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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: 2448   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Bottle. Poured dark ruby with an off-white head which dissipated to a nice lace. First impression brought to mind balsamic vinegar, though nowhere near as acidic. Rich undertones of fig and prune and a delicate carbonation made it a pleasure to drink.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Holy cow was that good. Strong sweetness pulled back in by a background sourness that is not overpowering by any means. Very mysterious: aged and non-aged beer. Some wood, some cherries, some raisin-y malt with a strong taste but not strong alcohol. Holy cow this is a huge beer. I love it! Wow this is a mysterious and thought-provoking beer. I looooove this!!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aletales (73) - , Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2009
tried just a little bit of this as my first real "sour" ale. Beautiful color and head. Interesting tartness fading into sweetness in the finish. Plan to try again and rerate when I have more.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Pours a ruddy medium brown with thin white head. Aromas of berries, sweetbread, spice, a hint of vinegar. Flavors of sweet juicy fruit - berries and apple - with a light malty character balanced by pronounced acidity. Light body with a slick texture and lively prickly carbonation. Pleasantly surprising.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ostomo517 (73) - Norton Shores, Michigan, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Aroma is light farmhouse and Belgian funk. Palate is dark sour fruits. A good sweetness and acidic sour balance. So completely put together and full flavored and balanced. An amazing beer

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
polaxis (73) - SWITZERLAND - SEP 4, 2013
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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
xBEERxNOLA (72) - - MAY 10, 2014
Appearance - dark brown. Mild head. Aroma - slight funk. Hints of red wine. Mouth - slight dry feel. Medium carbs. Mild aftertaste Taste - hints of oaky red wine with very mild funk. Not mouth puckering but mild tart flavor. Aftertaste doesn't linger. Mild and refreshing. Not as bright as other sours. Overall - pretty nice. I prefer something with a brighter profile and more bite.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MikaLukanainen (72) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
Pours ruby colour with almost no head. Aroma of red wine vinegar, wild notes and cherry. Taste is pleasantly sour, wild, fruity with some delicate caramel notes in the background. Solid carbonation puts the beer next to champagne or a bottle of good red wine. Simply amazing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vincentvega72 (71) - - APR 5, 2014
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2014 Donkerrood met kleine schuimkraag. Zeer uitgesproken zurig aroma met geuren van eik, kersen, wijn en donker fruit. Heerlijk mondgevoel waarbij de rijping op eiken vaten heel goed naar voren komt. Lekkere afdronk. Topbiertje.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
timtheenchanta (70) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - JUN 4, 2006
Deep amber/ruby color. There’s a decent two finger head with good retention. Very sour and woody smell to it. Smells of cheap red wine. Tart taste rules initially with a wine like taste lingering in the back. Delightful sourness that is a bit tainted in the finish by a metallic hint. This brew feels wonderful on the tongue and is a delight to have. It’s not my favorite Flemish but certainly isn’t bad beer to have on hand.


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