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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: 2334   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Czik (22) - Siedlce, POLAND - MAY 22, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2012 0.75 oz. bottle, bought in Warsaw. First sour ale Iíve ever had if not counting a Gueuze, so didnít know what to expect. The sour taste of it starts out as striking and then becomes strange, but very pleasant. Red-ish in colour, dark, but possible to see thorugh. A small, thin-looking head. A bit champagne-like in taste. Very interesting and good, hard to describe, tho.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Swank (22) - - MAR 6, 2014
Very distinctive beer. Takes quite a few tries before you start to appreciate it, but when you do start to appreciate the rich, sweet (even sour) taste itís an absolute favorite. One of Belgiums best.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bley7211 (22) - - JUN 6, 2014
Poured from a bottle, clear dark amber color. Aroma is good and taste is expected... Sweet and tart

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xlts (21) - Warsaw, POLAND - APR 12, 2014
great brown-reddish body, clear. creamy foam. aroma is sour, somewhat reminiscent of fizzy drinks. taste is evidently sour, yet with obvious hints of malt sweetness. very good, refreshing, almost champagne-like.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
onecrazybreeze (21) - , Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Tap at the Falling Rock. Poured a dark brown, had no head by the time it got to me. Smelled sugary and fruity, mainly of raisins. Tasted more sweet then sour to me, mainly of cherries and raisins. It’s not overly sour making it a great beer for those that need a good balance between sweet and sour in a sour brew. In all, a very likable beer.

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VeeDubber (21) - Florida, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Aroma- Not quite sure what the individual smells are that i am getting. Almost smells like funky old raspberries, and has an almost vinegar smell to it. Appearance- A beautiful deep mahogany, very little head. For being corked and caged, expected a little more carbonation. Taste- Wow, very surprised. Tastes absolutely nothing like it smells. Almost has a carbonated grape kool-aid taste to it. Definitely get that "sour" punch as well. Makes me pucker a little bit. Taste gets a little intense right in the middle of the taste. The sourness definitely lingers. Overall- This is my first ever Sour Ale. It came highly recommended to me from the beer guy as the beer that got him hooked on sours. At first, was very scared i wasted my money based on the smell. The taste was definitely nothing that i was expecting. For this being my first sour, i would say it wont be my last, but it is not something i would go for every day or even every week. This is a beer you have to be in the mood for.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sockless (21) - NEW ZEALAND - OCT 9, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2013 Pours a dark reddish brown. Quite a sweet, malty aroma, with a hint of sourness, as well as green apple and oak. Tastes sweet and sour, quite fruity, has strong hints of green apple, with a bit of balsamic. A very complex character, there are a heap of different things going on regarding taste, and itís hard to pin them all down. This is an amazing beer, every time I drink one it is almost a spiritual experience, trying to pin down all the different aspects of the beer, as compared the 2 dimensional malt-hop profile of most other beers, this is about 6 different dimensions, with all the different microbes making their own aroma and taste, as well as the malt and hops.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidLMU (21) - California, USA - OCT 30, 2013
A great sour beer. Nice mix of acetic and lactic acid. Maybe slightly to acetic as it warmed but not badly so. Very nice plum and dark cherry notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
cavana40 (21) - - NOV 24, 2013
Smells strongly of vinegar. I usually enjoy red ales but this was simply not to my preference. Pretty complex, and strong sour taste

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Toiletduck (20) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 14, 2002
Tastes like a light vinegarette dressing. Would go great on my salad, but I donít know about drinking an entire bottle.


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