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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: 2311   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.


1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
the aroma is a strange combination of sweet and vinegar; dark brown color with a long-lasting tan head; the taste is definitely sour - too much so for my taste

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6563) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2004
Fine head, red-brown. Aroma mainly sour. The flavor is sour too, but finish with a little sweetness, malt.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMerritt (1786) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Red-brown with a small white, loose head. Sour green grape, alcoholic aroma has hints of brown sugar and is surprising and pleasant. Semi-sour cherry, red-grape flavor with light woody notes is slightly acidic. Lightly carbonated, slick on the tongue. Flowery and quite delicious. A great surprise, as this was a random pick off of the shelves.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
Nice dark red wine colour, with a tan head that's pretty small, lots of great lacing though. Definitely the balsamic vinegar thing is here, I really like that actually. Some blackberry undertones are hidden underneath the sourness. The taste is sour with a hint of sweetness, sour apples, grapes. A little thin, but still a very nice beer. Bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1607) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2003
Dark brown colour, white head. It smells like some kind of spicy yoghurt, or are it rather wine-aromas. Sweet-sour wine flavour. Well, it's a flavour I never tasted before, but I like it.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2003
Pours a dark amber ith a think beige head and thin lacing. Aroma and flavor are full of vinegar and sour fruit. Perhaps I just don't care for the style.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2003
This tastes like red wine almost, but smooth and not as thick. I really enjoy it!!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Aroma: Sweet, crisp smelling with slight medicine and floral bouquet.
Appearance: Mohogany to dark brown
Flavor: Crisp, slight fruitiness, not as strong as La Folie.
Palate: agree with acrodizer, "Mild for the first second, then carbonated and rough like cola."
Overall: Not bad, seemed a little thin though.
<small>Re-rated 5/22/04:</small>
Aroma: 8/10--strong butter, finegar, and carmel malts. also some cinnamon, nutmeg, and mineral scents
Appearance: 3/5--cloudy brown, slight lacing, small head
Flavor: 7/10--very sour, like drinking balsamic vinegar out of the bottle, also some sweet 'n sour sauce flavoring
Palate: 3/5--smooth, buttery, vinegar finish
Overall: 16/20

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (7976) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Served in my favorite goblet... good lord the smell of balsamic vinegar hits you hard. It pours a deep burnt brown with a medium sized, light tan head. Quite a "sour smell", somewhat reminds me of :La Folie, the first of this style I tried and so my basis of comparison. Mild for the first second, then carbonated and rough like cola. Rolls over the tongue a little thin, then coast the throat with a sweet plum, grape and apple syrup, before a neat transition to a sour finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 18, 2003
I did not find this acetic at all. If anything the acidity was somewhat citric and tart with a whiff of strawberries. Apples maybe? Plums and also malt. Creamy texture with a dark ruby color. Really quite good! I wish I could get this again.


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