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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: 2698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Very enjoyable. The nose is the down side and gave me bad feeling. Fig prune and date rotting fruit. This belies the mild sweet and sour ballance of the brew that makes it so drinkable. Notes of sugar snap peas. Red brown with a wet bubbly head.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2008
330 mL bottle. Pours a dark red-brown, with a thick medium head that dissipates in a few minutes. Aroma is strong malt vinegar, with some oak and sweet fruit underneath if you really look for it. Flavor is sweet, fruity and acidic, with fine carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. It’s different, and quite enjoyable, but is definitely not a session ale!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin off white head. Vinegar wine aroma - flavour is the same, but balance with the sweetness of cherries and tart fruits. Not as sour as I wanted, or maybe expected it to be, but very idiosyncratic and interesting none-the-less, with a very refreshing finish that left me wanting more. Fantastic!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - OCT 15, 2006
Bottle. Thank you Dave Howard for sharing this one with me. Best before 03/02/04. Hmmm... that could be a bit troubling. And sure enough, one the top was popped, 1/4 of the beer came flowing out. Plenty of carbonation in this one! Luckily, I was able to save most of this one. Pours a medium brown with a reddish tint. HUGE head on this one, but based on the way it exploded out of the bottle, it is understandable. This beer was screaming to be drank, and I was happy to oblige. The arome of tart red cherries, with some woody notes. The flavor is very good. Excellent tartness, a hint of wood from the cask aging, and a clean tart finish. Excellent Flemish Sour Ale. I wish I could have recovered the lost 2-3 ounces of this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown with a little bit of a burgundy tinge and a tan head, leaving slight lacing. Intriguing aroma, vinegary sour with sweetness and some oak. Creamy and smooth in the mouth, with a lot less sourness than I predicted from the aroma, though it does still dominate the flavor overall. Enough sweetness to balance everything out. Reminds me of an overly tart apple. Good beer. I wonder if the labels are always angled on the bottle..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2009
On tap at the Publick. I enjoyed this brew. Cherryish aroma with other fruits. Tastes that of a nice port, very interesting. Totally worth a try.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlassBrass440 (314) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2015
Pours deep red/brown with an everlasting, meringue-thick, white head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, cherries, sourdough bread, and oak. Intense sourness up front leads to barnyard funk,cherries, fresh baked wheat bread, and finally vanilla. Extreme carbonation creates a fresh look at every sip before it dissipates and gives way for a long, contemplative finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2010
Pours red-amber with a massive off white head. Aroma is sour, funky, but with some really delicious candied fruit as well. Flavor is more of that candied fruit, with just a hint of sourness and yeast. Flavor doesnt last quite as long as I would like, but other than that it’s very good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
igniztion (313) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle at Patricks. Pours a cloudy ruby red with pink frothy head. Aroma is red grapes, fruity, earthy, citrus notes. Taste is medium sour, light sweet with a lovely lasting sourness. Medium body, thin to oily, lively carbonation. 20110618

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Re rate: The beer is better tonight. It has a nice winey, oaky, blackcurrantish aroma. A bit tart but still sweet. The metallic taste is gone. Hurray! Reddish brown. Big cherry nose, a bit spicy. Cherry, a bit sour and then a metallic taste. this could be a good beer if it wasn't for its finish. I'll have to try it later on to see if this one was from a bad batch.


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