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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
crossovert (9596) - Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
A super sweet and syrupy Flemish Red. IT has notes of sugar syrup, horse radish, and vinegar.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
pivnizub (9444) - Bochum, Porúří, 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............

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (9420) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle from Utobeer and on draft at the White Horse a while back. It pours a deep red-brown colour with thin foamy off-white and moderate carbonation. The nose is malt vinegar, sweet strawberry, red apple, prune and artificial cherry (like cherry tunes). The taste is vinous, sweet blueberry, blackberry, red apple, raspberry jam, red grape, prunes and a little malt vinegar. There is an underlying light sourness that balances the sweet berry flavours. The finish is unfortunately on the short side. It is a great beer, which is true to style, but it is perhaps a touch too sweet for my liking.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (9410) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (9405) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DJMonarch (9165) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (9142) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2006
Bottle. Dried cherry / fruit wine aroma. Light reddish brown color with small head. A very nice sweet-tart dark cherry flavor - very much like a fruit wine. Great taste and easy to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (9004) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8916) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gnoff (8795) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - AUG 7, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2008 Draught at Den Tatoverede Enke in Copenhagen, Denmark. Shady dark brown color, small tan head. Red wine scent, mixed with butterscotch which is not apparent in the bottled version. Fruity sour taste different from the bottled one. Not very much red wine taste, but it’s still apparent.
Edited info: I’ve had this on 25 cl, 33 cl and big (75 cl?) bottles, also on draught at various occasions and different places. My wife loves the stuff so I taste it every now and then, but I tend to just not like this one too much, though it’s better on bigger bottles than small ones and evern better on draught.


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