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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: 2755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.


ThisWangsChung's rating

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JUN 30, 2013
750ml bottle into a New Belgium goblet. A: Pours a dark burgundy color. The off-white shaded head, in typical sour ale fashion, is quick to fade, but starts at three fingers high due to an aggressive pour. Nice specks of lacing left on the glass, though. S: It starts off with a load of wine grapes and lesser notes of cherries. As it opens up in the glass, it develops more and more acetic vinegar notes. Still, itís very well balanced within the (restrained) sugary sweetness. T: The opening is moderately tart, nothing to rape the palate, but something thatís definitely palpable. It develops into a leathery finish that I find quite offensive at first - after a few sips, though, the palate adjusts to its presence. The more I sip, the more its fruity cherry notes come forward on the back end. After a while, I start to enjoy its sweet/tart balance. As much as I enjoy it, the musty strangeness (especially on exhales/burps) brings it down a touch. M: The palate is never fully beat down by tartness...the sweet finish does a great job of keeping it in check. I would complain that itís too sweet, but I wonít. This is too drinkable and refreshing for me to care. O: If anything, this is something of a middle ground between Lindemanís sugar bombs and a proper sour ale. The sugary sweetness is quite prevalent, yet it doesnít overpower the tart qualities. I can see this being very approachable to sour ale beginners.


3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
daigoon (106) - - AUG 23, 2016
330 ml bottle. Dark brown with red tint. beige head with lacing. Sour and sweet taste.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
williamherbert (1486) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 16, 2016
Lovely brown-red color; dark prune juice. Aroma is dark grapes, musty basement funk, Flavor is an incredible combination of prunes, dark sugars, sour Brett funk, seeded strawberries, plums, sugared raisins, Feels slick and chewy, with a slight burn on the way down. Hides the alcohol well, but not completely. Itís just one of the most enjoyable beers Iíve had, consistently.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
castor010 (155) - Krakůw, POLAND - AUG 16, 2016
Aromat - bardzo winny, ale růwnież delikatnie czekoladowy, kwaśny, cherry; złożony. Piana - średnia, ale drobna, jasnobeżowa, z lekka oblepia szkło. Klarowne, rubinowo brunatne. Słodko kwaśne. Wyraźne czerwone owoce, lekka czekolada, Lekko nagazowane

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wyldeturkey101 (69) - - AUG 11, 2016
the aroma is a great powerful hit of vinegar, there is more there but i find it hard to recognize anything other than the vinegar. flavor is much the same but it transcends to a salty savory after the sweet vinegar has dissipated. it poured int a clear dark body with a creamy white head.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ulrikolsen (273) - DENMARK - AUG 11, 2016
Bottle. Pours clear red brown with beige head. Aroma has caramel, wood, nutty notes and some sweet sourness. Taste is sweet and lightly sourness with complex winey character, with walnuts, dried fruit, wood and malt. A classic!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaromir74 (1) - - AUG 6, 2016 does not count
Refreshing, fruitful, aroma is slightly hoppy, color dark almost like stout, very fine sparkling almost like champagne.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (2348) - oviedo, SPAIN - AUG 6, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2016 Botella 25 cl. Colecciůn (r2749) tomada en junio 2008. Fcpref 13..12..2009. Original en su momento para repetir cuanto antes. Buena.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rob_D_UK (1367) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 4, 2016
Pours a very dark reddish brown with almost no head. Aroma is strong dark fruits. Taste is nice and dry.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlasgowTAD (1336) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 4, 2016
Pours a clear deep burgundy red with a large light brown head which soon recedes to a layer of bubbles. Aroma is cherries, dark berries, wine, oak and vanilla. Taste is sweet berries, tart cherry, oak, medium-high sour, cinnamon, balsamic vinegar.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmacklin (814) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 1, 2016
On tap. Pours a clear dark ruby with a medium, long lasting, beige head that laces. Aroma of sour fruit, balsamic vinegar, red wine and oak. Sweet flavour of cherries, apple cider, red wine and oak with a sour finish. Medium body with a watery texture and average carbonation.


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