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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: 2490   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.


3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
partchapol (57) - Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2013
Everything good except its sour, taste crisp like wine & apple cider. Smell sweet seeing oak barrel. But sour is not something for me

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
stfrancis (56) - Heffingen, LUXEMBOURG - DEC 14, 2009
Rich brown, nice beige head with good lacing. Aroma is woody and young wine. Tastes fruity and then mellows to a tangy light hoppy aftertaste. Lightly carbonated. A treat

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huib (55) - Pijnacker, NETHERLANDS - FEB 22, 2010
Tastes very sour and fruity, aroma’s of cherries and apples. I think my girlfriend would like it more than I do.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rood (54) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - APR 30, 2014
If you want to smell & taste lactic sour, balsamico, remover, oak, sugar, wine notes, (and a metallic blood taste when serving too cold), this is your beer. Great balance between the tartness & sweetness. The ultimate beer when I was young. Price/quality unbeatable. The first recommendation when I advise a foreigner in a Belgian liquor store.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MrBeachtwig (54) - Sandared, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2007
Bottle. A typical belgium dark beer, not bad but at the same time not special. Not very complex with a bit artificial flavour.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
piwodevo (53) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2004 Brown/red in color with a sour, vinegary aroma. Fruity and sour. Very unusual, but not unpleasant. Short, flat, quick-to-dissipate brownish head. The first sip was the toughest, as my tongue and brain take in the shock of such a strange flavored beer. After several more sips, the taste became more understandable, and more flavors became apparent....cherries, tiny bits of chocolate malt. Enjoyable, if unusual. To quote MIchael Jackson "Some drinkers could never learn to enjoy....sour specialties....any more than they could acquire a taste for a smelly cheese...in [that] case, the loss would be theirs."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2005
Like sour candy and gumballs, this beer starts out with a twang and is all sugar at the finish. The color is a very nice deep red, the aroma funky, the bottle, the beer, come off like the old world works of art they are.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boesky (52) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2005
Sampled on draught at The Blind Pig in Champaign, Il. A beautiful and complex beer, redolent of sour cherries and oak. This was an introduction to Flemish Sour Ales for me, and I’ll definitely seek out additional examples.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
Robijnrood versnijbier met zoet fruitige smaak en met frisse doch speciaal zurige afdronk en een lage bitterheid

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EinStein (52) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2010
Poured from a bottle. Lots of dark, sour fruits in the nose with a little yeast. pours a nice deep red with a white, sticky head tinged with the slightest hint of red. Flavor explodes with a range of dark fruits, cherries in particular, somewhat like a red wine as it progresses in the mouth, some vinegar at the end. Finishes exceedingly smooth for its fairly potent sourness. This brew is very good, but it is too complex for me if there is such a thing; just too many flavors assaulting my tongue at once for it to be truly enjoyable


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