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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2717   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.


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..

3.9
   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
rgf001 (313) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
Ester aromas of dried fruit, cherries, plums. A bit of vinegar, not as much as others have reported. Clear amber to brown color with beige head. Unbalanced flavor in which sweetness dominates and cloys. There are nice dried fruit flavors but many other flavors are probably obscured. Carbonation is correct but palate impression is thick. Sweet finish. The mix is not right for my taste.Maybe the sweetness is there to cover off flavors.

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.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown/red color. Vinegar aroma. Sweet taste. Cherries. A bit too sweet for my taste but not bad. The head disappeared fast.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2007
on tap at Eulogy Belgian Tavern in Philly. it was awful. tasted like bad candy and rotten apples. way too sweet. way too sour. alcohol at the finish just not a compliment to anything. it finished really musky. yeah - not a fan. but maybe thats b/c I don’t like sour ales but didn’t know it until now?

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PawelD (312) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Piwo butelkowe. Mocny kwaśno-octowy aromat, nuty kwiatowe. Kolor klarowny ciemny bursztyn z obfitą pianą o dużych oczkach. W smaku uderzająco kwaśne, czuć też dużą nieprzyjemną nutę octu, wysycenie wysokie. Bardzo wytrawne piwo nie moge powiedziec ze mi smakowalo ale tez nie moge stwierdzic ze bylo zle, ot zupełnie nie mój styl dlatego ocene daje średnią.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaijinSen (312) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2015 Pours ruby colour with almost no head. Aroma of red wine vinegar, wild notes and cherry. Taste is pleasantly sour, wild, fruity with some delicate caramel notes in the background. Solid carbonation puts the beer next to champagne or a bottle of good red wine. Simply amazing.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FudgeSociety2 (311) - Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Lot of balsamic character in this one. Some kind of candied fruit to add sweetness. Not bad at all.


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