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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: 2366   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 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Katarzyna (6) - Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011 does not count
Dark amber color with a slight head. Smells tart and sweet, almost like a balsamic vinegar. Very complex in taste with tart sour notes and sweet notes too. Hate to use it again but it’s like drinking a very nicely aged balsamic vinegar, the same kind of complexities are present with that tart yet sweet flavor. This beer is not for everyone but if you enjoy sour flavors, you’ll enjoy this one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
tfarmstrong (6) - Arkansas, USA - DEC 8, 2012 does not count
I will start by saying I do not care for Flemish reds. This beer seems to fit the style perhaps even a bit on the sweet side. This one only confirmed my lack of desire for this style

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jumpman8828 (5) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 7, 2013 does not count
Pours a deep, dark amber, with a frothy white head that dissipated quickly. First thought on the aroma is wine, or cider. A lot of dark fruitiness right up front, and it has that sour acidity reminiscent of sparkling white wine. The flavor is rounded out with a little cherry sweetness. The similarities with a sparkling wine continue with the effervescent texture across the tongue and the late "bite" on the swallow. Really a delightful beer and a nice change of pace from the usual styles I go for.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jgabriel (5) - BELGIUM - MAY 15, 2013 does not count
Bière étonnante et très originale. Au premier abord difficile elle deploye des la seconde gorgée son arôme type cidre au pommé. A goûter..

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
barbee (5) - - MAR 6, 2012 does not count
A rich, dark pour which nonetheless left a disappointingly minimal head despite being poured from cellar temperature. Almost overpoweringly strong smell of fortification, really is one for the wilds. Tastes as heavily sour, as the duchess’ expression but with only medium body, the long finish left me little I wanted to savour.

4.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerBanzai (5) - Funabashi-shi, Chiba-ken, JAPAN - MAY 15, 2009 does not count
330 ml. bottle and 6.2% ABV. This Flemish red ale has plum like sour but inherently sweet taste. The dark brown appearance with rich creamy foam is really unforgettable.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hisskirt (5) - California, USA - AUG 9, 2009 does not count
A wonderful beer. Pours the color of old-fashioned birch-beer, with a lovely aged ivory head. In a tulip glass it smells like dreid figs & dark caramel. A lovely bright sweetness with a refreshing carbonation reminiscent of San Pellegrino water. Paris perfectly with cold ham slices on a hot summer day. Smooth, long finish. Many women would find Duchesse an inviting door to the world of fine beer - share a bottle with your girlfriend and you’ll have a convert.

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tjbjcpmaster99 (5) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2001 does not count
Outstanding Flemish Red. Second only to the great Rodenbach! Don’t age this one, it’s pasteurized like Rodenbach.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gabbo27 (5) - whittier, California, USA - AUG 13, 2004 does not count
I first tasted this beer on draft at Toronados in my visit to San Francisco. It had a beautiful deep red color and a wonderful sweet and sour character. The after taste reminded me of caramel apples. When I got home I searched far and wide for this beer. Bottled I found it to be a little more acidic and vinegary, but still quite delicious. Definitely a good sippin’ beer.


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