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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2777   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.


4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21446) - Charlotte, North Carolina, 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fiulijn (19160) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18527) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (18220) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
(Bottle at Le Poechenellekelder, Brussels) Amber with an offwhite head. Floral aroma, fruity and quite strong. Fruity malty flavor with vanilla and notes from red wine. Grape and juniperberry. Sweet finish with some cinnamon. Different and a bit hard to define, but quite ok.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (17539) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 Clear red brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, a little acetone and sour fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and light sour. Dry and light sour finish. I felt a rerate was in order since I had given a 2.8 originally. 050414

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (17349) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
Verhalten fruchtiger Antrunk, ausgewogen süß-sauer. Zum Mittelteil überwiegt die Säuerlichkeit, man merkt eine deutliche Süßung. Auch die Lagerung in Eichenfässern macht sich im Geschmack bemerkbar, zum Ende hin daher holzig, prickelnd, weiter fruchtig nach schwarzen Johannisbeeren und etwas nach Kirsche. Etwas bitter. Test vom 13.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,11,12,11,9,11 - 10,85

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
harrisoni (17284) - 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

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (16895) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
Bottle at home, from Beermerchants, 27/07/13. One of the two beers along with Rodenbach that got me acclimatised to lambics/sours on my initial Belgian trips in the early noughties. I’m sure she’s still a sour bitch! Pours reddish brown with a thin light beige covering that just about keeps the beer below from being seen. Nose is soured berries, oaky, damp wood, tarte berry fruits, light toffee, sugars. burnt cherries. Taste comprises dank wood, red grapes, soured berry compote, sugars, caramelised tarte cherries, light metallic tang. Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tarte light puckering finish. Great stuff and still keanly priced. A little to sweet at times but I forgive her!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (16772) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yngwie (16507) - 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)


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