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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2746   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBiker (1414) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 4, 2007
[Sampled with Thomas in Söderåsen, Skåne, Sweden.]
Perfect to mussels with that "vinegar" taste. One of my favorites, when I have beertastings. People likes it .....of hates it. Rotten apples and a sourness that almost outranges everything that you can think about. Great as a different gift!!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 10, 2008 I absolutely love this beer. Easily one of my favorites. Pours a beautiful ruby red with a slightly pink head. Nice aroma of sour cherries and oak. Quite sweet and sour on the palate with notes of cherries and oak. Finishes sour, dry and long. Quite a sessionable sour. Not for all tastes, though.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2007
Dark red. Aroma like church wine. Thickish, very fruity but not a good fruitiness, maybe plum, just doesn’t do it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (1042) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2008 On draft at Zeno’s, Penn State. Poured ruby with pinkish head. Flavor was of sour cherry with some raspberry tones. Not nearly as sour as I anticipated. Tasty!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - APR 23, 2007
UPDATED: APR 24, 2007 Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Beautiful dark red bordering on brown with ruby highlights in the little amount of light that finds its way down to the Delirium basement. Aroma is strongly sour cherries, with oak components running alongside. One of those funky scents that really gets up into the nostrils and tickles them wonderfully. Taste is subdued sourness, with some lactic acid component, and vinegar. Berries and cherries are also present, as well as a strong oak character. Drying and sour finish which is rasping on the tongue. Strong carbonation fades to creaminess and then sneaks back in the swallow. Nice, probably doesn’t match Rodenbach Grand Cru though.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (13856) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 22, 2007
BB 31/03/05. Aroma of cherry? or berry? Dark ruby color with halogen back light. Virtually no head. Starts sweet, then there is some sour, followed by an earthy oakiness. Medium mouthfeel that thins as the sour comes out. The sour may have matured away somewhat, as it is not so sour as I recall. As is, it is very pleasant and drinkable. An interesting and tasty drink. It has acquired some aspects of a red wine.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgentgesdo (692) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 21, 2007
Pours clear, dark reddish-brown with a large coffee-cream head that laces well, little carbonation. Nose is vinious, soapy, faintly musty, with chalk and earth and something else I can’t identify. The flavor is initially very sweet, lots of grape, currant, wild berries, very musty and old - like an old red wine. Intriguing yeasty spiciness comes on early and ramps up as you drink it. Sour and a little bitter towards the end, the berry flavor lasts forever. Medium, chalky mouthfeel. Brilliant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 18, 2007
Strong alcohol berry liquor somewhat reminiscent of paint thinner and tart, slightly musky cherry juice. Deep mahogany burgundy-cognac eggplant color with a lively little off-white head that circled the glass. Flavor of sweet almost rotten boysenberries and vinous grapes. A little displeasing considering a relatively low alcohol content. Lingering vinegar-mustard honey funk. Quite original, but not my personal style.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2007
on tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly. it was awful. tasted like bad candy and rotten apples. way too sweet. way too sour. alcohol at the finish just not a compliment to anything. it finished really musky. yeah - not a fan. but maybe thats b/c I don’t like sour ales but didn’t know it until now?

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2007
UPDATED: APR 18, 2007 Bottle. I’m afraid I didn’t like this one at all. It’s probably my fault, as I "lost" it in my beer cabinet for who knows how long...1 year, 2 years? I didn’t mean to age it this long. It was barely sour. Mostly alcohol sweetness with rotten fruit. I owe this one another rating.


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