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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2447   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heemer77 (5134) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2005
Very dark brown and amber color. A medium sized white head. The aroma is leather and lemons. The taste is sweeter than I had imagined. Notes of lemons with sugar and some honey. Also notes of cola and a finish with cinnamon. Very nice summer beer. Best by March 26, 2006.

1.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
caledonian (367) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 26, 2005
Dark red color, small beige head. Interesting aroma, can’t place it, but not quite pleasant. Punguent flavor, rather revolting actually. Must be an acquired taste.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2007 Murky red appearance - very thin head. Cherries and light vinegar aroma. Flavor of sour cherries & vinegar but is fairly sweet as well.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Like sour candy and gumballs, this beer starts out with a twang and is all sugar at the finish. The color is a very nice deep red, the aroma funky, the bottle, the beer, come off like the old world works of art they are.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Perfumey, sweet, pleasant aroma. Color is a clear dark red-brown. Taste is sour and sweet. The sourness is of the stinky cheese variety. I feel like I’m drinking bacteria. The sweetness ruins it a bit. The sweetess is really simple; like sugar water. It’s almost like putting sweet n’ low in iced tea.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
stouby (3860) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2005
Bottle, at beer festival. Brown with off-white head. Fruity aroma and flavor. Sweet and acidic.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocLock (8185) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2005
Thanks to beerhandy for this. Pours cloudy ruby/orange through light (dark brown in ambient light) with smallish head. Aroma of big tart cherries, malt, prunes. Tastes very tart, with tons of cherries, a solid malt backbone, and some finishing earthy peat elements. Complex and nicely balanced. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
steview (1034) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 7, 2005
mmm, cold and in a tulip / a great complement to my sherbert. sugary acidic fruit, woody, and delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Bottle courtesy of wohlfs. Pours dark mahogany with a thin beige film for head. Very sour vinegar nose. Also has hints of dark fruit in the aroma. Initial flavor is grape like wine that turns very sour. Very oily mouthfeel. Has a strange sweet/sour aftertaste. Once you get past the initial sourness, this is a very good brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sully (1377) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JAN 31, 2005
Tasted both on-tap and from the bottle in Brugge. The former is certainly the best way to sample this beer as it comes out beutifully. There is a russet body with white head in the pour followed by a large burst of cidery fruit aromas. The apple and pear comes through but there is a hint of blackberry and cherry as well. The taste is smooth and reminiscint more of a fruity rose style wine. I could imagine this one in the Aussie summer with a kilo of fresh prawns with the cricket on TV.


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