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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: 2334   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.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (579) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
Clairement une bière d’exception, que j’ai dégustée dans de nombreuses conditions, et qui apporte toujours d’autres nuances. Elle nous apprend la dégustation en nous encourageant à tester des conditions différentes et à ouvrir nos horizons sur des saveurs particulières. Nous savons tous que le procédé de fabrication inclut le mûrissement en foudres de chêne, mais on ne s’imagine pas toujours à quel point ceci peut nous apporter de nuances fines et très diverses. Couleur brun foncé, roux en transparence, selon un schéma convenu pour le genre. Clarté nette. Bulles bien formées. Mousse beige caramel bien crémeuse, à la fine texture. Arômes de bois de fût, réglisse, cerises noires, bois de santal. 1ère bouche très douce à cause du froment présent dans la recette, à la balance extraordinaire (au sens propre) sur des fruits mûrs, épices fines et tanins. Arrière-bouche très liée sur le bois de chêne et de santal. 2ème typée Rodenbach fortement, mais avec du bois et des myrtilles. Arrière-bouche de vin aux tanins supérieurs. 3ème sur le bois de chêne, vin de premier cru, cassis, chêne. Arrière-bouche au grand équilibre typée bois/malt, et très suave. La longueur développe et complexifie. L’alcool, bien que seulement à 6,2 % abv, contribue aux saveurs sur un tempo modéré mais parfaitement efficace. La finale relève du grand art. CONCLUSION : une bière qui est presque un genre à elle seule, comme l’Orval peut l’être. Nous sommes sous le charme d’un pareil breuvage. Le brasseur nous parle du « flemish art of brewing », et il a bien raison, parce que cette bière est vraiment artisanale dans le sens propre du terme, et constitue un fleuron de l’art flamand de la bière. On sait qu’il y a dans cette région bien d’autres trésors à découvrir dans le brassage, mais celui-ci est vraiment exceptionnel. Nous pouvons nous estimer heureux que ce capital soit arrivé jusqu’à nous, parce qu’il aurait tout aussi bien pu être considéré comme obsolète et dépassé. Point n’en ont voulu les flamands, et nous devons leur en être éternellement reconaissants.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (120) - - MAY 18, 2014
May 10, 2014. 750mL bottle from citybeer in SF. My favourite sour beer. Lovely dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of malt and balsamic vinegar and sour grapes. Lovely smooth mouthfeel, sweet malty flavour. Just as good as I remember!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
rod1916 (5) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
A great example of the Flemish sour. One of our favorites from keg, good from bottle. Expensive, but worth it.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2007
Aroma is a bold sweet scent that is almost like a red wine. Color is a deep maroon with very goes carbonation a a thick tight head. Taste is rich and sweet. Starting with a full/medium body it goes down easy with a light sweet feel. Finish comes in sweet and rich with a slightly sour wine like taste that dissipates quickly leaving you clean. This is one of the most unique and interesting beer I have ever had. Its just wonderful, its sour yet sweet and rich yet light. I have never had anything like it.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (955) - Texas, USA - APR 3, 2011
Pours rich mahogany with a fast-fading, multi-finger, off-white tannish head. Smells like oak, vanilla and red fruit, like apple. Tastes sour but more mild than, say, New Belgium la Folie, and also has a nice vanilla smoothness about it in the back end. Medium-bodied with a smooth texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne finishes smooth with a pleasant sour tingle.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
bpreo (1615) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Smells strongly of vinegar and tastes strongly of cold vinegar. After taste is more pleasant. Highly recommended.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Rballs01 (279) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
I love this style of beer! Sour cherries everywhere. It pours a very dark red/brown. Smells very acidic. A large white head foams leaving a small rim for the remander of the glass. Tastes of sour cherry, raw cranberries. Such a great style of beer.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Duchesse de Bourgogne is a red ale in the style of Rodenbach. This 6.2% abv beer comes from the Brouwerij Verhaeghe of Vichte, Belgium. This beer, like Rodenbach, is actually a blend of two different beers. One of the beers is aged for 18 months in oak casks, the other aged in oak for an 8 month period. These two beers are then blended and bottled. This beer is very complex and delicious, gaining its complexity from the blending, and the aging in oak. This gives the beer a very vinous quality, and these red ales have often been called "The Burgundies of Belgium.". Duchesse de Bourgogne pours to a deep red/brown color with a rocky white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose is wonderful, aromas of sweet malt marry with notes of oak and yeastiness. The palate is firm with flavors of malt, oak, hints of ripe fruit, and flavors of yeast. This beer finishes with a wonderful oaky, sweet and sour edge that lingers on the tongue. This is a wonderful beer, and a great showcase of the blending of two different beers. The 18 month old red ale has strong, sharp, sour notes that marry with the sweet malty and yeasty notes of the 8 month old red ale. This makes for a very complex beer with vinous qualities. This beer would make a perfect aperitif, a beer to have with a meal, and a beer to use as an ingredient in many dishes. I would match this beer with a cheese course, steamed mussels, grilled steaks, beef stews, or pork dishes. This beer would also make the perfect match with roasted turkey. It has been a tradition of mine for the last few years to drink Grand Cru or a Belgian Red with Thanksgiving dinner. The sweet and sour tart flavors really cuts through the richness of the turkey meat and stuffing.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shalloWMeans (169) - Independence, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2007
UPDATED: APR 13, 2008 Corked bottle. Pours with a moderate lacy white head. Perfect mahogany with ruby hue. Smell is very complex. Belgium malt, cherry, plum, and raspberry vinegarette. The taste is deliciously complex, with a bracing sourness thats followed by lots of fruity and spicy sweetness. An incredible beer that marriages all the characteristics of a good burgundy wine and a delicious Belgian ale.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Duellist17 (34) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 30, 2008
Perfect representation of the Flanders red. Beautiful oak character. Refreshing tart sour character.


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