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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: 2333   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DenisLD (87) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 19, 2010
Deep ruby body, with a fair amount of bubbles and a nice foamy beige head. Good head retention and some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is full of cherries, with some tartness, as well as a solid caramel malt backbone. A hint of grape, some funky yeast, and a little bit of floral hops. I was able to taste some tart cherries and raspberries, a nice solid sweet caramel backbone, and a little hint of spices. The aftertaste has got some more of that tart fruit taste, which lingers on. This beer has a lot in common with a fine dessert wine. Medium body to it, the carbonation is quite low. The alcohol is very well-disguised, you won’t really taste any booziness. The downside for me was the pretty prominent acidity in the beer, which made it a bit challenging to swallow it. After the actual swallow, the sensation in the mouth was very pleasant, though! One should enjoy this in moderation (not because of the alcohol content, rather, because of the acidity). I’ve got to mention this was my first sour beer ever, so my palate was totally unexperienced. I was still able to enjoy the beer quite a bit!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonnyConga (87) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Pours dark and cloudy but looking through into a light a lovely deep ruby red beer appears. Aroma is tart and fruity. Taste is amazing. Fruity, cherry and sour apple with a tart clean finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Really like this beer. Surprised. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pimgref (86) - Gorinchem, NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2004
Nice looking red-brown beer. Taste far too sweet/fruity(cherry) to my opinion. From dubbel moving towards kriek.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Aroma: Acetic vinegar notes, cherryish and fruity with some malty, chocalatey overtones and brett character. Oaky. Complex. Appearance: Long lasting head, burgundy, clarity good. Nice. Hints of brown but more of a dark red. Flavor: Very complex. Sweetish candy notes with a lactic sourness and fruity finish. Oaky tannins are very prominent and hints of vanilla also from the oak. Cherry and fruity flavors, some sherry. Lovely. Palate: Not harsh at all, but a little sweet. It’s sweet and sour, but I would prefer more sourness. Tastes like it is sweetened like a Lindemans. Overall: Excellent beer. Very complex, very drinkable, nicely balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
josuemucho (86) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Pours a nice color, like a red wine with hints of brown. In the aroma I detected vinegar/vinaigrette with cherry hints. The taste was very sweet and fruity with hints of vinegar. Too sweet for me and I am also not big on the vinegar taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PaulHegedus (85) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 12, 2010
Pours a brownish red with a wonderful, fluffy, aromatic head. The aroma is full of fruit: dark grapes, dates, figs, apple, some cherry. Body is medium, smooth, a bit syrupy. The flavour is sour initially with a whole bunch of golden delicious apple, fig, cherry, wood in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avatar (84) - Gliwice, POLAND - MAY 27, 2007
0,25 bottle. Dark. Taste is of aples and sour. Wine-like. Aroma sour and of alcohol. Great stuff!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewIPA (83) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2013
Interesting red ale, sweet and sour with hints of cherries. A bit more sour than I prefer but interesting. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sigh_borg (82) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2013
Pours deep ruby red with a big frothy head. Aroma is apple cider vinegar. Hard for me to pick the nuances in the aroma because that’s really all I can smell; this is probably a result of my inexperience with sours. I do get a hint of citrus if I try really hard to smell beyond the ACV. Taste is pretty sweet. With tasting, more of the fruit notes come through: predominately apple, but also some citrus and grape. Getting almost no hop notes at all. Kind of like a fruit beer, but with a little more funk. Mouthfeel is light with light carbonation as well. Interesting and refreshing. Would like to try more sours so I have something to compare this to.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2006
Red-dark colour. A good Flanders red, however I found it a little too sweet and a little less tart than I prefer. This is a great looking brew though, with an excellent rocky head and nice lacing. The favorite of my father.


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