Ibrew2or3 (8614) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Big thanks to the Oldsmar Tap House owner Tony for loading me up with a very healthy sampling of this beer as its first pour after being tapped. Pours deep crystal clear copper to amber-ish with lasting tan head and cobweb lacing. Looks like an impressive beer. The aroma is just plain ole’ big with even sourness across the top and nearly chalky. Those notes are backed up by vinegar and faint dark fruitiness. The taste doesn’t initially come across as sour as the aroma may lead one to believe. It starts with sweet grape juice along with mild sourness and faint vegetable-ness. The overall taste does remain sweeter than sour with a growing balsamic vinegar note that seems to account for the bulk of the sourness into the finish. Interesting. A bit more age could help the flavors to meld some mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Like the other sour ales I have tried, Duchesse de Bourgogne would be better served on a salad than in a glass. That said, this was a very smooth ale. While I do not enjoy sour ales, this one is drinkable. iride15 (237) - Rockledge, Florida, Florida, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bitter and sweet, with many berry-fruit tones. Aged in oak barrels, which gives it a good rich flavor. fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottle. Rich, sweet and sour, fruity nose, predominantly cherry along with other berry-type fruits. Flavor continues with nice sour accents, as per the style of beer, but also more waves of sweet and semi-tart fruit, again dominated by cherries, but opening up to darker fruits as well. Oak creeps in, but is definitely (and appreciably) in the background to all that rich fruitiness. For a beer that some refer to as their guilty pleasure, I didn’t find anything in it to feel guilty about. Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Pours dark brown with a slight reddish hue. Nose of an oaky sour cherry with a a lot of malt sweetness balancing it out. A malty fruit flavor with cherries, plums, raspberries, with some subdued oak flavor that finishes with a touch of vanilla. This beer was overall pretty flat. A sort of thick texture, but I think a little bit of carbonation would have spritzed it up nicely.
LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark brown/red with a small thick, white head that persists. Leaves a thick lacing in the glass. Aroma of tart raspberries, sourness. After smelling this beer, I expected to drink a very tart, sour beer but I was surprised by this one! Taste is still sour, especially sour apple, but very sweet with apple, pear, other dark fruits, and oak This beer is more of a cross between a sour ale and a belgian ale, I think. For someone who doesn’t particularly like sour ales, I loved this! So drinkable! I wish I had another bottle of this... lassem (652) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 23, 2008
FSA - easy drinkable, but as most of these kind of beers it has a little bit of sickly sweet aftertaste. But a single glass is great - therefore IMO go for the small bottles. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2008
UPDATED: APR 18, 2008 Pours a clear dark brown with a creamy tan head and some great lacing. Aroma is mostly fruit, with some sour hop notes. Flavor is all dark fruit, with a hint of alcohol bite on the finish. Those Belgians make some fantastic beers! Brix (660) - DENMARK - FEB 20, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 16, 2010 Tasted 2008-02-20. Fresh bottle. Pours clear, dark, red/brown with beige head. Aroma: Sour, vinegarish, wood. Flavour: Acidic, apple pie. Very tasty. Dry mouthfeel. Good beer! ScottB (73) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - FEB 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2008 Bottle. Poured dark ruby with an off-white head which dissipated to a nice lace. First impression brought to mind balsamic vinegar, though nowhere near as acidic. Rich undertones of fig and prune and a delicate carbonation made it a pleasure to drink.