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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: 2500   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rotoguru (126) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Red ale color with thin tanish head. Sour nose (in a good way) and a good lightly sweet cider taste. Leaves palate clean. Really good.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
IEBAILI (126) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2007
Smells really sweet, with honey, brown sugar, apples, tastes cidery, sour, but with serious malt presence. Just exactly the amount of sourness I like. Reminds me of both cider vinegar and malt vinegar, but has a little sweetness for balance. Reddish brown with a small tan head,

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Meatmallet (126) - Salem, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Dark burgandy in color with a bubbly tan head.Smell is awesome. Sour apple dominates the nose as well as cherry. It is a bit musky and tart and very complex like a good wine.Very sweet taste at first and it finishes sour. Light malt flavor with hints of cherry, cranberry, and sour apple. Light carbonation and a great taste make this a must try.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
johndavidj99 (125) - Dallas, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Dark reddish brown cola colored with thin head. Salty vinegar sour aroma. Vinous sweet and fruity taste. Very interesting and no traces of a traditional beer.

1.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
rsans (125) - Pont-Rouge, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle. I had high expectations but was rather disappointed. Nice color with a good head with some lacing. Good carbonation. Aroma of sour cherry and balsamic vinegar. Strange mouthfeel. Sort of sweet wine like taste. It reminded me of a home made brew of choke cherries wine that my parents use to make a long time ago. Although I respect this beer it is definitely not my type of beer. Could not finish my glass. I guess there is no in-between for this beer. You either like or dislike this style.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rebelbrewer (125) - Lithonia, Georgia, USA - MAR 6, 2006
A 750ml corked and caged bottle. Thereís a portrait of a lady on the front, must be the Duchesse. It says Flemish Art of Brewing above the portrait. I pour it into a snifter. Temp was 55 F. It was reddish brown as per its style. It is clear which means there must be no yeast in the bottle. Iíll look and see when the bottle is empty. (No yeast!) There is plenty of carbonation and the beer formed about a fingerís worth of a light tan head. Retention was decent and the head settled down to a rim around the glass with a light coating floating on top of the beer. The smell is SOUR! Then when you bring it back to your nose it is more like sweet tarts. There may well be hops in this brew, but youíll never know it. Now on to the taste: with the aroma this brew has, of course the sour hits first. But, in a surprise, about mid swallow it gets sweet only to turn around again and finish off sour. There are all sorts of fruit flavors here, nice and complex. The carbonation keeps this light on the palate. I had to really concentrate to get the mouth feel as there is so much going on in the mouth with this beer. It feels bubbly like champagne. You must like Sours to drink this. I love shock tarts and Iím falling in love with this style of beer. This beer just makes you want to have another one. I left bottle out as I drank it and that didnít change things much. As it got warmer it was not as refreshing and maybe a little sweeter, but not by much!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
grapengrain (124) - Havelock North, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 25, 2011
Slightly sweet with red currant and earthy bramble fruit notes as well as some slight oaky notes.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beleggor (124) - 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 itís 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 owocůw. W smaku dominuje kwaskowatość lekko balansowana przez słodych, można wyczuć owoce takie jak wiśnie i maliny a także skůrkę od chleba. Piwo jest bardzo pijalne, ma piękny rubinowy color. Świetna rzecz.

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

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.


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