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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: 2482   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.


4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
abb73 (27) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 3, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 4, 2006 Had this on tap. Nice sweet and sour candied fruit aromas. Pours a slightly hazy reddish-brown with a very fizzy head that was quickly diminishing, but left a decent amount of lacing. Nice and sour like a gueze with a good ripe fuity balance. Definitely a little balsamic vinegar in the back, which is more pronounced in the bottle version than this tap version. This has quickly become one of my favorite beers. If you know someone who won’t drink beer because they prefer wine, give them a taste of this.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pcd1956 (27) - Purmerend, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2013
toast, woody, red, brown, clear, medium sweetness, medium body, een very sweet beer but nice to drink.

4.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mfischer2 (27) - Colorado, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Tart with a refreshing sweetness. The aroma is malty yet also sour. This beer leaves a warm taste on the tongue.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
keeszorge (27) - - APR 5, 2014
Donker bier. Geeft een azijnachtig aroma.. Verrassende frisse afdronk. Een verrassing...

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
George2Tall (27) - - MAR 28, 2015
Is the devil's brew? Pours a dark brown. The initial taste is of vinegar, but with an aroma of old wine. The flavor morphs into tart cherry, no, black cherry. What bizarre chemistry is going on here? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottled. Dark reddish brown. Huge creamy tan head. Aroma like a sweet aged balsamic. Sweet malty taste with a strong acidic finish. Very well rounded and quite pleasant. A fine example of a Flemish Sour.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shane087 (26) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2008
A dark redish brown with a small white head. A sweet sour taste with the flavor of cherries. Medium carbonation, nice balance. Bottle not quite as good as on tap but still very enjoyable.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Boothead (26) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 24, 2012
Moderate complexity with a fruity taste. Not heavy but the dark appearance belies the senses. Medium sweet, slightly sour but not overbearing. Flat carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AvidDirtman (25) - , JAPAN - OCT 2, 2008
I came home from work today...and to my great delight my wife says, ’here you go then’ and hands me an assorted box of 6 belgium beers. Not only that, but sitting on the table is my favourite dish of bangers and mash. Oh i! Thinks me. Getting alcohol from the missus is the equivalent of a man giving a woman flowers for no reason. Should I be worried about her fidelity? Anyhow, she can do what she likes if it means a regular supply of Belgium beer. On open the foam rushed excitely out of the bottle and sat proudly on top waiting to be poured. I got an initial aroma of fudge, toffee and fruit tart. A very attractive beer, much like the saucy lady on the front. In certain light the beer looks almost black but has tinges of ’Burgundy’ here and there. Delightful looking head with intricate lacing and the flavour doesn’t disappoint either. Reminiscent of a balsamic vinegar salad dressing mixed with sour apples A rather unexpected taste considering it’s appearance. Probably the equivalent of eating curry flavoured ice cream (that’s if you love curry) What an absolute refreshing experience! This lambicesque number has certainly brighted up my day. If I’ve anything bad to say about it, it’s that after the initial thrill I think I’d quickly tire of this brew. I recommend this beer to anyone trying to get their girlfriend into the beer tasting game. Getting to the bottom of the glass now and decidely disappointed to see it go. I’ll revel in the refreshing aftertaste this has left in my mouth.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewtroth (25) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - OCT 1, 2007
A strikingly deep, dark red in appearance, with a persistent but light and frothy head. Sweet but not cloying, with just the right note of sourness. An excellent brew to savor.


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