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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: 2333   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.


3.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WestsideThreat (13) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 10, 2003
Very cool beer. Very sour and very sweet. Different than most Belgian sours. The carbonation is TERRIBLE though, the overall impresion would have been higher if it was spot on. There is no head and very fizzing. Perhaps I got a bad bottle. Very fun beer regardless. I'm looking forward to it warming up, to see what subtleties are unearthed

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
freedivesurfer (13) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Poured from 750 ml bottle. Reddish brown in color with a thick creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma reminds of wine, sweet, fruity, sour, maybe vinegar. Notes of coffee. Taste is sweet with a sourish finish. Definitely tart cherry and berries. medium sourness, medium sweetness, Ive drank some beers that were extremely sour recently, this has a nice balance of sweet and sour. medium bodied. Really enjoying this beer. Nice blend of funkiness and sour. Very drinkable. First time drinking this and will be definitely revisit.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sverhulp (13) - - JAN 18, 2014
Quite a nice beer, but a little too sweet. It has a fruity taste: lemon/rasberry. My wife even liked it.

3.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Harrjitzuu (13) - - SEP 15, 2014
Draught @ Basement Beer Bar. Didn’t give off a whole lot of aroma at first, but notes of vinegar and preserved vegetables came as the beer wrarmed. Taste is sweet and sour. Especially Balsamic vinegar comes to mind, with a clear mouthfilling tast of oak casks, grapes, preserved vegetables and sour dough bread. Easily the best sour ale I’ve had the pleasure of drinking.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
heliport (12) - Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2013
Hits the mouth with a pleasant fruity taste, comes across sweet but not like a candy. Aroma is pleasant and the color is dark.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmatkins (12) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2008
Smells strongly of vinegar typical of its style. The flavor was similarily sour. This was more balanced and drinkable than other sour ales, but still not for me. I did not enjoy this, but increased my ratings because I enjoyed this beer relative other sour ales.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jphartley (12) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - AUG 16, 2012
The first impression when I smelled this was how beautiful it smelt. The first taste I thought was a little too sweet especially for a Geuze. But then again it is not too sweet. Overall the taste is beautiful. Unusual and very enjoyable.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
nick35 (12) - USA - DEC 3, 2002
UPDATED: APR 19, 2003 A lovely sweet/sour midpalate and a very smooth finish. Best at 60F where the flavor was rounded and refreshing. No hops aroma or bitterness. Titratable acidity 1.4% tartaric; pH is 3.6.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
paysano99 (11) - CANADA - JAN 9, 2002
Marvelous, the best beer i ever had (up to now) Metalic and friuty taste, Very powerfull body, great color, sweet, acid, VERY VERY complex, has so many different tastes, each time you try it seems a ddiferent beer, WONDERFULL!!!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
This IS a Flander’s Red. A very well blended beer. Wonderful spiciness with great cherry notes. The sherry-like finish is classic. Send me more, Please!


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