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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: 2287   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ABT_S54 (119) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2014 75cl bottle shared in Duchesse de Bourgogne goblet. This is truly epic on every level it really is an alternative to red wine - in fact this is the only beer I will drink with a meal. Reddish, clear colour with a slightly off white head. Medium mouthfeel and well carbonated. Unbelievably complex and in my opinion more than a match for Rodenbach Grand Cru. A beer that could be drunk on the coldest night or the hottest day. Exemplary.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle. Crystal clear pour. Smells of cherries and vinegar. A bit thin on the palate, but warm and pleasant. Flavor is sour cherries and umami. A bit sweet. Loses points for having a harsh aftertaste, but you get used to it pretty quickly. This is my first experience with a Flanders Red, and I am quite impressed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bibendum (117) - ITALY - OCT 5, 2012
Dal colore rosso scuro quasi tendente al marrone, schiuma leggera, persistente, fine e cremosa. All’olfatto le aspettative non sono ripagate...decisamente meno acetica e citrica di quanto me l’aspettassi. Si percepisce, al naso, quel tipico odore di legno delle botti che chiunque sia mai stato in una cantina vecchio stile saprà riconoscere. Anche in bocca è molto più dolce delle aspettative (sembra quasi un succo di frutta) e non stupisce particolarmente. Spero di riassaggiarla presto in belgio, con una nuova "veste".

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
simardsam (117) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 28, 2013
Bière brune aux reflets rougeâtres avec un petit collet beige. Arômes légèrement vinaigrées, de tomates vertes. Elle est à la fois sucrée et acidulée, il est possible de goûter des pommes vertes, des raisins, des prûnes et de petits fruits mûres. Plus elle se rapproche de la température pièce, plus des notes de cerises ressortent et elle perd un peu de son acidité.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Pours a rich cherry/amber color with a full and frothy head. Aroma is reminiscent of sour apples. Comes on strong and sour but mellows into a fruity-sweet and warm-alcohol finish (almost aperitif). Incredibly complex palate that manages to be both fruity and earthy, sour and sweet. A great beer in short - a fine sour ale.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
The aromas are of sour cherries, ceder, and spices. A hint of sourness at the front, but a good amount of sweetness balances it all out. Lightly carbonated, which is a good thing. Flavors of caramel, allspice, over ripe cherries, bananas, sherry. Very nice. Would make a great dessert wine alternative.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Wow - pours a dark reddish brown, almost no head, but a bit of lacing is evident with each sip. Amazing flavor, sour apples, malt and grapes. Finishes very dryly, with oak and soil.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle from La Bodega Beer of the Month Club. WOW, this is beautiful. Pours a reddish brown with a light tan head. The nose reminds me of wine, much like a nail polish remover. Not bad but different. Once you take a drink it is a totally different brew. This is so smooth and fruity, lots of cherry. There is a good amount of carbonation. This dances on your tounge beautifully. There are sweet, tart, and sour notes all the way through this beer. The finish is smooth going down, a dry beer. Very tasty, and very drinkable. I love this sour ale, I WILL get this again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle pours a crimson red with a thin off-white head. Sour cherries dominates the aroma with a hint of caramel maltiness and oak. Initially sweet and malty, then is overpowered by the cherry tartness and a nice dry finish. Medium to heavy carbonation with medium mouthfeel. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Great beer to introduce wine drinkers to craft beer and Belgian style ales.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kliggerwar (115) - - DEC 4, 2013
Very different from other Fruit derived beer. Sweet fruity aroma with a taste of sour foremost followed by a bit of sweetness. Appearance best described as a tan frothy head on a redish brown cola colored liquid. It was very different yet very enjoyable. Recommend to people who prefer red wine over beer.


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