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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: 2499   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FatPhil (10091) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2010
250ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)
7 Upon opening, a fairly winey sour aroma, but in the glass thereís 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 thereís the aged musty woodiness, but sweet cherries kick in, followed by some malt loaf with raisins. Donít 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 doesnít punch you in the face or try and have sex with you. However, itís not lacking in anyway. Classic sour bruin.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a vibrant red colour with a medium tan head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma is very tart, almost vinegar and tannic, with notes of tart cherry and funk. Sweeter than expected taste with slight funk and sourness Strong cherry and grape notes as well. Full bodied,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (9956) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2003
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 Iím 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!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9910) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Bottle @ home. Another classic from Belgium that I am glad to taste again for the first time in a few years. Deep red appearance with a fluffy, tan head. Moderately tart, cherry, plum, red fruits, sweet tart aroma. Really a nice raspberry/cherry/blackberry/plum fruitiness, tart, dark malty, somewhat woody flavor. Well carbonated with a mildly tart finish.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Benzai (9647) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2011
Only thing good about this beer is the great dark brown color with the deep red glare. Smell sour and a little chemical, taste is just not good. Low to medium carbo.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (9570) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Poured a dark reddish brown with no head. Poured with a very thick, almost syrupy, body. Very strong vinegar aroma and tastes (my wife said it smelled like balsamic vinegar). Slightly sweet with a sour finish. Some cherries mixed in there. Thick, oily body. This beer was different than any Iíve rated yet (but not a bad different - I enjoyed it).

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (9280) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Edgy Belgium. Good lace. Foamy pour, fluffy. Sweet aftertaste. Oak lends a brown to the amber. Some cherry tartness here, maybe sour lemon and unripe fruit, and oud bruin style. And as Monty Python would add, woody.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9177) - San Diego County, California, USA - JAN 28, 2009
330 mL. Pours a clear deep ruby almost brown with a thin tan head that settles down and leaving good lacework. Aromas of apple cider vinegar, sour cherries, and barnyard funk. Taste is at first tangy and fruity like a lambic but then turns more into vinegar with dark fruits (plums, black cherries), brown sugar, and some saltwater taffy. Aftertaste is long with malt vinegar. This is my first sour ale. I guess the vinegar taste will have to grow on me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (9163) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - SEP 10, 2005
Bottle: Pours reddish-brown with a mid-sized brownish head; sourish nose, a tinge of "barrique", some maltiness, vinous, liquorice, but "bubble-gum" also; starts a bit sticky and very sweet, later becoming sharper and drier; sharp, a bit "medical" and nearly not hoppy ending. Good, but a bit too sweet and not so well balanced............

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9162) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - MAR 7, 2006
On Tap at the White Horse, London SW6 23/11/2002 Mid brown coloured and very strong in alcohol. Fruity aroma. Slightly dry lasting finish.


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