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

bottled
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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.


2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bierdimpfe (327) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2016
Almost opaque dark brown color with strong glass clinging activity. Slightly creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 15-20 minutes, creating a very good amount of legs. Flavors of worcestershire sauce, rotten dark fruits, ester fruits, grapes, cherries, cheese, stinky feet, herbal spices and yeast. Medium body with prickly carbonation. Strong thick bitter finish with a long lasting super dry fruity putrid leathery vinous feel, ending with a barbecue sauce feel, a little oaky, and a blue cheese and peppery aftertaste. Overall I don’t like this craft due to an overly rotten feel with excessive flavors. Too bitter, not accessible at all, really hardcore stuff. Poor unbalanced flavors and no freshness. Could not even finish the bottle. Bad bottle maybe?

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Passewaaij (326) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2013
caramel, herbs, black, cloudy, hazy, minimal head, light sweetness, heavily sour, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, bitter, geuze sour. Great beer, not very easy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HippieFee (325) - - AUG 16, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2015 Large Format - Dark reddish brown color. Vinegar smell. Has the same vinegar taste as well, a little sour taste on the palate. Hints of oak from the barrel aging. Complex flavor profile which is really nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2008
Red appearance with a minimumsized head. Aroma is really woody and oaky with lots of sweentess. Flavor is complex with a nice sweetsour taste to it and lots of acidity.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Straight from the bottle enjoyed on a summit over Lago Lugano, Switzerland. This was recommended to me by the wife/owner of A Tutta Birra in Milano as her favorite. Most interesting beer I’ve had so far in Italy. The aroma reminded me of rotting trash and at first sip so did the flavor. Further sips revealed sour cherries, dark fruits, apricot and vanilla. Incredibly smooth on the palate, absolutely no kick at the end. Much too sweet for me, almost could be considered a dessert beer in the same vein as dessert wines.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2006
The proto-typical Flemish Sour. there are better one’s out there, but this is a great benchmark for determining if you like the style or not. Beautful deep ruby color with a nice creamy head. Great head retention and lacing. Wonderful aromas of green apple, sherry and grapes. The old and young ales are certainly distinguishable along with a slightly assertive oak presence. Sourness on the palate is definate something to behold, but is not as complex or aggressive as with the Panil Barriquée. A wonderfully done ale and a great introduction to the style.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2015
Een zeer bittere smaak, komt waarschijnlijk door de looistoffen van de eiken vaten.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gorkogrlo (321) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark red, cherry like color with brownish long-lasting head. Aroma of chocolate and dark fruits with brett character after 1 or so chocolate smell disappeared. Dominant taste is reminding me of cherries with porto and vinegar. Also some spicy and oak character is present. Maybe too sweet. No hop bitterness. Really spicy finish. Overall: nice one., but it would be better if it has more balance between sourness and sweetness. In my opinion, it is little bit too sweet. But still good beer.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2007
Dark red. Aroma like church wine. Thickish, very fruity but not a good fruitiness, maybe plum, just doesn’t do it.

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.


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