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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: 2334   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chiiidog (42) - Lubbock, Texas, USA - SEP 9, 2014
Pours dark red/brown with a small head and a small amount of lacing. Aroma is vinegar with a hint of dark fruit. Taste is sweet/sour cherries, more dark fruit, bready, a little vinegar, with a lingering tart aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. Coats the mouth. It’s my first Flanders Red and I like it.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - SEP 9, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 5-9-13- Poured from bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours a chestnut color with some ruby highlights seen shinning throughout. Upon pouring there is a small white head that fades relatively quickly leaving only a trace of lace. Smell- The aroma is of dark fruit and sourness. The dark fruits are mainly of a cherry aroma, but have hints of raisin and prune mixed within. Along with these sweeter smells comes a good dose of a sour and tart aroma of a mix of apple cider vinegar mixed with some sour lemon. Taste – The flavor of the brew is a nice blending of sweet and sour/tart. Upfront there is a good showing of a sweeter cherry flavor mixed with some lighter notes of sour grapes. As the flavor advances the sweetness fades slightly while the sour grape flavor grows stronger. Some hints of a yeasty taste begin coming to the tongue as well as a more sour and tart vinegar taste. In the end a rather balanced sweet and sour fruited vinegar flavor is left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the brew is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather average to slightly below average. The thinner body and moderate carbonation are fantastic for keeping the brew on the more drinkable side, but while still providing enough body to support the sour and sweet flavors of the brew. Overall – A very nice sour that is extremely drinkable and very tasty. One of the most balanced and enjoyable sours I have ever had.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hidden_Pooch (315) - Stratford, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - SEP 8, 2014
I think this was my first sour and quite memorable indeed. Poured a clear dark ruby with a small off white head. Aroma was of wine, vinegar, and musty old basement. Tastes of grapes, cherries, plums, and quite vinous. Had a smooth low carbonated body. Was also sour and tart, but it flows over the tongue quite nicely.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (101) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
As I was drinking, i was thinking to myself, this red wine-like beer would be great in my coq au vin. Has anyone done that? If so, how was it, let me know. Ta.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rod1916 (5) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
A great example of the Flemish sour. One of our favorites from keg, good from bottle. Expensive, but worth it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TtV (71) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 29, 2014
Bottle 25cl. Red, almost brown with almost no top. Sour, fruity aroma. Taste has lots of fruits. Sweetness and sourness take turns. Good one!

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
LuckyDog (139) - - AUG 27, 2014
I don’t get a chance to try a lot of sour beers. I tend to like them but this is off the charts great! Stop reading and drink this beer!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gregus (201) - Kraków, POLAND - AUG 26, 2014
Butelka; barwa wiśniowa. Piana drobna ale szybko opada do cienkiej warstwy. Aromat kwaśny, octowy, owocowy, wiśniowy, nalewki wiśniowej, winny, dziki, porzeczkowy, kompotu. W smaku kwaśne, wiśniowe, winne. Dochodzą również do głosu nuty słodowe. Bardzo dobre i ciekawe piwo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
valpoaj (631) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Many times I’ve tried, but alas never rated - bottle pour with a reddish-brown hue and minimal off-white head...more of a thin film. Aroma is basically funky/sour with a strong vinegar character...some cherry notes in the background. Good, but far from great. Flavor mimics the nose well - funk, sour cherry, some caramel malt sweetness, bit of booze, and a strong vinegar note. Body is smooth and easy drinking. Good sour brown, but for some reason this one just doesn’t quite go all the way for me. That being said, I’ll be happy to enjoy another whenever!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SzopPiwosz (143) - - AUG 26, 2014
Zapach z butelki: Słodowo-owocowy. Wiśnie, winogrona, stajnia i nuty octowe. Piana: Orzechowa, głośno syczy i opada formując średniopęcherzykowy pierścień. Trochę oblepia szkło. Kolor: Orzechowy, rubinowo-koniakowy. Zapach: Likierowo-winny. Nuty stajenne wymieszane z pralinkami. Wiśnie, czerwone owoce. Nuty czekolady mlecznej. Smak: Zdecydowanie kwaśne, do tego duża karmelowość, w tle czekolada. Dużo cytrusów, nut szampańskich. Dochodzą do głosu także nuty orzecha włoskiego. Tekstura: Kleiste i winne. Pozostawia ściągający osad. Nasycenie Wysokie. Goryczka: Niska. Pijalność: Średnio-wysoka. To kwaśne piwo okazało się zaskakująco pijalne. W przeciwieństwie do wcześniej degustowanego faro z Lindemansa dzikie nuty w tym piwie nie szokują musztardowo-wymiocinowym charakterem, tylko dają się okiełznać i złagodzić karmelowo-owocowej kontrze. Łącznie daje to naprawdę przyjemny efekt, pijąc Duchesse De Bourgogne miałem poczucie obcowania z naprawdę wyjątkowym i nieprzeciętnym napitkiem. Naprawdę wyborne - gorąco polecam każdemu, kto nie próbował jeszcze kwaśnych piw, zacząć właśnie od tego. Nabyłem w jednym z marketów Carrefour za ok. 9 zł.


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