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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: 2330   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Xingu99 (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2002 does not count
A beer that is balenced between the agreesive spicy, vinegar, and sour qualities of this ’style’ and leans towards fruit, some sweetness and a mildly sour finish. Like others, I prefer the agressiveness of the Rodenbach, but this will do.

0.9
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
Schooly (2) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2005 does not count
Awful. Looks good, but that is where it stops. Tasted rotten apples and hints of metal. Tasted like carbonated rotten apple juice. The next morning, I woke up with a cooking sherry taste in my mouth. Is this even considered beer? I wonder if I got a bad batch. Like RAYBOY01, I could not finish it

0.8
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mickrussom (2) - USA - AUG 6, 2006 does not count
Looks good. Thats it. I thought something was wrong with this beer, I thought the bottle I had was corked and spoiled. Its like lemon and basalmic vinegar. The same day I bought: Nice Chouffe, Stone Barely Wine, Stone Imperial Russian Stout, Duvel, Westmalle, Trappists Rochefort 10, Brassierie de Rocs, La Fin du Monde from Unibroue, Chimay Grand Trappists Reserve, Delerium Tremens and a Lindeman’s Peche Lambic. I dont know how or why a store with all these great beers stocks this garbage.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
midke (2) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2007 does not count
caramel, citrus, basement aromas, alcohol, raisin, vanilla, medium body, flat, brown, red, cloudy,

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beaux043 (2) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2008 does not count
I felt the Duchesse had a beautiful aroma. A unique wine like quality. It has a very nice color. The taste was great with complex sweetness with hints of "sour". I will add this to the collection.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
jdunlow49 (2) - , Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2008 does not count
A favorite since my first tasting... almost champagne-like effervescence and fizz that forces you to sip instead of gulp. best as the first beer of the night b/c it seems almost too sour after anything else. fruity and vinegar-y, it’s one of the most unique beers I’ve had and would def put it on my top 5

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ashot (2) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2008 does not count
this is rather dard for traditional red beer. it has a perfect balance between sourness and rich fruity aroma.

4.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
csar (2) - Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2011 does not count
The Csar would like to ask for the Duchesses’ hand in matrimony. So let it be written, so let it be done. There it is - Csar

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
magichabits (2) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2011 does not count
Sweet in the nose, with aromas of hay, grass, dough, banana. Clear reddish brown with pale yellow head. Sweet first then sour on the tongue. Very little bitterness. Quite a full body at first then dries out quickly in an astringent fade. This thing is like a concentrated lambic - thicker, more robust, more oily. Damn fine.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AbsoRavenous (2) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 24, 2012 does not count
At first sight this does not look like beer but is very good, not very "beery", quite different on initial taste but it grows on you.


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