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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: 2471   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
EastCoaster (122) - USA - AUG 3, 2009
strong Vinegar aroma not nearly as strong in the taste, a good balance between the residual sweetness of the malts combining with a bit of sour. Would love to have another.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
TylerPow (122) - Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2012
Smells of vinegar and soy sauce. Nice medium red color. Tastes of dried fruit, tart, sweet and tangy, makes your taste buds come alive. This one has some zing to it

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beleggor (121) - Wrocław, POLAND - JAN 23, 2014
On tap @ Zakład Usług Piwnych (Wrocław, Poland). The head is solid, huge and beatuiful, you can eat it with a spoon. Aroma is like from a wine, completed with sour fruits. In taste it’s really great - you can feel a variety of fruits like cherries and razzies and something that tastes like crust of bread - it comes probably from roasted malts. The sourness is lightly balanced with some sweet tastes. The colour of beer is deeply ruby. / Piwo posiada przepiękną, drobnopęcherzykową długo utrzymującą się pianę. W zapachu nuty winne połączone z zapachem kwaśnych owoców. W smaku dominuje kwaskowatość lekko balansowana przez słodych, można wyczuć owoce takie jak wiśnie i maliny a także skórkę od chleba. Piwo jest bardzo pijalne, ma piękny rubinowy color. Świetna rzecz.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2005
Guest Draft at the Old Toad. Alittle hesitant to try this sour ale but the risk payed off. The aroma was of sour apples and cherries. I was prepared for a very sour taste but when i took my first sip I was pleasantly surprised. The sour beginning was overtaken by the sweet finish. The flavors were all over the board but all good. The high carbonation of this sour ale brings out the flavors in every sip of this exquist style of ales.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Yummy!!! Toast this one to ring in the New Year! It’s tangy and fruity! Like champagne, but BEER! wowowow!

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
This is my first sour ale. Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium head. It immediately smells of vinegar, and also some fruity notes. The taste is a pleasant surprise after the nose, in short, amazing! It has a rich fruity, but somewhat sour, flavor that I have never witnessed before. I am going to have to find more beers like this. Highly Recommended!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
john_henry (119) - - JUL 12, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2013 My word... Fantastic aroma of vinous chocolate hits straight away and follows threw with a beautiful first sip. Beautiful balance of flavours and yet still very assertive. Certainly one for the wine drinkers, but surely has to be tried by everyone. Whilst I still highly rate this beer, the last few I’ve had have been on the sweeter side. Let’s hope this gets remedied.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle. Crystal clear pour. Smells of cherries and vinegar. A bit thin on the palate, but warm and pleasant. Flavor is sour cherries and umami. A bit sweet. Loses points for having a harsh aftertaste, but you get used to it pretty quickly. This is my first experience with a Flanders Red, and I am quite impressed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bibendum (117) - ITALY - OCT 5, 2012
Dal colore rosso scuro quasi tendente al marrone, schiuma leggera, persistente, fine e cremosa. All’olfatto le aspettative non sono ripagate...decisamente meno acetica e citrica di quanto me l’aspettassi. Si percepisce, al naso, quel tipico odore di legno delle botti che chiunque sia mai stato in una cantina vecchio stile saprŕ riconoscere. Anche in bocca č molto piů dolce delle aspettative (sembra quasi un succo di frutta) e non stupisce particolarmente. Spero di riassaggiarla presto in belgio, con una nuova "veste".

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Pours a rich cherry/amber color with a full and frothy head. Aroma is reminiscent of sour apples. Comes on strong and sour but mellows into a fruity-sweet and warm-alcohol finish (almost aperitif). Incredibly complex palate that manages to be both fruity and earthy, sour and sweet. A great beer in short - a fine sour ale.


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