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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 2505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
The aromas are of sour cherries, ceder, and spices. A hint of sourness at the front, but a good amount of sweetness balances it all out. Lightly carbonated, which is a good thing. Flavors of caramel, allspice, over ripe cherries, bananas, sherry. Very nice. Would make a great dessert wine alternative.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Wow - pours a dark reddish brown, almost no head, but a bit of lacing is evident with each sip. Amazing flavor, sour apples, malt and grapes. Finishes very dryly, with oak and soil.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle pours a crimson red with a thin off-white head. Sour cherries dominates the aroma with a hint of caramel maltiness and oak. Initially sweet and malty, then is overpowered by the cherry tartness and a nice dry finish. Medium to heavy carbonation with medium mouthfeel. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Great beer to introduce wine drinkers to craft beer and Belgian style ales.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mejs (115) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Absolutely great beer. Sour ales are a love or hate thing, and this one made me love them. Aroma is strong sour, vinegar with some fruits underneath it, mostly apples. Pours clear red with medium head. Very refreshing, very drinkable. Taste is fruity and sour, with some bitterness in the aftertaste, quite dry.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JonnyConga (115) - Cornwall, ENGLAND - JUL 1, 2014
Pours dark and cloudy but looking through into a light a lovely deep ruby red beer appears. Aroma is tart and fruity. Taste is amazing. Fruity, cherry and sour apple with a tart clean finish. Very refreshing and drinkable. Really like this beer. Surprised. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swieca (114) - POLAND - DEC 5, 2014
Unique and legendary beer, with aroma of cherries, vanilla, grapes and almonds. Dark red/ruby, small head. Sweet and sour at the same time, a bit like sweet red wine. This beer is a must for every beer geek!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Timvim (114) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle @ home 20140619. Deep red, clear liquid. Large light brown head with ok head retention. Large bubbles. Aroma of cherry pits, toffee, oak and a hint of acetone. Tastes cherries, cherry pits, more red fruits, oak. Quite sweet, although well balanced. Soft mouthfeel with some acetic acid in the aftertaste. On par with Rodenbach grand cru, a little bit sweeter (a bit to much for me), but lacks the corn taste of the rodenbach. Will try these side by side and rank a favorite, as prices are similar. Edit: OK, so I did pour a Rodenbach grand cru right away. Duchesse de bourgogne is a bit more complex and have more depth in flavor and aroma. Rodenbach is a bit lighter and less sweet, which I like, and lacks the acetone in the aroma. They are both very very similar, but I would definitively choose rodenbach, despite the slight corn taste.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Ruby red cranberry pour with cllingy lacing. This beer looks like sparkling cider. Sour fruit aroma. Dried sour fruit flavor, yeasty. Dry mouthfeel, velvety. This beer might appeal to a lot of people, but itís not really my taste. Seems closer to cider than beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2012
1st Tasting- Beer from Lukas Liquor, poured into a champagne coupe, shared with a friend. 2nd Tasting- Beer from iTap House (Chesterfield), poured into a snifter. 1st- Appearance - Red/Brown Color with small amount of head 2nd-Appearance - Black Color, Possibly tons of cloud, and Mushroom Head on top. 1st- Smell - Great smell! Sour for sure like any Lambic. 2nd- Smell - Smell cherry, some type of strudel, and Sour again. 1st- Taste - Tastes like a steak dinner? Very strange but this was the only thing that came up... Not a normal lambic. Manager at Lukas said it should taste like a pastry. 2nd- Taste - Have no idea about the first taste! Totally different Beer! Very bitter and sour. Tastes like cherry strudel if possible. 1st- Mouthfeel - Full carbonation, Full Bodied, and brought on tartness/sour feel. 2nd- Mouthfeel - Long Finish, Tingle feeling in cheeks/tongue after 5 seconds. 1st- Drinkability - Makes me want to drink another one.. Everyone was interested in this beer and Iím ready to experience another one! Awesome! 2nd- Drinkability - Glad I got to enjoy this beer again! Totally different aspects in tasting the 2nd time as first. Had a glass of water in between beers the 2nd time, and this was the obvious difference. Would drink a 3rd time too!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jainsv (113) - USA - FEB 6, 2007
This is the first flemish sour ale I have tried. It pours a deep red/brown color with a thin bubbly white head. It smells fruity with a hint of malt. The taste initially reminds you of wine with a semi-sweet taste which instantly changes to a nice sour aftertaste. Overall, an excellent beer.


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