tfarmstrong (6) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 8, 2012 does not count
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
I will start by saying I do not care for Flemish reds. This beer seems to fit the style perhaps even a bit on the sweet side. This one only confirmed my lack of desire for this style
Katarzyna (6) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber color with a slight head. Smells tart and sweet, almost like a balsamic vinegar. Very complex in taste with tart sour notes and sweet notes too. Hate to use it again but it’s like drinking a very nicely aged balsamic vinegar, the same kind of complexities are present with that tart yet sweet flavor. This beer is not for everyone but if you enjoy sour flavors, you’ll enjoy this one.
barbee (5) - - MAR 6, 2012 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A rich, dark pour which nonetheless left a disappointingly minimal head despite being poured from cellar temperature. Almost overpoweringly strong smell of fortification, really is one for the wilds. Tastes as heavily sour, as the duchess’ expression but with only medium body, the long finish left me little I wanted to savour.
jumpman8828 (5) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep, dark amber, with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly. First thought on the aroma is wine, or cider. A lot of dark fruitiness right up front, and it has that sour acidity reminiscent of sparkling white wine. The flavor is rounded out with a little cherry sweetness. The similarities with a sparkling wine continue with the effervescent texture across the tongue and the late "bite" on the swallow. Really a delightful beer and a nice change of pace from the usual styles I go for.
Jgabriel (5) - BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière étonnante et très originale. Au premier abord difficile elle deploye des la seconde gorgée son arôme type cidre au pommé. A goûter..
polaxis (5) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 4, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 ml bottle. Champagne-like fizz. Deep, dark ruby colour. About 3mm of creamy foam.
It starts with an interesting sour tasting with hints of vinegar, green apples and woodiness but ends in a still sweet kind of way. Comparison with wine are completely understandable.
From all sour beers I have tasted this would be the one I would recommend first.
tjbjcpmaster99 (5) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2001 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Outstanding Flemish Red. Second only to the great Rodenbach! Don’t age this one, it’s pasteurized like Rodenbach.
gabbo27 (5) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 13, 2004 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I first tasted this beer on draft at Toronados in my visit to San Francisco. It had a beautiful deep red color and a wonderful sweet and sour character. The after taste reminded me of caramel apples. When I got home I searched far and wide for this beer. Bottled I found it to be a little more acidic and vinegary, but still quite delicious. Definitely a good sippin’ beer.
BeerBanzai (5) - Funabashi-shi, Chiba-ken, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2009 does not count
4.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
330 ml. bottle and 6.2% ABV. This Flemish red ale has plum like sour but inherently sweet taste. The dark brown appearance with rich creamy foam is really unforgettable.
hisskirt (5) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2009 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A wonderful beer. Pours the color of old-fashioned birch-beer, with a lovely aged ivory head. In a tulip glass it smells like dreid figs & dark caramel. A lovely bright sweetness with a refreshing carbonation reminiscent of San Pellegrino water. Paris perfectly with cold ham slices on a hot summer day. Smooth, long finish. Many women would find Duchesse an inviting door to the world of fine beer - share a bottle with your girlfriend and you’ll have a convert.