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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: 2539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fontjt (77) - Louisiana, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Poured a dark reddish brown. This is my first sour beer and was very suprising with just how sour it is. Very rich flavor that is very sour with a sweet aftertaste kinda like a sweet vinegar. Maybe candy flavors in there too. medium sourness,

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Jauneattend (76) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 10, 2013
Did not know that it was such a beer. Nice color and fruity smell but a sour taste. A weird mix of acidity and sweetness of balsamic vinegar. Once, but not twice for me

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerman33190 (76) - FRANCE - NOV 16, 2013
I couldn’t figure out what this reminded me of and so I asked my wife. She sniffed, tasted and said "Cider and beer mixed up", and she’s right ! Imagine a french " cidre doux" in the same glass as a dubbel. Stinks outrageously of scrumpy, sour apples, fermenting wine and god knows what else. You keep drinking it just to work it all out. Would love to have this on draught. Definitely worth a visit just for the experience !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
xlts (76) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
braudimusprime (75) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 29, 2005
Yes, it is sour--I doubt it’s being advertised as anything but. Pours a pretty dark red with a minimal head. Aroma and flavor are mostly sour, with some fruit (apple and grape?) and yeast notes. Somewhat divorced from other things that are called beer, but as a clear change of pace this will do the job. Refreshing, medium body and lack of aftertaste are pluses.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours as a thick, reddish brown with white head and good carbonation. Aromas of sour, acidic cider with cherry and rasberry notes. Taste bursts of fresh grape juice and red wine vinegar with nice oak notes. I found the overall body to be very light and unassuming with less of an acidic kick than I was expecting. Nicely subtle and the dry finish makes for a good starter beer.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerkenstock (74) - - AUG 9, 2014
Drink cold (8°C) Eye: reddish-brown or ruby colour with quickly dissipating head. Nose: acidy, floral and berries such as strawberries. cherries as well. Mouth: a mixture of strawberry vinegar, redcurrant and cherries Palate: sour and complex Overall: somehow refreshing and completely different from conventional beers, but just not my taste. good beer supposedly if you like this kind of beer.

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.


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