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

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RATINGS: 2385   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.


2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - APR 26, 2003
It isn't that I don't like sour beers, but the vinegar is just too much. Huge acid and sour character makes this all but undrinkable in my book. I can taste that it is quality beer, but it doesn't taste good to me.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
ericnixon (740) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2003
Wow, i had no idea that the people who make Zours candy also made a beer. Sorry, but i'm not a huge fan of drinking fruity vinegar.

1.5
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
PushEject (42) - Palmdale, California, USA - APR 16, 2003
Footy nose with hints of fruit. Reminiscent of a lambic. Tart and sour flavor. A lambic without the fruit, perhaps. Complex flavors that went way too sour for my taste.

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 (5772) - 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 (2363) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 9, 2003
Burgundy in colour. Aroma of balsamic vinegar, fruity, flowery. Flavour is vinuous, acidic, tart. Finishes tart and dry.


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