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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: 2755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dirt55 (198) - Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2009
bottled, pour very deep ruby with medium off white head, aroma of sour/apple/fig with bread, sweet and tart up front with huge carbonation, slight grapefruit flavor, clean residual tart flavor in end, zero hops noted, could drink it down like fruit juice

3.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
haggis03a3 (197) - Orinda, California, USA - NOV 30, 2009
Dark ruby color with nice, lasting off white head. Aroma is vinegary and a little fruity. Taste is better, sour, tangy, fruity, sweet, a little malty - caramel. Nice beer overall. Dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Adamsville (197) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2016
Apparence : Brune, cuivrée, reflets rouges-orange, faible col sans rétention, légère dentelle, carbonatation semble moyenne et moyennement rapide. Nez : Vinaigre balsamique, touche sucrée, boisé, alcool, tannins de raisins. Goût : Équilibre entre le sucre et l’acidité, vinaigre balsamique à la framboise, boisé en mi-bouche. Sensation : Effervescence faible à moyenne, finale mi-acide mi-sucrée qui traîne plus sur le sucre, moyennement longue, astringence du bois. Corps moyen, mais tout de même huileux. Bref : Bel équilibre entre l’acidité et le sucre résiduel, surtout pour une bière sûre. L’acidité n’est d’ailleurs jamais agressante. La framboise apporte définitivement une touche intéressante.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
picknbrew (196) - Mechanicsville, Virginia, USA - JUL 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2010 750ml. at a BJCP study session. Pours a clear amber brown color with plenty of off white head. Some bready and malty aromas at first followed by some sour vinegar that fits in well with this beer. There is a lot going on in the flavor. Complex sweet fruit in the front but not cloyingly sweet. A surpisingly smooth sour acidic finish. Overall this is a well rounded complex beer with a sourness that fits in well with the aray of the different elements offered in this beer. I like it!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
igel (196) - New Mexico, USA - SEP 3, 2004
Pours a deep red/brown color with an off white head. The head diminished almost immediately and left a thin sticky lace. The aroma is tart and more like wine than beer -- cider vinegar smell. The taste is tart like a cider. The mouthfeel was somewhat complex: tart at the beginning with a dry middle and an astringent finish. I have had this beer a couple of times. It does not appear to bee a good representation of the style, but a style of itself. An interesting experience.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
susonagger (196) - spain, - JUN 24, 2015
Cata: Graduación: 6,2º Color: Rojo intenso y oscuro, similar al granate, algo amarronada con tintes de rubí. De carbonatación muy fina pero notable, y con una corona de espuma más bien corta de color crema, y que se disipa pronto. Aroma: Claramente dulce y afrutado, con aromas a cerezas entre otros. Se perciben matices a madera, lo que le da un carácter avinado, producto de su envejecimiento en barrica. Sabor: Cuerpo medio, y sabor a medio camino entre lo dulce (proveniente de la cerveza joven) y lo ácido/agrio (causado por la cerveza añeja de la mezcla). Comienza con un gusto azucarado y afrutado, que a pesar del aroma a las cerezas, me recuerda a la sidra, para a continuación dar paso a un gusto ácido, que incluso llega a ser algo agrio en un regusto seco, prolongado y bastante persistente.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerhandy (195) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - APR 4, 2005
bottle 2004 poured into a chalice Deep amber brew with a fluffy off white head that subsides to lace islands. Aroma is balsamic vinegar mingled with some sweet honeysuckle. Taste is both sweet and sour ,cherry is present and vinegar, its very carbonated .Very rich, very Flemish and something for the chefs to experiment with in the Kitchen

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MereLikesBeer (195) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2009
This beer was mighty tasty! That’s almost all I have to say about it. I tried a bit of it at a bar that was dimly lit, so my guess for appearance is sort of swayed. Taste and aroma, however, were amazing. I almost didn’t know what to think of it. It had a VERY strong smell, fruity, and at first I couldn’t pinpoint it, but it was certainly vinegar. Amazing! Taste was just out of control. It was like candy yet sour too... man, out of this world. I just cant wait to have some more.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
kacperred (194) - Gdañsk, POLAND - MAR 26, 2016
Kran. Barwa ciemnoczerwona, piwo klarowne. W aromacie potęga - początkowo uderza ocet, aby po chwili dopuścić do głosu bogate aromaty owocowe, cukierkowe, nuty kwaśnego jabłka oraz aromaty typowe dla brettów - stajenne. W smaku coś niesamowitego - początkowo uderzenie octowego kwasu, płynnie i dość szybko przechodzące w dużą cukierkowo-słodową słodycz. Skrajności idealnie się znoszące. Smakiem przypomina faro, lecz jest dużo bardziej bogate i słodsze. Piwo po prostu fantastyczne.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
Not my favorite of the sour ales. Nose is a little too funky, even for this style... almost moldy. I tried a few bottles of varying sizes that all I had this problem. The usual sour, tart notes are there. But there is an underlying almost creaminess that dulls out all of the tart, floral flavors and really just ruins the beer for me.


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