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

bottled
common

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common

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RATINGS: 2291   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BIRRAmoriamoci (30) - - NOV 23, 2012
Il colore è scuro, essenzialmente bruno, con riflessi rubino. Corpo profondo e opaco. La schiuma è squisitamente morbida, dalla superficie sporca e spumosa. Bassa altezza, elevata persistenza, di un bel colore ocra. L’aroma evidenzia innanzitutto un sentore liquoroso, che apre la strada ad un susseguirsi di profumi prevalentemente agrodolci: frutta (ciliegia), una nota acetata, affumicato, legno. Aroma piacevolmente complesso e armonioso, ben definito. Il gusto si caratterizza per un corpo liscio ma particolarmente frizzantino. Scarsa la componente amarostica, che non si lascia tuttavia desiderare. Al suo posto fanno capolino alcuni dei sentori già percepiti al naso, quali la (ciliegia) e l’aceto, che contribuisce a creare un piacevole pizzicore palatale. Una birra che si caratterizza per un’ottima beverinità, senza lasciar intravedere alcuna componente "acquosa", una componente alcolica magistralmente nascosta, una carbonazione precisa ed un finale secco e immediato, che chiude la componente frizzantina di netto, lasciando la bocca piacevolmente appagata.

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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
rfranssens (29) - Hulst, NETHERLANDS - SEP 17, 2013
awful beer. Didn´t like this at all! Taste is very sweet, taste like it has a lot of fruit-syrup in it. And at the same time sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BIGC (29) - USA - FEB 19, 2004
WOW, better than Roddenbach, the aroma will awaken your sense of smell. deep amber color with a decent head. Oaky, tangy, sweet and sour. Needs to breathe for full enjoyment. Try it with a tiny splash of grenadine if it's too sour. Overall this one could be the better flemmish red but Roddenbach has the name and longevity. A must try for beer connoisseurs.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
this is my favorite beer... tastes more like fine wine than beer, fruity, tart yet sweet and flavorful. warning - must be chilled properly to avoid nasty nasal "smelling salts" aftertaste but if properly chilled the aftertaste doesn’t show up and it’s just wonderful.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RoJoNo (28) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Enjoyed this on tap at the Columbus Underground happy hour at Details; excellent sweet and sour combination not on a Chinese food buffet

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beermogul (28) - USA - NOV 7, 2011
Very nice sour. This red shows brilliant copper-red, the foam fairly tenacious and clingy. Horsey notes amid caramel toasted malt, vanilla, cherry and malt vinegar in the nose. Fluffy and sweetish on the palate, the flavor also has some residual malt, somespicy, nutty almond, vinous notes, reminiscent of port. The earthy and sour finish is rather subdued, and lingers very little. Well rounded and smooth!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 Had this on tap. Nice sweet and sour candied fruit aromas. Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with a very fizzy head that was quickly diminishing, but left a decent amount of lacing. Nice and sour like a gueze with a good ripe fuity balance. Definitely a little balsamic vinegar in the back, which is more pronounced in the bottle version than this tap version. This has quickly become one of my favorite beers. If you know someone who won’t drink beer because they prefer wine, give them a taste of this.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skinnycheeks (27) - - JAN 25, 2014
Poured a maroon brown color with a nice khaki top. First sour I’ve had and I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keeszorge (27) - - APR 5, 2014
Donker bier. Geeft een azijnachtig aroma.. Verrassende frisse afdronk. Een verrassing...

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottled. Dark reddish brown. Huge creamy tan head. Aroma like a sweet aged balsamic. Sweet malty taste with a strong acidic finish. Very well rounded and quite pleasant. A fine example of a Flemish Sour.


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