KM (418) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown body, small off white head. Heavy sweet malty aroma. Way too sweet flavour. There is some complexity here, but I don’t whish to explore it further. (Brüssel (hotel room), 15.12.07) downender (9008) - Bristol, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2007
Bottle bought at Hopduvel Gent. Deep brown colour with some reddish undertones and a moderate tan head. Aroma was very sour, almost vinegar-like, with some fruit and molasses and tart oak. The flavour was powerfully sour with some yeast and a vinous mouth feel. The finish had a lingering acetic edge. Complex and very enjoyable. MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2009 Bouteille brune de 33 cl. Nez puissant de fruits (raisins, pruneaux, cerises). Belle robe brune et mousse qui tient bien. Goût très fruité, avec une note de boisé et une présence lactique discrète. L’arrière-goût fruité demeure discret, peut-être le point le moins réussi de cette excellente bière. Unique en son genre parmi les bières trouvables au Québec. daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Yummy!!! Toast this one to ring in the New Year! It’s tangy and fruity! Like champagne, but BEER! wowowow! Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 25, 2007
330ml bottle from Bevmo Carmel Mountain. Wow! What a beer! Poured a Deep copper with a very thin off white head. Nose of sour cherries, oak, cabernet.....and something I can’t put my finger on. Flavor was very sweet, sour and smooth. I’m new to sour ales but, on my way to falling in love with them.
jeremytoni (3085) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2007
From the tap poured a nice dark red color with a good amount of head. Nice sour flavor with a bit of spice. Nice lingering aftertaste. cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2007
On draft in a Duchesse glass @ Old Vines in Orlando. Dark ruby, with a slight white head. Fades fast but left a nice lacing behind. Sweet/sour aroma, slight acetic hints, almost brandyish grapes. Flavor was sweetly tart, hints of apples and grapes. A little vineger. A slight puckering mouthfeel. Very nice, I enjoyed savoring it for a while. No noticeable hops. Sour but more on the tart side of sour. very good, I look forward to having this again! BlackForestCO (1288) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2009 Poured from a bottle. Poured a nice garnet red color with a thin, light tan head. Nice sour aroma with hints of cherry, some oak, and a bit of musk. Flavor begins with a tart cherry hit with nice carbonation and a bit of oak, leading into a smooth, sweet, almost apple juice like finish. Very crisp and smooth at the same time, and very pleasant to drink. Really nice beer, but not overly sour. joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Best before 3/21/08
Duchesse de Bourgogne appears rusty when poured into a flute. A soapy bubbled beige head rose to just over a finger on the pour. Fairly clear with tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the head. Leaves a spot or two of lace here and there. Good looking Flanders Red.
Aroma has much less vinegar than I expected to find. There is hints of balsamic vinegar though that mingle nicely with damp musty oak. There’s tart cherries that make my mouth water each time I stick my nose in the glass. All the aromas are perfectly balanced. As this breathes the vinegar does become more pronounced.
This is certainly a lively beer in the mouth. There’s a wave of sourness upfront followed by an explosion of sweet and sour mid-palate. There’s not much oak in the flavor but the mustiness and cherries are there. Slight vinegar after the sweet and sour explosion. Finishes with semi-sweet cherries.
Extremely lively mouthfeel that becomes frothy as it moves along. Light bodied with big pops of flavor concentrating on seperate areas of the mouth. The carbonation is on the higher side of the spectrum and keeps this one moving quickly.
This is actually a fairly refreshing beer that does down pretty easily. This bottle is disappearing pretty fast.
Duchesse de Bourgogne is a quality Flanders Red that’s a pleasure to sip. As this beer warms the flavors really seem to grow and morph. Interesting complexities.
12/15/07 f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Pours an extreme dark red color with a nice, off-white head. Aroma is very sour, a definite oaked character. Initial sourness seems to be a carryover from the aroma; center of this beer seems to be nutty and sweet. A woody, sour finish. Satisfying, just not very interesting.