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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: 2333   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Bottle. Deep brown color, hints of ruby. Whitish head. Great lacing. Big fruity and tart aroma. Taste is both sweet and tart. Pretty tasty but could probably only have a bottle at a time.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tobias (202) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2004
11.2 oz bottle: pours rich ruby mahogany color with a light tan head. the aroma is slightly sweet but mostly sours cherry with some grape notes. the taste is unlike anything i have tasted before. the flavor is sweet and sour at the same time. reminds me of balsomic vinegar. very fruity and wine like. cherry, and apple with some grape flavors. the finish is long. nice slightly sour malty fruity nutty taste. unbeleiveable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a small light tan head. Sour cherry aroma and a rich cherry flavor. Soft, creamy, and somewhat sticky palate.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Malakin (469) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Reddish dark brown color with almost no head and a sour cherry balsamic vinegar aroma. Rich flavours, sour cherry acetic and sweet. Exceptional!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Poured a dark reddish brown with no head. Poured with a very thick, almost syrupy, body. Very strong vinegar aroma and tastes (my wife said it smelled like balsamic vinegar). Slightly sweet with a sour finish. Some cherries mixed in there. Thick, oily body. This beer was different than any I’ve rated yet (but not a bad different - I enjoyed it).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shag (2603) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 23, 2004
On tap at O’Briens in San Diego. The aroma is cherries and quite nutty. The flavor is sour and slightly sweet with some grapes, cherries, and apples. It has a very wine like quality to it. The aftertaste is also sour. A nice one.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Brown/red in color with a sour, vinegary aroma. Fruity and sour. Very unusual, but not unpleasant. Short, flat, quick-to-dissipate brownish head. The first sip was the toughest, as my tongue and brain take in the shock of such a strange flavored beer. After several more sips, the taste became more understandable, and more flavors became apparent....cherries, tiny bits of chocolate malt. Enjoyable, if unusual. To quote MIchael Jackson "Some drinkers could never learn to enjoy....sour specialties....any more than they could acquire a taste for a smelly cheese...in [that] case, the loss would be theirs."

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 9/11/2005 Rating: 6/3/7/3/13 = 3.2
Dark, red-bodied with a frothy white head, this has an aroma of sour cherries, including the pits and stems, the latter two softening the tartness. The flavor has an underlying malty sweetness topped with the sour cherries and a taste of cold iron. The finish is mouth-wateringly tart and satisfying. My, how tastes can change in (almost) a year.

9/13/2004 Rating: 3/2/1/1/1 = 0.8
A deep reddish hue with a nearly nonexistent head, this had a vinegary, sour cherry aroma. Not much body, just thick. Some day I will revisit this beer. My initial tasting made me feel like I was drinking cough medicine, only bitter.

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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lachesis (756) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2004
Acajou ( redwood ) Color with light ivory colored head. Froth is collapsing fast. Intens nose of licorice, candy sirup, cigarbox and a sour touch of greek yougurt. In 2de fase, nose of port and madeira. Taste of sweet licorice, dried plums and cheep fruit candy’s; also taste like you drink it from a tin goblet ( strange metalic accent ) The afthertaste is sweet with a good roundness but it has a light volatil sourness just like you sniff on a bottle of aceto balsamico ( Modena vinigar ).

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3809) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Dark brown with some red, no head. Complex aroma: milk, cherry, wine, vinegar - quite tart. Quite strange - I expected it to be much more sour in taste. Initial tartness, but a super short hit, giving way to a grapeskin taste. Slimy, sweet, with a level, slight herb feeling. Interesting, but a slight let down.


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