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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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RATINGS: 2291   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 5, 2004
Tart fruity aroma, sour cherry skins, malt, a bit of sugar. Just a hint of vinegary acid but for the most part enjoyable. Ruby brown clear with thin off-white lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. Starts tart and fruity, highly acidic but not harsh. Good malt characteristic, with some sugary sweetness cutting through the acidic bite. Light bitterness in the finish with sweet-tart fruits lasting to the swallow. The after is surprisingly subdued, with just a little tart and malt left over. Good sour ale.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mongkut4 (132) - Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Very interesting beer. Reminds me of the more acidic of the Lambics. Pretty balanced flavor I could best describe as sweet-tart. Sharp carbonation similar to other Belgians. I would definitely drink this again.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Retarded. Ketchup, White sugar and prunes. Rich and very sweet. Notes of malt vinegar. Mouthfeel is pure gold. G-rat

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours red with a moderate head that fades. Aroma is of tart cherries and dark fruit. Flavor is also of slightly tart cherries backed by sweet malt and dark fruit. Very nice balance between the acidity and sweetness. Excellent beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2004
Bottle. Beautiful ruby garnet brown color, with a tan head that burst out of the glass like a volcanic explosion. Aroma is fruity, black cherries, some vinegar, yeast, funky lambic qualities. Acidic flavor, fruit, balsamic vinegar, medium-ish body, almost like a raspberry or black cherry soda, slightly sour. Very drinkable, if a bit unusual.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Sampled on tap at the GingerMan in NYC. Dark brown/ruby red in color. Very little head. Strong aroma of balsamic vinegar. Tasted sweet with a vinegar flavor on first sip then finished somewhat tart. Not sure whether I should drink it or put it on my salad. Interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2004
small tan head, very reddish brown, mellow nose, raison, very sweet, choc, light cherry, minimal sourness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
presario (4594) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
Malt vinnegar aroma. Light brown. Minimal head. Tart but without the fruit. Intriguing and lovely.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 4, 2004
Aroma of port, vinegar, some chocolate and fruits underneath. Pours a reddish-brown, slight brown head. Wonderful tart flavour and baking soda. A lively mouthfeel. An enjoyable beer if you like this style.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
osmg95 (44) - Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2004
Just add some olive oil and you’ll have a nice balsamic salad dressing. Dark cherry after taste. A bit too sweet for my liking. Does get better towards the bottom of the bottle.


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