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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: 2369   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SimonPatrice (312) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2003 Re rate: The beer is better tonight. It has a nice winey, oaky, blackcurrantish aroma. A bit tart but still sweet. The metallic taste is gone. Hurray! Reddish brown. Big cherry nose, a bit spicy. Cherry, a bit sour and then a metallic taste. this could be a good beer if it wasn't for its finish. I'll have to try it later on to see if this one was from a bad batch.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Nose is very sweet, vinuous. I thought it was just too sweet and lacked a complexity I enjoyed in the Rodenbach Grand Cru.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 appeared bloody with moldy scabs..vinegar acid rain and cherry sweat aromas..overripe cherries gangbanged by mysterious chocolate...tart sour lambic-like finishUnique...I Really liked this one Re-Rate 1/18/03: the aroma showed a lot more vinegar than last time..there was a tad metallicness in the taste, and there was much too much vinegar noticed in the flavor too..i couldn't have missed this much vinegar the first time..i think that there's some inconsistency with this beer Re-Rate Draught: The vinegar, the god damned vinegar. other than that, nice tart grape flavor with some mild sweetness, mildew, and a vinous finish and aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11577) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2002
UPDATED: MAY 3, 2006 (5/3/06, draft) Clear garnet body with an off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, sour cherry, vinegar, wood. Taste is medium sweet, cherry, some sourness, light wood. Light-medium body with some acidity and light syrup. A completely different experience from the previous time (in a good way). A bit more syrup than some of the other Flemish sours, but nice nonetheless. (8/3/8/3/15)

(10/20/02, bottle) Cola colored with a small head that dissipated rapidly. Aroma is primarily balsamic vinegary, with hint of floweriness as well. Flavor is strong vinegar, taking a moment for one’s tastebuds to adjust. When they do, sweetness is noticeable, largely cherry in nature. Definitely not my beer of choice but slowly I’m beginning to appreciate these vinegar beers. (6/3/6/3/12)

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 30, 2002
Glowing reddish amber with a petite but sticky light tan head. Slow and steady carbonation. Brutal, brutal red wine vinegar aroma with hints of vinous alcohol and sour oak. Aroma screams ’Should I drink this or mix it with olive oil and pour on a bed of greens?’. Initially brashly sour and acidic with a fluffy, carbonated body. Sweetness lingers beyond the harsh first impression of sour acid. Light body. Woven array of sweet and sour aspects are nicely balanced, with it first being invasively sour, then the aftertaste is sweet and woody. Airy nature tempers the harshness somewhat but this finishes with a burning acidic edge akin to heartburn burps. Does generate some horsebarn notes as it warms and acclimates. Definately do not drink ice cold. This will either be raved or poured.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kåstå (1273) - Mol, BELGIUM - NOV 23, 2002
Medium dark, amber coloured beer with a big head. Odd sweet a bit sour aroma. The taste is sweet, fruity, sour, a like other flanders red ale but without the wineous character. Sweet-sour after taste.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
leaparsons (8245) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gunshy (479) - Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2003
This beer poured a very dark red color and formed an amazing, huge pillow like head that left some very amazing laticed like lace. Heavy and beautiful style carbonation present. An aroma of malt and wine(but not sure of style). A flavor of malt, wine, and cherries. The finish was rather tart, brought on by the heavy carb and the wine aspect no doubt. It was the finish that hurt this beer in the end from getting a higher rating from me. I felt it hurt the overall flavor of the beer. But it is not a bad beer and worth trying.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (5380) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2003
Poured a reddish amber color with a small head and no lacing. Had a strong vinegar aroma. Taste was fruity... very sour, with fruit. Tart finish

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1503) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - SEP 20, 2003
soft deep garnet/brown color..virtually headless. definitely has the aroma of a burgundy beer...full! the aroma is almost woody/sour (in a bad way) when it's too cold, but as it warms, the cheesiness and fruitiness begins to show through (accidentally chilled this one too long). fair amount of funkiness in the taste and quite a bit of fruitiness. finish is like a sweet buttery/creamy combo. not sure where to place this beer.


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