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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

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RATINGS: 2800   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 17, 2006
dark ruby with a medium sized cream colored head. aroma of plastic, wine, sour grapes, wood, and hints of chocolate. flavor is sour and candyish with apples, grapes and caramel. very fruity. sour but not enough to pucker. full bodied.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
UnConeD (4) - BELGIUM - DEC 16, 2006 does not count
Ok, so this is a Flemish Sour, and I dont like sour too much, so I wasnt expecting a miracle. Still, the aroma and taste was interesting, albeit a bit syrupy at first. If you ask me, skip this one and go for Gouden Carolus instead.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 11, 2006
[Bottle - Thanks BadDads] This was a amber color brew with no head. The aroma was very sweet and full of life The flavor was wow this is not a novice drinking brew. this was a great sour ale. Loved the flavor throughout. Had some wood flavor and that was good This is a brew to try again and again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Bottle. Malty oaty aroma with hints of berries. Deep reddish color with tan head. Fruity flavor with metallic initial tinge. Slight spiciness in the aftertaste. Woodiness in the middle. Thin palate. Refreshing, almost like raspberry juice. Fizzy carbonation. Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2006
The proto-typical Flemish Sour. there are better ones out there, but this is a great benchmark for determining if you like the style or not. Beautful deep ruby color with a nice creamy head. Great head retention and lacing. Wonderful aromas of green apple, sherry and grapes. The old and young ales are certainly distinguishable along with a slightly assertive oak presence. Sourness on the palate is definate something to behold, but is not as complex or aggressive as with the Panil Barrique. A wonderfully done ale and a great introduction to the style.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
iosonomarco (41) - Milano, ITALY - NOV 29, 2006
Allolfatto si presentano aromi molto fruttati con sentori di aceto. Al palato si presenta una combinazione di dolce (eccessivo) e acido (leggermente astringente). Il gusto quello dolce della ciliegia e dellamarena, con sentori di aceto balsamico.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (13678) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2006
On tap @ Falling Rock poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting amber headf. Aromas of vinegar, grapes, sourness and a faint hint of spice. Palate was ligfht bodied and tart. Flavors of dark fruit, vinegar and carmel with a tart finish.

1.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
tcfishler (65) - USA - NOV 25, 2006
Deep red-brown, like an old/oxidized red wine. Winey nose of sour cherry, yeast, and aceto balsamico. Hits first with acidity...definitely acetic acid (aka vinegar). Comes through afterward with quite sweet fruitiness, and a tiny bit of roasted malt as well. Highly carbonated. Finishes long but astringent. Very much a love-it-or-hate-it beer, or perhaps an acquired taste. For someone like me whose background is in wine-drinking, this isfar too similar to a wine that has gone bad, what with the brownish red color and copious volatile acidity (acetic acid). I couldnt even manage to drink more than a few ounces, which is a tragedy given the care put into brewing this. Take my rating with a grain of salt, keeping in mind my biases.

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sombeast (151) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 18, 2006
Dark cherry, every so slightly winey aroma. Deep reddish brown in color with minimal head. From the first taste this beer just popped, with a somewhat fruity sourness that left me craving more. The mouthful is almost foamy which was a surprise. This beer was far better than I expected and just made my list of favorites.

3.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mobster07 (18) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 17, 2006
11.2 oz bottle. Up front sourness followed by a orange, cherry aroma and some vinous qualities. Clear burgundy in color with a small off white head. Aggressive up front sourness, rounded with hint of sour cherries, sherry like, somewhat acidic and a little bitter orange peel. A little astringent for my tastes and the sweetness lingers on the back of the throat. Pretty good job of playing the sweet and sour contrast but seems a little rough around the edges. The aggressive sourness makes it a little one dimensional IMHO.


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