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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: 2387   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2004
Amber pour with some rubiness. Small head with a little lace. Sour grape aroma with some vinegar and wheat. Malt, vinegar, and citrus flavors. Grapefruit or lime. Creamy palate with a sweet and sour finish. Very nice indeed.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jeppe (2631) - Ølbutikken, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2004 Deep red wine colored body with a fizzy fast disappearing head. Sour winy aroma with yeast and fruit specially cherries. Flavor is tart sour fruity with cherries and balsamic vinegar. Very sparkling, almost like Champagne! A truly amazing beer!!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 21, 2004
Tawny-Ruby color, fizzy tan head. Aroma is lightly vinous, cherries, oak, musk. Flavor is a little tart, not too sour, sweet finish & a sticky mouthfeel. refreshing & fruity, much better than la folie to me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theakston (64) - arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 20, 2004
I'm a big fan of this style and have enjoyed this one in the past. Just got a 75Cl bottle though and it tastes like they have returned to sweeteners. Keep it sour!!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Deep dark ruby color with an off-white head. Very sour cherry, wood and vinegar aroma. Sweet tart flavors of cherry, vinegar and wood with a very metallic bite to it. Bubbly feel with a dry finish.This would be much more enjoyable without the metallic taste.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Beautiful glowing ruby/brown color with a small (quickly diminishing) of-white head. The aroma was absolutely enchanting...tart cherries, balsamic vinegar, old woody tones, malty sweetness. The flavor was extremely tart...cherries, vinegar, earthy/woody tones, sugar, and lemon. The feel was very bubbly, crisp, lively...semi dry finish. I really liked this.

1.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
the aroma is a strange combination of sweet and vinegar; dark brown color with a long-lasting tan head; the taste is definitely sour - too much so for my taste

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hansen (6878) - Assentoft, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2004
Fine head, red-brown. Aroma mainly sour. The flavor is sour too, but finish with a little sweetness, malt.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JMerritt (1841) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2003
Red-brown with a small white, loose head. Sour green grape, alcoholic aroma has hints of brown sugar and is surprising and pleasant. Semi-sour cherry, red-grape flavor with light woody notes is slightly acidic. Lightly carbonated, slick on the tongue. Flowery and quite delicious. A great surprise, as this was a random pick off of the shelves.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
Nice dark red wine colour, with a tan head that's pretty small, lots of great lacing though. Definitely the balsamic vinegar thing is here, I really like that actually. Some blackberry undertones are hidden underneath the sourness. The taste is sour with a hint of sweetness, sour apples, grapes. A little thin, but still a very nice beer. Bottle.


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