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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: 2497   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oakes (13185) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Well-named, as its burgundy colour would indicate. Mix of woody lactic notes, tomato, pomegranate, apple skins and acetic notes. Sweet maltiness in the palate, alongside icing sugar, caramel apples, and a light acetic note which spoils an otherwise clean lactic undertone. Sweet & sour, quite drinkable, but I do find the acetic notes to be rather off-putting. You have to love acetic acid (vinegar) to love this beer. If you don’t, it’ll go down the drain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (12807) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JAN 21, 2011
UPDATED: APR 5, 2014 Clear red brown with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, malty, caramel, a little acetone and sour fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and light sour. Dry and light sour finish. I felt a rerate was in order since I had given a 2.8 originally. 050414

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (12521) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
(Bottle at Le Poechenellekelder, Brussels) Amber with an offwhite head. Floral aroma, fruity and quite strong. Fruity malty flavor with vanilla and notes from red wine. Grape and juniperberry. Sweet finish with some cinnamon. Different and a bit hard to define, but quite ok.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (12362) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, rich, red color without too much carbonation or head formation. S: Loads of dark fruit, specifically sour cherries and currants. There is a nice lactic sourness along with a mild vinegar aroma. T: Almost identical to the nose. A wonderful tart/sourness, but not overpowering. The cherries really come through here as well as a touch of sweet malt. M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. D: I’m still getting used to these sour ales and this is a great one to start on. Nothing overly intense about it, but a nice beer nonetheless.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 29, 2004
(Bottle) Pours a clear mahogany body with a small light tan head. Sour cherry aroma and a rich cherry flavor. Soft, creamy, and somewhat sticky palate.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12042) - Woodland, California, USA - APR 22, 2007
BB 31/03/05. Aroma of cherry? or berry? Dark ruby color with halogen back light. Virtually no head. Starts sweet, then there is some sour, followed by an earthy oakiness. Medium mouthfeel that thins as the sour comes out. The sour may have matured away somewhat, as it is not so sour as I recall. As is, it is very pleasant and drinkable. An interesting and tasty drink. It has acquired some aspects of a red wine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (12031) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUN 19, 2011
Verhalten fruchtiger Antrunk, ausgewogen süß-sauer. Zum Mittelteil überwiegt die Säuerlichkeit, man merkt eine deutliche Süßung. Auch die Lagerung in Eichenfässern macht sich im Geschmack bemerkbar, zum Ende hin daher holzig, prickelnd, weiter fruchtig nach schwarzen Johannisbeeren und etwas nach Kirsche. Etwas bitter. Test vom 13.8.2008, Gebinde: Glasflasche Noten: 9,11,12,11,9,11 - 10,85

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11994) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2010
25 cl bottle. Clear red/brown with small off-white head. Flavour is vinous, malt, sweet, fruit and wood.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnfryd (11960) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2006
Bottle. red brown colour with a beige head. Flavour is fruity apple, cherry, alcohol and yeast.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11913) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 (5/3/06, draft) Clear garnet body with an off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, vinegar, wood. Taste is medium sweet, cherry, some sourness, light wood. Light-medium body with some acidity and light syrup. A completely different experience from the previous time (in a good way). A bit more syrup than some of the other Flemish sours, but nice nonetheless. (8/3/8/3/15)

(10/20/02, bottle) Cola colored with a small head that dissipated rapidly. Aroma is primarily balsamic vinegary, with hint of floweriness as well. Flavor is strong vinegar, taking a moment for one’s tastebuds to adjust. When they do, sweetness is noticeable, largely cherry in nature. Definitely not my beer of choice but slowly I’m beginning to appreciate these vinegar beers. (6/3/6/3/12)


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