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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: 2294   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.


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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2005
Sour, somewhat chemical smell. Not really appealing. Neither is the non-existing head. Tastes quite nice however, a bit on the sweet side, like other I expected a more sour beer but it turned out to be fruity (cherries, apples) and sweet.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
vanvenlo (1204) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
25 May 2005 - Big fruit and complex hop aroma, with some earthiness. Clear brown-drak red colour, with nice brown head. Too sweet for me, with a tangy and hoppy taste, along with heaps of sourness. Liquory sugar lingering finish. I guess I am not a fan of sweet and sour.

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Never had anything like this thus far. Smells woody and sweet. Taste is even more extreme sweetness and clear oak flavor. Definately seems more like a wine than a beer with very mild carbonation and sharp, sour bite on the tounge. Unusual.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnConeD (4) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
Ok, so this is a Flemish Sour, and I don’t like sour too much, so I wasn’t expecting a miracle. Still, the aroma and taste was interesting, albeit a bit syrupy at first. If you ask me, skip this one and go for Gouden Carolus instead.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - FEB 1, 2007
Bottle. Dark red colour with a fast receding off-white head. Smells a bit funny at first. Vinous aroma with cherries, acidic with lambic tones. Flavour is very sweet in the beginning followed by a slightly sour cherry taste ending with a synthetic finish. Soft mouthfeel.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5676) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
12oz Bottle @ Coles Buffalo NY. Reddish brown pour. Sour aroma & taste. I know this is the point but just doesn’t do it for me. I’m sure it’s a wonderfully made beer.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14082) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 6, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2012 Deep red, sharp vinigar lambic like, but with full body sourness. I thought this bottle had turned but seeing other comments maybe not. Would not wzant more than 1 bottle at a time...3.0

tk2 Bottle at jens, brought back from belgium ... brown ... light balsamic vinegar ... no where as much as i remember .... deep fruits ... very light sourness ... ok but oddly i was hoping for a bit more sour. dark brown ... deep malt ... soft balsamic tones nose...rich soft fruits ... deep mellow fruits andagain balsamic3.4

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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2008 Rerate, tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Not sure what the deal was with this pour, but I couldn’t even drink this: smelled like oily, overripe fruits and balsamic vinegar (similar notes to before, but I found it overpoweringly balsamic-y this time around); fit only for salad dressing. Acidic and vinegary in the mouth (though not exceptionally tart or sour at all); flabby carbonation, overripe and pretty gross sour ale. Even at half-price happy hour, this wasn’t worth the $3. I’ll revisit this in a bottle someday, but it won’t be anytime soon. 4.4.5.3.12=2.8

Draft, Brickskeller. The very last of the keg, evidently. Pours a clear, dark mahogany-ruby color, like a rich, reddish wood; light tan head with large-bubbled retention and patchy lacing. Dense, mildly tart and overripe red fruit aroma; hints of balsamic vinegar and sour cherries; a bit of toasty oak. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: surprisingly relaxed tartness; dense, dried red fruits, oily fruit leather, and a hint of vinegar, but nothing very sharp or tart (could use some more acidity as well); a bit flabby, all told. Medium, dried red fruit and somewhat doughy finish. 8.4.7.4.14=3.7

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
TheBeerBaron (261) - Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Unusual dark red color, frothly tan head, no visible carbonation. Definite cherry aroma overpowers any other typical beer smells like malt or hops. Smells like a fruit punch or cranberry cocktail. A bubbly light palate. A definite Kriek beer packed with berry - like cherry . Just like the aroma, the fruit dominates all other things one expects from a beer. No hearty malt, no dry hops. Perhaps good for those who dont enjoy beer - the former Zima crowd and new malt vodka types. Its tart and different, but if your looking for a traditional beer, stay away.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EricE (1368) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Red-brown with a small white head. Vinegary aroma with sour fruit. Very sweet with a little bit of sourness. Bitter finish with lots of earthy funk. Not that great. Way too sweet. I’ve had better flemish sours.


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