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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2539   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   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.


3.4
   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 (8857) - 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 (5581) - Pennsburg, 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 (1515) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Clear garnet with a foamy tan head. The aroma is sour vinegar. The flavor is a huge hit of sourness. Big time balsamic vinegar but there is s a bit of sweetness. Holy cow, very unique. Fizzy mouth-feel. It is not bad but the vinegar is a bit much for my tastes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Pours amber/garnet with a small head. Aroma is strong; balsamic vinegar, cherry, apples, and more. Very complex. The flavor is intense. Fruity, sweet. Apples and cherries dominate. The acidic finish is more crab apple than vinegar, but very strong. A nice dry aftertaste. Surprisingly balanced and very drinkable for such strong flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - APR 30, 2004
pours very slowly like a thick syrup. large bubbles form the tannish coppery head in slow motion. body color is brownish red. vinuous notes, dried berries and yeast. mouthfeel starts unusually viscous and syrupy, then gets cherry sweet and sour. flavor gets malty sweet then sour again. balsalmic vinegar is so there. flavor continues to go back & forth. dry finish. micro-density lacing makes L shaped patterns, lasts longer than the head. like a dry cherry soda.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Reddish brown with a nice quarter inch cream head. Smells of cardboard, caramel, malted candy. Sour definitely. Vinegary. Definitely not like a beer. Different than anything that I have ever had. Sour yet strangely bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Sampled on tap at the GingerMan in NYC. Dark brown/ruby red in color. Very little head. Strong aroma of balsamic vinegar. Tasted sweet with a vinegar flavor on first sip then finished somewhat tart. Not sure whether I should drink it or put it on my salad. Interesting.


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