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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

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common

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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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MarkoNm (2299) - Novo mesto, SLOVENIA - FEB 11, 2015
Pours a rather dark brown color, hazy, topped with lots of beige colored head. Lot’s of carbonation. Aroma is fruity with some cidery and soury notes. Taste starts with sweet fruity feel - some berries, cherry perhaps and some others. Followed by relatively mild soury taste (cider and new wine quality) - actually one of my first sours, so it was a bit of a surprise, but definitely in a good way.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
George2Tall (35) - - MAR 28, 2015
Is the devil's brew? Pours a dark brown. The initial taste is of vinegar, but with an aroma of old wine. The flavor morphs into tart cherry, no, black cherry. What bizarre chemistry is going on here? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scirtes (408) - POLAND - MAR 29, 2015
25 cl bottle, bb 12.06.2016. Ruby coloured, hazy, with beige head that stands for a long time and nice lacing. Fizzy carbonation caused gushing. Aroma is acidic, fruity, somewhat winy. Very sweet, with winy and woody notes. Interesting, but definitely too sweet.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dexcansino (575) - Andalucía, SPAIN - JUL 21, 2015
Cerveza de color rojizo, olor a aceitunado, sabor ácido, fondo especiado y notas dulces tipo azucar moreno. Gran cerveza.

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 (7284) - 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 (4055) - 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.


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