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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: 2385   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyotehunter (678) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Aroma of Balsamic vinegar. Pours a deep red/brown with a fizzy head. Wooooow.I did, but I didnt expect that. First drink, bad, second drink, dynamite. Heavy flavor of apple cider vinegar, Im liking it. Somewhat dry and tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
6ROW (416) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
red por with small off white head. sour sweet aroma, very sweet taste with small sour finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Pours a dingy Garnet Tons and tons of head billows out fo the glass. not a gusher, but really foamy. Aroma is strong on earthy tones , sour, and vinegar notes. Flavor is woody, tart cherry, and mild wine acid and vinegar. nice funk to it, but not too funky. all flavors play well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAY 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown. Aroma of wood, balsamic vinegar, and fruit. Flavor starts very sweet... caramel like. Very creamy and smooth. But too sweet to put it up at the top with my favorites.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4092) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 2, 2009
Location: Bottle from Markt in NYC, 6/27/09

Aroma: Dark fruits and vinegar mostly, grape (almost wine-like), some cherry, a little oak
Appearance: A nice looking dark red color, with a nice foamy beige head
Flavor: Much sweeter then anticipated from the nose, definitely more sweet then sour, but pretty nicely balanced
Palate: Has a good mouthfeel to it, a nice body
Overall Impression: A different kind of beer for me, this one almost struck me as wine-like in its nose and sweetness. I was expecting actually something a little more sour, but it was a pretty decent ale. I haven’t had many of this style, so I don’t have a plethora of comparative beers in my repertoire, but I thought this one was pretty solid, if maybe a tad overly sweet for my tastes.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - JUL 27, 2009
Exp: 5/2011 Pours a deep garnet red with a one finger beige head. The initial aroma is of red wine followed by expected Brett funk, and hints of straw, cork, and leather. Wow, huge plum flavor right off, followed by cherry candy and chocolate covered raisins. Hints of oak. I would prefer a more assertive Brett character to balance the sweetness a bit. Zero hop presence on this one. Medium body. Could be a good beer, but needs balance; as it is it’s cloyingly sweet. Perhaps this could be put down to an error in the blending process. Not a swigging or session beer by any stretch. This is one to be shared, and sipped, with friends.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (2729) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2009
750 ml. bottle. Shared with Gabe. Pours a huge gradually deflating off white head, of long duration after the deflation, attractive lacing, over a clear reddish brown (SRM 25) body....nose is cider and vinegar, with some sweet malts......taste initially sweet (cider like), then balsamic vinger tones, with a bit of malt, finishes sweet, with a tiny bit of tannin.....mouth feel is light, carbonation low. This is a light refreshing beer, that has many similarities to Rose wines. I think it is a little bit simple to be highly rated.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Macadem (103) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 9, 2009
Pours a dark brown with a fizzy head that disapears very quickly, the head almost looks like a soda pop being poured. Smells of grapes, apricot, raisins, prunes and sherry. Has a tartness, and a sweetness, tastes of deep fried potato, apple and red grapes. Very fruity and complex. Nice lacing.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jfb (4069) - Freising, GERMANY - SEP 11, 2009
(bottle) pours a clear ruby-amber colour with a frothy off-white head. aroma of grape juice and earth, with a hint of funk and powdered sugar. flavour is sweet musty red grapes with a rice cake finish. medium body and carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IrishBoy (3882) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUN 16, 2010
330ml bottle from BevMo Salinas. Best By 30/11/2011 Nose is tart, oaky, caramel, and some diacetyl. Clear rusty brown with a medium beige head. Flavor is sweet caramel, wine vinegar tartness, and finishes lightly sweet.


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