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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2371   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
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 15, 2003
Dark brown color with a white head. The taste is sweet with a sour finish. Notes of plums? Bananas? Nice indeed

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boutip (4828) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2003
Dark red brew with a medium head. Sour taste with a distinct cherry flavor which is coming from the oak. Very impressive control of the flemish style. Alcohol taste is not evident at all. I could drink this at any point in time. One of the best flemish sour ales that I've had the chance to taste.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
imdownthepub (10579) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 5, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2009 Bottled, Pasteurised. Dark amber beer with chunky head. Sweet and sour beer with little character. Thin flavours, some fruitiness. Disapointing. Re Rate 17.12.09 I get it now, fruity, souring and full, my tatsebuds have obviously developed over the years.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarie99 (50) - San Francisco, Alabama, USA - NOV 3, 2003
Thin weak head. A slight froth but disappears and is pretty weak. Dark orange to ruby an color, slightly cloudy and nothing overly exciting. From a distance, almost looks like a brown ale. Several different aromas going on here – sweet fruit, vanilla, fake scent at car wash – yellow tree style. As it warms up the banana Runts flavor begins to work its scent to the forefront. Interesting aroma. I’m tasting tartness up front, the body is noticeably thin. The finish is tart as well. Reminds me of hard apple cider. That aftertaste is funky : acidic leaves a sweet tart lingering flavor. Very good. Thin body accentuates this beer – light and slightly refreshing.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich in San Gabriel, CA 10/15/03. Also tried in bottle. Ratings above are for draft. Pours to a frothy head that dissipates quickly to a lingering, thin whisp. Dark ruby/copper color, almost deep brown until you pass some light through it. Hypnotizing vinous scent, sour cherries and oak with some alcohol aroma too. Deeper into the keg, more vinegary scent, bordering on completely overwhelming. Apart from that, it's very enticing and almost intoxicating just from inhalation. Medium-full body, very full and creamy for the style. Taste of berries with sourness and tart cherry bite as well as a bit of a "dirty" woodiness to it. It jumps a little bit as you swallow and lingers in a nice hum in the back of your throat. Nice, long finish with constant, mild tartness in the throat and savory cherry sweetness on the tongue. Very delicious beer, and a definite treat for dessert at the end of a satisfying meal. Just don't get the stuff at the bottom of the keg. Hoah boy! Bottled version: much more sour, almost overwhelming. Kind of unpleasant, but the fruit flavors are still there beneath it all. A little too sharp.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Pours an effervescent, frothy head that remains and laces down nicely. In the glass, it looks a lot like a Coke. Sour nose. Wow, the flavor is something special, tart and sweet, a little woody... hard to describe at this point in my beer-ducation. The complexity reminds me of a dubbel, but much sweeter and more tart. Loved one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroueNeault (158) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 17, 2003
Dark brown beer with a wine-vinegar aroma and a nice sweet and sour taste. Very pleasant.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 16, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2003 Aroma is sour, with some vinegar(not as much as expected), and cider notes. Body is a clear redish brown with a tight medium sized light brown head. Taste is initially sour with a very slight sweetness behind it. Slight vinegar, with a wonderful finish. Very good.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4230) - Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2003
This beer?? tasted and smelled more like a wine than it did a beer and therefore it was very much not to my liking. It poured a large sized tan frothy head that consisted of fine-small bubbles. The body was opaque and carbonated with a red hue. The nose reminded me of pure wine as did the flavor. The mouthfeel was tingly, tangy, bitey and medium bodied. There was a fair amount of lacing with this beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2520) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Large tan head, rocky, lasts. Clear brown brew with a deep red tint, nice lookin brew. Vinous, vinegary nose with some hints of wood. Medium body. Sweet up front. Fruity, berrys, cherrys. wood comes through more so in the flavor. A sweet/sour thing is going on. Kinda interesting though. Finish is semi sweet, cidery. Different, i must say.


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