treadyroc (163) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - NOV 16, 2007
This beer surprised me. The rich caramel aroma was stunning, & the finish was very clean. Reminded me of a Cornish cider, but brewed like a beer. It’s a bit too thick & sweet for me to drink on a regular basis, but it’s definitely a very tasty brew. rodenbach99 (4678) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 15, 2007
330ml, j’aime beaucoup les bières rouges des flandres, comme cette superbe duchesse de bourgogne, une belle initiation au genre.. Blom (848) - Sorø, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2007
Dark brown with a dense head. It smells like a geuze or raspberry lambic with notes of grape and rosé wine. The flavour is somewhat surprising being less sour and acidity than I would ecpect from the aroma. Instead it is sweet and suggarish with wood like contours and a bit of acidity. Perm (151) - Tryon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2007 Don’t try this at a beer festival in the midst of sweet stouts, hoppy IPAs, or complex Abbeys. You won’t like it and you’ll give it a bad grade, simply because it’s so different from everything else. Sort of like drinking a strong Cabernet-Zinfandel blend with palak paneer and chicken jal frazie -- you’ll end up thinking that the wine is bad. Rather, this beer, a remarkable example of Flemish Red Ale, should be experienced on its own, or better yet, with dinner. It is matured in oak casks, giving it a rich depth. It has a sourness reminiscent of Gueuze or unfruited Lambic, but has much more to offer than the Gueuze that I’ve tasted. There is a mild fruity (applish) acidity to the finish giving it a wine-like quality: not for nothing is it called the “Burgundy of Beers.” It is this acidity coupled with the pleasant sourness and wine-like dryness that makes it go so well with a variety of foods, from artisan cheese to seafood (I expect – I’m dying to try it with mussels and frites) to venison (I had it with a savory meat pie loaded with cardamom and other spices), and I’m sure there are other wonderful pairings lurking out there to be found. Definitely a keeper. It’s also not nearly as high in alcohol (about 6.2% ABV) as other Belgians, so it won’t knock you out for the rest of the evening. JohnnyJ (5571) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 11, 2007
Pours a dark brownish red with brown head. Lots of sweet cherries and some nuttiness, caramel malt, apple, oak, and berries. Finishes off sour. Quite nice, I always seem to like flemish sours.
eboats (1115) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Bottled. Pours black or dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is a stale sour cherry. Not overly strong in the sourness with the cherry only being slightly detectable. Flavor is very sweet and I definately taste cherry. The sourness comes in towards the end and isn’t that much. Almost cloying it is so sweet. The fruit comes through at the finish with the sourness being an after thought. Super smooth body, but just too much sugar. Edmoe (241) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2007 Pours dark brown with red accents. One finger of thick tan head. Aroma is intense sour with Worcestershire. Very satisfying full mouthfeel . Very sour...cherries...hint of soy. Sour/bitterness lingers for a bit, then finishes clean. Incredible! The first time I had this I couldn’t stand it. Now I can’t get enough! Thanks to Boboski for turning me on to this one. roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2008 Pours a clear dark mohageny color with a thin amount of fizzy offwhite head. Aroma is tart and burbony,dark cherries, and sour apple. Flavor is much smoother than I had imagined. A bit heavy on palate, silky and smooth, sweet rumminess and slight tartness. Balance is exceptional. Great beer. faroeviking (11343) - Chupando chellas es como ellas, FAROE ISLANDS - NOV 8, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear dark red-brown colour. No head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, some sourness and dark fruits. Good mouthfeel. The flavour is sour, roasty and sweet with well ripe fruits, spices, wood (oak), red berries and some yeast. Sour bit dry finish. Nice one this Duchesse. andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2007
750 ml. thanks semich. pours intense, dark brown, but with a ruby-garnet glimmer. adequate lacing. typical sour ale nose. tart fruit, smooth yet silky. a bit of underlying raspberry fruit and currants on the tail end. taste? fruit follows onto the flavor and into the finish to coat the palate, both on the sides and the front end. sweet, ripe fruits, a healthy dose of carbonation (reminiscent of champagne), and a lighter dose of yeast. on the palate, it’s velvety, yet extremely smooth. excellent for the style. it’s one to savor.