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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
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RATINGS: 2319   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2005
Yes, it is sour--I doubt it’s being advertised as anything but. Pours a pretty dark red with a minimal head. Aroma and flavor are mostly sour, with some fruit (apple and grape?) and yeast notes. Somewhat divorced from other things that are called beer, but as a clear change of pace this will do the job. Refreshing, medium body and lack of aftertaste are pluses.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours as a thick, reddish brown with white head and good carbonation. Aromas of sour, acidic cider with cherry and rasberry notes. Taste bursts of fresh grape juice and red wine vinegar with nice oak notes. I found the overall body to be very light and unassuming with less of an acidic kick than I was expecting. Nicely subtle and the dry finish makes for a good starter beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Bottle. Poured dark ruby with an off-white head which dissipated to a nice lace. First impression brought to mind balsamic vinegar, though nowhere near as acidic. Rich undertones of fig and prune and a delicate carbonation made it a pleasure to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Holy cow was that good. Strong sweetness pulled back in by a background sourness that is not overpowering by any means. Very mysterious: aged and non-aged beer. Some wood, some cherries, some raisin-y malt with a strong taste but not strong alcohol. Holy cow this is a huge beer. I love it! Wow this is a mysterious and thought-provoking beer. I looooove this!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aletales (73) - , Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2009
tried just a little bit of this as my first real "sour" ale. Beautiful color and head. Interesting tartness fading into sweetness in the finish. Plan to try again and rerate when I have more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Pours a ruddy medium brown with thin white head. Aromas of berries, sweetbread, spice, a hint of vinegar. Flavors of sweet juicy fruit - berries and apple - with a light malty character balanced by pronounced acidity. Light body with a slick texture and lively prickly carbonation. Pleasantly surprising.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Aroma is light farmhouse and Belgian funk. Palate is dark sour fruits. A good sweetness and acidic sour balance. So completely put together and full flavored and balanced. An amazing beer

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
polaxis (73) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 4, 2013
750 ml bottle. Champagne-like fizz. Deep, dark ruby colour. About 3mm of creamy foam. It starts with an interesting sour tasting with hints of vinegar, green apples and woodiness but ends in a still sweet kind of way. Comparison with wine are completely understandable. From all sour beers I have tasted this would be the one I would recommend first.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lhns03 (72) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 10, 2013
What a beautiful beer. Pours like the style suggests a light brownish crystal color with good head retention. Aroma is floral with hints of grapefruit. Taste is amazing and complex with the solid malt backbone and a beautiful tart finish. Great acidity would make this an awesome food beer. Really enjoyed this one.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xBEERxNOLA (71) - - MAY 10, 2014
Appearance - dark brown. Mild head. Aroma - slight funk. Hints of red wine. Mouth - slight dry feel. Medium carbs. Mild aftertaste Taste - hints of oaky red wine with very mild funk. Not mouth puckering but mild tart flavor. Aftertaste doesn't linger. Mild and refreshing. Not as bright as other sours. Overall - pretty nice. I prefer something with a brighter profile and more bite.


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