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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: 2312   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - FEB 7, 2004
Aroma is cherries, plum, caramel, and vinegar. Pours a clear red-brown color, off-white head leaves good lacing. Flavor is on the sweet side, malt being prominent, there is some Belgian yeast spiciness, and a nice acetic sourness comes through in the end. Medium body. A refreshing and tasty sweet-n-sour Belgian beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - FEB 1, 2004
Funky sweet and sour taste if that's possible. Vinegar like. Nice dark red color with tiny head. Tastes like a mild chocolate covered cherries that were packed in a tin case. Actually quite good. Can't wait to try the aged version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 1, 2004
A very nice looking flemish, with a a murky burgundy color and a reasonable head. Nose was quite unique, as was the flavor. Very reminiscient of REAL cherries, as opposed to the candy or sweet cherry flavors you sometimes get in beers. An odd beer, even for the style.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
5000 (6239) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 30, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2006 Bottle pours reddish brown with an abundant fawn colored head, very well carbonated this one is.   The aroma of this one is very unique and enjoyable.   Faint smell of vinegar, some vanilla, apple butter, raisin, and sweet cherries.   Lacing is very prominent.   Initial taste is wonderful, sweet cherries, a bit of vinegar.   It also would seem as if its been aged in oak barrels as it has that distinctive oak flavor.   Perhaps a bit of citrus in there, sweetened grapefruit.   Did I mention sweet?   Not sure why this is a sour, because it sure is sweet (not tangy), AND delicious.   Mouthfeel is exceptional, full bodied, adequate carbonation.   I really hate to swallow this one so early.   Finish is smooth and sweet.   This is a fantastic Ale.   I may just have to pick up some more of this.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
Dark reddish brown, moderate tan head, some lacing. Aroma of vinegar, fruit, apple, raisin, grape. Sweet pleasant flavor, some grape and plum, nice sour finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Amber pour with some rubiness. Small head with a little lace. Sour grape aroma with some vinegar and wheat. Malt, vinegar, and citrus flavors. Grapefruit or lime. Creamy palate with a sweet and sour finish. Very nice indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ĝlbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Deep red wine colored body with a fizzy fast disappearing head. Sour winy aroma with yeast and fruit specially cherries. Flavor is tart sour fruity with cherries and balsamic vinegar. Very sparkling, almost like Champagne! A truly amazing beer!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Tawny-Ruby color, fizzy tan head. Aroma is lightly vinous, cherries, oak, musk. Flavor is a little tart, not too sour, sweet finish & a sticky mouthfeel. refreshing & fruity, much better than la folie to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
I'm a big fan of this style and have enjoyed this one in the past. Just got a 75Cl bottle though and it tastes like they have returned to sweeteners. Keep it sour!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Deep dark ruby color with an off-white head. Very sour cherry, wood and vinegar aroma. Sweet tart flavors of cherry, vinegar and wood with a very metallic bite to it. Bubbly feel with a dry finish.This would be much more enjoyable without the metallic taste.


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