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97
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style
Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2826   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (5918) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2008
Aroma is molasses and very nutty, with walnut and strong cashew notes. Clear brown with athin tan head and good lace. Sweet and nutty apple and cherry flavor. Candy and walnut present with traces of horehound. Peanut hull finish. Incredible complexity, but too sweet. I didnt care for it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2008
[bottle] Poured somewhat brown that turned ruby when held to moderate light. Big off white rocky head that lasted till it was gone. Aroma was tart apples, oak, and cherry. Flavor is actually pretty mellow and not terribly sour. Lots of apple character, woodiness from the oak, and some cherry. The sourness dissipates very quicky on the finish, instead leaving the fruity sweetness to linger.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1200) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2008
I was intrigued by this beer from the initial glance at its art work on the box. I was even more excited to find out it would be my 1st sour ale. Drinking from a snifter, its aroma is very prominent with tart cherry, a little acidic as well. Its appearance is a burgundy color, with a nice carbonated head. The flavor is rather complex with definite sour cherry, a bit vinuous flavor, and a touch of alchohol. Its very pleasant to the mouth with a definitive carbonated feel, no astringent aftertaste if chilled properly. Im not exactly certain this is one for session drinking, but its very much a pleasure. It reminds me of a fine wine, rather than a beer, but all is good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
crystal clear dark brownish amber with a great fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. deep tart cherry aroma with hints of vanilla...and...uh...the aroma is great much more complex than my description. flavor great balance of sweet and sour. tart cherry slightly floral pear vanilla and something slightly musty. finish lasting medium dry tart cherry vanilla and pear. the finish is just a bit too sweet for my taste. great lively champagne like refreshing carbonation. A very nice beer. This would be great with dessert.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrStitch (137) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 17, 2008
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick egg shell colored head. Aroma was like vinegar, malt, cherries, must, funk, and markers. Taste was interesting cherries and malt playing nicely off of one another with a hint of vinegar much like the smell. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a nice tangyness to it. An excellent sour ale that I will be having again.
Earlier Rating: 3/30/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a thick egg shell colored head. Aroma was like vinegar, malt, cherries, and markers. Taste was interesting cherries and malt with a hint of vinegar much like the smell. All in all a very nice taste its just a shame that it was retired.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
trevor211 (1651) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2008 Pours a beautiful ruby color with a small head. Aroma of tart cherries, figs and a dusty merlot. Incredibly smooth. This drinks like liquid candy, without being too sweet. Strong fruits - cherries, figs and a bit of apricot, lots of apple cider, with some balsamic vinegar as well. Its delicious - like a tart cherry brandy without the alcohol burn. I like this more every time I have it. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
cmatkins (12) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2008
Smells strongly of vinegar typical of its style. The flavor was similarily sour. This was more balanced and drinkable than other sour ales, but still not for me. I did not enjoy this, but increased my ratings because I enjoyed this beer relative other sour ales.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 12, 2008
From Volby 110408 Bottled Aroma and taste of good balsamico. Tangy but balanced by sweetness and a hint of bitterness

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2008
750 ml. bottle, very port wine nose with fast receding head, dark amber color,a little musty or funky also, sweet and sour pork flavor, good finish

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
on tap at beachwood bbq... I have had alot of variation on this beer...some bottles are sweeter and some are more sour.....but I am reviewing this on tap...... good sweet and sour nose....not as complex as some flanders reds..... taste is sweet and sour but not as sour as I like in my flanders reds r


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