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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: 2334   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1496) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2003
soft deep garnet/brown color..virtually headless. definitely has the aroma of a burgundy beer...full! the aroma is almost woody/sour (in a bad way) when it's too cold, but as it warms, the cheesiness and fruitiness begins to show through (accidentally chilled this one too long). fair amount of funkiness in the taste and quite a bit of fruitiness. finish is like a sweet buttery/creamy combo. not sure where to place this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5336) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Poured a reddish amber color with a small head and no lacing. Had a strong vinegar aroma. Taste was fruity... very sour, with fruit. Tart finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Strong malt vinegar aroma. Deep amber-brown colour. Short lasting fizzy head that recedes to cover with no lacing. Strong sweet vinegar beginning which sours through the taste to end in a rather sour fruitiness. It’s very sweet but equally acidic to balance. Hint of alcohol in the finish. Lasting acidity in aftertaste. Many complex flavours to keep the mouth interested. Body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and engaging carbonation on the tongue. Somewhat under-carbonated, perhaps. This is definitely an interesting beer and well worth trying. Bottle.
Does not age well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Dark orange or slightly light brown, whichever you prefer. Cidery aroma. Nice balance of initial sweet with tart finish. Pretty good all in all.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2003
A nice burgundy color, quite clear and pours with almost no head. Tastes lightly sour, with a hint of sweetness. Smells lightly woody and a bit sour as well. This beer tastes tart with a hint of cherry. A much more everyday, easy drinking version of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Maybe some hints of vanilla in the taste, followed by a bit of tannic background. No bitterness just a wonderful marriage of tart and sweet flavors. A hint of alcohol in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6038) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Reddish/brown hue with a frothy off-white head and okay lacing. Major sour cherry and oak aroma with hints of dates, ginger, and balsamic vinegar. Sour fruity taste with a wonderful undertone of oak. Minor bittering agent, light saltiness, and fleshy fruit tones found nearly hidden on the aftertaste. The acidic nature of the beer lingers well after the finish. Medium-bodied with a lively and crisp mouthfeel. What an outstanding flemish sour (almost kriek like). Refreshing yet complex for most palates. Which I had brought more.(Couldn't believe I found this in Gainesville FLA) P.S. Nice Hugo painting used for label.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2003
deep brownish red, big off white head. woody, fruity and malt vinegar aroma. fine beaded carbonation. stylistically tart, with notes of lemon dried cherry and plums. sweet and sour finish with a hint of pithy bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 22, 2003
Wow this is a really nice beer that is something that has amazing complexity. It is a little sweet, but it balances nicely with the sour. Carbonation is perfect and the twang of sour mates itself very well. There are notes of cherry, plums and oak. A chocolate whisper comes to mind in the finish. What a head really nice long lingering head as you pour into a glass. I would recommend with a Bavarian Chocoloate cherry cake. A real winner and a must try for every Belgian beer lover.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
larsniclas (5609) - Billdal, SWEDEN - AUG 17, 2003
Ruby/brown colour. A sour vinegar aroma and flavour. Champagnelike sweet palate.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flipbrewer (33) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 17, 2003
WOW, good thing I like Belgian ales! Not for a palate weaned on mega-corp beer. Typical of Flemish red ales: light bodied; assertive mouth puckering lactic sourness with an astringent finish; no hop aroma or flavor at all, just a low bitterness. Complex acidic, winey aroma with bubblegum and oak dominating. Flavor is also reminiscent of oak-bubblegum with a nice sweet/sour character from start to mid-palate giving way to a clinging astringent dryness in the finish. Nice ruby red color. An acquired taste but very refreshing if your palate appreciates this style.


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