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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: 2539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUN 15, 2004
Medium brown/ruby colour with a frothy and fizzy, mostly diminishing tan coloured head. Dark bread, light oak, and light acetic/vinegar aroma. Modrately acidic (acetic) flavour, some dark bread, red wine, and light yeasty flavours, finishing with a lingering acetic sourness. Light bodied but dry and refreshing mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUN 12, 2004
Bottle. Outstanding! Tart, sweet, but well-balanced. Very complex flavor consisting of cherries, brandy, cognac, grape. Gentle mouthfeel like a calm stream in the woods. Slight effervescence.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Reddish brown with a nice quarter inch cream head. Smells of cardboard, caramel, malted candy. Sour definitely. Vinegary. Definitely not like a beer. Different than anything that I have ever had. Sour yet strangely bitter.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUN 8, 2004
Pours a dark brown color with a small oily head. Good lacing. Aroma is sour, some vinegar with oak on the end. Flavor is very sour, like the candy Sweetarts. One dimensional in a way but intersting and unique. Body is medium with a semi-dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (3358) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2004
Wonderful hazy ruby body with a thick and lasting brownish bubbly head. Fantastic fruity (mainly raspberry) aroma with typical hints of balsamic vinegar. Taste is sweeter than I was expecting. The attack is lightly carbonated, the middle is sour, and the dry and short final leaves a nice feeling on the palate. I am getting used to flemish sours and it is always a great tasting experience.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Clear read with a some head. Some lacing. Nose of barn yard and sour fruit and notes of butter. Flavor of sour cherry. Moderate acidic and some vinergar flavors. Creamy texture with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3533) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 5, 2004
Pours a deep red with a lasting head. Flavor is sweet and sour raspberrys. Very musty and earthy. My first sample of this kind and I am looking forward to sample more. Deffiantly for sipping to enjoy the complex flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (2127) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 31, 2004
A brownish beer with hints of red. Aromas of cranberry, cherry, and sour raspberry. An interesting interplay of sweet and sour flavors, but it lacked some of the complexity, especially the vinegar notes, that are found in the Rodenbach Grand Cru. It lost itís way a little on the finish too. Still good, just not fantastic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2004
Well, certainly my first beer of this style. Iíve got to say a beer full of surprises. First the appearance - a dark reddish brown. The aroma is certainly balsamic vinegar, but there is an equal amount of raspberry in there as well. The taste is sour and very sweet, which I enjoyed, but the vinegar aroma didnít carry over much for me. The finish is dry, sweet and short. I really really enjoyed this and was not totally expecting too. Thanks Rudge75, this was truly a great beer experience.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Joeh (2049) - Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2004
Bottled. Sweet sour, vinegary, acidic. Sherbet. Very much like the Rodenbach, but not quite as good.


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