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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

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RATINGS: 2755   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.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Unusual dark red color, frothly tan head, no visible carbonation. Definite cherry aroma overpowers any other typical beer smells like malt or hops. Smells like a fruit punch or cranberry cocktail. A bubbly light palate. A definite Kriek beer packed with berry - like cherry . Just like the aroma, the fruit dominates all other things one expects from a beer. No hearty malt, no dry hops. Perhaps good for those who dont enjoy beer - the former Zima crowd and new malt vodka types. Its tart and different, but if your looking for a traditional beer, stay away.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kepano (260) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 9, 2006
If you took a quick glance at the glass you might think little of this deep brown liquid’s appearance. Holding it up to the slightest sparkle reveals a beautifully clear vermilion hue that shines bright and illuminates the whole glass. The ephemeral off-white head fizzes off quickly leaving only a slight bubbly film that laces remarkably well in my trappist glass. The nose first reminds of a dessert wine, with plenty of red grapes and the familiar fragrance of Champagne. A distinct woody aroma builds the character of this beer and with the subtle notes of sour cherries and ripe strawberries create a certain complexity that unfortunately is diminished by the strong vinegar aroma. Fortunately the vinegar does not appear so prominently in the flavor. In fact the usual puckering sourness is considerably trimmed in this Flemish Red, making way for a surprising blend of sweet grape and apple juice. As the beer warms up, the sourness becomes a bit more salient especially in the increasingly lingering aftertaste. Brown sugar, vanilla and a burst of cherries and berries erupt on the tongue as it reaches optimal temperature. The palate is light and airy with just enough carbonation to create a certain volatility that lets this brew open tremendously in the mouth. Delicious and luscious, this an odd Flemish Sour Ale that is certainly better behaved than some of its more aggressive brothers and would probably be a good introduction to the style. Apparently it ages very well, so I hope to keep a few in the cellar and find out!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
justsayswell (260) - Mission, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours a deep ruby-brown. Minimal head and lacing. Nose is red wine vinegar, oak, tart cherry, raspberry. Taste is cherry balsamic, wood, bit of cranberry. Hint of caramel. Medium body and fairly sweet. Finishes tart with a faint lingering sweetness. Really good.

1.3
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 1/20
jamesewelch (259) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 4, 2015
On draught, at Deep Ellum, Boston

Just plain awful vinegar aroma. Was surprised at the aroma and unable to get past that. When I held my breath and tasted it, it tasted like a decent Flanders Red, but the aroma was just too powerful. Ordered a full pour, along with 2 other friends. I finished the drink, but will not order another one in future.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
skibumphishead (259) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Dark brown reddish pour into a sambuca snifter with a half inch head. The aroma is sour, apple cider, and brown sugar. The taste is fruity and sour. The cherry, citrus, raspberry and brown sugar flavors melt perfectly with the 6.2% alcohol. This is the best flemish sour ale that I have had thus far. Kick ass brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grandgenie (259) - val-des-monts, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
Acheté à la SAQ, avec une date d’expiration du 27 février 2010. Dégusté dans un verre trappiste de chimay. D’une couleur brun rouge orangé ayant une belle mousse et une bonne carbonation. Senteur de bois, de compote de pomme sûrette, de caramel, de fûmé avec une touche de vanille. Goût de rhubarbe, de pomme grenade, de canneberge, de boisé, de caramel avec un léger goût de cerise avec un peu d’amertume. Une sensation moelleuse, crémeuse avec une longue finition sec et collante.Je l’adore et je vie à chaque fois un moment de plénitude.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Forsberg_dk (258) - DENMARK - MAY 10, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2010 25 cl bottle, pours ruby with a minor head, aroma of slightly tart cherry and wood, taste is pretty much the same, it is has a pretty good balance between sour and sweet, ok finish.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
juanenka (258) - valladolid, SPAIN - OCT 27, 2013
Botella. Presencia rojiza con corona blanca poco persistente. Aroma ácido con notas a madera. En boca la acidez es más moderada que el olfato con un toque de cuadra como las gueuze, claras notas de barrica. Muy bebible

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Bloemart (257) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2001

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ewestern (257) - Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Bigmmartin. One of my first sours and I think BigM was trying to take it easy on me. The beer is sour and tart but not overly so. Nice looking beer with a nice brownish amber color. Aroma show more sourness that the flavor does but is still fruity. The flavor is a balance of tartness and fruit flavors. Enjoyable, but lighter bodied than I would have liked or expected.


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