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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: 2500   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2005
Clear deep red with little head. Vinegar aroma with some earthy notes and a hint of raspberry. Sweet and sour flavor. Excellent body and rich but carbonated mouthfeel. Very clean yet the light and fruity sour flavor lingers delicately on the tongue. Very nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
Red-brown with bubly vanishing cream coloured head. Vinegar like aroma with notes of maraschino and higher alcohols. Some earth flavours blends well with the vineous sour flavours. Sweet yet balanced and fresh.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8676) - Bochum, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2005
(bottle) Dark ruby red colour with a creamy off-white layer. Vineous aroma of black currant, raisins, also vinegar. Bittersweet flavour, sweet malty and sour fruity taste, slightly acidic. Medium bodied, somewhat woody; tart sweetsour finish with a light bitter hoppiness. Not a disappointing but decent Flemish Red.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hooker (467) - Coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 10, 2005
Clear reddish brown colour with thin off with head. Sour malt vinegar nose. Saour acidic taste with dry saour finish. A real lip puckerer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 9, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2006 Pours dark reddish orange brown with a thin tan head. Tart aroma of cider, tart cherries, funky brett, red wine, berries, and oak. The taste is sweet and sour. Starts fruity, yeasty, and acidic which slowly mellows into an earthy, woodsy finish. Notes of oak, dried fruits, and dusty yeast. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation. Good mix of sweet and sour with a great aftertaste. I thought this was too extreme the first time I had it, but with a second bottle Iíve grown to like this. Quite unique.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark brown/ruby. Bubbly tan head fizzes away quickly. Wild yeast, berries, oak, subtle malt and alcohol, touch of spice, also-complex aroma. Same flavor. Body is a bit heavy, needs to warm up a bit. Has a certain taste in the finish I canít put my finger on. Medium/full body, well carbonated. Very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle, pours nice dark red, with lasting thin lacing and head. Wonderful sweet start and sour finish, perfectly finished. Glad I tried this one.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 6, 2005
Dark brown with a thin but solid head. Sweet aroma carrying wine and pine. Flavour is tart, sweet, and smoky with a viscous mouthfeel.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Mungo (2471) - Southampton, Hampshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2005
Bottle (from Bitter Virtue, BBE Nov 06). This had some really nice flavours and aromas going on - oak, soft fruit, vinous a hint of malt with a small level of tartness. I just couldnt get past the sweet finish which combined with high carbonation and tartness had an almost artificial sherbert feel. I wanted to like this but couldnt.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - SEP 27, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2005 250ml bottle in Duchesse de Bourgogne glass. Smells of cherry and grapes, and the usual malt, grains et cetera. Dark red. Yellowy foam. Not that sour, almost like a kriek. Hm, itís nice but too weak.


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