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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: 2507   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShelbyGrey (181) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2011
Aroma acido con un toque avinagrado, madera y caramelo y frambuesa. Sabor dulce residual con final acido!

4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bjerkeaa (180) - NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
Malty, yeasty aroma. Clear brown, amber colour. Very fruity and sparkly. Getting some cranberrry taste, and some other red berries. Maybe some boysenberry as well. Very mild sour taste and medium bodied.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianza_ale (179) - ITALY - MAR 14, 2015
UPDATED: APR 10, 2015 Pours a medium size dense and creamy beige head; darkest brown colour, ruby reflexes. Smells basement, brett, vinegar and wine notes, wood, nice and complex. Tastes cherry, lactic, balsamic vinegar, syrupy, lemony; there’s actually a dominant medium level sweetness, that you wouldn’t expect from the smell, a light to medium sour notes/acetic, almost none bitterness. Medium body, medium to lively carbonation. Intresting sweet/sour matching, but was a bit really too much on the sweet side for my taste, and that quite ruined it for me

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
flylikeabanana (179) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2013 Nice dark amber pour, with a quick acerbic palate. Taste is immediately sour, almost like an apple wine.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2005
large bottle 12/19/05. This is my first flemish sour and it was not at all what I expected. Extremely vinagar like in taste and smell. Very acidic. Reminded me of beer mixed with carbonated apple cider. Poured a cherry wood color with a decent head. I am going to have to try some others in this style but my first impressions are no better than average.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luvcasks (178) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Aroma: Some brett and lactic acid funk... with some sweet notes blended in Appearance: Clean, Dark Brown with reddish highlights pours with off white head which does not last too long Flavor: Starts off intriguingly tart and funky but is replaced with a flavor of cherries and some sweetness (Would be a nice after dinner drink) Palate: Complex flavors with dark fruit and cherries flooded over with some sour notes which finish slightly sweet on the tongue Overall: For a Flander’s red seems to be dumbed down a bit.. the sourness and funk is very restrained almost to it coming off a little too sweet. If it s possible this would be a gateway Sour beer (Better ones are Goudenband and Rodenbach)

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PatBateman81 (178) - Caserta, ITALY - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2010 This one has a very good-looking label! Remind me the MacCallahan advertisement on TV at least ten years ago... Colour is dark red; smells woody (probably the oak where the ale age), rotten strawberries. Sour flavour, between vinegar and wine, and the aroma too, except a touch of cherry. A very good flemish sour red ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
Darker red pour with a beige head which disappated quickly. Aromas are sour cherry and candies sugar and slight malts as well. Candied sugar on first taste, followed by the sourness and cherries, and ends almost balsamic vinegarish. Not too sour and a Great beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pours a beautiful burgundy colored brown. Smell is more of a port wine than a beer. The aroma is of ripe fruit, alcohol, slight vinegar, dark malts, and spice notes. Taste is a bit hard to describe it is more like a wine, yet the fruit and aged oak flavor come through nicely. Very good beer, worth the cost!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Burgundy pour with foamy, frothy white head. Nose is upfront and tart with sour, dark fruit and a carbonated effervescence. Palate is medium-bodied and appetizing. Flavor is starts very sour with cherry and licorice, then mellows with some oak, and smooths nicely into malt deliverence. Damn fine and well representative of the style.


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