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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 2229   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (5741) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Reddish/brown hue with a frothy off-white head and okay lacing. Major sour cherry and oak aroma with hints of dates, ginger, and balsamic vinegar. Sour fruity taste with a wonderful undertone of oak. Minor bittering agent, light saltiness, and fleshy fruit tones found nearly hidden on the aftertaste. The acidic nature of the beer lingers well after the finish. Medium-bodied with a lively and crisp mouthfeel. What an outstanding flemish sour (almost kriek like). Refreshing yet complex for most palates. Which I had brought more.(Couldn't believe I found this in Gainesville FLA) P.S. Nice Hugo painting used for label.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2003
deep brownish red, big off white head. woody, fruity and malt vinegar aroma. fine beaded carbonation. stylistically tart, with notes of lemon dried cherry and plums. sweet and sour finish with a hint of pithy bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Wow this is a really nice beer that is something that has amazing complexity. It is a little sweet, but it balances nicely with the sour. Carbonation is perfect and the twang of sour mates itself very well. There are notes of cherry, plums and oak. A chocolate whisper comes to mind in the finish. What a head really nice long lingering head as you pour into a glass. I would recommend with a Bavarian Chocoloate cherry cake. A real winner and a must try for every Belgian beer lover.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5351) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
Ruby/brown colour. A sour vinegar aroma and flavour. Champagnelike sweet palate.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
WOW, good thing I like Belgian ales! Not for a palate weaned on mega-corp beer. Typical of Flemish red ales: light bodied; assertive mouth puckering lactic sourness with an astringent finish; no hop aroma or flavor at all, just a low bitterness. Complex acidic, winey aroma with bubblegum and oak dominating. Flavor is also reminiscent of oak-bubblegum with a nice sweet/sour character from start to mid-palate giving way to a clinging astringent dryness in the finish. Nice ruby red color. An acquired taste but very refreshing if your palate appreciates this style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rickgordon (3841) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
Bottled. Ruby color with a decent frothy head. Vinegar aroma. Initial sweetness in the flavor with a sour, spicy ending.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rauchbier (3559) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 3, 2003
Bottled. Ruby red, low thin but rocky head and good condition. Appealing aromas of sweet fruity port and mellow balsamic vinegar. Froths up madly in the mouth, thus involving all taste buds. Tangy and sweet, fruity caramel and vinegar all fill the mouth. Finish is sweetly sour and astringently oily. Confusingly lovely.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2003
Pretty ruby color, smallish fading head, but a steady stream of tiny bubbles remained throughout. Aroma of sour cherries and almonds, very nice. If I hadn't read the label, I would have sworn this was a krik. Cherry flavors highly pronounced, sour notes offset by sweetness that borders on artificial. Bitter almond in the finish, arsenic-like, but in a good way. A very tasty beer, but lacks the depth an nuances needed to completely bowl me over.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Bottled. Be prepared, it's not your typical Belgian Ale (more like a lambic profile which I was not expecting with the first sip). If it wasn't quite so sour, it would be a nice cherry lambic with a little extra something. As it is, I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2411) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
(Bottled) Ruby coloured with low head, good lacing though. Vinous aroma of cherries. Acidic cherry flavour, balanced. Tasty.


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