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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: 2391   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.


2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 26, 2005
Pour is deep reddish amber with a thin off white head...aroma is citric and some cherry...taste is not as tart as I’d anticipated...definately sweet and tart at first, but something butter and greasy in the finish making it sort of unpleasant...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sregnar35 (977) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2013 On tap at Mahars. Pours dark brown with a small head. Aroma is subtle but pleasant. Flavor is a bit sour, with some good sweetness. Updated review, sour vinegar flavor is absolutely addicting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Looked like I poured myself a Pepsi, with a caramel-colored body under a fast & fizzy head. Interesting aromas began with a high amount of vinegar, revealing sour cherry, taffy and beef broth. Contrary to what I anticipated, the sourness only revealed itself at the finish, being preceded by some harsh sugar-sweetness. Finish flavor also included cut grass. Although rather fizzy, it still felt creamy in the mouth with the carbonation providing a tingly ending. For a beer that I was hesitant to try, I found it enjoyable and look forward to sampling others of this style.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - JUN 20, 2005
A clear copper brown color with a fizzy tan head. Wow, what a scent, cherries and raisins soaked in Lambic with oak chips and apple slices thrown in the mix. Some Kriek-like flavors, but not the sticky sweet Krieks. Nothing syrupy about this, crisp, pleasingly tart, lightly fruity, delicious! (Note to self-We must get to Belgium!)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (960) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JUN 18, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2005 Green (Ack!) Champagne style 750 ml. bottle with a wire cage, and an best by date of Oct 2007 printed on the cork. The body was dark red - bordering on brown, clear, fizzy, and topped with a two finger foamy beige head. The aroma was a complex mix of wood glue, soured cherries, saffron, floral hops, and a touch of hay. The taste was light, fruity, and airy. The flavor was sweet-sour like granny smith apples, pickles, vinegar, and whipped cream. The yeast presented itself as an earthy and slightly spicy background tone. Mouthfeel was very light and delicate. Towards the end the sweetness got quite a bit cloying, but I think this was an intentional effect using NutraSweet (or so I’ve heard).

I can see the craft in this beer, and the tangent that it has traveled along. It hasn’t gone so far as to become a malt vinegar flavored alco-pop, but is has flirted close enough to avoid frequent visits. Extra points for being gutsy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JUN 18, 2005
A very nice Flemish sour. Nice cherry tinge to it that fills out with an acedic taste, nice an sour. Red and Brown body with a thin off white head. A lovely beer, I shall buy more.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hammenlind (737) - Sundbyberg, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2005
Brown/redish colour. Thin white head. Fruity sour nose. Acidic, cherry flavour, with hints of grapes and green apples. Sourish , nutty finish.

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
weepingsuds (222) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Not sure about the other rave reviews. If you want something very different borderline chemical give this a try. Pours deep brown red. My wife agreed this stuff smells like acetone. I tried to finish the glass, but it felt like it was unhealthy to consume. This beer was part of 50 beers I just brought back from Belgium and this thing was the loser of the bunch.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2005
Dark red. Extremely vinous nose (Pinot Noir), with hints of ripe red fruit, muffin batter, overloaded with blueberries, a light touch of caramel and of course. lactic and acetic acid funk. Quite vibrant. Rich compatibility between the sweet malts, bright fruits and sweeteners (?) and the funky and sour lactic and acetic, lightly woody tones. Really more of a mild Red, but very characterful and complex.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
socoguzzler (11) - fort collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 8, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 I thought it was a tasty and delightful beer. I liked the appearence. Sour ales have seriously become my favorite style of beer.


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