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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2294   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.


2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2002
This was too winey for me...I don’t usually mind Red Ales from Belgium, but this was not up my alley.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
document (36) - USA - DEC 13, 2002
Smells like vinegar, tastes a lot like a top notch cider, and really quite good. I love this style, and this is a nice example.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
CatoctinMike (9) - Sabillasville, Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2002 does not count
Very good Flemish Red Ale - one of the best. Slightly more sour than the Bourgogne de Flanders and Rodenbach, making more traditional, beutiful color

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nick35 (12) - USA - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: APR 19, 2003 A lovely sweet/sour midpalate and a very smooth finish. Best at 60F where the flavor was rounded and refreshing. No hops aroma or bitterness. Titratable acidity 1.4% tartaric; pH is 3.6.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (7992) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2002
Dark red and brown in colour with not much foam. This is a sour brown ale with an oaky dryness. There is a grape skin like feeling on the finish. Not bad.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrDick (346) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
Pours dark with a sour aroma assailing my senses. First tastes (at a much colder tempurate than the bottle specifies) are of soy and vinegar. Once the ale warmed, fruit tastes overwhelm the vinegar. Finish is still a little sour but well adjusted by the malt.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
jerohen (1979) - Bussum, NETHERLANDS - NOV 29, 2002
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2013 This beer really grew on me. This first time i thought it was nothing special, but everytime i went to the shop i took one bottle home with me. I had this beer many times now, and for me this is really as good as it gets. Dark-amber coloured. A bit of vinegar aroma, which is also present in flavor. Sweet and thick, a bit fruity and also some ’oak taste’. Sour finish. Absolutely fantastic.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2002
Medium dark, amber coloured beer with a big head. Odd sweet a bit sour aroma. The taste is sweet, fruity, sour, a like other flanders red ale but without the wineous character. Sweet-sour after taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmalloy (199) - los angeles, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2006 Really good and unusual. One of my surprise favorites at the Belgian Beer Fest. Sour cheryish flavor.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mixamatt (427) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 21, 2002
Sweet sour riesling wine aroma.Honey sweet sour spiced apple cider flavors with mellow oak towards the end.


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