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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: 2698   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.


1.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
UnsofistaCat (240) - Garden City, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 Wow. I just tried a new kind of beer, a so called Flemish Sour Ale, and think its absolutely disgusting. I hated this so much that Iím not sure Iíll even risk more hard-earned cash on a higher rated brand of this sour puss. Smelled of cooking wine with a dark brownish color with tints of red. Tasted of moldy wine and apple vinegar. Couldnít even finish it. On a positive note, I am imagining this ale being a great ingredient in an improvised North Carolina bbq sauce. Ironically, like another recent review, my mom actually liked it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
750ml. Bottle. Deep burgundy color with a soft tan ring of foam. Musky aroma with tart fruits and aged wood. Shows characteristics of balsamic, but with more sugar and less vinegar. Flavor is similar with pronounced acidic cherry and sweet malt characteristics. Mouthfeel is somewhat fizzy and medium bodied. Definitely a bit sour on the tongue with notes of the oak barrel throughout. Finish is dry and lingering.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abstractbeer (239) - NORWAY - DEC 27, 2011
330 ml bottle. Poured into a tulip shaped glass. Brown color, extremely clear, thick off-white head. Tiny bubbles are racing up the edges of the glass, settling into a beehive-like pattern. Sour aroma of green apples, red berries and oak, some vinegar-y notes. The sourness (in the aroma) seems to be quite massive, but Iím still a newb when it comes to sour ales, so I might be wrong. Time to take a sip! Full body, lively but pleasant carbonation. Definitely not massively sour. Actually, the finish is surprisingly sweet! Flavor is oak/wood, artificial cherry candy flavored medicine (!) (I canít describe it any other way... ), and some green apples, a hint of raisins. Thereís a also a strangely metallic flavor here, not sure where that comes from. Overall: Complex, sweet, but with a (not overwhelming) sourness to back it up. Nice!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luk_ (239) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 29, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 6, 2014 It took me so much time to truly appreciate this beer, so I understand the haters here. Appearance is magnificient. Brown pour with red highlights and a lasting thick creamy offwhite head. One of the most beautiful lacing there is. Once itís over, my glass is completely coated with lacing. Aroma: This is certainly not unanimous as there is a lot of balsamic vinegar which can be offputting but I like it. There is a decent amount of musty wood, red wine, some burnt brown sugar. I also get some subtle notes of nuts and chocolate. Taste: Probably the perfect balance between tart and sweet. To be more specific, some cherries and plums, lots of wood, maple syrup. Mouthfeel: Light yet holds everything together. It is certainly not sticky considering the sweetness, nor as dry as a sour which gives this beer the opportunity to express its sweet and sour profile. Low carbonation but not much is needed here. Overall: A very unique, harmonious and elegant beer that has no evident flaws. My favourite go to beer with Orval.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JLLSU (238) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - NOV 28, 2012
12oz---> tulip. Pours a bright ruby/brown with a fizzy head that disappears quickly. Aroma is acetone and sweet cherry. Tastes of light vinegar and sweet red dessert wine. Nicely carbonated, medium mouthfeel. A bit sweeter than I like my sours, but solid none the less.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bitter and sweet, with many berry-fruit tones. Aged in oak barrels, which gives it a good rich flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sepia5 (237) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 3, 2011
If you read one thing in this review, read this: this is a beer that is meant to be drunk relatively fresh. I recently cracked open a bottle with the old labeling that Iíd forgotten about for a year or two. It was a sweet, malty mess, with no discernible sourness at all--horrible. The bottle Iím drinking now, on the other hand, that has a slightly sour bite and is fantastic. This beer pours about the color of sherry with minimal head. The nose is vinegary, and the taste has a that same vinegary sour bite that is offset bit a slightly sweet maltiness that is balancing rather than overpowering. A really solid beer, just donít let it age.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Pours a dark ruby, with a decent off-white head. Sour aroma, with some mild fruity notes coming through. Very dry upfront with a nice sweetness, right before it turns to a sour fruity flavor that lingers into the finish, which is quite dry and hints of raisins. Very nice, Iím afraid its a little more complex and interesting than my descriptions leads on.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2006
I bought a bottle of this on the suggestion of a random guy at the bottle shop. While I agree with his assessment that "this beer kicks ass", I feel I should go into more detail. Poured gently into a snifter from a bottle that read "Best Before 3/30/07", this beauty developed a slightly fizzy tan head that maintained nicely. The body color was more red than brown, and was simply gorgeous when held up to the light. While I am not very experienced with wine, this beerís aroma reminded me a lot of some reds that Iíve sampled. I also noted some oaky notes in it too. After a few minutes I thought I smelled roasted meat as well...strange but true. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by acidity noted on the tip of the tongue, and tartness- especially midpalate. In the finish there was still tartness, balanced by a strange sweetness. Very interesting beer and damn good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 25cl bottle. In the glass it has a deep burnt amber hue. The aroma reminded me of stout with lots of liquorice smells. It had a lose brown head. Flavour was incredible - At first it was sour fruit, orange and lemon. This gave way to a sherbert like sweetness. This mellowed into a hoppy dryness with lots of dry oakyness with spices. Very tasty - not heavy and very enjoyable. Maybe its a litlle too sugery, but Iíd still say its a winner.


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