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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: 2290   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Reddish dark brown color with almost no head and a sour cherry balsamic vinegar aroma. Rich flavours, sour cherry acetic and sweet. Exceptional!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Poured a dark reddish brown with no head. Poured with a very thick, almost syrupy, body. Very strong vinegar aroma and tastes (my wife said it smelled like balsamic vinegar). Slightly sweet with a sour finish. Some cherries mixed in there. Thick, oily body. This beer was different than any I’ve rated yet (but not a bad different - I enjoyed it).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2584) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
On tap at O’Briens in San Diego. The aroma is cherries and quite nutty. The flavor is sour and slightly sweet with some grapes, cherries, and apples. It has a very wine like quality to it. The aftertaste is also sour. A nice one.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Brown/red in color with a sour, vinegary aroma. Fruity and sour. Very unusual, but not unpleasant. Short, flat, quick-to-dissipate brownish head. The first sip was the toughest, as my tongue and brain take in the shock of such a strange flavored beer. After several more sips, the taste became more understandable, and more flavors became apparent....cherries, tiny bits of chocolate malt. Enjoyable, if unusual. To quote MIchael Jackson "Some drinkers could never learn to enjoy....sour specialties....any more than they could acquire a taste for a smelly cheese...in [that] case, the loss would be theirs."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 9/11/2005 Rating: 6/3/7/3/13 = 3.2
Dark, red-bodied with a frothy white head, this has an aroma of sour cherries, including the pits and stems, the latter two softening the tartness. The flavor has an underlying malty sweetness topped with the sour cherries and a taste of cold iron. The finish is mouth-wateringly tart and satisfying. My, how tastes can change in (almost) a year.

9/13/2004 Rating: 3/2/1/1/1 = 0.8
A deep reddish hue with a nearly nonexistent head, this had a vinegary, sour cherry aroma. Not much body, just thick. Some day I will revisit this beer. My initial tasting made me feel like I was drinking cough medicine, only bitter.

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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2004
Acajou ( redwood ) Color with light ivory colored head. Froth is collapsing fast. Intens nose of licorice, candy sirup, cigarbox and a sour touch of greek yougurt. In 2de fase, nose of port and madeira. Taste of sweet licorice, dried plums and cheep fruit candy’s; also taste like you drink it from a tin goblet ( strange metalic accent ) The afthertaste is sweet with a good roundness but it has a light volatil sourness just like you sniff on a bottle of aceto balsamico ( Modena vinigar ).

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3716) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Dark brown with some red, no head. Complex aroma: milk, cherry, wine, vinegar - quite tart. Quite strange - I expected it to be much more sour in taste. Initial tartness, but a super short hit, giving way to a grapeskin taste. Slimy, sweet, with a level, slight herb feeling. Interesting, but a slight let down.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours a deep red/brown color with an off white head. The head diminished almost immediately and left a thin sticky lace. The aroma is tart and more like wine than beer -- cider vinegar smell. The taste is tart like a cider. The mouthfeel was somewhat complex: tart at the beginning with a dry middle and an astringent finish. I have had this beer a couple of times. It does not appear to bee a good representation of the style, but a style of itself. An interesting experience.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Deep, dark, ruby red. Nice lasting foam. Smell and first taste is bitter, but then the aftertaste is almost fruity. Very filling, excellent with a heavy meal of game, like duck or pheasant. Altogether a very nice experience. The rest of the bottle tasted better the day after, so I think it should be left open some 10-20 mins before drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Pours a deep brown color with red hue. As it pours it appears to be almost syrupy with little carbonation. I can definitely smell the vinegar in the aroma (maybe I could use this as salad dressing?). But I mean vinegar in a good way. Aroma is also malty sweet. Flavor is quite robust: sweet, sour, and a little bit of oak. The vinegar is in the aroma, but not in the flavor which is relieving. I’ve never had anything like this before but I definitely like it!


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