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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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RATINGS: 2334   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VonClausewitz (132) - Italy, ITALY - AUG 23, 2012
Bell’aspetto tonaca di frate con riflessi rosso/ramati, schiuma ocra abbastanza persistente. Naso vinoso, acido, con frutti rossi in evidenza. Bocca abboccata, acida, con un corpo medio e una live chiusura amara..... Buona......

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
I had this on draft. A fantastic yeast/ sour aroma with a hint of fruit. A refreshing sour flavor mixed in with plum and finishing with raison. Tasted almost like wine. Great!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jimvy (131) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - MAY 24, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2006 Bottle. Brilliant reddish color, extremely clear, thick light tan head that last. Aroma is sour with a fair amount of dark fruit--cherries and plums, and perhaps a touch of smokiness. Body is medium. Well balanced between malt and sourness. A light sweetness upfront, followed by a significant sourness that last into the finish. Dark fruits are there and again, a hint of smokey character. Overall, fantastic beer if you like sour beers (and I do!). The sourness is significant enough to be a key part of the beer, but there is enough balance to make it fairly easy to drink. I love it.

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
RobertVerloop99 (130) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2001

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
750 ml. bottle (2009) in a snifter. Went through this beauty while working on an all-night research paper. More burgundy colored than the Rodenbach and noticeably sweeter. Less tart as well, but equally complex w/ more salty nuttiness. Ranks marginally below the Rodenbach and La Folie, but delightful nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moscicki (129) - Tarnow, POLAND - NOV 17, 2013
It’s a learning experience to taste this beer. It is so complex that I’m tempted to say - just try it. Clear, deep red/amber colour, foamy head. Aroma of malt, earth, leaves, fermented fruits, young wine, vinegar, belgian yeast. Taste is mainly sour with sweetness trying to balance it. I love how it develops and changes it’s aroma when it warms up to the temperature of the environment. Woody notes are present in the aftertaste. This beer is one of the most unpredictable and undefined I’ve drunk so far.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
This one was very delicious. Usually i find the sourness of a flemish to be a bit too offensive, but that wasn’t the case at all with this one. This one was much more well balanced and full of rich fruity flavors. Much sweeter than expected after smelling how sour the aroma was. Very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Guest tap at Town Hall in Minneapolis. A breat blend of brett sour and grain sweet. Low hops, as one would expect. Well done. So unusual to find something like this on tap, especially in Minnesota. A little bit sweet to drink too much of it, but a 4-6oz. pour is perfect. Enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2012
good tartness but could lose the sweetness at the end i like my sours sour, but i believe they add sugar to balance with the tartness, decent aroma

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Draught at Gingerman in Houston. Served in a goblet. Deep burgundy/black with a nice white head. Aroma of grapes, apples, wine. Flavor was phenomenal and unique, sweet and winey with grape and apple and very little hops. Sweetness was smooth and refreshing and not overpowering. Silky sweet finish with little noticeable hops. I would love another right now. Amazing beer.


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