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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: 2360   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.


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. There’s a portrait of a lady on the front, must be the Duchesse. It says Flemish Art of Brewing above the portrait. I pour it into a snifter. Temp was 55 F. It was reddish brown as per its style. It is clear which means there must be no yeast in the bottle. I’ll look and see when the bottle is empty. (No yeast!) There is plenty of carbonation and the beer formed about a finger’s worth of a light tan head. Retention was decent and the head settled down to a rim around the glass with a light coating floating on top of the beer. The smell is SOUR! Then when you bring it back to your nose it is more like sweet tarts. There may well be hops in this brew, but you’ll never know it. Now on to the taste: with the aroma this brew has, of course the sour hits first. But, in a surprise, about mid swallow it gets sweet only to turn around again and finish off sour. There are all sorts of fruit flavors here, nice and complex. The carbonation keeps this light on the palate. I had to really concentrate to get the mouth feel as there is so much going on in the mouth with this beer. It feels bubbly like champagne. You must like Sours to drink this. I love shock tarts and I’m falling in love with this style of beer. This beer just makes you want to have another one. I left bottle out as I drank it and that didn’t change things much. As it got warmer it was not as refreshing and maybe a little sweeter, but not by much!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
grapengrain (125) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2011
Slightly sweet with red currant and earthy bramble fruit notes as well as some slight oaky notes.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
apickles (124) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 18, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2014 Medium red colour with slight frothy head. Very vinegary nose. Sour. Amazing wheaty biscuit after-taste. Fizzy in the mouth.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
paologalloni (124) - ITALY - JAN 26, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2014 eccezzionale ricchezza di aromi e frutti.odore vinto e sapore di dolce esotico tamarindopoi l?acetico e poi ciliegie e poi mele e tanta altra. la gueze e di bevuta più facile ma questa è più intrigante, a partire dal colore davvero bello marrone e rubino

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
milo91hd (123) - Lecce, ITALY - NOV 11, 2013
bottiglia da 0.75, colore ambrato scuro quasi nero, con una schiuma fine e persistente, all’odero risalta la frutta mentre al palato si sentono ciliegie per finire con una nota acida, buonissima

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MayumiH (122) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 8, 2014
As I was drinking, i was thinking to myself, this red wine-like beer would be great in my coq au vin. Has anyone done that? If so, how was it, let me know. Ta.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Smells of vinegar and soy sauce. Nice medium red color. Tastes of dried fruit, tart, sweet and tangy, makes your taste buds come alive. This one has some zing to it

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - AUG 3, 2009
strong Vinegar aroma not nearly as strong in the taste, a good balance between the residual sweetness of the malts combining with a bit of sour. Would love to have another.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Guest Draft at the Old Toad. Alittle hesitant to try this sour ale but the risk payed off. The aroma was of sour apples and cherries. I was prepared for a very sour taste but when i took my first sip I was pleasantly surprised. The sour beginning was overtaken by the sweet finish. The flavors were all over the board but all good. The high carbonation of this sour ale brings out the flavors in every sip of this exquist style of ales.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
This is my first sour ale. Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium head. It immediately smells of vinegar, and also some fruity notes. The taste is a pleasant surprise after the nose, in short, amazing! It has a rich fruity, but somewhat sour, flavor that I have never witnessed before. I am going to have to find more beers like this. Highly Recommended!


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