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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

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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.


2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Didn’t have a full glass of this, but what I had was memorable enough to write about here. Eccentric nose of ketchup coincides with the vinegarette flavors. There is a depth of flavor that is overwhelmed by the harsher characteristics consisting of a sturdy fruit backbone and balanced sourness. Light and earthy, the first word that comes to mind is bizarre.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malbert (105) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 2, 2002
A beautiful bordeaux beer with notes of blackberries. Very sweet and very suitable to accompany a dessert.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19308) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2002
Served from tap. Dark copper coloured. Nice balsamic vinegar aroma. Very vinuous, fruity, rather sweet. Well balanced and moreish.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cheesemonster99 (14) - Glasgow, - APR 25, 2002
A beer with a very bizarre taste. I can’t say that i’ve tried anything like this before although whether thats a good thing or not...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Re rate: The beer is better tonight. It has a nice winey, oaky, blackcurrantish aroma. A bit tart but still sweet. The metallic taste is gone. Hurray! Reddish brown. Big cherry nose, a bit spicy. Cherry, a bit sour and then a metallic taste. this could be a good beer if it wasn't for its finish. I'll have to try it later on to see if this one was from a bad batch.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hoppyman (34) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2002
Dark-ruby red.Nose full of sour cherry and some notes of balsamic vinegar.Strong taste of sour cherry,cider,raspberry and a moderate metallic finish.Body is a bit thin to my liking .Nonetheless,this beer is not a waste of money and is,in my opinion a decent representation of its style.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BillKismet (3334) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 1, 2002
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2010 Yuck Yuck Yuck!!! (and this is not meant as a Stooge laugh) Dark red in appearance, almost incarnadine, and having a noisome vinegary smell--the first indication that the flanders red ale may not strike a favorable note to me. Sour taste with accompanying smell--redolent of vinegar easter egg dying days. The sparkling carbonation adds a champagne quality--that of the cheap, rotten kind. This beer is sour to the taste of causing the salivation antecedent a vomiting episode--which it nearly induced in me. I could not force myself to finish half a bottle. One day I may venture to try this style again--but many hundreds of beers may come before it. Re-rated: 11/3/10: My initial rating of 1.0 over eight years ago, may have sprang from inexperience with sours, and may have also been due to a particularly acidic batch, which is bound to happen with these Brett beers. In any case, the most recent experience was much more pleasant. This brew was more balanced and drinkable than 85% of the sours on the market. Lacks the sweet tart character of the American versions, just a fine, aged sour malt character.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3667) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2002
My reactions echo those made by others: a challenging beer, even for someone with some experience. Unique flavor, very sweet, with some unpleasant (I agree, almost metallic) tastes found in the finish. Good experience; won’t go back however.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Tart, sweet, cherry lambic-like, fruity aroma. Thick, light brown, mostly diminishing head. Ruby-red, brownish in appearance. Sweet, fruity, slightly tart, almost lambic-like (cherry/kriek specifically) start with a somewhat metallic(??? I think), mildly dry, kriek lambic-like finish. Very easy to drink. Less than medium body and a bit weak on the palate. Medium carbonation. Very enjoyable. Will certainly try again. See Ercvich's rating for better review.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAR 20, 2002
This is one of the most unique beers I’ve ever tasted. It is dark reddish brown in color, but light in body. The balance between sweet & tart is excellent. I would have it again. It has a wonderful, fruity aroma. I wouldn’t recommend it for any novice beer drinkers, but it’s a must try for any serious beer drinker.


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