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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: 2227   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 A quote from MartinT,"This is quite surprising!! Very Tart in a luscious body of dark fruit and malt...A tremendous oud bruin!! DOn't know what they put in this but the women love it, believe it or not!!" I gotta agree with what he said(although me wife didn't get a chance to try it yet). The tranlusent prune colored. Sour aroma. Fruity like prunes, sweet and at the same time tart,sour. Very interesting. Great Brew!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
This one poured a cloudy ruby red color with a very minimal white head. This was a wickedly horrid aroma to begin with however... It was an aroma of sourness, and of hard liquor almost..zachory boone as my hard liquor buddy described it. The taste is like a produce department however and totally makes up for what the aroma lacks in attractiveness. Lemon, cranberry, grapefruit and other tart citrus fruits become apparent leaving a very very dry aftertaste. I found it to have an almost soda-like atmosphere to it..highly carbonated, and attacking the sides of the tongue. This reminded me of the high school days of chewing on a sourball...a nice tartness, a different taste that is for sure, but that aroma is repulsive at times.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Imbibed in November 2002. I really enjoy this beer as a result of the synergy of the flavors. A weird combination but nonetheless quite pleasing. A fruity wine aroma with a hint of vinegar. Pours a clear burgondy red color with a hint of brown. A medium head that rapidly disappears, leaving a small island of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass that is surrounded by a thicker ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. A medley of flavors on the tongue! Sweetness, wine, balsamic vinegar, faint soy, and currants. Mild carbonation but quite fizzy on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel with a clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Pours deep ruby red, almost black with a long lasting creamy head. Sourness is the predominating aroma, almost like sour milk which made me think it had gone bad at first. For such a long lasting head it feels thin on the palate and balsamic vinegar flavours come through. Really a range of sour/vinegar like flavours enrobe the palate at diferent times. Underneath this, there is a super sweet malty background that is quite cloying. For me it is too sweet and the sourness cannot balance it out. There is no hop presence.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Deep ruby color. Medium head. Aroma is slightly vinegar and malts. This is DEFINITELY a Flemish Sour Ale. A big bold sour tartness up front, gives way to a nice vinous fruitiness somewhere in the middle. Fruity and sour and vinegar and sweet all at the same time. Very reminiscent of a Rodenbach Grand Cru. Very complex flavors. Nice beer. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this style. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is vinous and slightly bitter

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2542) - GERMANY - JAN 6, 2003
The balsamic vinegar character of the nose and the taste is unreal. Just loved the blend of malt and lactic flavors. Dark brown-rudy red, fizzy head. Round full mouth feel. Complex and interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 1, 2003 Dark cloudy ruby color, big beige head. Aroma of vinegar at first and then changes to fruit/berries. Flavor of sour cherries and other berries. Finish is sour and a little acidic. This is pretty sour, but not too much.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8526) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 Aroma is of balsamic vinegar and Cabernet. Also, notes of pear and dark fruit. Crystal clear, deep mohogany hue. Small, creamy, off-white head. Quickly diminishing with decent lacing. Extremely fruity and moderately tart flavor. Blasts of cherries, Cabernet, plums, red-delicious apples and other tangy fruits I’m unable to identify. A little white vinegar thrown in for good measure. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Lively carbonation. A medium length, very acetic, lightly earthy finish. Being a fan of Sour Patch Kids, I really enjoyed this beer. Be prepared to pucker!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skortila (4343) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2003
Fruity, sour aroma, bit earthy. Appearance is off. Head is quickly gone; Still aerage appearance. Dark red coloured. Fruity (cherry), bit malty, earthy sweet taste. Smooth palate. Good balanced, better than the Rodenbachs I think.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
YogiBeera (2435) - Hamburg, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2003
Balsamico nose and taste. Brown with hints of red color, leggy. Almost like salad dressing.


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