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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 2526   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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
PawelD (309) - Gdańsk, POLAND - AUG 3, 2014
Piwo butelkowe. Mocny kwaśno-octowy aromat, nuty kwiatowe. Kolor klarowny ciemny bursztyn z obfitą pianą o dużych oczkach. W smaku uderzająco kwaśne, czuć też dużą nieprzyjemną nutę octu, wysycenie wysokie. Bardzo wytrawne piwo nie moge powiedziec ze mi smakowalo ale tez nie moge stwierdzic ze bylo zle, ot zupełnie nie mój styl dlatego ocene daje średnią.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
exeter (451) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 15, 2014
Good lacing a cloudy head. The taste is of rotten fruits. Very sour. This taste is of dark fruits and maybe some sweet bread.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
eruizgarcia (252) - - JAN 9, 2015
Very bright plum and cherry, tart, medium palate, lots of lacing and slightly syrupy but not too thick. Pretty good. Menu description says 6% ABV, I find it hard to believe, feels more intense. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Wixie (119) - BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
Dark liquid, small head. Strange winelike aroma. Medium body, no carbonation. Taste is sweet and bitter.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Marduk (3850) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 3, 2015
250ml bottle. Clear dark brown color. Small size, yellowish-beige-brown head, stays. Rotten apples, sour, woody, bit of oak in aroma. Sweet, plums, apples, touch of English vinegar, HP sauce in taste. Vinegary HP sauce in aftertaste. Crisp mouthfeel. I almost like it, but then again that vinegar.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
rgf001 (201) - München, GERMANY - APR 26, 2015
Ester aromas of dried fruit, cherries, plums. A bit of vinegar, not as much as others have reported. Clear amber to brown color with beige head. Unbalanced flavor in which sweetness dominates and cloys. There are nice dried fruit flavors but many other flavors are probably obscured. Carbonation is correct but palate impression is thick. Sweet finish. The mix is not right for my taste.Maybe the sweetness is there to cover off flavors.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MMR (517) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2015
Pours a nice brown glass. Didn’t expect this ale to have such a lively sour/sweet taste.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drjoeng (157) - - JUN 3, 2015
ABV 6.2% Nice thick head poured out of the bottle. Admirably retains all of this head throughout my drink. This was satisfying to see and sample with every pull. Nose is mildly yeasty. Strong overtones of grape and tannin; just me trying to avoid using the word "wine". Clean ale mouth that is fleeting and then followed by an overwhelming vinegary mouth that slowly gives away flavors of toasted wheat and barley with lingering notes of plum and and orchid stems. Appetizing after taste that makes me want chicken wings. Pleasant enough, but not necessarily my favorite beer. Pals with wine coolers and ciders where bright fruity or citrusy flavors predominate. Could possibly be served as a mulled beer given it’s distinctly wine-y lineage. CAVEAT: This rating gets very middle of the road marks, because I just don’t trust my palate to know when it has a good sour beer. I appreciate the time and expertise it took to do this.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Aubrey (3482) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - JUL 20, 2001
UPDATED: APR 15, 2006 Dark ruby-brown. Big and fruity, vinous nose. Extremely sweet with big cherry and apple candy notes. A little too syrupy on the palate. Some sourness tries to tame the sweetness, but there’s not nearly enough of it. Only a slight yeastiness contributes to the flavor profile. Only a hint of alcohol is noticeable. Bit of metallic and band-aid flavors. Very, very mild hop flavors. Overall, not complex enough and much too sweet for my buds. Finish is bland and uneventful.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2003 This poured a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. The first thing that hits me is the SOUR nose. It's almost vinegar in aroma. The taste is also very tart but there is a sweetness hidden in there. It seems to make itself more present during the finish. Defnite fruit the taste sour apple mixed with plums, maybe. Hard to describe really. It evens out as you drink it. I didn't notice the sour as much after getting halfway through the bottle. It seems to sweeten up a little and reveal a little more than just tartness. It's been said already, but this is definitely something different!


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