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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: 2526   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
tobias (204) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2004
11.2 oz bottle: pours rich ruby mahogany color with a light tan head. the aroma is slightly sweet but mostly sours cherry with some grape notes. the taste is unlike anything i have tasted before. the flavor is sweet and sour at the same time. reminds me of balsomic vinegar. very fruity and wine like. cherry, and apple with some grape flavors. the finish is long. nice slightly sour malty fruity nutty taste. unbeleiveable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
socaltay (204) - Ventura, California, USA - MAR 26, 2011
the aroma is wonderful and reminds me of fresh fruits with a crisp bite. The appearance is dark and somewhat red. The taste is good with a sour initial flavor followed by the flavor of a belgian ale that fades away quickly to that of funky fruit. Decent beer overall, but based on the aging this beer has gone through I expected more. Not even close to the top of my list for a sour/wild ale

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pudding (204) - Birmingham, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
330ml bottle from Cotteridge Wines, B30. A pleasant drink, a cross between a beer and a wine. Deep red/brown colour. Manages to be sweet and astringent together. Wine-like tang and oak detectable. One for the connoisseur.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mrhopsbeertalk (202) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 23, 2014
I’m just getting into Flemish Ales, but after trying several I find myself confused by this beers high ratings. Far less tart than Monk’s and considrably less cherry than Petrus, this beer is middle of the road, very average, doesn’t stand out...

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
William (202) - Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2007
On tap at Belgie in Utrecht. A bit too sweet for my taste, almost comparable to some Kriek beers. Nice head and beautiful glass.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2007
On tap. Brown crimson color with a sweet almost cherry aroma. Flavor is bitter and sweet a the same time. It works though. The cherry aspect is awesome. There is also hints of oak and dried fruit. It is difficult to compare this to any other beer. Sour ales are in a class all their own. You either praise it or abhor it. I love this beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DavefromChicago (201) - Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2002
Fizzy pour w. pervasive fruit vinegar aroma - certainly the balsamic vinegar comments preceding my review are right on. Beautiful mahogany color, with small, lasting head. Finely beaded, delicate carbonation. Sweet-tart flavor, steeped in wood and cherries - also a hint of chocolate. Nice astringent finish. Extremely refreshing, if a little sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
brstp (201) - Washington DC, USA - APR 6, 2007
Bottle. Mahogany color, bubbly head, liquory aroma with some grape. Tangy yet creamy taste with tangerine, sour blast with a sweet finish, thin mouthfeel. My first sour ale, so disregard this :)

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
rgf001 (201) - München, GERMANY - 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.

1.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
unibrouefan (200) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 16, 2006
Dark brown beer with a small head. Strong aroma...smell of wine. Is this wine? Clearly, you can taste wine...fruity beer. Since I don’t like wine and find this beer too sour...I decided to throw it in the sink. I’m soooooo disapointed knowing that this beer comes from my second best beer producer country, Belgium...we should read strong wine on the bottle, not strong beer.


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