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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: 2696   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2010 As I tried this again and again, it has a bunch of metallic qualities and watery vinegar. Not as good as once rated. Poured from a bottle. The bubbles rise very slowly. Red-brown body. Light tan head. So-so lacing. The aroma is whiskey, vanilla, black pepper, sour fruits, oaK. It has a VERY complex aroma. Not as barnyardy as other flemish ales. The flavor is mellow given the aroma, alcohol, sour fuits, tangy, cask aged grape juice. Pretty damn tasty. The palate is very thick. Almost syrupy. Yet still very appealing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7503) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Poured a deep ruby red, almost like red wine vinegar. Aroma was of sour cherries or raspberries, with a hint of vinegar. Flavor was slightly metallic, and dark, fermented fruits came through. Sweetness and tartness were both prominent in the taste, and they were rather well-balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2005
This tasted like black cherries, malt, brown sugar, sothern comfort, and strawberries mixed together. i thought it was excellent. good body and nice clean finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (16886) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2005
(Bottle at Le Poechenellekelder, Brussels) Amber with an offwhite head. Floral aroma, fruity and quite strong. Fruity malty flavor with vanilla and notes from red wine. Grape and juniperberry. Sweet finish with some cinnamon. Different and a bit hard to define, but quite ok.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7999) - NUNEATON, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - AUG 8, 2006
Almost jet-black, sweet-sour fruity ale with a hint of blackcurrant. Ideal accompaniment to a world cup QF penalty shoot-out defeat. Goes well with tears.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brianprentiss (690) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Definitely SWEET, like a fruit beer. Interesting to try but probably won’t buy this regularly

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (5366) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 12, 2007
Pours very dark crimson with a thick tan head. The aroma is musty and sweet with traits of cobwebs, cherry, wood and only a hint of tartness / sourness. Medium body with quite a bit of carbonation. The taste starts fairly sweet for a Flemish sour and has cherry, thick malt and candy cough drop. Fairly cloying as well. The finish adds a bit of spice and more of the cough drop taste. There is only the slightest hint of oak throughout.
This is an okay beer, but it doesn’t have a lot of the traits I enjoy in a Flemish sour. If I went into it with different expectations I may have though differently.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
altonbrownd (5163) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle at home. Amazing ruby red colour. Acidic scent. Sweet cassis, cherry and raspberry tastes. Hints of fresh apple. Sour and punchy. It’s not my favorite type but I think it does this quite well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 14, 2007
Bottle. Clear reddish brown, or maybe burgund... Tiny khaki head. Alluring aromas of portwine and balsamic vinegar. Fruity sweet-acidic flavors, mostly cherries. Also notes of dried fruits, almonds and rock-candy. Syrupy mouthfeel. Quite sweet finish. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1335) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2007 I liked this beer due to the fact that it was a nice surprise. I had no idea what to expect. When I first popped the top on this sucker I was not expecting a sweet and sour smell, but it definitely did have one. After the pour, I noticed the beer had a brown and red hue. Great color. The total shocker came when I actually drank the beer, and I must say it was VERY sweet. The taste of cherries lingered inside of my entire mouth. Creamy, very little head, and a very fruity aftertaste. I was surprised and the only reason this beer did not rate higher was due to the fact that it at times was TOO sweet. Not my favorite, but also not bad. Cheers!


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