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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: 2774   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Burgers (343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2014
Pours darkish red to brown. The nose is balsamic vinegar and sour cherries. Taste predominantly sour, little bitter, some sweetness. Texture quite thin, soft carbonation. Finish quite astringent. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Perfumey, sweet, pleasant aroma. Color is a clear dark red-brown. Taste is sour and sweet. The sourness is of the stinky cheese variety. I feel like Iím drinking bacteria. The sweetness ruins it a bit. The sweetess is really simple; like sugar water. Itís almost like putting sweet ní low in iced tea.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 10/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2004
Iím rating this with ample leeway to the fact that I just canít learn to appreciate this style nor do I understand what a good Flemish Sour is. It should have a nice balance between sweet and sour flavors. I tasted both, but there is certainly no balance. Balsamic vinegar flavor dominates, brown sugar super-sweetness comes in second then there is a salty aftertaste. Try as I did to enjoy, to look somewhere for some inkling of pleasure, I found only shrieking taste buds and cringing lips. It tasted as though it were made with stagnet, metallic drinking fountain water. While I admire anyone that can enjoy this beverage, as far as Iím concerned the Duchesse wears no clothes (actually, she is kinda hot).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardbeerman (339) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Very happy to try this one out (finally)! The robe is clear pouring a warm brown shade with very deep ruby highlights topped with a creamy beige head. The nose is smoky and spicy and also has a very nice sweetness with grapes and even a little floral side. To be honest, Iím not a great fan of very sweet beers (usually) with a certain smokiness, but this one has just the right amount of sweetness from the fruits like cherries and grapes and enough hops to balance it out and be very pleasant on the tongue. Excellent served between 8 and 12 degrees.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance - A bit murky for the style. lots of brown puddles with amber waves flowing throughout. good two finger head with nice lacing. Smell - Musty, Earthy, some vinegar funk, with a touch of candy. Taste - Its a very subtle oud bruin by comparison to others. If your in the mood for subdued pucker then this is a good selection. Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation helped this one from being mediocre in the mouthfeel department. With the brew being such a murky mix itself, the carbonation really saves it. Drinkability - Easy drinking for the style but not the easiest style for all to drink. Its my favorite style so Iím a bit biased. Iíll give it a 4.0 to be fair. The 750ml only set me back about $8.00 in a local store so its a good oud bruin at a fair price. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2008

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ulrikolsen (338) - 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Pours a rusty red with a giant rocky head that lasts forever. Nose like red wine and earth. Taste is earthy with notes of red grapes, prunes, rasins, wood and meat. Finish is sweet and sour.

2.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2007
33cL bottle, from old notes. Deep ruby red color with short lived tan foam, not so good lacing. Lots of oaky sweetness in the aroma, bit too sweet on the flavor end, almost seems like it was artificially sweetened.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wixie (335) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
Dark liquid, small head. Strange winelike aroma. Medium body, no carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Salwal (335) - GERMANY - DEC 3, 2015
From the bottle poured into nosing glass. Pours Red Brown with quickly vanishing head. Nose is acidic fruity and some alcohol in the back. Kind of balsamico vingar. Taste is sweetish acidic, some Aceton or chemical taste. Definitly an interesting beer, while I didnít have much sours in my time, so my rating might be a bit out of the blue...


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