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84
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: 2797   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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4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
pootzboy (1694) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 1, 2006
Bottle: Poured a decadent dark garnet colored ale with orange highlights into my goblet. Tight 2 finger off-white cap reduced to a thick surface froth that draped the glass sides with lace. Looks like a glass of burgandy with a head. Nose: complex.. grape or cherry skins, fruits in blasamic vinegar, some woodyness light detectable sweetness. A delightful tart fruityness. Medium body, puckering but silky mouth feel, vinous sweet and sour character. Starts musty-maltty and quickly turns on the complexity...the tougue is pummeled with concord grape, apples, cherries, boysenberry, figs, vanilla pods, some tobbaco and lots of other tones too numerous to grasp in one mouthful....all this complexity is wrapped in a sweet and sour controlled acidity where the lactic acids and fruits are balanced off by sweetnes from rich malt and candi adjuncts. The finish is remarkably dry-tart where the vinous quility is experineced in a slow departure of tart fruit and musty-woody flavors.....slightly sweet aftertaste. MY God what a ride!! This is a great beer for what it offers...a speeding roller coaster of complexity in its delivery...it may not be everyones cup of tea but until you have tried it consider yourself deprived.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
larsga (7330) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 1, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2008 Small light beige head; deep dark red body with ongoing carbonation. Acidic vinuous aroma with notes of wood and some tartness. Taste is deep acidic and wine-like, with notes of wood and a balancing sweetness. Very complex, yet harmonic. Tart aftertaste of wood. Excellent balance. Intense, acidic palate which is at the same time surprisingly clean for a sour beer. This is a great beer. (0.25l bottle.)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DerDoppelbock (22) - Aachen, GERMANY - OCT 1, 2006
Stark an Wein erinnernder Geruch, suerlich und voluminse Blume, mit Malztnung. Der erste Schluck verdeutlicht, dass es sich hierbei um ein Flemish Sour Ale handelt. Geschmacklich zeigt es dann die Vorzge dieser doch eigenen Biersorte auf und kann sich mit Sffigkeit behaupten. Fruchtig-suerlicher Antrunk, hlt sich aber in Grenzen, und im Mittelteil kann sich das volle Bouquet entfalten. Der Abgang baut glcklicherweise das aufgebaute Aroma nicht ab und bildet so ein gutes Finish. Sehr gut!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 26, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Reddish amber color. Smell of sour fruit, malt, some oak and minor caramel. Taste of sour apples and prunes with vinegar and some hops. Taste of oak too! Very sour with a rotten apple bitterness at the end. Had this again and had to re-rate this one. Very good ale. Just a bit below Rodenbach but very enjoyable.

4.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2006
Fan-fn-tastic. Huge body and flavor. Dense and velvety. Flavors of oak, cherries and wine. All blended together extremely well. Im not getting that spice on the back end as others. Its just rich and oaky. There is sourness, as you would obviously expect, but it is subdued. Sweeter than I am used to in the style, but both are well balanced. Just a gorgeous beer. The flemish sour is probably the greatest use for oak in the world.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beermouth (435) - Langeskov, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2006
Deep reddish colour with a big white head. Fruity, yeasty and woody notes. Well balanced sweet flavor with hints of spices.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
reakt (950) - Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 9, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 2, 2007 Bottle from the Rake, se1. I asked for a red sour ale and of the two on the menu, this was the one Id not yet tried. Clear red in colour - looks like red wine until you notice the barely-there off white head. Strong nose of vinegar with a yeasty overcast. Offered a whiff to two nice ladies sitting with us - they quickly pushed it back. An acquired taste I guess. Strong taste of balsamic and grapes with an unidentified spice. Hints of oak like that of a good cabernet. Long, sour finish. A little salty. Sticky feel - I really dont know how else to explain it. Very good, but definitely not my favourite Flemish sour to date.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Augustijn55 (82) - Izegem, BELGIUM - SEP 8, 2006
Red-dark colour. A good Flanders red, however I found it a little too sweet and a little less tart than I prefer. This is a great looking brew though, with an excellent rocky head and nice lacing. The favorite of my father.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2007 Tap at Dilly Delli in Cincinnati. I have recently updated my rating on the Duchesse. I found the first sample to be off-putting but I have since acquired a taste for this odd brew. A very cindery, vinegar flavor which you might think is bad but quite the contrary. After a few sips youll be coming back. Give this a try - twice.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
ALLOVATE (2932) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - SEP 4, 2006
Yeah,...umm...huh?.... , wow, this was...., O.K. Im..hmm. Dont know. Wow, again. Err, nice label. Bottle was recycled, scratched and aged, good to see. Oh yeah, and that beer. Hmmm....
Poured into a chalice at just below room temperature. Tired, lazed back in our hotel in Brugges, it was hot outside. Clear, iridescent cola brown body that rose a decent head that later receded quietly to a thin film of tan that left minimal legs. Aroma, huh, aroma, yeah, this reminded me solidly of a fine bertolli malt vinegar. The vinegar is of the highest grade, it is drenched and oozing of souring malt, light savoury spice and you just know it would best be accompanied by a quarter of chips and a side o battered fish. Oddly it held a hint of bitter caramel, but then. In the mouth it is cloyingly sweet, salty and tart with some nasty fortified wine flavours. Licks of souring, mouldy cheese, madeira, dank liquor, crayfish puree, and shards of old, overused wine casks that have been left to fester. If I was to talk of this beers complexities I would be lying, because as far as rapid or prolonged age in ales goes with the lapse in subtle nuances, after a while it becomes, well..., this! Im sorry, I didnt get this one. I obviously need to be set on the straight course, but if it involves tasting this one again Ill pass. I love others of its style but this I could not do, sorry. Beer tasting is afterall subjective!!! (25cL, 25/05/07, De Bier Tempel, Brussels, Belgium)


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