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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: 2485   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.


1.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle. I had high expectations but was rather disappointed. Nice color with a good head with some lacing. Good carbonation. Aroma of sour cherry and balsamic vinegar. Strange mouthfeel. Sort of sweet wine like taste. It reminded me of a home made brew of choke cherries wine that my parents use to make a long time ago. Although I respect this beer it is definitely not my type of beer. Could not finish my glass. I guess there is no in-between for this beer. You either like or dislike this style.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and a quickly dissipating soapy head. Aroma is mildly funky and acidic with notes of vanilla, cherries and anise. The body is med-light and spritsy. The flavors is med. sour with cherry and vanilla again. Finish is dry but with no bite. This needs more time and acidity. I would like to try a bottle of just the old ale. A bit dissapointing.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown/red color. Vinegar aroma. Sweet taste. Cherries. A bit too sweet for my taste but not bad. The head disappeared fast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Poured ruby with a light brown head and tons of lacing. Big vinegar and wine aroma. Flavor starts tart and sweet together, like a fine balsamic with melon. Finishes a little too sweet, with an almost grape soda like flavor. Full bodied and very wine like.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2006 3/20/06 Re-rate -- I guess my tastes have changed somewhat as I upped this things ratings from a 3.1. Oh well... Great red body with a light medium ivroy head. Sourdough, vinegar, and granny apples dominate the aroma. Initial vinegar taste, blending to a sweet fruit. Slight metallic tang in the ending. A great beer.

Dark brown color with a high amount of head. Almost no aroma, somewhat sour. Thick taste that is like sourdough bread. No major overtones for taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2010 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 07/11/2010. "Exp. Date: 03/10". Clear dark amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet cherry, fruit and light vineagar aroma. Slightly tart cherry, fruit and balsamic vineagar flavor. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation. 8/4/8/4/15 - 3.9 Brown in color with a thick white head that dissipated into a thin lacing on the glass. Slightly sour aroma, but a fairly sweet taste. 5/4/9/4/16-3.8

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2005
Vinegar aroma dominates. Red/brown with a firm tan head. Fore is fuity-sweet with a sour-vinegar finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat still despite ample carbonation. Sour cherry flavors come out as it warms.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmxutos (161) - Lisboa, PORTUGAL - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2005 Bottle, 25cl. Nice label. Dark ruby colour with a beautiful, lasting and creamy beige head. Nice carbonation. The first contact is primarily vinegary, with hints of fruits as well. Flavour is strong vinegar, sweet and sour, with small notes of berries. Nevertheless, the end is very sharp and the combination with what i was eating wasn’t quite pleasant. Maybe with cheese? Definitely, not my type of beer although i could consider this a very good experience.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Sampled on draught at The Blind Pig in Champaign, Il. A beautiful and complex beer, redolent of sour cherries and oak. This was an introduction to Flemish Sour Ales for me, and I’ll definitely seek out additional examples.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3351) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 25, 2005
Pours dark red with a tanned head.Nice fresh sourness. Aromas of fruit, leather, balsamic vinegar and almond essence. Sour finish.


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