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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

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RATINGS: 2746   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.


3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2011
Pours a dark ruby, with a decent off-white head. Sour aroma, with some mild fruity notes coming through. Very dry upfront with a nice sweetness, right before it turns to a sour fruity flavor that lingers into the finish, which is quite dry and hints of raisins. Very nice, Iím afraid its a little more complex and interesting than my descriptions leads on.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dasdan (235) - BELGIUM - JUN 20, 2013
25 cl bottle from de hopduvel in Ghent. Dark brown body with a red shine. Large beige head with large bubbels. Aroma of acid, yeast and cherries. Sweet, a little fruity cherry taste. Medium sourness. Not as sour a Geuze. I like this one! *****

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kindacold (235) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Always a solid beer. Canít believe Iíve never reviewed this. Pours a deep reddish with minimal lacy head. Smells of sweet vinegar. Tastes sweet and sour, with grapes, cinnamon, cloves, and various other spices mingling with sour notes. Perfectly effervescent. Finished very clean with a sweet linger.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
detroitsteel (235) - Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 26, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2007 25cl bottle. In the glass it has a deep burnt amber hue. The aroma reminded me of stout with lots of liquorice smells. It had a lose brown head. Flavour was incredible - At first it was sour fruit, orange and lemon. This gave way to a sherbert like sweetness. This mellowed into a hoppy dryness with lots of dry oakyness with spices. Very tasty - not heavy and very enjoyable. Maybe its a litlle too sugery, but Iíd still say its a winner.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2009
tap, tulip. Dark color, creamy head. Crisp and sweet aroma, something was there but I could not identify. Sweeter than sour, apricot flavors, not much though. Medium bodied, crisp. Nicely done!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Aroma of malt vinegar and cherries Appears a clear garnet red with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is very sweet at the start, like fermented berries, followed by blue cheese, and ending with a malt vinegar aftertaste; quite complex. Flavors are thick and chewy, but palate is suprisingly light and refreshing. Overall, this is a quirky beer, but then again it is from the quirkiest of styles; a bit more than the sum of its parts

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Jeroenhensen (233) - Dongen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 23, 2014
Rode donker bruine kleur. Zeer sterke zoete geur. De smaak is kruidig, maar veel te zuur.

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 Napoleonís 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!

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 Iíve had so far.


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