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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: 2290   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.


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Pringles68 (28) - Audubon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2005
this is my favorite beer... tastes more like fine wine than beer, fruity, tart yet sweet and flavorful. warning - must be chilled properly to avoid nasty nasal "smelling salts" aftertaste but if properly chilled the aftertaste doesn’t show up and it’s just wonderful.

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cweekly (1) - USA - MAY 31, 2008 does not count
My all-time favorite! Sweet without being cloying, more complex than many single-malt scotches I enjoy, just... wow. The most interesting, complex, enjoyable, unique beer I’ve tasted in 15 years of drinking and brewing. A must try.

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jdunlow49 (2) - , Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2008 does not count
A favorite since my first tasting... almost champagne-like effervescence and fizz that forces you to sip instead of gulp. best as the first beer of the night b/c it seems almost too sour after anything else. fruity and vinegar-y, it’s one of the most unique beers I’ve had and would def put it on my top 5

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coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Deep, dark, ruby red liquid. Much like the blood of the Duchesse. One finger head of creamy tan foam. Truly excellent retention and great lacing. Smells amazing! Deep tart fruit smells. Lots of green apple and black cherries. Not quite ripened peaches. Scent of almonds/marzipan. Hints of underlying gingerbread spiciness. Slight touch of vanilla. This is such a phenomenal tasting sour (flemish red). Big cherry taste, sour and sweet, at the same time. Huge notes of green apple. Nice big presence of black currants. Nice woody/earthiness, here, also. Hints of oak and vanilla. Extremely smooth and creamy in body, like a mouthfeel of rolling fine silk. Carbonation is perfect, with tiny, tiny bubbles. This beer is so perfect. If it were Napoleon’s Army invading my mouth, my taste buds would have no choice but to surrender. I could drink this for weeks at a time and be perfectly satisfied, with no other options. Excellent!

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Beerenberger (1373) - Fischer, Texas, USA - MAR 2, 2012
Initial sweet taste followed quickly by a very pleasing sour finish. Bery drinkable. WONDERFUL ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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MitchOFY (3) - - MAR 2, 2012 does not count
One of my dear favorites. Pours a dark amber, great head and great lacing. Aroma is pure aged balsamic vinegar. The frontal attack on the palate crushes your salivary glands, making you pine for another sip. I call this the ’beer for wine drinkers’, and I have yet to be wrong!

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Jokine (51) - Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2013 Colour is a ruby red. Hits you with a sour cherry like flavour that lingers. Excellent beer. One of my favourites.

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Crash_the_dog (141) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - APR 10, 2013
As perfect a sour beer as I've ever encountered, the rich ruby color pairs with a gorgeous creamy head, offering a medley of sour fruit flavored to the palette - apples, pears and cherries all make appearances. The taste is crisp, and the aftertaste is a perfect mirror of the initial flavors. This beer was my introduction to Belgian sours, and I've been chasing this dragon ever since. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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gschrade (534) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 5, 2013
I had this at Global Brew. My first sour! Pours reddish brown with tan head. Taste sour, fruity, sweet. I love this. I would definitely drink this again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (520) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
Clairement une bière d’exception, que j’ai dégustée dans de nombreuses conditions, et qui apporte toujours d’autres nuances. Elle nous apprend la dégustation en nous encourageant à tester des conditions différentes et à ouvrir nos horizons sur des saveurs particulières. Nous savons tous que le procédé de fabrication inclut le mûrissement en foudres de chêne, mais on ne s’imagine pas toujours à quel point ceci peut nous apporter de nuances fines et très diverses. Couleur brun foncé, roux en transparence, selon un schéma convenu pour le genre. Clarté nette. Bulles bien formées. Mousse beige caramel bien crémeuse, à la fine texture. Arômes de bois de fût, réglisse, cerises noires, bois de santal. 1ère bouche très douce à cause du froment présent dans la recette, à la balance extraordinaire (au sens propre) sur des fruits mûrs, épices fines et tanins. Arrière-bouche très liée sur le bois de chêne et de santal. 2ème typée Rodenbach fortement, mais avec du bois et des myrtilles. Arrière-bouche de vin aux tanins supérieurs. 3ème sur le bois de chêne, vin de premier cru, cassis, chêne. Arrière-bouche au grand équilibre typée bois/malt, et très suave. La longueur développe et complexifie. L’alcool, bien que seulement à 6,2 % abv, contribue aux saveurs sur un tempo modéré mais parfaitement efficace. La finale relève du grand art. CONCLUSION : une bière qui est presque un genre à elle seule, comme l’Orval peut l’être. Nous sommes sous le charme d’un pareil breuvage. Le brasseur nous parle du « flemish art of brewing », et il a bien raison, parce que cette bière est vraiment artisanale dans le sens propre du terme, et constitue un fleuron de l’art flamand de la bière. On sait qu’il y a dans cette région bien d’autres trésors à découvrir dans le brassage, mais celui-ci est vraiment exceptionnel. Nous pouvons nous estimer heureux que ce capital soit arrivé jusqu’à nous, parce qu’il aurait tout aussi bien pu être considéré comme obsolète et dépassé. Point n’en ont voulu les flamands, et nous devons leur en être éternellement reconaissants.


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