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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: 2524   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 10, 2006
(Draft. Bottles. 03/2006) An intense mix of sweet and sour. Dark, dark brown with big, white head that disappears relatively quickly to a thin film. Nice lace. Definite fruity, acetic nose with all the hints of balsalmic vinegar. Sweet maltiness balanced by acetic qualities with no notes of bitterness. This beer exhibits a wide variance, sometimes being more pleansantly sour and others tending toward an almost cloying sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the White Horse, London SW6 23/11/2002 Mid brown coloured and very strong in alcohol. Fruity aroma. Slightly dry lasting finish.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. Thereís a portrait of a lady on the front, must be the Duchesse. It says Flemish Art of Brewing above the portrait. I pour it into a snifter. Temp was 55 F. It was reddish brown as per its style. It is clear which means there must be no yeast in the bottle. Iíll look and see when the bottle is empty. (No yeast!) There is plenty of carbonation and the beer formed about a fingerís worth of a light tan head. Retention was decent and the head settled down to a rim around the glass with a light coating floating on top of the beer. The smell is SOUR! Then when you bring it back to your nose it is more like sweet tarts. There may well be hops in this brew, but youíll never know it. Now on to the taste: with the aroma this brew has, of course the sour hits first. But, in a surprise, about mid swallow it gets sweet only to turn around again and finish off sour. There are all sorts of fruit flavors here, nice and complex. The carbonation keeps this light on the palate. I had to really concentrate to get the mouth feel as there is so much going on in the mouth with this beer. It feels bubbly like champagne. You must like Sours to drink this. I love shock tarts and Iím falling in love with this style of beer. This beer just makes you want to have another one. I left bottle out as I drank it and that didnít change things much. As it got warmer it was not as refreshing and maybe a little sweeter, but not by much!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAR 5, 2006
OldRaspyís contribution at gputtyís Friday tasting. Oh man, did I like this! Clear mahogany pour, with a quickly dissipating beige head. Sweet, vinuous nose, hints of vinegar. Super lively mouthfeel! Sweet, lightly sour flavor. Finish is like a SweeTart. Beautiful!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Poured from a 750ml bottle a deep mahogany with a very nice tan head and left great lacing. Aroma reminded me of black cherries, it had a vinous aroma, and a bit of apple cider vinager mixed in. Initial mouth feel is full of carbonation almost like drinking a brut champange. Flavor was like a cherry sweettart. It started out tart then in the finish you get the sweetness. I will drink more of this one.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 5, 2006
Thanks to OldRaspy! Pours a burnt, rusty brown with a decent tan head and good lacing. Nose of apple cider but is subdued. Flavor is sour, tart, sweet with some dark fruits. Bubbly on the palate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Light burgundy in color, with off-white, sticky lace - sour, vinous aroma, with just a hint of background sweetness - present but not overpowering sourness, even a slight candy-like, fruity sweetness to temper it - lots of red wine character in this one, loads of oak - a great flemish sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Large-bubbled head over a dark amber body...many floaties in this one. Yeasty, musty and sour nose - filled with sour cherries and a pleasant earthiness. A really great Flemish Sour Ale - I am pleasantly surpirsed with this. Iíve seen it in the store so many times, and just havenít picked it up until now, and Iím sorry I waited so long! The flavor is full and ever-so-slightly malty. Perfectly tart, well balanced, and perfect for enjoying with fine cheeses. Just a bit too heavily carbonated/bubbly for me.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DiogŤne (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2007 I donít know if I can be fair with this one, since it is a sentimental choice, this is the beer that introduced me to the wonderfull world of beers! I am now down to the last half of my caisse of 24. Served at 10 degrees C. Poured a beautyfull dark ruby colour with a tiny beige head. There is a lot of effervescence. The aroma is viny, with oak, berries, balsamic vinegar and maybe a little nutty. The taste is sweet and sour, with definite notes of oak, berries and malt. There is a long finish of oak, tart, berries and roasted malt. It is really vinous, with medium to full body and a creamy texture. This is a great aperitive, and for those who havenít try the style, it is miles away from ordinary!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - FEB 22, 2006
Best by date of 08-06-06 Pours a very dark burgundy color with a thick two finger head that settles to a solid ring that leaves behind nice webs of lacing. Smell; very vinous and slightly sour. Thereís planty of fruit present (cherries, apples and raisins) as well as a bit yeasty. I really like that way this smells. The sourness isnít quite as pronounced as I had expected, and blends well with the fruit aromas. Taste; a slightly surgary sweetness hits at first, followed by cherries, apples raisins/plums intertwined with a tart sourness. Thereís a bit of a dry oak flavor, as well as a touch of cinnamon in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation that makes this somewhat creamy. This is my first beer of this style, and Iím pleasantly surprised. I didnít expect to like this nearly as much as I have.


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