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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: 2506   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HansJM (358) - NORWAY - DEC 4, 2001
A very fruity start. Rabsberry-aroma. Some sweet-sour taste in the middle. Good, dry finish. Well balanced. A very good beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6574) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cherry, balsamic vinegar, cask wood, brown sugar, cooked beef. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Rather sweet for the style, so better when cold.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nuffield (3769) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2002
My reactions echo those made by others: a challenging beer, even for someone with some experience. Unique flavor, very sweet, with some unpleasant (I agree, almost metallic) tastes found in the finish. Good experience; won’t go back however.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SETANTA (582) - Bangor, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2002
acetic nose common for style, balsamic character with good oak and dark fruit flavor

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2003
This one poured a cloudy ruby red color with a very minimal white head. This was a wickedly horrid aroma to begin with however... It was an aroma of sourness, and of hard liquor almost..zachory boone as my hard liquor buddy described it. The taste is like a produce department however and totally makes up for what the aroma lacks in attractiveness. Lemon, cranberry, grapefruit and other tart citrus fruits become apparent leaving a very very dry aftertaste. I found it to have an almost soda-like atmosphere to it..highly carbonated, and attacking the sides of the tongue. This reminded me of the high school days of chewing on a sourball...a nice tartness, a different taste that is for sure, but that aroma is repulsive at times.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - JAN 30, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2003 My perspective has changed quite a bit after sampling other examples of this style. I'm not sure how I gave it a 2.4 initially. No head to speak of, fairly carbonated, mostly cherry flavors, earthy/soggy (like a forest after a heavy downpour). Noticed a touch of pepper. I disliked the metallic twinges that fluctuated from extremely evident to non-existent depending on the sip. I'll be getting this one again, if only to contrast and rerate yet again.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2003 RERATE: Must be a fresher sample this time around. Not nearly as sour, starts out tart and ends slightly sweet. Nice. Dark amber color with a medium off white head that lasts. Sweet, fruity oak aroma. Very wine like taste which isnt bad but I did not like the palate. I am not sure if it was the sourness but this beer was fizzy, like that candy you could get that would fizz in your mouth and if you ate too much you could die. It was like that, the fizziness not the dying. Dry finish with a cloying aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JorisPPattyn (8283) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JUL 21, 2003
Thé Belgian cultbeer in America. Let's see what I make of it. Deep amber-red, clear. Good amberish-creamy head, collapsing with lace. Nose: licorice, "jap", black syrup. That starts nice. Carbon gass. Fleeting impression of lactic acid. Quand même. Tart. Woody, vinous. Nowhere as complex as a RGC, however. Black "jap" aroma is gone, licorice remains. Very much lactic acid, also an obvious metallic tang. Dry out-effect, good carbonation, not fizzy. There is a strange flavour in the aftertaste that smacks of artifical flavouring. I relate it to the "gas" and "syrup" notes in the nose. I'm less than overawed. There is a woody touch, but for a beer boasting to have ripened on oak, I 'wood' expect something less metallic, infinitely more complex. Peter Bouckaert, can I have a la Folie now, please?

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 3, 2003
Dark orange or slightly light brown, whichever you prefer. Cidery aroma. Nice balance of initial sweet with tart finish. Pretty good all in all.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2003
Again, I was lucky enough to enjoy this brew with BelgianMaid and her extremely cool husband, good times. My first Flemish Sour and it was on draft, very good stuff.
A dark burgundy color with a small off white head, cradled in the proper glassware, nothing beautiful. The nose was tangy, hints of a red wine vinegar that also carried over into this beers finish. Surprisingly fruity flavor, apples, plums, prunes, definitely prunes! Lots of apparent malts, sweet and sour sauce, very much reminiscent of a more complex cider. Lovely and enjoyable, BelgianMaid drank a few of these tonight, its different and recommended.


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