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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: 2447   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (8907) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. I am still a little new to Flemish Sour Ales, Rodenbach Alexander being the only other one I have tried so far. From what I understand both are good examples of the style. That being the case I am fairly certain this is not a style I am a big fan of. Pours a dark amber/brown with a thick multi-colored head (beige with light brown splotches), with thin lacing. Aroma is alternatingly fruity and sour. The flavor actually reminded me of some Ohio Buckeye Brown that I tried not too long ago that had gone way past the "best by" date. Tart and vinegary flavor is tangy throughout. The finish is like an oaky Merlot. I was able to drink most of this in small doses, but I just can't appreciate the style.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - SEP 13, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 24, 2014 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. Score 4.1
Subsequent rating scored 3.9. Average becomes 4.0

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8746) - 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 I’ve had before.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (8724) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle from Bier Tempel in Bruxelles. Ruby red colour. Robust sourish aroma. Well balanced and good sour body. Sweetness all through and in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MoritzF (8644) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (8479) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 20, 2011
Bottle 330ml @ Patricks Pub og Restaurant, Kristiansand
Pours brown/deep amber with a off-white head. Aroma has notes of malt, sour apples, fruits, balsamic and brown sugar. Taste is medium sweet and medium sour with a long sweet, fruity, light sour and dry finish. Body is medium, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8473) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 2, 2002
Dark red and brown in colour with not much foam. This is a sour brown ale with an oaky dryness. There is a grape skin like feeling on the finish. Not bad.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (8347) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
A super sweet and syrupy Flemish Red. IT has notes of sugar syrup, horse radish, and vinegar.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
3fourths (8343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2014 Served in my favorite goblet... good lord the smell of balsamic vinegar hits you hard. It pours a deep burnt brown with a medium sized, light tan head. Quite a "sour smell", somewhat reminds me of :La Folie, the first of this style I tried and so my basis of comparison. Mild for the first second, then carbonated and rough like cola. Rolls over the tongue a little thin, then coast the throat with a sweet plum, grape and apple syrup, before a neat transition to a sour finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8247) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Confident balsamic vinegar effluviums intrigue...Eating cherries in the sunset...A woody breeze lifts the hints of vanilla and oak...Cheese and caramel hover over the vinosity...This is less fruity though than the Mestreechs Aajt...I used to watch them dance and glitter like a fireworks display, but sometimes that balsamic vinegar keeps blocking the view...A quite variable beer...


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