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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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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.


3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (3819) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours a deep red/brown color with an off white head. The head diminished almost immediately and left a thin sticky lace. The aroma is tart and more like wine than beer -- cider vinegar smell. The taste is tart like a cider. The mouthfeel was somewhat complex: tart at the beginning with a dry middle and an astringent finish. I have had this beer a couple of times. It does not appear to bee a good representation of the style, but a style of itself. An interesting experience.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dornoy (701) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 3, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2004 Deep, dark, ruby red. Nice lasting foam. Smell and first taste is bitter, but then the aftertaste is almost fruity. Very filling, excellent with a heavy meal of game, like duck or pheasant. Altogether a very nice experience. The rest of the bottle tasted better the day after, so I think it should be left open some 10-20 mins before drinking.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AleDrinker (1089) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 2, 2004
Pours a deep brown color with red hue. As it pours it appears to be almost syrupy with little carbonation. I can definitely smell the vinegar in the aroma (maybe I could use this as salad dressing?). But I mean vinegar in a good way. Aroma is also malty sweet. Flavor is quite robust: sweet, sour, and a little bit of oak. The vinegar is in the aroma, but not in the flavor which is relieving. I’ve never had anything like this before but I definitely like it!

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2004
poured reddish brown with a light tan head. aroma sour cherries, citrus, choc. malts. flavor sour fruits, malt vinegar, colawith a hint of sweetness as it warmed. not a fan of this one thought I was dinking a semi sweet wine that was starting to turn bad

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8660) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Edgy Belgium. Good lace. Foamy pour, fluffy. Sweet aftertaste. Oak lends a brown to the amber. Some cherry tartness here, maybe sour lemon and unripe fruit, and oud bruin style. And as Monty Python would add, woody.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 20, 2004
Good sized light brown/red head that lasted for the full drinking time. Clear ruby colored with a nice tart and sweet cherry aroma. A little red wine aroma in the background that disappeared as the beer warmed. The sour cheery carries over into the flavor just enough to not be overpowering. Good smooth palate, light in body makes this a nice beer. Since I love cherry I can drink a few of these.

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skaughty (644) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 19, 2004
Pours a highly catrbonated brown with a red hue in the light. Straight ,alt vinegar aroma - to the point of being off-putting. Once the nose is plugged, you can enjoy the tartness and sweetness that make this enjoyable. There are hints of cherries and blackberries and just a little wood for complexity. Finish is sweet with a phlegm inducing tongue coating. This is a well crafted brew - just requires plugging your nose before imbibing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 18, 2004
Brown color with a tinge of orange/copper. Small beige head with little lacing. A wine and vinegar aroma with some oak and rasberry. Malt sweetness and tart, sour cherries heavy in the flavors. This has a nice smooth mouthfeel and a sweet finish. A great beer, although the sweetness would keep me from having more than one at a time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2471) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 18, 2004
Bottle Pours a deep ruby/brown with a small but thick, very creamy head and lacing that coats the glass, better than most I’ve seen. Aroma is of hard cider, vinnegar, pitted fruit. Flavor is a bit of a surprise after the aroma. Much sweeter than I expected. Grapes, prunes, pears and a slight acidic bite. Feel is medium body, very smooth, modest carbonation and a very srtange metallic hint after most of the other flavors depart. Like rust or tinfoil. Does not detract from the experiance though. Actually. I would have liked a little more "sour". Delicious.


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