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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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common

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RATINGS: 2539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjoeng (187) - - JUN 3, 2015
ABV 6.2% Nice thick head poured out of the bottle. Admirably retains all of this head throughout my drink. This was satisfying to see and sample with every pull. Nose is mildly yeasty. Strong overtones of grape and tannin; just me trying to avoid using the word "wine". Clean ale mouth that is fleeting and then followed by an overwhelming vinegary mouth that slowly gives away flavors of toasted wheat and barley with lingering notes of plum and and orchid stems. Appetizing after taste that makes me want chicken wings. Pleasant enough, but not necessarily my favorite beer. Pals with wine coolers and ciders where bright fruity or citrusy flavors predominate. Could possibly be served as a mulled beer given it’s distinctly wine-y lineage. CAVEAT: This rating gets very middle of the road marks, because I just don’t trust my palate to know when it has a good sour beer. I appreciate the time and expertise it took to do this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ShelbyGrey (186) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 22, 2011
Aroma acido con un toque avinagrado, madera y caramelo y frambuesa. Sabor dulce residual con final acido!

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianza_ale (186) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2006
bottle, Pours a beautifule dark ruby brown. Head was bubly and frothy with off white appearance. Nice Lacing and the head seemed to last a decent amount of time . Aroma has oak, cherries, Flavor has notes of cherries, apple and pear. Very nice sour mouthfeel not to dry like some sours The carbonation gives it a slight pepper like finish. I have tried on draft before and it has a little more soureness to it.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ManvsCity (183) - Redmond, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Bottle from Whole Foods. Pour is clean and red with a medium beige head that fades to a thin persistent layer. Mild body carbonation gives a slight fizz to the tongue. Aromas of overripe cherries and brandy, pears, and a sweaty funk. Flavor is both sweet and lacto-tart, lots of rich black cherry-like fruit, oak, and possibly currents. Verges on cloying, but doesn’t quite reach that place. Hop bitterness is mostly absorbed by the malts and sugars. Slightly astringent aftertaste stays on the sides of the tongue and even reaches the nostrils. Quite a nice mix of sensations from this one.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Strong acetic aroma, some oakiness. Dark caramel, small creamy head. Sweet, overbalancing the tart. Acidic on the tounge. Great!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpaceMonkey (182) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2003
A roasted almond tone blends with a serious balsamic vinegar citrus and a touch of cinnamon. Arrives with a light beige head that lasts forever and a deep pool of crystal clear red-red-brown. This has a very unusual mix of sour and spice that is very nice. Starts off a bit sweet and puckers a bit and the end. A very well rounded beer.

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.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SkillsFactory (179) - ITALY - APR 24, 2015
Color mogano scuro con riflessi rossastri, limpida, schiuma con poca persistenza di color ocra. Corpo leggero, discretamente carbonata. Aroma di aceto di mele molto pronunciato. Al palato molto dolce e acetica, leggermente oleosa, si percepisce l'amaro da luppolo e le note legnose sul finale, agrodolce. Fantastica anche se molto particolare, da provare.

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.


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