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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: 2330   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.


2.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
mcbeyond (104) - Newport Beach, California, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Fairly sour on the nose, a bit like non-vintage Bollinger, but not as stomach-acidy. Weakish palate with rotting lemon peel. Long finish. Bottle says best before 2/1/10. Has it spent two years in the bottle already? Maybe it needs more age, but Iím not sure.

1.2
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
virtuosovii (103) - California, USA - FEB 27, 2010
Dark red pour like cola. Smelled like sour fruits and vinegar. Tasted like vinegar and candy-apple. At first I liked it... although I couldnít even finish the bottle it got so bad. I would not recommend this--especially considering how expensive it is. This beer practically gave me nightmares.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBeCue (103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 20, 2012
330ml bottle poured into tulip. Pours a dark brown with some copper highlights with a very fine head which eventually fades to a ring. Aroma is so-so barnyard, cherries and sour apple. Taste is a very well done balance of sweet and sour; it has a good level of sweetness and if you would remove some tartness it could taste close to Lindemansí faro, in my opinion. So yes, some might find it a bit sweet but I find itís perfectly OK. Body is light, and texture is thin/slick. Carbonation is soft. Finish is just a tad astringent and medium-short, although the astringency remains a bit longer than the rest on the sides of your tongue. Overall a pretty good brew, if you ask me. Pretty refreshing too! Iím glad we have access to this in Quebec, Canada, as our liquor board (SAQ) has a reputation of maintaining a pretty mixed selection of brews...meaning either really good, or utterly atrocious. Well done.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
My first flemish sour. Pours a great dark reddish, brown color with no sediment, which surprises me. Aroma is somwhat wine like and fruity. Flavor is very sour and fruity, and very sweet. I canít say that I love this style or beer, but I canít say it is a bad beer. If you like the style youíll probably like this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
imzugzug (103) - Bechtelsville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2006
Red in the glass. Fruity in the nose. Thin mouthfeel. Sour fruity taste with a dry finish. Kinda boring but not at all bad.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Pours a reddish deep brown, copper when held to the light. Off white head without much retention. Smells strongly of balsamic vinegar, yeast, cherries, and grapes. Has a sharp up front taste, which proceeds to the feeling you have just ate a slice of bread. Not as sour as the aroma leads on, but could be too much for some people.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 4, 2009
ruby red pour with a large head with a red tint...Im not sure whatís up with this beer, but I cant get past the vinegar, acetone nose, flavor is sweet and tart with cherries in the finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a fizzy head that disapears very quickly, the head almost looks like a soda pop being poured. Smells of grapes, apricot, raisins, prunes and sherry. Has a tartness, and a sweetness, tastes of deep fried potato, apple and red grapes. Very fruity and complex. Nice lacing.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john_henry (102) - - JUL 12, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2013 My word... Fantastic aroma of vinous chocolate hits straight away and follows threw with a beautiful first sip. Beautiful balance of flavours and yet still very assertive. Certainly one for the wine drinkers, but surely has to be tried by everyone. Whilst I still highly rate this beer, the last few Iíve had have been on the sweeter side. Letís hope this gets remedied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LINKBREW (101) - Santee, California, USA - JUL 22, 2003
Pours large, lively head, then settles to a light film. Reddish brown color.Smells of oak, caramel and slight vinegar. Tastes a bit sweet, some cherries, with some tartness to go with the acetic. Light body. Refreshingly good for the style.


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