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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: 2286   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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
document (36) - USA - DEC 13, 2002
Smells like vinegar, tastes a lot like a top notch cider, and really quite good. I love this style, and this is a nice example.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TonyBanannas (36) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Whoa, pretty complex stuff. Bottle, poured a deep red, just about maroon, clear. Light tan head, little lace. Ok, where to start. Aroma is almost wine like. Taste is vinegary, though multiple fruits seem present. I’m talking about grapes, prunes, raisens, and apples. I can invision all these things when I take a sip. Lightly sweetend finish. Not a bad brew, evern for someone who enjoys the more bitter beers.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBowler (36) - DENMARK - NOV 29, 2010
Highly recommendable. Has a bit of a white wine character and esteurs resemble somewhat of a mix between brettanomyces, vinegar and malt. Everything well balanced in a superbly brewed beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AnyJoe (36) - Aalborg, DENMARK - JAN 31, 2011
.25L bottle Wet oaky aroma like the one you would expect from a cellar, also hints of cherry. The taste is like currant and other sour berries. It has a fresh short bitterness similar to sour grapes.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dangjdangel (36) - - SEP 10, 2012
Duchesse was one of the first sour beers that I ever tried and I love it. Beautiful blend of sweet and sour. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hergee (35) - Hasselt, BELGIUM - SEP 30, 2011
tap. Dark color, short head. Aroma is fruity. Flavour is fruity too, very acid. Full body over the palate.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Adverse2Bitter (35) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2006
A well balanced top fermented Belgian ale. The blending of 8 and 18 mouth aged ale shows in the sweet flowery aroma . The taste of this beauty is equally refined. Sweets Fruits and spices seam to great the taste buds before wine like characteristics take over. The ale finishes well, and has a pleasant aftertaste of fresh spices. As a wine lover, I feel this is ale is the perfect gateway into the world of beers /ales for the uninitiated. Possibly my favorite Belgian

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
johnnydollar (35) - greenville, South Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2007
pours dark but has a light mouthfeel. a thick sweetness with hints of muscadine and cherry. very enjoyable. my first flemish sour so i have little to compare. buy very yummy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Red brown with light head. Hint of vinegar and apple aroma. Slight sour and then almost a sweet cider flavor appears. Extremely enjoyable. (Had a tasting at Beer Church, bought a few more bottles to enjoy at home.)

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CafeeOndineke (35) - Melle, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2008
25cl bottle, rubybrown with head that disappears quick, aroma is sour and fruity, taste is more sweet than sour, oaky.., aftertaste dry and sweet. A woman’s beer as we would say..cfr. the label :-) this a surprising beer doesnt taste like it smells, as i told a customer that just smelled and didnt want it. He didnt get home sober.. ;-) very good beer!


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