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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: 2539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2005
large bottle 12/19/05. This is my first flemish sour and it was not at all what I expected. Extremely vinagar like in taste and smell. Very acidic. Reminded me of beer mixed with carbonated apple cider. Poured a cherry wood color with a decent head. I am going to have to try some others in this style but my first impressions are no better than average.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
bask (305) - Leuven, BELGIUM - DEC 20, 2005
(Bottle, ABS drinks) Dark brown colour, little slowly diminishing beige head, no lacing. Lots of acid bubbles. Aroma of orange peels, hops, spices, light alcohol, sweet fruits, light raisin, cherries, soap. Sour, spicy and sweet taste. Flavour of fruits (cherry) and wood. Vivid mouthfeel, almost like cola blended with alcohol. Some sweet and not too harsh maltiness in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Deep brown ruby, small fleeting off white head. Vinegary aroma turning vinous - interesting to say the least. Mouthfeel improves as it warms and there is a champagne like fizziness. Flavor of sour cherries and grapes, yet it is basically on the sweet side. The sweet finish isn’t my style, but overall a well crafted beer. I need to try other examples of the style, and then perhaps try this again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Siroy (220) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
[bottle, 12oz, 11 months old, ~18C, Had this with Daniel Bilodeau]
Rich deep brown with ruby highlights. Nice head with good lacing. To the nose: Red wine, barnyard, humus, bitter-sweet, (subacid). some sort of balsamic vinegar. Taste is sweet but no trace of fruit whatsoever. Traces of lactic fermentation. Exceptional. Glad I can find it at the corner store! :-)

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


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