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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: 2330   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.


2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Brown/red in color with a sour, vinegary aroma. Fruity and sour. Very unusual, but not unpleasant. Short, flat, quick-to-dissipate brownish head. The first sip was the toughest, as my tongue and brain take in the shock of such a strange flavored beer. After several more sips, the taste became more understandable, and more flavors became apparent....cherries, tiny bits of chocolate malt. Enjoyable, if unusual. To quote MIchael Jackson "Some drinkers could never learn to enjoy....sour specialties....any more than they could acquire a taste for a smelly cheese...in [that] case, the loss would be theirs."

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerLuvver (53) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - APR 7, 2012
75cl bottle from Beautiful Beers. Pours a bit murky red-brown. Very small head which disappears quickly. Scent of sweet red fruits. Nice sense on tongue with good balance of sweetness/fruitiness and bitterness, if a little over-sweet for me. Prefer the Rodenbach. Good beer though.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hypo_Luxa (53) - Osaka, JAPAN - APR 10, 2012
Bold, sharp, vinegar smell as you pour. To get the full aroma of this beer, put the beer in the back of my mouth and dance the smell in the back of your nose. Sweet carbonated, licorice tickle as you put it down. Gentle, warm, clean finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
buttslamify (52) - - NOV 4, 2012
Aroma: Strong smell of vinegar, iron and other metals, red grapes, and garbage water. Beautiful appearance, unusual, it starts as a brown gross color but then comes around to a dark thick red with a nice (albeit quickly disappearing) head. Taste: It shines, the flavor of vinegar and strawberries is palapable, cherries and the sour flavor of a typical flemish red. Palate: Nice, nothing special, there is a nice feeling of carbonation that the beer doesn’t show until you sip. Overall: One of my favorite sours, and there are a lot, I personally enjoy this more than any Russian River, with the exception maybe of the big dogs. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Like sour candy and gumballs, this beer starts out with a twang and is all sugar at the finish. The color is a very nice deep red, the aroma funky, the bottle, the beer, come off like the old world works of art they are.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
Robijnrood versnijbier met zoet fruitige smaak en met frisse doch speciaal zurige afdronk en een lage bitterheid

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EinStein (52) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Poured from a bottle. Lots of dark, sour fruits in the nose with a little yeast. pours a nice deep red with a white, sticky head tinged with the slightest hint of red. Flavor explodes with a range of dark fruits, cherries in particular, somewhat like a red wine as it progresses in the mouth, some vinegar at the end. Finishes exceedingly smooth for its fairly potent sourness. This brew is very good, but it is too complex for me if there is such a thing; just too many flavors assaulting my tongue at once for it to be truly enjoyable

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerman33190 (52) - FRANCE - NOV 16, 2013
I couldn’t figure out what this reminded me of and so I asked my wife. She sniffed, tasted and said "Cider and beer mixed up", and she’s right ! Imagine a french " cidre doux" in the same glass as a dubbel. Stinks outrageously of scrumpy, sour apples, fermenting wine and god knows what else. You keep drinking it just to work it all out. Would love to have this on draught. Definitely worth a visit just for the experience !

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (51) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Sampled on draught at The Blind Pig in Champaign, Il. A beautiful and complex beer, redolent of sour cherries and oak. This was an introduction to Flemish Sour Ales for me, and I’ll definitely seek out additional examples.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Jokine (51) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Colour is a ruby red. Hits you with a sour cherry like flavour that lingers. Excellent beer. One of my favourites.


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