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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: 2293   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2005 9/11/2005 Rating: 6/3/7/3/13 = 3.2
Dark, red-bodied with a frothy white head, this has an aroma of sour cherries, including the pits and stems, the latter two softening the tartness. The flavor has an underlying malty sweetness topped with the sour cherries and a taste of cold iron. The finish is mouth-wateringly tart and satisfying. My, how tastes can change in (almost) a year.

9/13/2004 Rating: 3/2/1/1/1 = 0.8
A deep reddish hue with a nearly nonexistent head, this had a vinegary, sour cherry aroma. Not much body, just thick. Some day I will revisit this beer. My initial tasting made me feel like I was drinking cough medicine, only bitter.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2004
Served at room temp- which was too warm. Im pretty sure this was aged on red wine oak barrels so some of that flavor and aroma came through, although there was a slight vinegar taste in the background. Tasted too hot and sweet with a wierd acidic and harsh profile. Very complex but not the kind of beer for me.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2004
Dark red color with no head. Cherry aroma. Very bitter cherry in the taste with a slight malt background. Certainly reminicient of a Kriek, but not nearly as tasty; the bitter throws it off.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
giarcsr (103) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 15, 2005
My first flemish sour. Pours a great dark reddish, brown color with no sediment, which surprises me. Aroma is somwhat wine like and fruity. Flavor is very sour and fruity, and very sweet. I can’t say that I love this style or beer, but I can’t say it is a bad beer. If you like the style you’ll probably like this.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2006
(01.06.06) 11.2 fl oz brown bottle purchased from DiCarlo’s, Mundelein, IL. Bottled labeled as best by 08.07.06. Clear reddish brown ale having a large long-lasting off-white head with good lacing. Soft carbonation. Interesting tobacco leaf, cedar wood, and sour cherry aromas. Medium-to-full bodied having malt sweetness and earthy, dried fruit (sour cherry?), wood flavors. Some light sharpness noted. Finished with a lingering light tangy sweet and sour aftertaste. This is a good drinkable interesting sour beer, probably best as a digestif, and is definitely an acquired taste. Not for the timid.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2452) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 Purchased at the SAQ in Laval, I do not remember, in January 2010, 330 ml bottle. Aroma of fruity sweet vinegar, a little malty. Taste a bit of tart fruits and dry, with an aftertaste of caramel. It’s pretty good, nothing really special!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rune (7777) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle from Bier Tempel in Bruxelles. Ruby red colour. Robust sourish aroma. Well balanced and good sour body. Sweetness all through and in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
daniele (5219) - ITALY - JUL 25, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2008 bottiglia da 25 buon profumo poco agro tendente al dolce molto beverina finale molto breve alla spina meno dolce

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - JUL 25, 2007
ruby brown with a medium carmel head. sour cherry, toffee aroma. thick and slick body with soft carbonation. sweet carmel with some oak and sour cherries, but the sweetness is a little overpowering. i like this style but found this one too sweet

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcnally (114) - Burbank, California, USA - AUG 30, 2007
Ruby red cranberry pour with cllingy lacing. This beer looks like sparkling cider. Sour fruit aroma. Dried sour fruit flavor, yeasty. Dry mouthfeel, velvety. This beer might appeal to a lot of people, but it’s not really my taste. Seems closer to cider than beer.


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