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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: 2319   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
This one was very delicious. Usually i find the sourness of a flemish to be a bit too offensive, but that wasn’t the case at all with this one. This one was much more well balanced and full of rich fruity flavors. Much sweeter than expected after smelling how sour the aroma was. Very enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dalle (1145) - Skørping, DENMARK - APR 24, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2004 Red-brown colour. Some sweetness and fruits, red-wine vinegar / balsamico, milky notes, complex. A great beer - and my beer-eye-opener!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - APR 18, 2004
My first ever experience with the style known as a Flemish Sour Ale and I'm incredibly impressed. A dark, rich burgundy color. A very layered, complex taste. Definitely can taste the "sourness" but also black cherries, dried apricots and a strong, STRONG presence of Balsamic Vinegar. Must be drunk slowly and carefully to be fully appreciated!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bonvivant (168) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
Sweet tartness! Layers of dark sweet cherries with fresh not quite ripe plums.Dark mahogany color with slight head.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hennes (934) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - APR 2, 2004
Also available at the Mud Lounge in Missouri's Springfield - and at the home of one of SMS's librarains where I had quite a few ... Anyway, this is a really fun beer - an unexpected romp of complexity after months wandering in the beer desert back home. A really nice - well not balance, exactly, but stretch between the sour cream cake sweetness and the vibrant acidic edges. Good stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Dark brown with a slight mohagany tint. Head is initially large but falls back to a thin surface film. Aroma is amazing, slighly sour, black cherry, with an oaky note and an amazing tawny port smell. I spent about 10 minutes trying to pick out all of the port characteristics, seems fruity with apricot and pineapple notes. Flavour is up to the expectations that the smell gave me. Sour with a fruity port flavour. Slight bitterness that is followed by a lingering sweetness, but without being cloying. Like nothing else I’ve had before.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Alcoholist (570) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2004
Burgundy in colour. Umm, once again I have discovered a flavour that I am quite fond of (Balsalmic Vinegar this time) that in my opinion has no place in beer. There is a hint of apples and wood in the taste and nose. Finish is sour. Complex, but essentially undrinkable. Against the Grain here I come.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Hmmmmm. Dark ruby with a thin white big bubbly head that is quickly discipating. Th nose is very red wineish with grape skin and vinegar. The taste is sour and acidic and bitter lots of vinegar. The body is tingly and sparkeling. I understand where they are going here buyt I just dont like it and on top of that it is NOT very easily drinkable=major deductions from me.

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.


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