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


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RATINGS: 2596   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gaultier (1096) - SWEDEN - JUL 6, 2015
@ Agards väg 6/7-15. Bottle from Khioskh, Copenhagen. Very fruity with cherries, vinegar (aroma) and some brett, also acidic and sweet (a bit too sweet). Body is medium, the finish is sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beer-yum (989) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 5, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2015 Spectacularly sour farmyard aroma in a magenta/red wine pour. Flavour is sour to start but builds with complex layers of fruit, bread, and bubblegum. A benchmark of the style and a beer made to be savoured. Tastes slightly crisper fresh from the tap - but either version is a standout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egidis (53) - LITHUANIA - JUL 2, 2015
Red and clear, small head. Sweet, tart, reminds a bit of homemade cherry vine, no bitterness

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Kauge (941) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 29, 2015
25 cl bottle from beerexpress in Tallinn. BB 02-03-2017. Clear dark mahogany colour; head’s beige with excellent retention and thick lacing. Looks marvelous. On the nose there’s loads of vinegar and fruits, more specifically cherries and grapes, wood, and it’s sweet, very sweet. Tastes extremely nice, it’s fruity, kind of like black cherry yoghurt, terribly sweet, funky, woody, dry, and the vinegary effect almost burns the throat, but it’s also somehow soothing. The sweetness makes for a sticky texture, while the body is rather thin and the carbonation below average. Only the excessive sweetness, and the burning sensation is a bit too much for me - otherwise it’s absolutely lovable. I’m a sucker for such stuff anyway.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
susonagger (119) - spain, - JUN 24, 2015
Cata: Graduación: 6,2º Color: Rojo intenso y oscuro, similar al granate, algo amarronada con tintes de rubí. De carbonatación muy fina pero notable, y con una corona de espuma más bien corta de color crema, y que se disipa pronto. Aroma: Claramente dulce y afrutado, con aromas a cerezas entre otros. Se perciben matices a madera, lo que le da un carácter avinado, producto de su envejecimiento en barrica. Sabor: Cuerpo medio, y sabor a medio camino entre lo dulce (proveniente de la cerveza joven) y lo ácido/agrio (causado por la cerveza añeja de la mezcla). Comienza con un gusto azucarado y afrutado, que a pesar del aroma a las cerezas, me recuerda a la sidra, para a continuación dar paso a un gusto ácido, que incluso llega a ser algo agrio en un regusto seco, prolongado y bastante persistente.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alex_leit (964) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUN 23, 2015
Bottle. Reddish-brown color. Aroma: fruity vinegar, cherry, red currant, a little oak. Taste: spicy phenolic, sour cherries and red currants, oak tones, homemade wine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bolian (82) - - JUN 22, 2015
Sour ale. Chestnut with fine creamy foam. Vinegar, Caramel and coffee in the nose. Sour / sweet taste: plum, biscuit, caramel, fruit / cherries, nuts. Extremely delicious and complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ctipping (538) - Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2015
12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Pours a deep mahogany with hints of red and a vigorous khaki head. The head bubbles away quickly leaving a thin layer of foam on the surface. Smells of sour cherries through and through. Some sweet aromas come through behind. Surprisingly, the first flavor is sweetness and a lightness that I would expect in the finish. The sweetness, happily, is gone very quickly fading to a slight tartness. Not puckering, but enough to overcome the sweetness and give it a even a little bitterness. Medium body. Sour cherry flavor cuts the sweetness nicely. Simple, but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cinesr (34) - ITALY - JUN 20, 2015
Versa un bel colore bordeaux, aspra al gusto acetica, retrogusto di mela, non per tutti, ma secondo me ottima birra flemish.O si odia o si ama. .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GoufCustom (1213) - HONG KONG - JUN 20, 2015

750 ml cork bottle bought at Craftissimo in Tsim Sha Tsui East.

Looks: Clear, deep burgundy colour with a thick crust of yeast sediments; Less than one-quarter finger head and soapy off white foam which fades in 10 seconds; Very good sticky lacing with near zero carbonation.

Aroma: Very fragrant malt, with very strong red wine, Port wine, light balsamic vinegar, yoghurt, red grape skin, black cherry, funk, alcohol, wood barrel and light tannic.

Taste: Very pleasant sweet and sour malt, with strong cherry, strong yoghurt, red vinegar, light red wine, alcohol, strong tannic, strong wood barrel, cellar, strong funk, and thin grassy hops.

Body: Mid to light; Thin but winey palate.

Mouth Feel: A bliss of fine taste! Red malt is strong but in a thin body. Wheat is involved but not explicit. Strong sour cherry stole the limelight, along with strong yoghurt, strong funk, salad dressing vinegar, Port wine, fruity sweetness, tannin and strong oak barrel. They combine and work so well the sweet and sour is very balanced and I pretty much forget its thin body and pretty strong boozey taste. It is nice and easy to down a large mouthful. Very nice!

Hoppiness: Only manifested in hints of grassy taste, otherwise it’s all nice tartness and tannic for lasting, savoury finish.

After Taste: Slighty dry. Vinery and very savoury to mouth.

Comments: The best thing about this one is all about balance - sweet and sour, red fruits and barrels, red wine and booze, funk and tannin, etc. etc. Any one of the elements in aroma an taste are strong in its own right but when they come together they work like a tee. Fine-tuned, easy to enjoy and lingering to the tongue, I was glad I bought a bomber so I can enjoy it all night long. Good night!

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