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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2317   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (34743) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark ruby color with a small off-white head, settles to a thin film quickly. Fruity aroma (apples), with some woody notes. Intense sour flavor, lots of fruit, complex and vinous.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (30909) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2008
25 cL bottle. Pours clear and golden amber/brown with a lacing tan head. Berry, wineous and light sour aroma. Sweet caramel and brown sugar flavour. Light fruity note showing up and a light vanilla note swept around it. Sweet lingering fruit flavour. The sourness is nicely complimenting the fruit and not at any point dominant. Nice balance and smoothness.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Ungstrup (29224) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 17, 2002
This is the best beer I’ve ever tasted. It is deep read with a fantastic head. The aroma is a little sour and sharp like the wild fermented aroma of a gueze. The flavor is soft and rounded at first with a good sweetness and great malt blend. It ends of in a sharp aftertaste just like a gueze. I drink this beer every time I get the chance - try it - if You get the chance.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAY 20, 2005
(Bottle 25 cl) Beautiful reddish brown, with an almost absent head. Vinegary, sour nose making me expect a very tart beer. But actually I feel that the sweetness is more predominant with the sourness levelling things out - a "sweet & sour" beer indeed. Very vinous and refined - a delicious and quite different Flemish sour ale. 060194

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
joergen (20656) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 14, 2005
Bottled. Clear red brown coloured with an off white head. Aroma of red wine and wood with some sweetness and notes of glue. Sweet flavour of wood, wine and balsamic vinegar with notes of glue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20299) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 26, 2006
Bottled. Dark brownish red in colour, with mediumsized beige head. Aroma is sour fruits along with dry dark fruits. Flavour is at first quite sweet dry fruit, then turns into a sour dark fruity, raisiny thing. Aftertaste again gets quite sweet with a "dry bittering touch". Must be one of the nicest beers in the Flemish Sour ale category I have had. Totally hides the ABV. Nice palate, very filling, and also the carbonation is at a good level.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (19318) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2002
Served from tap. Dark copper coloured. Nice balsamic vinegar aroma. Very vinuous, fruity, rather sweet. Well balanced and moreish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (16582) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 8, 2006
Bottle. Dark amber colour with a tan head. Sweet acid vinegar aroma and some fruitiness. Sweet malty vinous flavor with hints of fruits. Sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (14744) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 16, 2010
1st December 2006
Early amateur rating warning! Dark brown beer, has a real sour punch, a little worcester sauce like. Very good indeed. 2010 note - still judge all sour ales by this one, most are found wanting.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (14380) - 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!


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