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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: 2509   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2005
This tasted like black cherries, malt, brown sugar, sothern comfort, and strawberries mixed together. i thought it was excellent. good body and nice clean finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
porterdude (170) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Nice red pour, like red wiine vinegar. Whitish head sttays around for a few minutes and then vanishes. Very nice tart, and sour flavor, Think bing cherries, malt, and brown sugar all mixed together.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - JUN 1, 2005
Hmm... this is an interesting one. Poured brownish-amber with a fizzy tan head which dissipated quickly. Aroma sort of put me off, smelling like toffee and sour meat. I was rather afraid to taste it, but I’m glad I got over it. Flavor is very nice, with dominating tastes of tart black cherries, rounding out to a somewhat dry, nutty finish. Very pleasant. Not something I would seek out again, but I’m glad I tried it. Was also interested to see it listed in Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7331) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Poured a deep ruby red, almost like red wine vinegar. Aroma was of sour cherries or raspberries, with a hint of vinegar. Flavor was slightly metallic, and dark, fermented fruits came through. Sweetness and tartness were both prominent in the taste, and they were rather well-balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - MAY 28, 2005
Smells a bit like red wine vinegar. Of which I am a huge fan. Really sweet and sour, you can feel it in the saliva glands basically. A really interesting brew for the ol’ 600th rating. cheers

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 22, 2005
this sample from a tap...no head...smells of vinegar and sugar...and pretty much tastes that way too...I may give the bottles another shot, as I don’t recall it being this sweet, but it was just too much...sweet and sour is cool...but this is just too sweet...

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2005
Sour, somewhat chemical smell. Not really appealing. Neither is the non-existing head. Tastes quite nice however, a bit on the sweet side, like other I expected a more sour beer but it turned out to be fruity (cherries, apples) and sweet.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful reddish brown, with an almost absent head. Vinegary, sour nose making me expect a very tart beer. But actually I feel that the sweetness is more predominant with the sourness levelling things out - a "sweet & sour" beer indeed. Very vinous and refined - a delicious and quite different Flemish sour ale. 060194

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I love this style of beer! Sour cherries everywhere. It pours a very dark red/brown. Smells very acidic. A large white head foams leaving a small rim for the remander of the glass. Tastes of sour cherry, raw cranberries. Such a great style of beer.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NoiZe (2323) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2009 Dark, deep red brown colour. Aroma is vinegar, sour. Very very fruity taste, apples, wine like taste. Some applejuice. Good balance. Some sourness.


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