beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 8, 2002
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweet fruity and sour very much like a wine maybe too much for my tastes
JoeM500 (1907) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2002
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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. There’s a time and place for this beer. The middle of a Sunday night ’TV & Tasting Party’ isn’t the place! I like Venoms Idea of pouring some on a salad. It would be great with Spinich leaves.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 7, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 didn’t 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 isn’t awful by any means, I still believe the Duchesse should be put to pasture, perhaps as fertilizer.
lachesis (757) - St Idesbald, BELGIUM - SEP 12, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 candy’s; 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 ).
Hunsell (400) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sour, somewhat chemical smell. Not really appealing. Neither is the non-existing head. Tastes quite nice however, a bit on the sweet side, like other I expected a more sour beer but it turned out to be fruity (cherries, apples) and sweet.
Lubiere (11014) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 mL bottle from Dumdum. Burgundy red with a thin off-white rich head. In aroma, vanilla fudge and oranges are noted. In mmouth, crême brulé with sour points comming out well. However, the bottle is off, or oxidized, and lost some of its umphh...
vanvenlo (1417) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - AUG 28, 2005
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
25 May 2005 - Big fruit and complex hop aroma, with some earthiness. Clear brown-drak red colour, with nice brown head. Too sweet for me, with a tangy and hoppy taste, along with heaps of sourness. Liquory sugar lingering finish. I guess I am not a fan of sweet and sour.
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Never had anything like this thus far. Smells woody and sweet. Taste is even more extreme sweetness and clear oak flavor. Definately seems more like a wine than a beer with very mild carbonation and sharp, sour bite on the tounge. Unusual.
UnConeD (4) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Ok, so this is a Flemish Sour, and I don’t like sour too much, so I wasn’t expecting a miracle. Still, the aroma and taste was interesting, albeit a bit syrupy at first. If you ask me, skip this one and go for Gouden Carolus instead.