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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: 2554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MennoO (148) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 19, 2009
bottle 25 cl, dark amber with small head. i’ve been eager to rate this. excellently balanced fruit flavored, a bit souer. the best of its kind as far as i know.

2.2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
adrosson (148) - California, USA - APR 20, 2012
A little too sweet and syrupy for me. Prefer a drier sour Big bottle for Xmas 2011 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
xibalba89 (147) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2007 Pours a wine-dark red with a thin head. Aroma is amazing- sour steak sauce with a hint of dark malts. The flavor is more of the same, but with a great Belgian acid sourness that really goes great with the burnt steak sauce flavor. Finishes with a nice sweetness on the tongue. One of my favorite beers... a work of art. I usually drink the 350ml bottles, but just drank a 750ml bottle last night... a bit too much sweetness for that much beer. I would suggest sharing if you get one of these.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Dark amber pour with frothy tan head. Sour aroma with vinegar and dark fruit. Deliciously sweet and sour taste, with brown sugar and cherries. Balanced but tart finish. Nice full mouthfeel.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Tubbfan (147) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 24, 2005
This is a strange brew. Pours a deep mahogony with nice head and lacing. Head is a nice off-white color. Aroma is very complex consisting of sweet and spice. Flavor was NOT what I expected at all. This was VERY sweet with flavors of raisins, sour apples and cherries, malt and champagne. It has a definite champagne mouthfeel as well, given the nice carbonation from tiny bubbles. Not sure what to think of this ale. It has some appealling aspects to it, but the champagne-dominated flavor and mouthfeel knock this one down a little.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Paskal (146) - La Prairie, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 14, 2005
Bouteille-Brune très foncé à la senteur de caramel-cerise noire, goût très sucré et très prononcé. Trop sucré pour mes pauvre caries!--Bottle-Dark brown with caramel-dark cherries smell,very sweet and strong with a very thin head.A good beer but not my cup of tea!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - AUG 4, 2006
New brew at my local beer store under the Belgium section. The label said blend of 8 oak barrel aged ales, sounds up my ally. The brew pours with a rich dark amber liquid and light frothy head. Aroma is an ambrosia balsamic vinegar and Jack Daniels oak barrel. Flavor is sour? Strangely this is my first "Flemish Sour Ale". I’m not sure what to make of the flavor; my palette is unaccustomed this. Nonetheless interesting enough to write my first ratebeer.com review in over two years. My favorite part is the palette. It has a chardonnay oil film type texture while having a bold thick body. Having never tasted another "Flemish Sour", it’s hard to tell where this stacks up. I’ll keep my eye out for another.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Werthergoethe (145) - Moscow, RUSSIA - MAR 1, 2015
Пиво, напомин& скорее, шампанс& С характе& винной кислинк& и фруктов& нотками.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2005
Bottle, pours nice dark red, with lasting thin lacing and head. Wonderful sweet start and sour finish, perfectly finished. Glad I tried this one.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
altkencru (143) - USA - NOV 16, 2005
Aroma has hints of wine, medicine, and paint remover. Whoah! Head is tan colored and endures to the end. Color is a mix of red and bronze...beautiful. Sweetness dominates flavor initially, gradually overtaken by sourness; however, both sweetness and sourness fade from the palate quickly leaving behind little trace of the initial sweet/sour explosion.


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