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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

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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.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mike_77 (3027) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 9, 2014
Aroma is quite woody and vinegary. Flavour has wood, sour vinegar but gains some balance by an almost sugary sweetness akin to balsamic vinegar.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fhoublon (316) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Bouteille de 330 ml. Dégustée dans un Pub de St-Hyacinthe le 30 juin 2008. Bière brune tirant sur le rouge. Col mince et éphémère. Odeur aigre marquée. Très douce, assez sucrée, très peu amère. Saveur aigre.

3.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
o_Merlin_o (175) - California, USA - MAY 2, 2014
On tap at Slaters 50/50. Pours a chestnut brown with off-white head. Excellent lacing. Strangest aroma I've ever had in a beer - vinegar. I love vinegar! Excellent palate. Awesome blend of sweetness, sour, and vinegar. This is a strange beer, but I love it! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rood (31) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2014
If you want to smell & taste lactic sour, balsamico, remover, oak, sugar, wine notes, (and a metallic blood taste when serving too cold), this is your beer. Great balance between the tartness & sweetness. The ultimate beer when I was young. Price/quality unbeatable. The first recommendation when I advise a foreigner in a Belgian liquor store.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gEUS (1020) - Linden, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2014 75 cl bottle, waited too long to try this! Pours clear medium amber with red hints. Slight eggshell beige head, fine bubbles, beautiful lacing. Incredibly nice aromas of brown sugar, apple vinegar, port notes, sweet caramel and sweet raisins. Medium body with a nice lactic/apple sour touch, a decent amount of sweetness, a tas too much to my liking but overall well balanced. Taste is caramel malts and brown Sugar. A real treat, a tad less complex than the special Rodenbachs (vintage and grand cru), but way better than lots of the red/brown sour ales.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luk_ (99) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014 It took me so much time to truly appreciate this beer, so I understand the haters here. Appearance is magnificient. Brown pour with red highlights and a lasting thick creamy offwhite head. One of the most beautiful lacing there is. Once it’s over, my glass is completely coated with lacing. Aroma: This is certainly not unanimous as there is a lot of balsamic vinegar which can be offputting but I like it. There is a decent amount of musty wood, red wine, some burnt brown sugar. I also get some subtle notes of nuts and chocolate. Taste: Probably the perfect balance between tart and sweet. To be more specific, some cherries and plums, lots of wood, maple syrup. Mouthfeel: Light yet holds everything together. It is certainly not sticky considering the sweetness, nor as dry as a sour which gives this beer the opportunity to express its sweet and sour profile. Low carbonation but not much is needed here. Overall: A very unique, harmonious and elegant beer that has no evident flaws. My favourite go to beer with Orval.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
airrick2003 (461) - Louisiana, USA - APR 26, 2014
Appearance: beer is a clear dark ruby red, pours with a large tan head with a nice density Aroma: creamy, molasses, butter, hints of sourness, a unique sweet cookie smell, Taste: tart, sour, sweet, cherry, red wine, Palate: average carbonation, leaves mouth wet, leaves a cherry aftertaste Overall: good but not a really strong sour in my opinion, has a lot of sweetness to it, has some unique flavors and aromas

1.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
patachou (17) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
A première vue pas si mal. Beau collet. Arôme que je qualifierais de rustique. On sent bien l’arôme le chêne. Par contre, c’est a la dégustation que ça se gâte. Goût très aigre. Je me suis même demandé si elle était expirée... Sérieusement la pire bière que j’ai jamais goûtée. Même la pire des bière maison s’en sort mieux... Vraiment pas dans ma palette.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronneaupy (120) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
On sent le baril de chêne et l'acidité perçante. J'adore cette bière. Bien joue qu'on en trouve facilement a la SAQ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martin00sr (561) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - APR 25, 2014
Clear copper, dense offwhite head. Aroma of berries and yeast. Sweet and sour fruity taste, cherries.


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