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


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RATINGS: 2371   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mpersinger (349) - , California, USA - APR 9, 2011
Have had in bottle several times, once on draft that was hugely diacetyl, and now this recent bottle: Pours brownish-ruby with slight haze and lasting beige moderate head. Mild, aged balsamic vinegar, leather, and cherry aromas. Some caramel and prune notes with well-balanced moderate acetic, some lactic and cherry sweet malt flavors, leaning toward vinegar. Medium The rather sweet finish does give credence to the ’rumor’ that they backsweeten with aspartame (as does the subtle thickness to the back of the tongue that I feel around the third sip). There’s a latent dryness in which there’s oak and a hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (917) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - NOV 24, 2014
BOTTLE 25 CL from dcmchew. Mild and delicate, lightly acetic with mild balsamic vinegar notes and a tad too sweet. Tart fruity sweetness (cherry?), some old malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (58) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle from SAQ, shared with wife. Aroma: cherry, sourness, acidity, dark fruits, oak. App: unfiltered brown-redish, white head, lots of carbonation visible. Taste and palate: barnyard, high carbonation, dry, medium sweetness, sour finish. Overall: a good sour, not too sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ColovianTrader (316) - - NOV 20, 2014
Aroma of stinky fruit. Flags of tart fruit, berries, cherries, wine and sweet grains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Malaclemys (387) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Pours amber with white head. Aroma of apple cider vinegar, yeasty, red fruit, tart. Taste is sour, fruity, apple, sweet finish with dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
Hrc_Cro (93) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 8, 2014
0.33l bottle. Dark red/brown color with very little brown foam. Smell of vinegar. Aroma of spices, sour cherries and vinegar.. Taste is very sour and medium sweet. It leaves a feeling in my throat like after vomiting and that is obviously not good. Very interesting, but would not dare to call it very good. One might say it tastes more like wine than beer, or like wine mixed with beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bork (322) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Excellent red sour with lots of fruitiness on the tongue and spices on the nose. Rounds off pleasantly on the finish and leaves you thirsty for another sip,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BenH (2474) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - OCT 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Cam and Rachel. Brown with tan head. Aroma is funky and spicy. Funky spicy woody fruity flavour. Bone dry and tart. Tidy

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lele (143) - Padova, ITALY - OCT 29, 2014
Birra veramente spettacolare. Ve lo dice uno che non apprezza particolarmente lo stile. ASPETTO: marrone scuro con toni rosso granata, quasi impenetrabile a bicchiere pieno, ma se si inclina, si vede un marrone che ricorda il whisky con tonalità granata. Schiuma un po’ fine e un po’ grossolana, poco abbondante e poco persistente, dal colore marroncino chiaro sempre con tonalità granata. AROMA: chiarissimi toni acetosi, barricati, che stimolano le ghiandole salivari. Si sentono bene anche toni vinosi, liquorosi e di frutta rossa, nonché un tocco di marzapane e crema pasticciera. GUSTO: complessissima, ma allo stesso tempo abbastanza facile da bere. Si avverte un acidulo gradevolissimo e di classe, che non stanca mai. Si sente anche l’acidulo dei frutti di bosco (soprattutto ribes e lamponi), bilanciato dal dolce cremoso e da toni vinosi. Il rischio di queste birre è che a lungo andare stanchino un po’. Questa invece no! Sapore forte e deciso, ogni sorso è un colpo, ma non stanca mai. Complessa e leggera allo stesso tempo, ripulisce stranamente la bocca abbastanza bene, con un lieve retrogusto dolciastro.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fedexs (19) - ITALY - OCT 26, 2014
Citrus wort and spicy in the nose with an intense aroma. At the apparence ambered beer with nice foam. Drinking it is sweet with fruity notes that become sour in the end (tannic). It’s a pleasure drinking this beer and the sweet ot’s perfectly balanced by its sour characteristic. Nice beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Inbreak (2339) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2014
Old rating rerated 20.10.2014, 0,33l bottle shared with a colleague @ hotel room in Ulsteinvik:
Nice slightly fizzy mediumlasting head. Aroma is very mild fruity, sour-ish dark fruits, winegum, oak, grass, thinner, mild vinegar, butterscotch. Taste is mild sour-ish, dark fruits, sour-ish winegum, soda powder, oak, grass, sugar, butterscotch. Little bitterness, kind of watery mouthfeel. Fair enough, not as good as I remembered it...

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