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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2774   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
pitch992 (115) - SLOVENIA - JUL 7, 2016
bottle from Pivoljub. Aroma: tart, gentle citrusy, woody,low molasses, leather, horseblanket, some vanilla, chocolate and red currant. deep red-brown, with nice reddish tint, off white head with good retention, clear. light sweetness, medium bitterness, similar to aroma. bit more of acidic, winous feel, some gentle alcohol warmth, otherwise it hides its alcohol great. medium body, slick feel, creamy, fluffy, long finish that is slightly acidic and slightly sweet with some chocolate notes as well. lively, Overall: pleasant, complex, wished there were more in the bottle.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Ruby red cranberry pour with cllingy lacing. This beer looks like sparkling cider. Sour fruit aroma. Dried sour fruit flavor, yeasty. Dry mouthfeel, velvety. This beer might appeal to a lot of people, but it’s not really my taste. Seems closer to cider than beer.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
DConMan (114) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - JUL 21, 2012
1st Tasting- Beer from Lukas Liquor, poured into a champagne coupe, shared with a friend. 2nd Tasting- Beer from iTap House (Chesterfield), poured into a snifter. 1st- Appearance - Red/Brown Color with small amount of head 2nd-Appearance - Black Color, Possibly tons of cloud, and Mushroom Head on top. 1st- Smell - Great smell! Sour for sure like any Lambic. 2nd- Smell - Smell cherry, some type of strudel, and Sour again. 1st- Taste - Tastes like a steak dinner? Very strange but this was the only thing that came up... Not a normal lambic. Manager at Lukas said it should taste like a pastry. 2nd- Taste - Have no idea about the first taste! Totally different Beer! Very bitter and sour. Tastes like cherry strudel if possible. 1st- Mouthfeel - Full carbonation, Full Bodied, and brought on tartness/sour feel. 2nd- Mouthfeel - Long Finish, Tingle feeling in cheeks/tongue after 5 seconds. 1st- Drinkability - Makes me want to drink another one.. Everyone was interested in this beer and I’m ready to experience another one! Awesome! 2nd- Drinkability - Glad I got to enjoy this beer again! Totally different aspects in tasting the 2nd time as first. Had a glass of water in between beers the 2nd time, and this was the obvious difference. Would drink a 3rd time too!

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Timvim (114) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle @ home 20140619. Deep red, clear liquid. Large light brown head with ok head retention. Large bubbles. Aroma of cherry pits, toffee, oak and a hint of acetone. Tastes cherries, cherry pits, more red fruits, oak. Quite sweet, although well balanced. Soft mouthfeel with some acetic acid in the aftertaste. On par with Rodenbach grand cru, a little bit sweeter (a bit to much for me), but lacks the corn taste of the rodenbach. Will try these side by side and rank a favorite, as prices are similar. Edit: OK, so I did pour a Rodenbach grand cru right away. Duchesse de bourgogne is a bit more complex and have more depth in flavor and aroma. Rodenbach is a bit lighter and less sweet, which I like, and lacks the acetone in the aroma. They are both very very similar, but I would definitively choose rodenbach, despite the slight corn taste.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Flamojune (113) - Ville de Quebec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 25, 2008
Dark red beer, taste more like fruits juice. Un pur délice. For all. Deep cherry and dark fruits flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle from City Swiggers. Dark Mahogany, thin light head, little lacing. Scent of prunes and vinegar. Taste is tart berries with a clean, crisp, sour finish. Dry. Overly tart for a flanders.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jainsv (113) - USA - FEB 6, 2007
This is the first flemish sour ale I have tried. It pours a deep red/brown color with a thin bubbly white head. It smells fruity with a hint of malt. The taste initially reminds you of wine with a semi-sweet taste which instantly changes to a nice sour aftertaste. Overall, an excellent beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Draft-Great Lost Bear. A little sweet for my palate, but very drinkable. Almost too sweet to be considered sour. Great body and pleasant aroma.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
RLiddell (112) - Valrico, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Pours a dark, reddish brown. Nose is mild acetic acid, dark fruits underneath. Taste is unexpectedly delightful, red grapes, figs and other dark fruits. Finish is slightly astringent. Very enjoyable!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kane (111) - USA - JAN 13, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 This rating is based on a tapped version. Served in its proper glass it was a dark brown with a 1.5 inch off-white head. Aroma was a mild sour fruit. Here is where the similarity between the bottle version and the tap version differ. The bottle version I have tried is sour and effervescent, the tap version is sweet and flat. I prefer the bottle version, which is my response with most Belgians.


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