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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2311   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2003
Ruby red, quite a large bubbly head that sloooowly faded. Initial tastes were sour bing cherry candy, mellowed as it warmed. Tart on the sides of the tongue and thickly sweet down the middle. Finish was a dry woodiness with some lingering sour/tart.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
This beer poured a very dark red color and formed an amazing, huge pillow like head that left some very amazing laticed like lace. Heavy and beautiful style carbonation present. An aroma of malt and wine(but not sure of style). A flavor of malt, wine, and cherries. The finish was rather tart, brought on by the heavy carb and the wine aspect no doubt. It was the finish that hurt this beer in the end from getting a higher rating from me. I felt it hurt the overall flavor of the beer. But it is not a bad beer and worth trying.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
jsquire (3417) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 26, 2003
On tap. Dark red color with a thin head. It smells of musty old barnyard, and it put my gueuze defenses up. Lots of sour but with an almost cherry sweetness to balance it. Still too pungent for me to enjoy. And not just unenjoyable but undrinkable. I'll beat my palate into liking this before that gueuze crap, though.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JAN 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2003 Strong balsamic vinegar aroma which mellows to that of a white wine with slight oak hints. I was happy to appreciate the aroma for quite some time. Initially, this has a great sour flavor. Next that oak cask aging becomes apparent. It finishes bitter. A nice level of carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2003 A quote from MartinT,"This is quite surprising!! Very Tart in a luscious body of dark fruit and malt...A tremendous oud bruin!! DOn't know what they put in this but the women love it, believe it or not!!" I gotta agree with what he said(although me wife didn't get a chance to try it yet). The tranlusent prune colored. Sour aroma. Fruity like prunes, sweet and at the same time tart,sour. Very interesting. Great Brew!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
This one poured a cloudy ruby red color with a very minimal white head. This was a wickedly horrid aroma to begin with however... It was an aroma of sourness, and of hard liquor almost..zachory boone as my hard liquor buddy described it. The taste is like a produce department however and totally makes up for what the aroma lacks in attractiveness. Lemon, cranberry, grapefruit and other tart citrus fruits become apparent leaving a very very dry aftertaste. I found it to have an almost soda-like atmosphere to it..highly carbonated, and attacking the sides of the tongue. This reminded me of the high school days of chewing on a sourball...a nice tartness, a different taste that is for sure, but that aroma is repulsive at times.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rodolito (163) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 18, 2003
Imbibed in November 2002. I really enjoy this beer as a result of the synergy of the flavors. A weird combination but nonetheless quite pleasing. A fruity wine aroma with a hint of vinegar. Pours a clear burgondy red color with a hint of brown. A medium head that rapidly disappears, leaving a small island of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass that is surrounded by a thicker ring of bubbles on the edge of the glass. A medley of flavors on the tongue! Sweetness, wine, balsamic vinegar, faint soy, and currants. Mild carbonation but quite fizzy on the tongue. Medium mouthfeel with a clean finish.

3.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dhurtubise (568) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2003
Pours deep ruby red, almost black with a long lasting creamy head. Sourness is the predominating aroma, almost like sour milk which made me think it had gone bad at first. For such a long lasting head it feels thin on the palate and balsamic vinegar flavours come through. Really a range of sour/vinegar like flavours enrobe the palate at diferent times. Underneath this, there is a super sweet malty background that is quite cloying. For me it is too sweet and the sourness cannot balance it out. There is no hop presence.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 9, 2003
Deep ruby color. Medium head. Aroma is slightly vinegar and malts. This is DEFINITELY a Flemish Sour Ale. A big bold sour tartness up front, gives way to a nice vinous fruitiness somewhere in the middle. Fruity and sour and vinegar and sweet all at the same time. Very reminiscent of a Rodenbach Grand Cru. Very complex flavors. Nice beer. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this style. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is vinous and slightly bitter

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2556) - GERMANY - JAN 6, 2003
The balsamic vinegar character of the nose and the taste is unreal. Just loved the blend of malt and lactic flavors. Dark brown-rudy red, fizzy head. Round full mouth feel. Complex and interesting.


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