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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: 2291   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Pours amber/garnet with a small head. Aroma is strong; balsamic vinegar, cherry, apples, and more. Very complex. The flavor is intense. Fruity, sweet. Apples and cherries dominate. The acidic finish is more crab apple than vinegar, but very strong. A nice dry aftertaste. Surprisingly balanced and very drinkable for such strong flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mreeves (275) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - MAR 19, 2004
Pours a brownish color, with a nice head and good lacing. Sour aroma, very wine-like. Looks and tastes like a red wine. Vinegary, tart flavor. Can't really detect any hops here. Good, interesting, but not my favorite style.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Clear garnet with a foamy tan head. The aroma is sour vinegar. The flavor is a huge hit of sourness. Big time balsamic vinegar but there is s a bit of sweetness. Holy cow, very unique. Fizzy mouth-feel. It is not bad but the vinegar is a bit much for my tastes.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4831) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 15, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2011 It took quite a few years for this one to grow on me but I am starting to come around on this one. +++ Sampled on draft this beer poured a dark caramel-nut color with a large foamy white head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was tart and sour with faint nut and caramel. The flavor was tart and sweet mixed berries and cherries with undertones of sugar, red wine vinegar, red meat and oregano. The finish was long, tart and fruity. Medium body. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Optigon (562) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Smells something akin to red vinegar and fruit. Dark red with the look of malt vinegar. Fair head retention. Fruity, dry, bubbly flavor

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Sigmund (4950) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 8, 2004
(250 ml bottle). Pours with a large thick head, colour is copper. Intense aroma of red fruits, red wine vinegar and horse stable. Lovely sour flavour of fruits, notes of spices. Aftertaste says "more, more!". A great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - MAR 4, 2004
11.2 oz Bottle Best Before 27/05/05 A reddish brown with no head and only a bit of a foam layer. Looks similar to thr Vichtenaar I just had. Slightly acidic aroma with notes of rotten cherries and peppercorns. Quite spicy. Body is lively with carbonation and with a crisp somewhat dry finish. Flavor is sweet and sour with slight vinegar and acidic notes. Some sour fruit also in the mix. Overall much better than the Vichtenaar in my opinion and has some good flavor.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Ruby red color with whiteish head. Aroma is really different. Seems like I'm smelling A1 stake sauce or ketchup or something like that. Notes of vinegar, pretty peppery, with a bit of malty sweetness. Flavor is sweet up front, with some sourness coming through towards the finish. Malt, caramel, dark fruits, pepper, oak are all evident. Overall a very interesting, different, and complex brew.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2004
(Draught)

The beer pours a deep sanguineous color with the head a majestic creamy light tan crown upon the body and the lace a satin sheet to conceal the glass. Nose is sweet, fresh and crisp, hints of over ripe fruit, cherries comes to mind, bit of oak also noted, a real treat for the nose and eyes, start, is sweet and malt laden, top is middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is satisfyingly acidic, the hops congenial in their spicy bite dry and lingering aftertaste, this was the best of the Belgian Ales I tasted at the 5th Annual Lucky Baldwin’s Belgian Ale Fest, and one I need to find in the bottle.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2004
Interesting. from the time it pours to the time you swallow its quite different. when it pours there is no head, then the head seems to rise from the depths and pulls togther to make a marvelous creation. it looks thick but interestingly its not when you drink it. the right work for the mouthfeel is silky. there is a mild amount of malt sweetness and cherry that makes this one a keeper.


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