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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Clear, beer-bottle brown in colour, thick tan head with perfectly uniform tiny bubbles. Aromas of sour cherry (NOT cherry candy) and apples. Very dusty and slightly musty smelling too. Very sweet malt balanced by a tartness that isn’t quite puckering, but certainly mouth-watering. Definitely different to a North American palate like mine, and very enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 27, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2006 Brown ale with a small head that vanishes, leaving good lacing. Sweet and sour nose. Taste of sour ale, sweet candy sugar, sour cherries, dried fruit, and spice; no real hoppy taste. Mouth a little flat. Good sour Belgian Brown. // Had it again. More sweetness to the fruit, more rounded mouth.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (19376) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a tan head. Sweet acid vinegar aroma and some fruitiness. Sweet malty vinous flavor with hints of fruits. Sweet finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Aroma of malt vinegar and cherries Appears a clear garnet red with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is very sweet at the start, like fermented berries, followed by blue cheese, and ending with a malt vinegar aftertaste; quite complex. Flavors are thick and chewy, but palate is suprisingly light and refreshing. Overall, this is a quirky beer, but then again it is from the quirkiest of styles; a bit more than the sum of its parts

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
nick76 (4314) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 24, 2006
This is 700 for me and I raise my glass to toast my good friend Palidor19. The aroma is like apple cider vinegar with caramel. The appearance is dark red brown with a small thin head. The taste is just like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall I am just not impressed, this is more like a wine than a beer. I think the problem with this beer is that I haven’t developed a taste for the style.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TrappistMike (11) - GERMANY - JUN 24, 2006
Found this at a favorite pub in Maastricht and came highly reccomended from a friend. Great color and very interesting taste. A perfect blend of dry red wine and beer. Strong notes and taste of blackberry and nice smooth aftertaste. The only way I can really describe this beer is to imagine Blackberry juice and Iced tea with a lambic beer kick. Perfect summer afternoon brew.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2006
bottled @ the Saucer. Great looking dark red/brown ale. Nose of fermentation and fruits like cherries. The ale is bitter up front yet followed by the smooth, sweet, fruity finish. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
skoisirius (1845) - Earth, Washington, USA - JUN 26, 2006
750ml bottle into a Snifter glass. Pours a light brown with a gorgeous amber hue to it with a tiny whitish foamy head. The nose is very aromatic with hints of sweet and sour vinegar and fruit. Flavor is absolutely tremendous with tastes of apples, figs, and a very balanced sour vinegar note. Quite interesting as the first taste of vinegar is incredibly sweet which moves into the more sour note towards the finish that lingers. This is such an amazing flemish sour ale! I will definitely order and purchase this over and over again.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marsiblursi (3054) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 21, 2006
(Bottle at Byns Bistro, Göteborg) Pours lovely dark/red with hardly no head. The smell is sour, fresh and sweet. Fruity, cherries. Oak, wood. Taste: Red berries. A slight lambic touch but sweeter. Apple/pear cider. Perfect carbonation. Perfectly balanced in taste. Fruity. Lemon acid. Some buttery notes. A tiny bitterness. Fabulous!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2006
Appearance is identical to chery pepsi. Nose is malt vinegar and charred oak. Flavours is cola sweet with marachino cherries and cabernet franc grapes. As it warms a horse hair appears with more fruit flavours, namely raspberry and cassis.


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