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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: 2330   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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2004 Absolutely fascinating aroma, sour yet bready. Beautiful color. Ultimately, a very challenging beer, but I found it a bit too sour (cherry, aged granny smith apple) for me to discern the other taste components. Thin to medium-bodied. I think my palate needs to mature more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2002
An interesting mix of sweet and tart flavors here. Your first hint is of strawberries and cherries dipped in chocolate. In the middle you move towards a tart, sour flavor and you finish dry and tart. Aroma hnts more of light fruits with a tinge of tartness. Sort of a ruby brown color with a medium head that dissipated halfway through.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
caesar (5118) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - FEB 3, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2012 For a flemish sour ale, this one is better than the Rodenbach Grand Cru IMO. A bit more yeasty and malty compared to the extremely sour taste some other flemish reds have. This one is a bit more subtle and balanced.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paysano99 (11) - CANADA - JAN 9, 2002
Marvelous, the best beer i ever had (up to now) Metalic and friuty taste, Very powerfull body, great color, sweet, acid, VERY VERY complex, has so many different tastes, each time you try it seems a ddiferent beer, WONDERFULL!!!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fishman (350) - Philadelphia, USA - JAN 5, 2002
Sweet and potent. Plenty of flavor and body to go around. Many great fruits to taste, most notably were strawberry, plum and cherry. Great red complexion and nice rocky head.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjbjcpmaster99 (5) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2001 does not count
Outstanding Flemish Red. Second only to the great Rodenbach! Don’t age this one, it’s pasteurized like Rodenbach.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - DEC 4, 2001
A very fruity start. Rabsberry-aroma. Some sweet-sour taste in the middle. Good, dry finish. Well balanced. A very good beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14513) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2001
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013
2013-07-10, bb 2012-03-17, possibly 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Dark mahogany color with some red shade, medium sized head, mix of cream and big bubbles. It has the classic aroma, with fruity malt, balsamic, touch of vinegar; but it’s also lightly metallic and dusty. Soft body, there is a sweet and sour caramel flavor, with notes of balsamic; the bitterness is quite low.
Overall, it’s in good shape, with a reasonable degree of complexity, and with a fresh feeling, but lacking of a bite in the final.

2010-12-24, fresh bottle (bb 2012-10-06), 7-5-8-4-16=40
Brown color; medium sized head. Nice aroma, balsamic vinegar, caramel, prunes, but also very light acetone. Good flavor, caramel, with moderate sweetness, building a respectable body; good acidic and fruity level, with light vinegar too; low bitterness. Very good.

2003-02-01, 4 years old, 9-5-10-4-18=46
Dark amber color, with ruby shades; thick creamy head. Beautiful aroma, malt, caramel, liquorice, Porto wine, sweet & sour, notes of wood.
Full mouth, perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, fresh & fruity, grapes, raisins, wood, candi sugar, grapefruit; a faint astringency at the end. A 10 because in this style can’t ask for more.
The bitterness doesn’t succeed in dominating the palate, which is still pretty sweet.
One of the beers that I drink with the highest pleasure, my favourite summer thirstquencher, a classic.

2001-11-30, 8-4-9-4-15=40
Wonderful example of Belgian red sour ale. Strong winy aroma; sweet flavour, bitter-sour in the mid, then the sourness is back in the final. Complex, fruity, sweet, sour, bitter… All!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - NOV 27, 2001
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2004 Beautiful dark red brown colour. Fruity aroma. Sour, fruity and sweet. Finishes great with a long lasting sourness and fruits. At least a brewery that has the balls to produce a beer that isn't mainstream.

1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2001
very pretty color,but ugh. it was like drinking apple cider vinegar. i couldn’t finish it.


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