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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: 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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 18, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby brown body with a very thick film of bubbles. Nose is straight malt vinegar, through and through. Taste-malt vinegar, light funk, sweet, good CO2, apple, oaky, cherry cola, sweet without being too much so. Very warming as it goes down. Fruity esters. Fruits and esters combine very well with the oak/sour/tannin flavors. The sweetness almost tastes artificial.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ambassador (14) - NÝrrebro Bryghus, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2006
Pure balsamico - and a quality one too - in the nose. Flavor is sour of course with strong cherry flavors to balance. Iíve had it with foie gras and thatís a match made in heaven. This might be my favourite beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
"Poured a cloudy dark red color with small head. Aroma was of vinegar, and apples. Flavor was better then the la folie was sweet and sour at the same time on my tounge. Strong apple flavor to it. More sweet taste to it then the other sours i have had. "

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JUN 13, 2006
Reddish brown coloured beer, with an average white head. Some light sour aroma, fruity (little winish) with some yeasty touches. Nice body, finish is again little sour, very nice balanced. Beautyfull summer beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15382) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottled, 25cl. Clear, non-carbonating brown beer. Sour on the nose, with yeast, alcohol and cherries. The flavor is kind of caramelized cherries with green apples and sourness. It feels sparkling in the mouth, and of course quite astringent. The finish has some sweetness to balance the sourness. Rating: 7-4-7-4-14-3.8. (060513)

Bottle, 33cl. It pours a clear, ruby body with a beautiful carbonation giving a big, rocky, dense off-white to beige head. Superb lacings. Slightly vinegary on the nose, with red berries doing a good job. Mostly cherries. Thereís a good dash of sweetness to give it something resembling balance, and some woody vanilla notes blend in. The alcohol is present, but very subdued, and thereís a good dash of dried fruits as well. Smooth and effervescent body, medium full. Maybe a bit too fizzy, at least I think I would like less co2. A touch of alcohol warmth too. Where the "fake" krieks has an unpleasant sugary sweetness, this one has a lovely sugary sweetness to balance the sourness and still not overpowering the cherries, cherry liqeur, balsamic vinegar, wood and notes of dried fruits. Tart, but in a balanced way. Sweet, but tart enough to avoid fur on the teeth. Lasting sour and sweet finish with red berries and balsamic vinegar. Damn, I had forgotten how good this one is. (090320)

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
eaglefan538 (2943) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Poured a slightly hazed red-brown color with very little head. In fact, the only knock on the beer was its lack of head or lacing. The aroma was typical for a flemish sour, full of vinegar (no idea why I like that, you wouldnít think that would be appealing, but in this style, itís great). Mild fruity accents to the flavor, but I couldnít pick up specifics. Flavor was a beautiful blend of sweet-sour with tart apples and cherries coming through. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy bodied with low carbonation. I really liked the sweet sour balanced on this one. Great stuff. So much better than the lambics, due to the balanced sweetness and the lack of funkiness. Re-rate of Nov07 expiration bottle on 3/17/06: Definitely finishes on the sweet side and is more balanced to sweet over the sour. Either way, just a flat out enjoyable experience. Re-rate again of Nov07 expiration bottle on 4/3/06: Yeast comes through lightly and the head was nice, one finger head that laced well. A great sweet-sour balance and some dark fruit blance, thick mouthfeel for the style relative to the top peers. This might be my favorite Flemish Sour. Re-rate again on draft at Half Moon in June í06: Darned perfect beer. Head was huge, lacing was fantastic. Flavors were all rich and beautiful, full bodied, well balanced sweet and sour notes, some bready notes come though with the dark fruit, and tart cherries and apples. A smooth drinker, great mouthfeel. Appearance remains a 9 due to the average of my experiences, and the overall only a 9, because it just canít be the beer for all moods and occasions (and no beer is perfect).

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Deep amber/ruby color. Thereís a decent two finger head with good retention. Very sour and woody smell to it. Smells of cheap red wine. Tart taste rules initially with a wine like taste lingering in the back. Delightful sourness that is a bit tainted in the finish by a metallic hint. This brew feels wonderful on the tongue and is a delight to have. Itís not my favorite Flemish but certainly isnít bad beer to have on hand.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Trev (2011) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 2, 2006
Pours a dark ruby brown with a thin bubbly tan head. Aroma is at first strong sour vinegar (balsamic tones) and a port like woody vanilla spiciness. Flavour is deep fruity and tangy cherry and fermented grape. Sharp in the middle and flat in the cheeks. Oakey with sourness softly overtaking the fruit. Iíve only rated 2 now, and sampled only 3 or 4 different kinds of Flemish Sours, but this is the one Iíve enjoyed the most.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 2, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2008 Pours a dark reddish-brown with a small tan fizz on top for a head. Strong aroma of vinegar, nail polish, a little caramel, yeast and something nutty. Flavor is more sweet than sour and not as vinegary as a previous rendition I had. The cherry-candycane-like sweetness sits very nicely on top of the malty base. This really is very different than when I had it two years ago, what a difference age makes! The flavors finish very nicely...seems to be a seperation of them in the finish, easy to pick out the sweet from the sour on the tongue. Palate is somewhat syrupy with larger bubbles for this style, but not too impeding. *after about half a bottle the sweetness/tartness really covers up all the other flavors and it becomes one-dimensional.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
collieman (191) - montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2006
Mtl beer fest. Ok, so I could see how people would love this, but not me. Flavour was dominantly sour, way to sour for me. Cource, I dont like sour beer. Might be great for you, not so great for me. Cheers


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