overall
97
85
style
Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2843   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
lovely. had recently at beer bistro, had it many times before at Smokeless. chocolate and lots of semingly creamy notes. kinda acidic but nice. it has that sweet and sour mix down...

3.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Arayaga2 (2169) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2006
Nice and dark with a reddish hue, and thin white head. Aroma is effervescent cidar vinegar with spices. Taste is better than I expected... not nearly as sour, and fairly sweet with very little pucker in the finish. Not a favorite, but not bad for its style. $3/11.2

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6518) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Draft at the Biergarden, Portsmouth VA, 10/28/06: Very dark red with a thin body. Definite vinegar in the aroma, but nice rounded sweet sugary flavors. Quite enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scania (188) - Malm, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2006
A few years old 75 cl bottle. Amber. Flavor: Vinuous with notes of wood. Flavor: Fruity. Subdued sourness. The maturing has made it softer. One of my favourite beers

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
masteren (15) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2006
Sweet and fruity, with a taste an smell of oakwood. Refrishingly with a good after-taste. A fine beer for both men and (maybe even more) women. When you first taste it, you will come back for more..

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MPA (983) - Amager (form. Nrrebro&Aalborg), DENMARK - OCT 25, 2006
Dark with off white head. Malty, fruiyte, spicy aroma with a sourish, sweet and a little metallic flavour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2628) - JAPAN - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2007 a real treat...quite surprising as this is my first red ale. Almost like a nice red wine. 750ml which allowed me to appreciate it more as the bottle wore down. definately recommended...

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Theis (15152) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
Bottle at home - shared with Mette.Dark red - white head This is for fans of burned rubber. Burned rubber (the good kind), red berries, sour, some sweetness. A very lovely beer.

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2006
This is one of my favorites for sure. The Duchesse pours out a medium to dark brown color a slight brown head. The Aroma is to die for--great sweet oak aroma combined with hints of bourbon and port--very complex and appealing. The mouthfeel is right on, with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is great--more sweet than sour. Lots of oak and molasses flavors. Great beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DerWeg (1611) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 20, 2006
Ahh, whats over twelve dollars for a hard-to-get beer nowadays? Fact of life, some beers you have to try once regardless. I did try this at BeerBistro today, and while I love BBs selection, atmosphere & service, I was not much enamoured with the Duchesse. My choice today was just a little too round and fat for me, the tartness was too simplistic, there was little complexity or finish, and none of the mysterious cellar notes I personally enjoy in Flemish ale. Maybe those qualities evidently lacking would emerge if the sweetness were tamed over 3-4 years? Sadly, I only had 20 minutes! ;) Liefmans Goudenband and Petrus Oud Bruin are my winners, fresh off the shelf. Im picky about Gueuze as well - I want immediately present character and at least a little demanding complexity (though as far as character Im a wimp about Rodenbach GC Flemish, it hurts my head!!) Simple sweet-tart Aroma did nothing for me (God Im spolied) and the feel was a little unpleasantly sticky.


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