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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: 2371   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (11686) - 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

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (11638) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 9, 2011
Keg at Euston Tap. Clear, red-gold with no head. Some sour cherries and butter on the nose. Mild sugar flavor, some tart fuits then a bit of butter. Light to medium in body with soft carbonation. Somewhat sour finish, light wood, berries. Good stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11590) - 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 oneís tastebuds to adjust. When they do, sweetness is noticeable, largely cherry in nature. Definitely not my beer of choice but slowly Iím beginning to appreciate these vinegar beers. (6/3/6/3/12)

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11382) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11343) - GŲteborg, 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chrisv10 (11333) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2010
25 cl bottle. Clear red/brown with small off-white head. Flavour is vinous, malt, sweet, fruit and wood.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brokensail (11284) - 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: Iím 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11260) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2008
Copper brown with a big pillow of creamy off-white head. Light fruity aroma, some apple peel and som sourness. Sweet with a decent sour finish. Itís good in the candy-like sour category, but I didnít like that apple thing.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11209) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Cph.
Pours a wonderful, deep, deep mahogany with a small creamy beige head that leaves brilliant lacings. Aroma is absolutely sublime, some sweetness, light toffee, weak berries, funkiness, brett, caramel and lightly roasted - stunningly composed. Low to medium carbonation - quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts off rather sweet with a good dose of maltiness (having the beer too cold resulted in some unwanted metallic off-flavours, though they disappeared as it heated up). A nice fruity tartness balances very well with the sweetness. Is this the Goudenband II? There is hard roasted oakiness and malt at the finish in the aftertaste. Still stunning.


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