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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: 2524   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (600) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Pours deep chestnut brown with a thick puffy beige head, very fine lacing, excellent retention. Aromas of dark cherry, oak, leather, toast. Medium body, good carbonation. Mildly sweet, extremely tart, just the hint of bitterness in the finish. Excellent sour ale.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wixie (119) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
Dark liquid, small head. Strange winelike aroma. Medium body, no carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackflag321 (565) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2015
Shared bomber, snifters. Pleasant brown-red color and sour fruit aroma. I panicked for an instant as I picked up vinegar as the beer crossed my lips, fearing it had gone bad. My fears were unfounded; it was as though I imagined I had sensed vinegar. Sweet, sour, tartness and mild carbonation all dancing on my palate. No one dominant character: red fruit, funky yeast, Definitely a "buy again."

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
revolution2718 (344) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Is this beer or balsamic vinegar? Disgusting. I don't know if this is really old or what it's supposed to taste like, but this was undrinkable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TH28 (235) - - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle. Appearance: Dark ruby red and clear, with a thick fluffy cream colored foam cap. Aroma: Lactic acid aroma, vinegar, light maltiness, hint of dark cherries Taste: Rich, sweet maltiness with dark fruit and cherry notes, earthy, leather, and a sharp, acidic tartness from the lactic acid. Mouthfeel: Medium body with an extremely high carbonation. Finish: Carbonation really pops on the finish, with lingering malt sweetness and acidic tartness. Overall: A true world class Flanders red, with a well balanced malt base against the sharp acidity and carbonation

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GraffitiVandal (143) - Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 19, 2015
ENG: 330ml bottle from Liquor Mart in Winnipeg, poured into the tulip. Very dark red, clear color, nice, thick, light-beige head and plenty of lacing. Aromas of fortified wine / cherry liquor, red berries, a bit of alcohol. Very strong and sweet. Tastes sour but also strongly sweet, a lot of cherries and red berries, vinegar. Delicate aftertaste, a bit salty deep in the throat, medium body, low to medium carbonation. Overall greatly balanced between sour and sweet. I like it most from all sour beers I tried up to date.

PL: Butelka 330ml kupiona w Liquor Mart w Winnipeg, przelana do kieliszka. Barwa ciemno-czerwona, klarowna, ładna, gęsta, jasno-beżowa piana i dużo lejsingu. Aromaty wzmocnionego wina albo nawet nalewki wiśniowej, czerwona porzeczka, nieco alkoholu. Bardzo mocne i słodkie. W smaku kwaśnawe, ale i bardzo słodkie, bardzo mocno wiśniowe i porzeczkowe, do tego vinegar. W posmaku lekkie, nieco słone - głęboko w gardle, średnie odczucie w ustach, niskie do średniego nasycenie. Podsumowując bardzo fajnie zbalansowane pomiędzy kwaśnością a słodyczą. Najbardziej smakujące mi piwo z tego stylu jakie do tej pory miałem okazję spróbować.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerheart65 (1116) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Clear ruby, light brown/beige foggish head with bubble-islands and ring of lacing, good lacing. Strong sour-sweet aroma, lots of red berries, notes of strong red wine, bit earthy tones, funky back beat, leather. Would love to taste this with roquefort (well my ham-roquefort pizza is warming in oven). Medium body, round, medium strong carbonation, nice balance of sourness and sweet notes, long nuanced and lively finish. Natural, nuanced, tasty, one with character and soul, love it! It’s alive! Hmm..actually this is almost too overwhelming taste-bomb for even roquefort... I’ll enjoy rest as dessert.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (300) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 17, 2015
Bottle. Dark dark ruby red pour with strong foam head. Robust and intense aromas of hairspray, canned cherries, chocolate, vanilla stick, chestnut. Taste is a sour blend that reminds of Rodenbach but much more potent. Cherries, aged red wine, wood, balsamic. Aftertaste is red wine, chestnut. Worth finding.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alusmamuts (917) - LATVIA - MAR 15, 2015
Dark amber - ruby with small beige head. Sour fruity aroma. Sour and sweet wine taste with rich sour fruity notes, which remains in the aftertaste.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianza_ale (184) - ITALY - MAR 14, 2015
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Pours a medium size dense and creamy beige head; darkest brown colour, ruby reflexes. Smells basement, brett, vinegar and wine notes, wood, nice and complex. Tastes cherry, lactic, balsamic vinegar, syrupy, lemony; there’s actually a dominant medium level sweetness, that you wouldn’t expect from the smell, a light to medium sour notes/acetic, almost none bitterness. Medium body, medium to lively carbonation. Intresting sweet/sour matching, but was a bit really too much on the sweet side for my taste, and that quite ruined it for me


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