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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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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.


4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tsarman (794) - Northern, New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Dark Garnet Red color. Sweet wine aroma with a little vinegar smell to it as well. Balsamic, perhaps. Vinous to its core. Surprisingly low alcohol amount as it is somewhat sticky and evaporating like a higher proof drink. Even girls could drink this one. Not far off from a Framboise. As it warms, the beerness comes to the fore more over the sweetness. Still a fine drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2005 2005: Tried this again at a tasting and it was fantastic. Don’t know if the beer changed or my tastes but this was quite good. Much of what I wrote below still applies as to color and aroma but the flavor was much, much better.

Just couldn’t get around this one. Garnet body with a wisp of head that floated away quickly. Intense aroma of malt, sugar, fruit, unsweetened chocolate. Vinous. But it all added up to unpleasant for me. Drain pour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
footy (345) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottled 330 ml. Reddish brown color. Sour Acetic acid aroma. Full bodied with sweet sour taste. So much more balanced than Zoetzuur or Le woody. An excellent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4400) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Dark red color with no head. Cherry aroma. Very bitter cherry in the taste with a slight malt background. Certainly reminicient of a Kriek, but not nearly as tasty; the bitter throws it off.

1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Emil (6066) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2004
My wife loves this one but it´s not my style of beer. Dark red-brown color and a sour aroma with a jint of cherry. the taste is also light sour and with some cherry in there. Medium body and a long sour finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2004
Mahogany color, sweet-sour, malty cherry woody nose. Seems to evaporate off of the tongue rather quickly leaving behind a semi sweet cherry flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Aroma is sour, barnyardy with hints of mashed corn gasses and a touch of chocolate malts in the nose. Pours a mostly transparent wine-color mahogany ruby with a delicate light tan head. Wow, very sour to start. Finish mellows out into corn meal flavors that are malty and quite sweet. Slight roasted malts as well. Tart to start, but a decent amount of sweet berries in the finish to balance the tartness. Nice stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Brown Coloring with Frothy Head. Cherry Aroma and Cherry Kriek Beer Flavor.. Sweet With a Mild Tang to It. Lightly Dry at the End. I Don’t Know What Else to Say but, Interesting!!

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RichardGretton (4247) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2004
Black beer with little head retention. The aroma is sweet/sour and kriek like, and the flavour is thick and syrupy with a sweet/sour and kriek feel. Overall a very disappointing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours a deep mahogany colour with a tan coloured head. Aromas of red wine vinagar, cherries, wood and a slightly musty smell mingled with a few spices. The taste is to use a Will Farrell term " scrumtrulescent" sour vinagar, wood, cherreis, sweet maltiness and medium carbonation, and some spices. This is a good beer!


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