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

bottled
common

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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.


4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JanVittrup (243) - København V, DENMARK - OCT 24, 2009
Clear chestnut amber, great white foam. Aroma sour & sweet. Fantastic heavy sweet and sour flavor, too much for a long drink. Dessert wine style. Thick body, prickly / sour. Lovely beer. No reason to buy a large bottle. Purchased in Ølbutikken

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
abstractbeer (241) - 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 I’m 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 can’t describe it any other way... ), and some green apples, a hint of raisins. There’s 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!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fobar (241) - Søgne, NORWAY - APR 24, 2012
250ml bottle. Dark brown body with a thin beige head. Aroma of red wine, acid and vinegar. Taste is sour fruity with hints of cherries and grapes. Nice carbonation. Interesting aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Xstream (241) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 8, 2013
I’m not an expert in this beer genre but this is the first old brown beer I really enjoy. It has a very interesting balance of malts, rye, caramel, dark fruits and a wine like sour finish. Good balance of sweet and sour. Very refreshing beer with flavors that keep popping and changing.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
78samh (241) - Olympia, Washington, USA - FEB 12, 2014
Pours a reddish brown. Aromas of funky cherries. Taste is sour, funk-yeast, raisins and cherries. Mildly tart and a little oak. Great beer!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
veronneaupy (241) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
On sent le baril de chêne et l'acidité perçante. J'adore cette bière. Bien joue qu'on en trouve facilement a la SAQ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Luk_ (241) - 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 it’s 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.

1.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
UnsofistaCat (241) - 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 I’m not sure I’ll 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. Couldn’t 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Pours dark brown with red accents. One finger of thick tan head. Aroma is intense sour with Worcestershire. Very satisfying full mouthfeel . Very sour...cherries...hint of soy. Sour/bitterness lingers for a bit, then finishes clean. Incredible! The first time I had this I couldn’t stand it. Now I can’t get enough! Thanks to Boboski for turning me on to this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2009
On draft at Twains in Decatur. Reddish brown in color, nice frothy tannish head. Aroma pleasantly of sour dark cherries, hints of vinegar and slight wood. Flavor moderately sour, not overly assertive--underlying dark fruit and sugar sweetness that you don’t always find in a sour. Mild tartness, vinegar. Finishes slightly sweet, not really with the dryness I would prefer. Still, nice sour--probably the most accessible I’ve had.


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