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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: 2471   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alteregoo (153) - POLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Barwa głębokiej czerwieni, wiśniowy, klarowny, piana niska, sycząca, dość szybko znika niemalże do zera. Zdecydowany aromat przypomina czerwone wino wytrawne, ocet winny, porzeczki, wiśnie, dzika róża, ciemni winogrono, gdzieś w głębi nuty beczkowe, stare drewno, lekka wanilia. W smaku najpierw czuć dość wysokie nagazowanie, spod którego nasze kubki smakowe atakuje na przemian owocowa kwaśność i słodkość, z przewagą tej pierwszej... Jest to bardzo intensywne i nieoczekiwane z uwagi na wybitnie kwaśny zapach. Dalej dochodzi też ziołowość, dzikość trawiasto-stajenna, masa czerwonych przejrzałych i niedojrzałych owoców i przyjemne rozgrzewanie delikatnego alkoholu, zupełnie niewyczuwalnego w smaku. Goryczka na minimalnym poziomie, raczej kwiatowa niż chmielowa. W posmaku pozostaje przez chwile cierpkość i kwaskowość szlachetnego octu balsamicznego.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thure (152) - DENMARK - APR 8, 2009
deep ruby colour with a nice ruby highlight. aroma is of fruit, lactic and oak. flavor is a nice mix of the sour and fruit sweetness. a great beginners sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2010
Poured from a 330mlbottle a beautiful rich burgandy color. Head is a very nice off white color, diminishes quickly but leaves a nice lacing around the glass.Aroma is very complex and intense of sour cherry and apples. Flavor is similar to a black cherry lambic and very flavorful. A sweat start with a nice sour finish. Very good beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwillrich (151) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - FEB 26, 2014
Foi a primeira sour ale que eu experimentei. É bastante diferente de tudo que eu já havia tomado. O sabor lembra mais um frisante do que uma ale convencional.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ktingleff (151) - - MAY 28, 2014
This is one of the best sour ales that I have had in a very long time. Ports if fruits. Excellent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
schm1005 (151) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
It's like they put granny smith apples in a red ale. It makes me smack my lips with the sourness. I have never had a sour ale before so I am impressed. I wasn't sure that I would like it that much but they balance the sour fruity tones with adequate malt flavors so it is not overwhelming. I enjoyed this beer though I may not be able to drink too much at one time.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Dark cherry, every so slightly winey aroma. Deep reddish brown in color with minimal head. From the first taste this beer just popped, with a somewhat fruity sourness that left me craving more. The mouthful is almost foamy which was a surprise. This beer was far better than I expected and just made my list of favorites.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Don’t try this at a beer festival in the midst of sweet stouts, hoppy IPAs, or complex Abbeys. You won’t like it and you’ll give it a bad grade, simply because it’s so different from everything else. Sort of like drinking a strong Cabernet-Zinfandel blend with palak paneer and chicken jal frazie -- you’ll end up thinking that the wine is bad. Rather, this beer, a remarkable example of Flemish Red Ale, should be experienced on its own, or better yet, with dinner. It is matured in oak casks, giving it a rich depth. It has a sourness reminiscent of Gueuze or unfruited Lambic, but has much more to offer than the Gueuze that I’ve tasted. There is a mild fruity (applish) acidity to the finish giving it a wine-like quality: not for nothing is it called the “Burgundy of Beers.” It is this acidity coupled with the pleasant sourness and wine-like dryness that makes it go so well with a variety of foods, from artisan cheese to seafood (I expect – I’m dying to try it with mussels and frites) to venison (I had it with a savory meat pie loaded with cardamom and other spices), and I’m sure there are other wonderful pairings lurking out there to be found. Definitely a keeper. It’s also not nearly as high in alcohol (about 6.2% ABV) as other Belgians, so it won’t knock you out for the rest of the evening.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SmokeyDaBear (150) - - NOV 2, 2013
Poured from a bottle at home. Pours a dark red. Has medium amount of head that remains present. Is slightly fruity and sour. Tastes extremely like wine. I like this sour.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
treadyroc (149) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2007
This beer surprised me. The rich caramel aroma was stunning, & the finish was very clean. Reminded me of a Cornish cider, but brewed like a beer. It’s a bit too thick & sweet for me to drink on a regular basis, but it’s definitely a very tasty brew.


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