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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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common

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RATINGS: 2508   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3465) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Aroma is sour, barnyardy with hints of mashed corn gasses and a touch of chocolate malts in the nose. Pours a mostly transparent wine-color mahogany ruby with a delicate light tan head. Wow, very sour to start. Finish mellows out into corn meal flavors that are malty and quite sweet. Slight roasted malts as well. Tart to start, but a decent amount of sweet berries in the finish to balance the tartness. Nice stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Brown Coloring with Frothy Head. Cherry Aroma and Cherry Kriek Beer Flavor.. Sweet With a Mild Tang to It. Lightly Dry at the End. I Donít Know What Else to Say but, Interesting!!

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
RichardGretton (4389) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2004
Black beer with little head retention. The aroma is sweet/sour and kriek like, and the flavour is thick and syrupy with a sweet/sour and kriek feel. Overall a very disappointing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
frink (467) - coquitlam, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Pours a deep mahogany colour with a tan coloured head. Aromas of red wine vinagar, cherries, wood and a slightly musty smell mingled with a few spices. The taste is to use a Will Farrell term " scrumtrulescent" sour vinagar, wood, cherreis, sweet maltiness and medium carbonation, and some spices. This is a good beer!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Served at room temp- which was too warm. Im pretty sure this was aged on red wine oak barrels so some of that flavor and aroma came through, although there was a slight vinegar taste in the background. Tasted too hot and sweet with a wierd acidic and harsh profile. Very complex but not the kind of beer for me.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 2, 2004
Popped the top of this beautiful bottle and first smell was chardonnay and balsamic vinegar. Once in my snifter, pours a very consistent ruby-brown with a fluffy head of cardboard colored bubbles. Parts of the head hang around forever and it leaves moderate lacing. Smells sour and tart, sour grapes and cherries, and the previously mentioned wine and vinegar, with a bit of spiciness. Taste is tremendous: sweet and sour. This is the sweetest Flemish sour Iíve ever had and itís a great thing, considering a lot of beers this style do taste a lot like vinegar. There is a remarkable, mouth-watering contrast of sweet fruit and tart cherries that makes me want to drink and drink and drink and drink this beer. I just swish it around over my tongue, over and over, until its time for another swig. When the big flavors back off, raisins, brown sugar and plum are left over. My only wish is that there is more of a malt backbone in the finish. Otherwise, this is a damn good beer I recommend to anyone trying to get into this style. Get my man Haddon90 one of these.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
mwesth (279) - Skovlunde, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2004
I have had this several times before rating it.. Dark reddish coloured with a huge head. Lumps of yeast floating in the beer - just like an old homebrew! Very thick mouthfeel, almost like a good port or sherry. A fantastic blend of sourness and a nearly cloying sweetness. Sharp, sour and mouthwatering aftertaste. Too bad it is so damned expensive in DK!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rgrep (156) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 25, 2004
(30 Aug 04) Amazing. What more can I say, I was enthralled and in love with this beer the entire time. It took me back to the first time I tasted a Flemish Sour (Rodenbach Grand Cru) but this time there was a completely different texture to experience. My wife hated this beer and actually spat it back into her glass! That didnít bother me though as I happily enjoyed her share! :) The pour was the most surprising part as it was like warm maple syrup. I have never seen a beer this viscous before. It was the colour of rubies with an almost non-existent light-brown head and very little, if any, lacing. I can only describe the aroma as what I imagine port-wine vinegar would smell like, and to a sour-head like myself that is devine. The body was only moderately mouth-filling but it was so very thick and syrupy. I have used the term "chewy" to describe plenty of beers, but this one truely was! Flavour-wise is was acidic, vinegary and very delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 24, 2004
Pours a nice mahogany color with a tall off-white head that leaves minor lacing on the glass. Sweet dark fruit aroma, hints of plum and sweet cherry, slightly spicy. Taste is rich and malty with hints of dark fruit, slight woody flavors, and a light tartness in the finish along with a mild bitterness that is well hidden. Very smooth mouthfeel with a light carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2004
gorgeous ruby with a light offwhite head. smells sour, lambic-like. notes of merlot and cherry, cider and vinegar and alcohol. very winelike, very much like a kriek. interesting, but definitely not something i could drink regularly.


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