, pure vanilla extract, some mild molasses. Tasted of sour cider and lots of molasses maltiness, fresh cut hardwood - a wonderful sweet/sour balance, I wanted another bottle! Mouthfeel was acidic, sticky, and a little thin and metallic. A very drinkable and balanced sour ale, a good starting point for a relative "sour brown" novice like myself - on to the Rodenbach Grand Cru!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2005
I ordered this thinking it would made a good dessert beer, and I was not dissatisfied. Looked like cherry coke in a snifter. Aroma was sour, like a tamed gueuze, and popping with dried cherries. The tart finish lasted about halfway through my second beer of the night.

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