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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: 2746   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 15, 2004
Clear garnet with a foamy tan head. The aroma is sour vinegar. The flavor is a huge hit of sourness. Big time balsamic vinegar but there is s a bit of sweetness. Holy cow, very unique. Fizzy mouth-feel. It is not bad but the vinegar is a bit much for my tastes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wildchefbill (245) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2004
Pours amber/garnet with a small head. Aroma is strong; balsamic vinegar, cherry, apples, and more. Very complex. The flavor is intense. Fruity, sweet. Apples and cherries dominate. The acidic finish is more crab apple than vinegar, but very strong. A nice dry aftertaste. Surprisingly balanced and very drinkable for such strong flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thehoff (596) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2004
Reddish brown with a nice quarter inch cream head. Smells of cardboard, caramel, malted candy. Sour definitely. Vinegary. Definitely not like a beer. Different than anything that I have ever had. Sour yet strangely bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2004
Sampled on tap at the GingerMan in NYC. Dark brown/ruby red in color. Very little head. Strong aroma of balsamic vinegar. Tasted sweet with a vinegar flavor on first sip then finished somewhat tart. Not sure whether I should drink it or put it on my salad. Interesting.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10886) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Edgy Belgium. Good lace. Foamy pour, fluffy. Sweet aftertaste. Oak lends a brown to the amber. Some cherry tartness here, maybe sour lemon and unripe fruit, and oud bruin style. And as Monty Python would add, woody.

3.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DanielBrown (4353) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2004
Bottle from Stirchley Wines and Spirits, Birmingham. Dark brown with some red, no head. Complex aroma: milk, cherry, wine, vinegar - quite tart. Quite strange - I expected it to be much more sour in taste. Initial tartness, but a super short hit, giving way to a grapeskin taste. Slimy, sweet, with a level, slight herb feeling. Interesting, but a slight let down.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
coyotehunter (698) - , Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Aroma of Balsamic vinegar. Pours a deep red/brown with a fizzy head. Wooooow.I did, but I didnt expect that. First drink, bad, second drink, dynamite. Heavy flavor of apple cider vinegar, Im liking it. Somewhat dry and tart finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
6ROW (461) - corpus christi, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
red por with small off white head. sour sweet aroma, very sweet taste with small sour finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Pours a dingy Garnet Tons and tons of head billows out fo the glass. not a gusher, but really foamy. Aroma is strong on earthy tones , sour, and vinegar notes. Flavor is woody, tart cherry, and mild wine acid and vinegar. nice funk to it, but not too funky. all flavors play well.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MeisterBrew (138) - Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA - MAY 18, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2009 Bottle. Pours a dark reddish-brown. Aroma of wood, balsamic vinegar, and fruit. Flavor starts very sweet... caramel like. Very creamy and smooth. But too sweet to put it up at the top with my favorites.


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