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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: 2525   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2003
Pours an effervescent, frothy head that remains and laces down nicely. In the glass, it looks a lot like a Coke. Sour nose. Wow, the flavor is something special, tart and sweet, a little woody... hard to describe at this point in my beer-ducation. The complexity reminds me of a dubbel, but much sweeter and more tart. Loved one.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
WingdSoldier (61) - BELGIUM - MAR 9, 2014
Sweet and fresh beer with a fruity character, also Id swear they added a bit of Fristi to the flavours.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rood (60) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bugrat (60) - Cph. V, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2005
Bottle, the aroma is a strange combination of sweet and vinegar; dark brown color with a long-lasting tan head; the taste is definitely sour, very much my taste.......

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oregon_butcher (60) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 26, 2013
Dark redish, brown in the glass. Thick head, that leaves a heavy lacing on the glass. Smells sour and delicious. Taste is tart with a very sour aftertaste. Good sour ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
diomedest1 (60) - - DEC 10, 2013
Bez dwch zdań fantastyczne piwo. Robi na mnie tak piorunujące wrażenie, że nie ma co opisywać, trzeba wypić!

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
peermac (59) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 11, 2011
En spennende og deilig l. Masse frukt og sdme, litt kort i munnen kanskje, men fin likevel. Alkoholen merkes godt.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Baz7778 (58) - SCOTLAND - MAY 19, 2012
Yum and interesting, nice oak dry wine like finish boarding on a sour note at back of the palate. Great find and very enjoyable ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevman7 (58) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2010
This was my first sour ale and I found it exceptionally different for anything I have had before. I was a little shocked by the taste at first but either because it was warming up or because it is an aquired taste, I began to enjoy it thouroughly. The aroma is very strong and smelled of vinegar. There was little to no head and it was a dark brown that glistened red in the light. The taste was almost like a bitter sour wine.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 3, 2011
Clear and golden amber/brown with substantial tan head. Berry, grape and lightly sour aroma. Fruity tannin sour flavor. I am not a big fan of sour beers but this one is the best I have tasted. Still it is not an "ordinary beer" in any way and it does not blend well with your typical beer foods. The sourness requires some getting used to and my friends who enjoy exotic beers were all turned off by it. I would compare this style to a cider more than a beer...


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