madsberg (10480) - Søborg, DENMARK - SEP 28, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 On Tap: Dark ruby colour with medium lasting head. Fabulous mix of sweetness and sourness makes this a highly drinkable beer. Last long in the aftertaste and the mouth calls for more. Had it as a aperitif to a 4 course beer menu. Excellent
Theydon_Bois (10376) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home, from Beermerchants, 27/07/13.
One of the two beers along with Rodenbach that got me acclimatised to lambics/sours on my initial Belgian trips in the early noughties. I’m sure she’s still a sour bitch!
Pours reddish brown with a thin light beige covering that just about keeps the beer below from being seen.
Nose is soured berries, oaky, damp wood, tarte berry fruits, light toffee, sugars. burnt cherries.
Taste comprises dank wood, red grapes, soured berry compote, sugars, caramelised tarte cherries, light metallic tang.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, tarte light puckering finish.
Great stuff and still keanly priced. A little to sweet at times but I forgive her!
KimJohansen (10350) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red brown with an abscent head. Aroma is sweet sour with hints of malt and balsamico. Flavor is sweet sour and a bit watery in the middle before a mild sourness kicks in. Rather vinous but lacks character.
Ratman197 (10320) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber headf. Aromas of vinegar, grapes, sourness and a faint hint of spice. Palate was ligfht bodied and tart. Flavors of dark fruit, vinegar and carmel with a tart finish.
faroeviking (10286) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark red-brown colour. No head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, some sourness and dark fruits. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is sour, roasty and sweet with well ripe fruits, spices, wood (oak), red berries and some yeast. Sour bit dry finish. Nice one this Duchesse.
BeerandBlues2 (10246) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours mahagony to nut brown with a small fizzy edgy tan head. Sour muscadine and grape berry aroma with malt character and oak notes. Sour berry and muscadine aged oak malt flavor with sweet caramel and brown sugar notes and light acidity. Medium bodied and fizzy palate that tingles the toungue.
Maria (10176) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice, red-brown color and a huge, golden head. The aroma is sour with notes of berries. The flavour is sour, at fist rather like vinegar, but then more mellow sweet/sour, mostly sweet. It has a lot of berry notes, rowan berries, black currant and a little prune. It’s an exciting beer, and I quite like this type, not every day, but once a while...
Bov (9876) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2001
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark ruby colour, nice head, fantastic complex aroma: fruity, flowers, vinegar and a hint of chocolate, very rich flavour, cherry, sweetness followed by a long sour finish
hopscotch (9733) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2007 Aroma is of balsamic vinegar and Cabernet. Also, notes of pear and dark fruit. Crystal clear, deep mohogany hue. Small, creamy, off-white head. Quickly diminishing with decent lacing. Extremely fruity and moderately tart flavor. Blasts of cherries, Cabernet, plums, red-delicious apples and other tangy fruits I’m unable to identify. A little white vinegar thrown in for good measure. Medium-bodied with a silky mouthfeel. Lively carbonation.
A medium length, very acetic, lightly earthy finish. Being a fan of Sour Patch Kids, I really enjoyed this beer. Be prepared to pucker!
FatPhil (9723) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
250ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)
7 Upon opening, a fairly winey sour aroma, but in the glass there’s more fruitiness, including cherries, and some toffee
4 ruby red, and a surprisingly lasting beige head
7 Lovely mix of flavours in the mouth, first there’s the aged musty woodiness, but sweet cherries kick in, followed by some malt loaf with raisins. Don’t forget the acidity and the wood resins.
4 crisp carbonation, tingly palate enhanced by slight acidity. Finish is sweet, a touch toffee, and has lovely malts, and gentle resins..
16 So much not a big beer, and the points suffer because it doesn’t punch you in the face or try and have sex with you. However, it’s not lacking in anyway. Classic sour bruin.