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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: 2448   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 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
noompa (130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2009
750 ml. bottle (2009) in a snifter. Went through this beauty while working on an all-night research paper. More burgundy colored than the Rodenbach and noticeably sweeter. Less tart as well, but equally complex w/ more salty nuttiness. Ranks marginally below the Rodenbach and La Folie, but delightful nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alteregoo (130) - POLAND - FEB 3, 2015
Barwa głębokiej czerwieni, wiśniowy, klarowny, piana niska, sycząca, dość szybko znika niemalże do zera. Zdecydowany aromat przypomina czerwone wino wytrawne, ocet winny, porzeczki, wiśnie, dzika róża, ciemni winogrono, gdzieś w głębi nuty beczkowe, stare drewno, lekka wanilia. W smaku najpierw czuć dość wysokie nagazowanie, spod którego nasze kubki smakowe atakuje na przemian owocowa kwaśność i słodkość, z przewagą tej pierwszej... Jest to bardzo intensywne i nieoczekiwane z uwagi na wybitnie kwaśny zapach. Dalej dochodzi też ziołowość, dzikość trawiasto-stajenna, masa czerwonych przejrzałych i niedojrzałych owoców i przyjemne rozgrzewanie delikatnego alkoholu, zupełnie niewyczuwalnego w smaku. Goryczka na minimalnym poziomie, raczej kwiatowa niż chmielowa. W posmaku pozostaje przez chwile cierpkość i kwaskowość szlachetnego octu balsamicznego.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Moscicki (129) - Tarnow, POLAND - NOV 17, 2013
It’s a learning experience to taste this beer. It is so complex that I’m tempted to say - just try it. Clear, deep red/amber colour, foamy head. Aroma of malt, earth, leaves, fermented fruits, young wine, vinegar, belgian yeast. Taste is mainly sour with sweetness trying to balance it. I love how it develops and changes it’s aroma when it warms up to the temperature of the environment. Woody notes are present in the aftertaste. This beer is one of the most unpredictable and undefined I’ve drunk so far.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jc4031 (129) - Colorado, USA - MAY 31, 2012
good tartness but could lose the sweetness at the end i like my sours sour, but i believe they add sugar to balance with the tartness, decent aroma

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrinkingbuddyD (129) - Warsaw, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
This one was very delicious. Usually i find the sourness of a flemish to be a bit too offensive, but that wasn’t the case at all with this one. This one was much more well balanced and full of rich fruity flavors. Much sweeter than expected after smelling how sour the aroma was. Very enjoyable.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Guest tap at Town Hall in Minneapolis. A breat blend of brett sour and grain sweet. Low hops, as one would expect. Well done. So unusual to find something like this on tap, especially in Minnesota. A little bit sweet to drink too much of it, but a 4-6oz. pour is perfect. Enjoyable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear dark brown color with a beige 1-finger head. Aroma is vinegary. Taste is acidic, sour, vinegar, and some dark fruitiness. Average carbonation that leaves the palate cleanly with a minute lingering bite.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Draught at Gingerman in Houston. Served in a goblet. Deep burgundy/black with a nice white head. Aroma of grapes, apples, wine. Flavor was phenomenal and unique, sweet and winey with grape and apple and very little hops. Sweetness was smooth and refreshing and not overpowering. Silky sweet finish with little noticeable hops. I would love another right now. Amazing beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
v8powered (127) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Very interesting flavor. Aroma a lot like balsamic vingar and a slight sour fruuit smell. The beer is sour at first but finishes with a great aftertaste. Souress disipates more the warmer the beer gets. Dark brown color, very little head. With my first bottle, I wasn’t to sure. Second bottle I began to appreciate and enjoy this beer. Will never be my favorite but certainly a different beer I can appreciate for what it is. A beer worth appreciating!!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsam (127) - Southampton, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2005
Red-brown with bubly vanishing cream coloured head. Vinegar like aroma with notes of maraschino and higher alcohols. Some earth flavours blends well with the vineous sour flavours. Sweet yet balanced and fresh.


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