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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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common

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RATINGS: 2775   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bitter and sweet, with many berry-fruit tones. Aged in oak barrels, which gives it a good rich flavor.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - APR 23, 2006
I bought a bottle of this on the suggestion of a random guy at the bottle shop. While I agree with his assessment that "this beer kicks ass", I feel I should go into more detail. Poured gently into a snifter from a bottle that read "Best Before 3/30/07", this beauty developed a slightly fizzy tan head that maintained nicely. The body color was more red than brown, and was simply gorgeous when held up to the light. While I am not very experienced with wine, this beer’s aroma reminded me a lot of some reds that I’ve sampled. I also noted some oaky notes in it too. After a few minutes I thought I smelled roasted meat as well...strange but true. Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised by acidity noted on the tip of the tongue, and tartness- especially midpalate. In the finish there was still tartness, balanced by a strange sweetness. Very interesting beer and damn good.

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, I’m afraid its a little more complex and interesting than my descriptions leads on.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AwaKe (236) - Laval, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
Bouteille achetée à la SAQ. Bière de couleur acajou avec un léger collet blanc. Dégage de multiples arômes, cerisier (à la fois les cerises et le bois), vinaigre balsamique, rhum, sucre. En bouche l’acidité est frappante, un goûte le balsamique et les cerises... légèrement boisée. Laisse un arrière-goût très sucrée! Son seul défaut à mon avis est qu’elle manque un tout petit peu de corps... trop sirupeuse à mon coup, je l’aurais aimé plus lourde. Sinon, c’est vraiment un type de bière que j’apprécie, on en a pas encore d’aussi bonnes au Québec :)

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. Can’t believe I’ve 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.

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 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 I’d still say its a winner.

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.


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