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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: 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.


2.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours a wonderful amber color with a large coffee and cream head that disappates fairly quickly. Wonderful Cabarnet scent. However this goes down as the first beer I almost threw right back up on the first swallow but further tastings show that itís really not too bad. On the same lines as a lambic. OK, would most likely never drink again.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
lb4lb (2555) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Dark, deep reddish brown pour that lets some light through. Smell is kind of a funky, sour cherry and wine like aroma without a strong offputting vinegar scent. Gooey band-aid-y aroma that I donít care for, though. If that were in a regular beer it would be called infected. If itís in a Sour Ale, its pleasant?? Flavor is sweeter and less sour than expected. Fairly sweet up front, but finishing dry with a bubbly champagne like body and flavors that are reminiscent of cherry, grape and cranberries. A bit hard to describe as its only my 1st or 2nd sour ale. All in all, not a bad experience and a unique beer that is like a funky fruit soda. I would have to get used to that odd smell though, to really enjoy this beer again.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HippieFee (69) - - AUG 16, 2014
Draft - looks like brown sugar with a hint of this dark red wine color. Tart, hints of oak, red grapes, and cherry. With all the oak aging it tastes more like a wine then a beer.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
legion242 (2266) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2001
Bad bottle maybe? Too tart. Bad raisins.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dogbrick (8650) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. I am still a little new to Flemish Sour Ales, Rodenbach Alexander being the only other one I have tried so far. From what I understand both are good examples of the style. That being the case I am fairly certain this is not a style I am a big fan of. Pours a dark amber/brown with a thick multi-colored head (beige with light brown splotches), with thin lacing. Aroma is alternatingly fruity and sour. The flavor actually reminded me of some Ohio Buckeye Brown that I tried not too long ago that had gone way past the "best by" date. Tart and vinegary flavor is tangy throughout. The finish is like an oaky Merlot. I was able to drink most of this in small doses, but I just can't appreciate the style.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2004
poured reddish brown with a light tan head. aroma sour cherries, citrus, choc. malts. flavor sour fruits, malt vinegar, colawith a hint of sweetness as it warmed. not a fan of this one thought I was dinking a semi sweet wine that was starting to turn bad

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
destroye7 (312) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottle. Dark brown/red color. Vinegar aroma. Sweet taste. Cherries. A bit too sweet for my taste but not bad. The head disappeared fast.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
I think me and any Flanders officially dont get along. It pours a mildly headish ruby brown smelling frankly like sour patch kids, vinegar, and alcohol. The taste is light, lighter than the smell leads you to believe. Itís not my favorite, but it did finish with a saki clean, like a good Flanders. The body is a little light, though from otherís Iíve had.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
paco (527) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - FEB 18, 2007
Bottle. Pours an off colour maroon. Thin white head. Very sweet, thick. A little too sweet for me. Nice and warming going down. Good with desert.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
estoves (41) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 9, 2007
Bottle.Dark ruby brown body with a large fizzy and creamy lasting head. Sour smell of wineager. Flavor is sour, sweet with som notes of wood and sour berries. Way to sour for me, probably not bad for its style, but i certainly dont like the style now.


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