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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: 2716   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Deep, dark, ruby red liquid. Much like the blood of the Duchesse. One finger head of creamy tan foam. Truly excellent retention and great lacing. Smells amazing! Deep tart fruit smells. Lots of green apple and black cherries. Not quite ripened peaches. Scent of almonds/marzipan. Hints of underlying gingerbread spiciness. Slight touch of vanilla. This is such a phenomenal tasting sour (flemish red). Big cherry taste, sour and sweet, at the same time. Huge notes of green apple. Nice big presence of black currants. Nice woody/earthiness, here, also. Hints of oak and vanilla. Extremely smooth and creamy in body, like a mouthfeel of rolling fine silk. Carbonation is perfect, with tiny, tiny bubbles. This beer is so perfect. If it were Napoleon’s Army invading my mouth, my taste buds would have no choice but to surrender. I could drink this for weeks at a time and be perfectly satisfied, with no other options. Excellent!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
78samh (232) - 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!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matbli (232) - Poznań, POLAND - APR 5, 2015
Bottle 750ml, pours clear brown with small white head, that lasts for quite a long time. Aroma of grapes, white wine, honey, vinegar, raisins and some delicate barnyard. In taste high sourness followed by heavy sweetness. No bitterness at all. IMO sweetness is a to high, but still it?s easy drinkable. Very fruity but when drinking for a longer time it starts being very insipid. Good beer but more than 300ml is to much.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Dark amber colored with a nicely sized head. Impressive oaky tart vanilla aromas, fruity (raisin, cherry), alcohol, vinegar, candy sugar, and alot more. Very sweet & somewhat sour flavor, a strange blend. Refreshing mouthfeel with light carbonation, very smooth. This is a well-made & unique brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Deep, but dull reddish brown color. Very sharp aroma, almost too sharp. Very tart but reasonably sweet flavor at the same time... much sweeter than the other flemish reds I’ve had so far.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Brownish-red pour with quickly diminishing head. Lovely color. Smell is of sour fruit, cassis and cherry, with strong balsemic vinegar. Taste is of dark cherry and fruits, sourness of vinegar. Palate is fizzy and clean. This beer is a real treat, a personal favourite.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Clear reddish amber with a fizzy head leaving nice lacing. Vinous notes, sherry, green apples, dark candy sugar, champagne, oak, tomato skin, vinegar. Flavors of vinegar (apple cider meets balsamic), amaretto sour, oak again, nice carbonation.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 28, 2003
Can I get some fish n' chips to go with my malt vinegar? Oh, no wait! This is only a nasty-ass Flemish Sour. And that it is. Awfully sweet, and horrifically sour. I thought I was drinking a lemon drop laced with lead that had been steeping in a barn for a month. This hurts!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
Nice dark red wine colour, with a tan head that's pretty small, lots of great lacing though. Definitely the balsamic vinegar thing is here, I really like that actually. Some blackberry undertones are hidden underneath the sourness. The taste is sour with a hint of sweetness, sour apples, grapes. A little thin, but still a very nice beer. Bottle.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cthomas2390 (228) - Colorado, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Still breaking into the sour beers, but this one was a gem. Pours a nice ruby brown with little head. Aroma has definite funk and horse blanket characteristics, while the taste is one of a mild tartness reminiscent of sour cherries. A nice sour finish that sticks around for a bit and tempts you into another sip. Quality.


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