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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: 2396   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 11, 2003
Ocassionally I have a beer that works its way into the recesses of my brain and sparks sudden flashes of memory from god knows when - like some olfactory snapshot of my childhood. This for some reason, brought an image of the first time I ever tried my parents' wine. This is a mix of fermented green apple, clove, sour grape, and potpourri. There is a sharp hint alchohol and an insistent tinny taste that runs along the palate and sits on the back of the tongue - very very tinny, tastes like I licked a metal pole. But, save for the unpleasant finish this is a decent red.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2003
well, i tried several minutes to pronounce the name of this beer, which wrenched my palatte around considerably, perhaps diminishing my total gustatory acuity (greater wrenching was yet to come). kind of a fizzy poodle-hair shag of beige bubbles: loud ones--sounded like a sparkler going off. a rosewood or cherrywood color, like a well worn pipe. and fairly fume-agacious with the aromas: like with champagne you can smell the carbon dioxide, then there's russian laquer boxes and goat cheese, and how a mule's tail can smell when he's having an uppity day. flavor is nice, a dense cider of sour cherries, plums and golden delicious apples, with a few drops of black chocolate resin. meanwhile the carbonation hacks away frenetically at the tongue-- would work wonders cleaning battery terminals. too tart for salads, perhaps decent to season saurkraut. lemony finish. i liked it. real cute. i was ready for a beer afterward tho.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 29, 2003
A nice burgundy color, quite clear and pours with almost no head. Tastes lightly sour, with a hint of sweetness. Smells lightly woody and a bit sour as well. This beer tastes tart with a hint of cherry. A much more everyday, easy drinking version of Rodenbach Grand Cru. Maybe some hints of vanilla in the taste, followed by a bit of tannic background. No bitterness just a wonderful marriage of tart and sweet flavors. A hint of alcohol in the finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sloth (2535) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2003
Large tan head, rocky, lasts. Clear brown brew with a deep red tint, nice lookin brew. Vinous, vinegary nose with some hints of wood. Medium body. Sweet up front. Fruity, berrys, cherrys. wood comes through more so in the flavor. A sweet/sour thing is going on. Kinda interesting though. Finish is semi sweet, cidery. Different, i must say.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1609) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - DEC 4, 2003
Dark brown colour, white head. It smells like some kind of spicy yoghurt, or are it rather wine-aromas. Sweet-sour wine flavour. Well, it's a flavour I never tasted before, but I like it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUL 12, 2004
small tan head, very reddish brown, mellow nose, raison, very sweet, choc, light cherry, minimal sourness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5552) - 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 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 (2553) - 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 (8503) - 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.


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