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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: 2291   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.


1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
bb (6784) - Alamo, California, USA - AUG 2, 2003
Bottled. Be prepared, it's not your typical Belgian Ale (more like a lambic profile which I was not expecting with the first sip). If it wasn't quite so sour, it would be a nice cherry lambic with a little extra something. As it is, I'm wondering if I got a bad bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pilsnerrogge (2462) - Finspång, SWEDEN - AUG 1, 2003
(Bottled) Ruby coloured with low head, good lacing though. Vinous aroma of cherries. Acidic cherry flavour, balanced. Tasty.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 29, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2006 This was a great beer. Beautiful color, soft smooth head, and what a flavor! This is one of my new favorites.

RERATE: Nice deep ruby red color. The carbonation in this is really something special. THe bubbles continue to stream to the surface. If you just left this glass sit the head would continue to grow. Very cool. The aroma is very attractive. Mildly sour and fruity. The flavor matches the aroma with a mild sour and a good amount of cherries. I have had this beer several times and this was the only time I didn’t even taste a hint of vinegar. This was a great bottle. 8/5/8/5/19

RERATE: Fruity alcohol and sourness. Very dark purple color with a thin white film and lacing. flavor is well blended and less sour. Sweet dark fruit with just a hint of sour. Smooth body.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 22, 2003
Sour fruit aroma. Ruby colour, pours a large tan head, loads of lace! Tangy cherry, earthy taste, tart, acidic, lots of carbonation, very dry finish. A nice rendition.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Pours large, lively head, then settles to a light film. Reddish brown color.Smells of oak, caramel and slight vinegar. Tastes a bit sweet, some cherries, with some tartness to go with the acetic. Light body. Refreshingly good for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (7808) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2003
Thé Belgian cultbeer in America. Let's see what I make of it. Deep amber-red, clear. Good amberish-creamy head, collapsing with lace. Nose: licorice, "jap", black syrup. That starts nice. Carbon gass. Fleeting impression of lactic acid. Quand même. Tart. Woody, vinous. Nowhere as complex as a RGC, however. Black "jap" aroma is gone, licorice remains. Very much lactic acid, also an obvious metallic tang. Dry out-effect, good carbonation, not fizzy. There is a strange flavour in the aftertaste that smacks of artifical flavouring. I relate it to the "gas" and "syrup" notes in the nose. I'm less than overawed. There is a woody touch, but for a beer boasting to have ripened on oak, I 'wood' expect something less metallic, infinitely more complex. Peter Bouckaert, can I have a la Folie now, please?

1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 15, 2003
I must of had a wicked bad bottle, because all I got was vinegar. Certainly a drain pour. Good color though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marc (486) - Yokosuka, JAPAN - JUL 13, 2003
Plum and dough congeal in the nose, dark garnet with minimal head. THICK dark plums, raison bread, rum cake, and oak. Finishes with more woody notes and sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 Dark brown ale with a very small off-white head that disappears swiftly. A smell of fruits I can't quite all identify(dark berries, cherries, plums) with apparent vinegar and a vegetal note (dry parsley or something). As it enters the mouth, sour and sweet blackberries are well blended together with a honeyish malt sweetness and a bit of funk, notes of cloves, wood and clover. Refreshing despite being warm. It's mostly sweet still with high carbonation and a medium body, rather filling for the style. Oak comes back in the aftertaste that remains sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2004 (Bottled) Dark brown with a small white head. Fresh aroma with some sourness. Gentle and smooth notes of candied fruit in the background. Silky-smooth in mouth with taste of dried cherrys, caramel. Waited for some sourness who didn't arrive. Instead, a vinous and sweet aftertaste of syrup, brown sugar and sweetened cherrys.


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