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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: 2286   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Pours an effervescent, frothy head that remains and laces down nicely. In the glass, it looks a lot like a Coke. Sour nose. Wow, the flavor is something special, tart and sweet, a little woody... hard to describe at this point in my beer-ducation. The complexity reminds me of a dubbel, but much sweeter and more tart. Loved one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2003
Dark brown beer with a wine-vinegar aroma and a nice sweet and sour taste. Very pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Aroma is sour, with some vinegar(not as much as expected), and cider notes. Body is a clear redish brown with a tight medium sized light brown head. Taste is initially sour with a very slight sweetness behind it. Slight vinegar, with a wonderful finish. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
This beer?? tasted and smelled more like a wine than it did a beer and therefore it was very much not to my liking. It poured a large sized tan frothy head that consisted of fine-small bubbles. The body was opaque and carbonated with a red hue. The nose reminded me of pure wine as did the flavor. The mouthfeel was tingly, tangy, bitey and medium bodied. There was a fair amount of lacing with this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2447) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Large tan head, rocky, lasts. Clear brown brew with a deep red tint, nice lookin brew. Vinous, vinegary nose with some hints of wood. Medium body. Sweet up front. Fruity, berrys, cherrys. wood comes through more so in the flavor. A sweet/sour thing is going on. Kinda interesting though. Finish is semi sweet, cidery. Different, i must say.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 8, 2003
This brew poured a very large head of foamy very light brown colored finely sized bubbles that left behind a very carbonated hazy brown colored body and a good spider web like lacing. The aroma is complex with notes of raisin, sherry, port and caramel malts that made me sneeze. The mouthfeel is smooth andd tingly at the start and smoothens even more in its finish. The flavors are also very complex and taste much like the aroma smells. There are notes of raisin, grape, port vinuous alcohol and seemed more like a wine than a beer just a bit heavier. None-the-less it is very interesting and a reccommended try.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fly (1417) - austin, Tejas, Alabama, USA - OCT 8, 2003
May I call this moreish? Even if I've never figured out quite WTF it means? Shared sample at Falling Rock. Found it luxurious. Loved the texture and sour cherry and just want more to see if a larger tasting would leave me wanting even more or feeling that I should have left it the way it was.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beloved Beer (278) - California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
A lot of carbonation. looked like half flat coke being poured. I couldn't pick out a whole lot out of the sourness. I think i need more of this.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Sour vinous vinegar nose. Deep burgundy hue. Sticky beige-ish head. Very tart, sour, acidic, pleasant sweet and sour tone. Medium bodied, finishing with a delectable dry lingering woody character. Very different, but icredibly drinkable. Let this one warm up.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5168) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 This poured a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. The first thing that hits me is the SOUR nose. It's almost vinegar in aroma. The taste is also very tart but there is a sweetness hidden in there. It seems to make itself more present during the finish. Defnite fruit the taste sour apple mixed with plums, maybe. Hard to describe really. It evens out as you drink it. I didn't notice the sour as much after getting halfway through the bottle. It seems to sweeten up a little and reveal a little more than just tartness. It's been said already, but this is definitely something different!


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