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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: 2312   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gscratch (8) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2013 does not count
A lovely sour. Pours a deep red, with a tan full head that retains at a half finger of fine bubbles with chunky lacing. Nose of fruit and red wine, with a hint of acidity. Medium mouthfeel with a target on the tart-sour buds, followed by a sweetness of fruit. Grape, black current, cherry come to mind. And behind all of it - just a hint of earthy funk (primarily in the flavour rather than aroma) to accompany just a hint of oak and maltiness. This seems a delicate sour, and not a bad option for an introduction to the concept of sour ales. Edit Note: 750ml bottle, corked.

2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
TheBeerSlayer (8) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - MAY 26, 2014 does not count
Like....I need someones help explaining this. I couldnt even try this beer because it exploded into foaminess so fast. I bought this beer cold, kept it cold in my fridge for a couple days, took it out and opened it and tried to pour it into a glass, and with just a few drops of beer, less than a shot of liquid, the entire glass foamed up hard and fast, and when someone tried to take a drink from the bottle a few minutes later it exploded into their face with the force of a mentos in a 2liter. I dont understand what happened. And you can rule out the obvious, i.e. shaking the beer or hot temps. Im so confused and saddened. over 7 dollars for 11 oz, and it was basically just a joke beer for a laugh. I would love to have been able to actually test this, but it was no fault of mine, I don’t think, that cause the beer to be horrible.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heiskellj (7) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 9, 2014 does not count
Great beer. Sour and balanced with a nice aftertaste of funk. I would have liked a little more funky Brett character on the palate. Great representation of the style. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
palner (7) - - MAR 14, 2014 does not count
Like excellent sweet and sour Chinese food, with a nice subtle aroma. Very pretty dark red color and a light foam. Great beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
reverendbeer (7) - Pasadena, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2010 does not count
Strangely smoky without being smoky...I may be confusing this with another aroma. Possibly one of my most favorite beers ever.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westy84 (7) - California, USA - JUL 6, 2012 does not count
8 oz pour on draft. Aroma of Vinegar, ketchup, palate is sweet, with hints of vinegar tart. Always a favorite

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rhapsudsy (7) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2008 does not count
Complex and inviting. Ruby-crimson-brown in color. This one tastes almost exactly like its aroma: black cherries, pears, tart, acidic, and a hint of the warmth of bourbon. I’m thinking Gorgonzola might make an interesting pairing.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
NickBelaine87 (6) - ITALY - NOV 19, 2010 does not count
Sour Fruity Sweet Aroma. Taste of red fruits, cider, chocolate. Long dry sour finish.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BenBallz (6) - USA - SEP 1, 2005 does not count
Reddish brown=maroon in appearance. Fizzy on the tongue w/ a slight sourness. Richer than a cider, but with a pronounced apple fruity taste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
stdavid (6) - ITALY - SEP 1, 2007 does not count
Brown with red highlights, good head. Smells sour (lambic like) and woody, the taste is bittersweet and sour and you can feel the oak. Very drinkable and refreshing. Great beer but too sweet to be perfect!


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