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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: 2311   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2004
(30 Aug 04) Amazing. What more can I say, I was enthralled and in love with this beer the entire time. It took me back to the first time I tasted a Flemish Sour (Rodenbach Grand Cru) but this time there was a completely different texture to experience. My wife hated this beer and actually spat it back into her glass! That didn’t bother me though as I happily enjoyed her share! :) The pour was the most surprising part as it was like warm maple syrup. I have never seen a beer this viscous before. It was the colour of rubies with an almost non-existent light-brown head and very little, if any, lacing. I can only describe the aroma as what I imagine port-wine vinegar would smell like, and to a sour-head like myself that is devine. The body was only moderately mouth-filling but it was so very thick and syrupy. I have used the term "chewy" to describe plenty of beers, but this one truely was! Flavour-wise is was acidic, vinegary and very delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Pours a nice mahogany color with a tall off-white head that leaves minor lacing on the glass. Sweet dark fruit aroma, hints of plum and sweet cherry, slightly spicy. Taste is rich and malty with hints of dark fruit, slight woody flavors, and a light tartness in the finish along with a mild bitterness that is well hidden. Very smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1089) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2004
gorgeous ruby with a light offwhite head. smells sour, lambic-like. notes of merlot and cherry, cider and vinegar and alcohol. very winelike, very much like a kriek. interesting, but definitely not something i could drink regularly.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2004
Nice looking red-brown beer. Taste far too sweet/fruity(cherry) to my opinion. From dubbel moving towards kriek.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4741) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Bottle: Strong vinegar aroma as well as a little fruit and some sourness. Pours a reddish-brown with some transparency. Somewhat large bubbled head that is gone in 30 seconds. Very sweet flavor. Cherries and sour apples. Light caramel. Reminds me a little of the gueze I recently rated, but not quite as sour. Moderate sour finish. Not a big fan of the vinegar aroma so the final rating is going to take a slight hit. Very similar to a gueze.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2004
Clear garnet-toned body with moderate carbonation and a thin silky tan head with nice lacing. Wild and interesting aroma of sour red wine, balsamic vinegar, black cherries, horse blanket, a touch of chocolate, and mild fusel alcohol. Varied, long, and lingering flavor of cherry candy, grapes, light oak and brett. Medium tartness and very sweet. Reminds me of Turani syrup. Slick, syrupy mouthfeel. A great dessert beer, but too sweet for casual consumption.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6418) - Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 10, 2004
This dark reddish brown ale pours with a generous tan head, eliciting a strong fruity aroma. The flavor is of a tart and fruity sour brown ale. This is a unique beverage that is a pleasure to consume. I drank it in a Rodenbach Grand Cru glass and, for a minute, I forgot that it wasn't Rodenbach.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2004
Sampled at Charlotte Oktoberfest ’04; my first Sour Ale. Dark brown body. A very tart flavor with cherry hints. Almost like a wine - kind of reminded me of 3 Monts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown color, hints of ruby. Whitish head. Great lacing. Big fruity and tart aroma. Taste is both sweet and tart. Pretty tasty but could probably only have a bottle at a time.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2004
11.2 oz bottle: pours rich ruby mahogany color with a light tan head. the aroma is slightly sweet but mostly sours cherry with some grape notes. the taste is unlike anything i have tasted before. the flavor is sweet and sour at the same time. reminds me of balsomic vinegar. very fruity and wine like. cherry, and apple with some grape flavors. the finish is long. nice slightly sour malty fruity nutty taste. unbeleiveable.


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