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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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common

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RATINGS: 2506   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 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 (2607) - 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 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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle. Dark brown and bubbly pour with an off white head. Barnyard and funky aroma. Almost sour cherries in the nose. Taste is sour and vinegar. Reason I didn’t rate it higher is because it had little to no complexity. So while I did enjoy it, it was lacking..

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
DRunk from goblet. Pours deep red with a thin head. Aroma is sour and fruity. Strong apple flavour, rich and sweet. Very sour tasting. A very interesting brew. I have never had anything like it before. It reminds me a bit of a port.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JaBier (5300) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Bottle. Clear amber/red pour with a big tan head and very carbonated. Malty aroma with a bit of caramel along with some red wine and tartness. Sweet red wine flavor with a touch of sourness with a bready finish. Not bad, but it’s too sticky and syrupy sweet for my liking.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2010 A reddish-brown beer with a pretty good looking head that dissipates. The aroma was like a balsamic vinaigrette at a fancy restaurant. The taste was sweet, acidic & salty. The sweet balances out the acidic pretty well with a thin palate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 23, 2010
Re-rate (bottle from Coaltrain Wine & Liquor in Colorado Springs). Clear brown/amber color. Medium off white head. Light vinegar aroma, with very light cherry. Sweet malt flavor, with light vinegar, light oak, and light fruit. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Spare lacing. --- Original rating from 6/21/09: Overall 2.5 (on tap at Summit Brewfest in Colorado Springs). Pours a clear, dark brown color. Small light brown head. Vinegar aroma with light alcohol. Vinegar flavor with light bitterness. Spare lacing. Avg duration. Soft carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ExpendableHero (773) - Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2010
Finally got my hands on some of this stuff. Reddish/dark amber colored beer with a small white head. Very bubbly and fizzy. Nice tart aromas of fruit, apple juice, and spices. The taste is quite sour, getting hints of sour apples, some citrus, and a sweet aftertaste. Also a bit earthy. The beer’s gimmick is obviously to be sour, and it does this quite well without being offensive. A sipper. Enjoyable, but a bit too expensive for what it is.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sarahmarie (265) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2010
Smells a bit fruity, vinegar like qualities, with a hint of malt backing. It is tart above all other features, sharp and sour all around. Sweet fruits play along, sour cherries and grapes. After a while the taste reminds me of a Red Bull. Very sweet, with wine like acidity. Really wish there was more of a malt balance so I don’t forget I am drinking a beer. Every once and a while I can enjoy one of these, but too sweet and tart to handle a lot of.


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