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


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RATINGS: 2420   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrmekon (100) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Dark brown with reddish hue. Large, dense off-white foamy head that fades slowly and leaves foamy lace. Strong aroma of sour yeast, cranberries, barnyard. Taste is a juicy sweetness with tart balance, cranberry and apple, with a deeper, sweeter black cherry finish. Medium body and very high carbonation make this like drinking an amazing sparkling juice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
justsayswell (89) - Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pours a deep ruby-brown. Minimal head and lacing. Nose is red wine vinegar, oak, tart cherry, raspberry. Taste is cherry balsamic, wood, bit of cranberry. Hint of caramel. Medium body and fairly sweet. Finishes tart with a faint lingering sweetness. Really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
empero (8) - POLAND - JAN 23, 2015 does not count
Red brown color, nice tan head. Cheries, apple and balsamico vinegar in armoma. Tastes sweet and fruity, with acidic finish. No signs of bitterness. Medium body, very light carbonation. Very tasty beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
McWorta (714) - LUXEMBOURG - JAN 18, 2015
Deep brown-red in colour with a fine fading dark white head. Aromas of quality balsamico vinegar, dark cherry and wood develop with notes of earthyness and dark olives. Rather complex! Some fruity-wood sweetness hits your palate at first quickly changing into a pleasant vinegar sweet-bitter-acidity. Softly carbonated with a light slick texture developing a fruity-dry-tartness. Chewy well balanced yet complex lasting finish. Nice one!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (418) - Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2015
It’s a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. 

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (392) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 17, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: Dark red, minimal head. Aroma: Cherries, apples, grape, herbs Palate: medium body, average carbonation. Sour finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
venom666 (431) - Elche, SPAIN - JAN 16, 2015
Brown/reddish color with rich beige foamy head. Cherries, raspberries, apple and apple, with some red wine and cider hints. Sweet taste, full of cherries and apples with a strong tart ending.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
lebermilz (12) - GERMANY - JAN 15, 2015
Mein erstes saures Bier. Sehr komplex, erfrischend, Noten von spontaner Gärung. Beim ersten Mal aus der 0,75er Flasche getrunken, dann später nochmal aus der kleinen Flasche. Beim zweiten Mal waren die Flüchtigen Säuren recht üppig, auf Deutsch: die Essignote war schon ziemlich heftig. Kein Bier für ein erstes Date.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rammer (155) - Moscow, RUSSIA - JAN 15, 2015
This is very good, I liked more Rodenbach. Fragrantly sweet and rich berry. excellent sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (2585) - BELGIUM - JAN 14, 2015
Verhaeghe’s most reputed beer, a classic in the ’oud bruin’ style, or more accurately ’Vlaams rood’. Deep mahogany colour under a creamy, pale beige head; very estery nose, passion fruit, cherry, pear, cider, red wine, sour cream; sweet onset (this is clearly sweetened with candi sugar), very fruity, vinous, with a tartness which dries a bit and increases towards the finish, caramelly malt base, vinous and somewhat woody, long sour-sweet finish. Nice, but an unsweetened version would prove more interesting. I’ll take Vichtenaar in the meantime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rouhlas (402) - GREECE - JAN 12, 2015
750ml bottle at the Beerstore, Thessaloniki. Dark red color with small almost no head. Wineous, fruity aroma, malty too. Sweet and light sour taste. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

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