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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: 2526   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (16424) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 30, 2001
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013
2013-07-10, bb 2012-03-17, possibly 3 years old, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Dark mahogany color with some red shade, medium sized head, mix of cream and big bubbles. It has the classic aroma, with fruity malt, balsamic, touch of vinegar; but it’s also lightly metallic and dusty. Soft body, there is a sweet and sour caramel flavor, with notes of balsamic; the bitterness is quite low.
Overall, it’s in good shape, with a reasonable degree of complexity, and with a fresh feeling, but lacking of a bite in the final.

2010-12-24, fresh bottle (bb 2012-10-06), 7-5-8-4-16=40
Brown color; medium sized head. Nice aroma, balsamic vinegar, caramel, prunes, but also very light acetone. Good flavor, caramel, with moderate sweetness, building a respectable body; good acidic and fruity level, with light vinegar too; low bitterness. Very good.

2003-02-01, 4 years old, 9-5-10-4-18=46
Dark amber color, with ruby shades; thick creamy head. Beautiful aroma, malt, caramel, liquorice, Porto wine, sweet & sour, notes of wood.
Full mouth, perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, fresh & fruity, grapes, raisins, wood, candi sugar, grapefruit; a faint astringency at the end. A 10 because in this style can’t ask for more.
The bitterness doesn’t succeed in dominating the palate, which is still pretty sweet.
One of the beers that I drink with the highest pleasure, my favourite summer thirstquencher, a classic.

2001-11-30, 8-4-9-4-15=40
Wonderful example of Belgian red sour ale. Strong winy aroma; sweet flavour, bitter-sour in the mid, then the sourness is back in the final. Complex, fruity, sweet, sour, bitter… All!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (15646) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy dak chestnut color, small tan head. Aroma of figs, dates, sour raisins. Nice dark fruit taste with vanilla, port wine. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (15191) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottled, 25cl. Clear, non-carbonating brown beer. Sour on the nose, with yeast, alcohol and cherries. The flavor is kind of caramelized cherries with green apples and sourness. It feels sparkling in the mouth, and of course quite astringent. The finish has some sweetness to balance the sourness. Rating: 7-4-7-4-14-3.8. (060513)

Bottle, 33cl. It pours a clear, ruby body with a beautiful carbonation giving a big, rocky, dense off-white to beige head. Superb lacings. Slightly vinegary on the nose, with red berries doing a good job. Mostly cherries. There’s a good dash of sweetness to give it something resembling balance, and some woody vanilla notes blend in. The alcohol is present, but very subdued, and there’s a good dash of dried fruits as well. Smooth and effervescent body, medium full. Maybe a bit too fizzy, at least I think I would like less co2. A touch of alcohol warmth too. Where the "fake" krieks has an unpleasant sugary sweetness, this one has a lovely sugary sweetness to balance the sourness and still not overpowering the cherries, cherry liqeur, balsamic vinegar, wood and notes of dried fruits. Tart, but in a balanced way. Sweet, but tart enough to avoid fur on the teeth. Lasting sour and sweet finish with red berries and balsamic vinegar. Damn, I had forgotten how good this one is. (090320)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (15009) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2005
25cl bottle. Beautiful deep red/brown colur, no head at all. Red wine nose and apple. Weird! Some sour cherry . Sweet sour mouthfeel. Starts with sweet cherry but quickly followed by an attack of sourness. This beer really shouldn’t work, but it does. Mainly because of the sweet/sour intensity and the cherry fruit. Although in no way is this comparable to any kriek I have had. Candy sugar flavour provides some of the sweetness. Glad I bought a second bottle

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14705) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 8, 2006
Bottle. Decent head with medium duration. Color is brown. Aroma is sour and vinous. Taste is almost like a lambic.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dedollewaitor (14546) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Bier rouge: Clear browny read with little white head. The smell is sour and fruity (cherries) and at the same to time you can smell vinegar & oak. The carbonation is lively bubbly. The taste is pretty much like your first senses tells you. Good on a warm day in the sun!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MiP (14442) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 Bottle at KØ07. Nice woody and sour aroma. The flavour is nicely sour, yoghurty, with a little earth and wood. Quite sweet. Slightly cleansing. Very nice, although on the sweet side. 7 3 8 3 18

Bottle, 6.2%. Acetic and vinegary aroma - mouthwatering. Clear brown colour. Small stable light brown head. The flavour is sweet at first, but turns nicely acidic. Like my original rating, I must sayt it is a bit sweet. 8 3 7 3 16

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (14306) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle at home - shared with Mette.Dark red - white head This is for fans of burned rubber. Burned rubber (the good kind), red berries, sour, some sweetness. A very lovely beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (13853) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2011
Keg at Euston Tap. Clear, red-gold with no head. Some sour cherries and butter on the nose. Mild sugar flavor, some tart fuits then a bit of butter. Light to medium in body with soft carbonation. Somewhat sour finish, light wood, berries. Good stuff.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TBone (13848) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2005
Bottled, 25cl (BB 04/2006)
Dark red cherry color, brown small head, sour fruity aroma of vinegar. Flavor is sour cherries, raw grapefruits and dry apple cider. Light to medium bodied. Finish is sweet apples and fruits and lambic sourness with rubbery tones. First this had maybe too unique palate to enjoy but after few sips this turns to be interesting and complex.


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