Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


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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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
(draft) Dark ruby, with minimal head. Sweet/sour, but the sourness is not like a lambic. Some fruitiness as well; black cherries? Slightly bitter around the edges. Very creamy mouthfeel. Another amazing experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Xingu99 (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2002 does not count
A beer that is balenced between the agreesive spicy, vinegar, and sour qualities of this ’style’ and leans towards fruit, some sweetness and a mildly sour finish. Like others, I prefer the agressiveness of the Rodenbach, but this will do.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Nose is very sweet, vinuous. I thought it was just too sweet and lacked a complexity I enjoyed in the Rodenbach Grand Cru.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hildigöltur (5104) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
This is much milder and easier to drink than the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Brown-red colour with a small and short lasting head. Extremely refreshing with notes of berries and fruit. Not as complex and interesting as Rodenbach Grand Cru though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
Not a bad beer. A better version of Rodenbach. Fruity, sweety, some cherries and a sour aftertaste.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
This IS a Flander’s Red. A very well blended beer. Wonderful spiciness with great cherry notes. The sherry-like finish is classic. Send me more, Please!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7523) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Confident balsamic vinegar effluviums intrigue...Eating cherries in the sunset...A woody breeze lifts the hints of vanilla and oak...Cheese and caramel hover over the vinosity...This is less fruity though than the Mestreechs Aajt...I used to watch them dance and glitter like a fireworks display, but sometimes that balsamic vinegar keeps blocking the view...A quite variable beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2002
Sweetish cherry aroma, deep brown with a tinge of red, slightly sour sweet cherry palate, very enyable, but i crave a bit more sour, i still dig it.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2002
Ruby port wine red/brown clear colour with nice looking mid-size mid tan fine bubbled head. Acid cherry and tropical fruits, caramel, and some seriously complex light red wine aromas. Medium bodied and more light red wine character in the flavour. Clean smooth Kriek-like sour start moving to malt sweetness and enough bitter to retain interest. Finish is faint alcohol, and a lingering crisp dry malty fruity sweet aftertaset. Very interesting and very pleasant - I’ll have another thanks.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cherry, balsamic vinegar, cask wood, brown sugar, cooked beef. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Rather sweet for the style, so better when cold.

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