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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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RATINGS: 2342   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2003
Deep, reddish brown color with a thin, off-white head, the aroma is very fruity and sour with hints of vinegar. This is unlike anything I have had. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a bit of tartness and sour notes. It reminds me of some salad dressings, but not in a bad way. This beer is difficult to describe. Very complex and has some nice flavors, but the vinegar notes get to me a little.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 6, 2003
Boston Beer Summit 2003: Shiney, deep brown color, almost a little disturbing. :) Pungently sweet and fruity aroma. The flavor was awesomely sour and fruity and malty. I was really surprised. Finishes quickly, leaves the mouth going "Ooooh!" A friend compared it to sweet wine vinegar, and I could see where the comparisons could be made, but this it definately not something to be used on a salad.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mwsf (360) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 4, 2003
Deep, deep mahogany color. Fruity aroma. Huge flavor. A bit of maltiness. Slightly sweet. Strong tartness on the back of my tongue. Wonderful blend of flavors. Slight oakiness. Possibly a touch of barnyard but it tastes like lactic/pedio dominates the funk. Excellent beer!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (5657) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2003
Vineous/vinegar and lemon notes. Burgundy red/brown with a beautiful color gradient, not that much head. Fruity (lemon and strawberries) and almonds. Full taste, but quick finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2003
A roasted almond tone blends with a serious balsamic vinegar citrus and a touch of cinnamon. Arrives with a light beige head that lasts forever and a deep pool of crystal clear red-red-brown. This has a very unusual mix of sour and spice that is very nice. Starts off a bit sweet and puckers a bit and the end. A very well rounded beer.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 11, 2003
UPDATED: APR 4, 2004 March 2003: Lovely dark burgundy (duh!), medium quick-dying head, little lacing. Strong but simple sour cherry/vinegar nose. Very very acidic from the get-go, I almost choked. Strong sour-apple flavor with caramel underpinnings, hints of wood. Finishes sweeter than I'd expect given the strong acid front. I really liked it, but it's not easy to drink and finishes too quickly. Still, a nice example of an amazing style.7/4/8/3/15

March 2004. Flemish Sour Tasting with MartinT & Rastacouere Part 1 #2. Stunning fresh caramel nose; very sweet upfront, sourness shows up softly at the finish; light vinegariness filling the roof of the mouth and nostrils is actually quite pleasant. Much better than a year ago.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2249) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2003
Burgundy in colour. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, fruity, flowery. Flavour is vinuous, acidic, tart. Finishes tart and dry.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 RERATE: Must be a fresher sample this time around. Not nearly as sour, starts out tart and ends slightly sweet. Nice. Dark amber color with a medium off white head that lasts. Sweet, fruity oak aroma. Very wine like taste which isnt bad but I did not like the palate. I am not sure if it was the sourness but this beer was fizzy, like that candy you could get that would fizz in your mouth and if you ate too much you could die. It was like that, the fizziness not the dying. Dry finish with a cloying aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4538) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2003
(Bottle) Pours a large, frothy head and a rust coloured body. Strong acidic aroma that borders on vinegar with a slight sour grapes scent of white wine. Flavour: sour, cherry, grape then pastey dry. Ouch! Like sucking on a palmful of Sour Patch Kids when you have a cold sore. Hits a high note of sweetness in mid-sip then translates into a mouth-drying paste. Great stuff... wonderful style. This sour duchess can visit anytime!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2003
This is my first flemish sour ale. Very flavorful, full of fruits and spices. A very nice combination of flavors, tart, but not to the level of a lambic. A nice cedar color.


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