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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 2385   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3604) - Sabro, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle. Amber colour with a nice moslty lasting creamy head. Aroma and taste of malts and citrus. Nice flemish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kachangas (10) - - SEP 30, 2014
A bit too sour for my taste. This is a heavy beer and has more similarities with vinegar rather than a beer itself. Nevertheless it suits the taste for those who are looking for a sour beer with a strong taste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
solvaris (106) - - OCT 5, 2014
---- personal review, no claim to be representative or neutral ---- repost undesired --- ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SinH4 (249) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 15, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 19, 2014 Beautiful dark blood-red color with small head. Cherry sweetness and fruits, oaks, yeasts. Very sweet taste, also sour, but the sweetness dominates. Tastes like sugar. Lots of sugar. Too sweet. Way too sweet. I prefer the more sour versions, but this one is still not too bad a Flanders Red.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrinkyCrow (45) - Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Tap. Iím not usually a fan of sour beers, and while this one smells a little too sour, itís pretty tasty. Hints of apple and cherry. A little too much apple cider vinegar taste. Would drink again.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2002
Sweet fruity and sour very much like a wine maybe too much for my tastes

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
Whew.... Cheap Heinz Vinegar smell. Sour to no end at first sip!?!? What is this??? Before you dump yours, let it sit a while. Some complexity appears after it warms, more appley and cherrylike with some still unavoidable vinegar notes. Thereís a time and place for this beer. The middle of a Sunday night íTV & Tasting Partyí isnít the place! I like Venoms Idea of pouring some on a salad. It would be great with Spinich leaves.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2003
Deep, reddish brown color with a thin, off-white head, the aroma is very fruity and sour with hints of vinegar. This is unlike anything I have had. The flavor is sweet and malty, with a bit of tartness and sour notes. It reminds me of some salad dressings, but not in a bad way. This beer is difficult to describe. Very complex and has some nice flavors, but the vinegar notes get to me a little.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3179) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Mmmm...no. Every now and then I stumble across a beer that is unique but simply not good. This is one of those beers. I can confirm the balsamic vinegar aroma and flavor (even bordering on raspberry vinaigrette), but I also picked up a honey/soy aspect I didnít much care for either. Cloyingly sweet with a metallic aftertaste. Notes of sour apple peel and salt were also detected. About the only compliment I have for this beer is its deep red body. Otherwise, this is reminiscent of a cheap port. Though the beer isnít awful by any means, I still believe the Duchesse should be put to pasture, perhaps as fertilizer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2004
Acajou ( redwood ) Color with light ivory colored head. Froth is collapsing fast. Intens nose of licorice, candy sirup, cigarbox and a sour touch of greek yougurt. In 2de fase, nose of port and madeira. Taste of sweet licorice, dried plums and cheep fruit candyís; also taste like you drink it from a tin goblet ( strange metalic accent ) The afthertaste is sweet with a good roundness but it has a light volatil sourness just like you sniff on a bottle of aceto balsamico ( Modena vinigar ).


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