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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: 2448   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2003
Sour vinous vinegar nose. Deep burgundy hue. Sticky beige-ish head. Very tart, sour, acidic, pleasant sweet and sour tone. Medium bodied, finishing with a delectable dry lingering woody character. Very different, but icredibly drinkable. Let this one warm up.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5409) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 This poured a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. The first thing that hits me is the SOUR nose. It's almost vinegar in aroma. The taste is also very tart but there is a sweetness hidden in there. It seems to make itself more present during the finish. Defnite fruit the taste sour apple mixed with plums, maybe. Hard to describe really. It evens out as you drink it. I didn't notice the sour as much after getting halfway through the bottle. It seems to sweeten up a little and reveal a little more than just tartness. It's been said already, but this is definitely something different!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Again, I was lucky enough to enjoy this brew with BelgianMaid and her extremely cool husband, good times. My first Flemish Sour and it was on draft, very good stuff.
A dark burgundy color with a small off white head, cradled in the proper glassware, nothing beautiful. The nose was tangy, hints of a red wine vinegar that also carried over into this beers finish. Surprisingly fruity flavor, apples, plums, prunes, definitely prunes! Lots of apparent malts, sweet and sour sauce, very much reminiscent of a more complex cider. Lovely and enjoyable, BelgianMaid drank a few of these tonight, its different and recommended.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
clvand0 (350) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 26, 2003
This is one strange beer that doesn't really fit into what I normally call beer. Came in a bottle like a beer, looked like a beer, but nothing else. Anyway, to the review! Pours a dark red/brown color with very little head that dies off quickly and leaves a tiny bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma was very sweet and was 100% grapes. Smelled just like a very fruity red wine. I saw where someone else who rated this one said it smelled of apples - I'm not sure - I thought it was grapes at the time, but I can't go back and re-smell it to find out for sure. :-) The taste was very much like the aroma - sweet and full of grape (or apple) flavors. Tasted like a wine with a carbonation bite and a little beer-malt. Gotta say that I enjoyed drinking this beer as the drinkabily was very good and the mouthfeel was the same.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1507) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2003
soft deep garnet/brown color..virtually headless. definitely has the aroma of a burgundy beer...full! the aroma is almost woody/sour (in a bad way) when it's too cold, but as it warms, the cheesiness and fruitiness begins to show through (accidentally chilled this one too long). fair amount of funkiness in the taste and quite a bit of fruitiness. finish is like a sweet buttery/creamy combo. not sure where to place this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5459) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Poured a reddish amber color with a small head and no lacing. Had a strong vinegar aroma. Taste was fruity... very sour, with fruit. Tart finish

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 7, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2005 Strong malt vinegar aroma. Deep amber-brown colour. Short lasting fizzy head that recedes to cover with no lacing. Strong sweet vinegar beginning which sours through the taste to end in a rather sour fruitiness. It’s very sweet but equally acidic to balance. Hint of alcohol in the finish. Lasting acidity in aftertaste. Many complex flavours to keep the mouth interested. Body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and engaging carbonation on the tongue. Somewhat under-carbonated, perhaps. This is definitely an interesting beer and well worth trying. Bottle.
Does not age well.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Dark orange or slightly light brown, whichever you prefer. Cidery aroma. Nice balance of initial sweet with tart finish. Pretty good all in all.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2003
A nice burgundy color, quite clear and pours with almost no head. Tastes lightly sour, with a hint of sweetness. Smells lightly woody and a bit sour as well. This beer tastes tart with a hint of cherry. A much more everyday, easy drinking version of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Maybe some hints of vanilla in the taste, followed by a bit of tannic background. No bitterness just a wonderful marriage of tart and sweet flavors. A hint of alcohol in the finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BBB63 (6301) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Reddish/brown hue with a frothy off-white head and okay lacing. Major sour cherry and oak aroma with hints of dates, ginger, and balsamic vinegar. Sour fruity taste with a wonderful undertone of oak. Minor bittering agent, light saltiness, and fleshy fruit tones found nearly hidden on the aftertaste. The acidic nature of the beer lingers well after the finish. Medium-bodied with a lively and crisp mouthfeel. What an outstanding flemish sour (almost kriek like). Refreshing yet complex for most palates. Which I had brought more.(Couldn't believe I found this in Gainesville FLA) P.S. Nice Hugo painting used for label.


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