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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: 2229   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8537) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 15, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 I was a wee infant when I rated this beer the first time. Now that I am a graduating to the world of sours I find that I do enjoy the Duchess very much. Reminds me so much of sweet tarts. Fruity, tart, sweet, woody. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (8529) - 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!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopdog (8521) - 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).

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8391) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2005
Bottled. A browny red coloured beer with a nice cream coloured nead and good lacing. The aroma is cherry fruits, oak, wood and lots of cobwebs. The taste is quenching. Good fruitiness; good mustiness and nicely sour. Tickles the back of the throat. A really tasty moreish beer. Top stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NielsenRatings (8273) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8250) - Bochum, GERMANY - OCT 14, 2005
(bottle) Dark ruby red colour with a creamy off-white layer. Vineous aroma of black currant, raisins, also vinegar. Bittersweet flavour, sweet malty and sour fruity taste, slightly acidic. Medium bodied, somewhat woody; tart sweetsour finish with a light bitter hoppiness. Not a disappointing but decent Flemish Red.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8188) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 31, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2005 Dark brown with a slight mohagany tint. Head is initially large but falls back to a thin surface film. Aroma is amazing, slighly sour, black cherry, with an oaky note and an amazing tawny port smell. I spent about 10 minutes trying to pick out all of the port characteristics, seems fruity with apricot and pineapple notes. Flavour is up to the expectations that the smell gave me. Sour with a fruity port flavour. Slight bitterness that is followed by a lingering sweetness, but without being cloying. Like nothing else Iíve had before.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8094) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (7940) - 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,

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (7870) - Carlsbad, 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.


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