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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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common

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RATINGS: 2423   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2005
Yes, it is sour--I doubt it’s being advertised as anything but. Pours a pretty dark red with a minimal head. Aroma and flavor are mostly sour, with some fruit (apple and grape?) and yeast notes. Somewhat divorced from other things that are called beer, but as a clear change of pace this will do the job. Refreshing, medium body and lack of aftertaste are pluses.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GarethYoung (1109) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - APR 28, 2005
[bottle: snifter]pours a dark red colour, with a large foamy head that quickly diminishes to a film. sweet fruity aroma, apples and a little cherry, there is also a dusty smell of yeast. very sweet upfront and finishes long and sour, reasonable body.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
biggcb (464) - Harleysville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2005
Bottle poured. Very nice reddish-brown color. Decent amount of head. Sweetingly sour aroma, but neither being too strong. Nice hints of cherry. Not as sour as I was expecting.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 25, 2005
From A Bottle.Dark red in colour with a small head, aroma is sour like old cider and vinegar, taste is sour, woody with some cherry and airfix glue.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - APR 23, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2005 sour fruity aroma, amber color with little head. mdeium bodied. sour sweet flavor.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 22, 2005
Pours brownish-red with beige head. Aroma hit me full force of model glue, but I kind of like it. Well carbonated, with hints of cherry and quite sour in the flavor. Medium bodied. Pretty good.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
giarcsr (103) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
My first flemish sour. Pours a great dark reddish, brown color with no sediment, which surprises me. Aroma is somwhat wine like and fruity. Flavor is very sour and fruity, and very sweet. I can’t say that I love this style or beer, but I can’t say it is a bad beer. If you like the style you’ll probably like this.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrianG (44) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 14, 2005
Poured a nice brown red. There was little head which dissipated quickly. Little lacing to speak of. The aroma was sour which was misleading. The taste was great. A tangy sweetness followed by a mild bitter finish. Great beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hairofthedog (419) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 11, 2005
This beer poured a dark brown color w/ slight head and lacing. The aroma had soury light fermented fruit, apples, and grapes w/ a light raisin sweetness. The flavor had soury fermented light fruit, apples, candy and grapes. The mouthfeel was light to medium bodied and creamy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yayforbeer (753) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2005
11.2 oz bottle. My first sample of the style... Pours dark brown with a nice tan head and lots of lacing. Poured thick, you could tell it would be full bodied before even tasting it. Aroma of malt vinegar, and sweet/sour candy. Flavor is sweet and sour with apple cider. Reminds me of a chinese sweet and sour sauce we used to make at a restaurant I worked in as a college kid (applesauce, vinegar, sugar, soysauce). Well it sure is different, interesting, and quite good...


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