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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: 2755   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10847) - 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 (10563) - 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 Im 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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10531) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (10475) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
KimJohansen (10416) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - OCT 9, 2007
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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 8, 2007
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10263) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Keg at the Vintage. Deep ruby, aroma of sour cherries, taste is tart, cherry, almond, soft toffee, sour finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maria (10214) - Thisted, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2007
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. Its an exciting beer, and I quite like this type, not every day, but once a while...

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (10176) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2010
250 ml bottle. From Germany (bierkompass.de). Shared w/ Brandman.
Dark red colour with small off-white head. Interesting sour aroma with wine, portwine and maybe calvados (?). Sweetish fruity flavour with caramel desert, sour fruits. Well balanced and delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (10099) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011
UPDATED: APR 22, 2015 Re-rate: Bottle @ Home.Courtesy of Saxo, Thanks! BB18012014 Pours very dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of light sourness, tart fruit, cherries, wood, balsamico, light vinegar, slight oxidation, maybe a bit of mold, but not in a bad way. Flavor is malt, lightly sour, sour cherries, wood, little vinegar, light spice. Medium body, soft carbonation, light sweet sour finish. 220415 Bottle @ DE meeting. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of tart fruit, like sour cherries and malt. Taste is very sweet with cherries and sugar. Thin body. Not a beer to my liking, way to sweet. 6-2-5-3-11. 190111


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