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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2887   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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
My wifes favourite beer, and of late there is always some in the cellar. Page 476 of Michael Jacksons Great Beer Guide.

2.4
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Didnt have a full glass of this, but what I had was memorable enough to write about here. Eccentric nose of ketchup coincides with the vinegarette flavors. There is a depth of flavor that is overwhelmed by the harsher characteristics consisting of a sturdy fruit backbone and balanced sourness. Light and earthy, the first word that comes to mind is bizarre.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Draught. Pours a clear, deep red bordering on brown, with a creamy off-white head. Nose is an odd combination of rich, deep red wine and black tea. Round and juicy, just a hint of vinous sourness. Flavor is softly tart, sweet, and rich to begin - vinous, rich red fruits and a big malt sweetness that shows through as well - like fresh bread dipped in a glass of red wine. Subtle tartness lingers - never dry, very juicy. Clean, slightly vinous finish with tea-like note of tannins showing through. Full bodied, with soft carbonation.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adam42381 (386) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best before 04/08/2012 printed on label. Appearance: Pours a dark caramel brown with ruby highlights and a 2 finger foamy light tan head. A touch of sediment pooled in the middle of the head as it settled in. Once the head settles, it leaves bubbles around the edge of the glass that look like chocolate milk bubbles. Smell: Tart and sour fruits with sweet malt in the background. Smells a bit like a winery. Very strong and powerful aroma. Taste: Tart wine grape hulls up front followed by sour cherries and a touch of sweet malt in the middle before ending with Belgian yeast and more sour notes at the finish. Aftertaste is light with a mix of sweet and sour. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Drinkability: High drinkability. I would have no problem polishing off a couple bottles throughout the course of an evening. Overall: Excellent beer overall. This is a near perfect introduction to the world of sour beers. I would highly recommend this one. Just make sure you drink it fairly fresh. Once it reaches or passes the best before date, its a vinegar bomb.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchMark (386) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 15, 2016
Good one. Deep dark with a small head. Vinegar on the nose. Flavor is nicely tart with malts and red fruit coming through. Theres a hint of balsamico.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Eirikur (386) - hafnarfjordur, ICELAND - NOV 28, 2009
This is a lovely brew. Poured a brownish thick head. Lovely balanced sour smell and the taste is sharp, spot on what is you should expect. Very nice sharp, but round overall palate. I love this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2003
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2004 Aroma: Sweet, crisp smelling with slight medicine and floral bouquet.
Appearance: Mohogany to dark brown
Flavor: Crisp, slight fruitiness, not as strong as La Folie.
Palate: agree with acrodizer, "Mild for the first second, then carbonated and rough like cola."
Overall: Not bad, seemed a little thin though.
<small>Re-rated 5/22/04:</small>
Aroma: 8/10--strong butter, finegar, and carmel malts. also some cinnamon, nutmeg, and mineral scents
Appearance: 3/5--cloudy brown, slight lacing, small head
Flavor: 7/10--very sour, like drinking balsamic vinegar out of the bottle, also some sweet 'n sour sauce flavoring
Palate: 3/5--smooth, buttery, vinegar finish
Overall: 16/20

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Purchased this as Vintage Estate in Boardman, OH. Couldnt wait to try this as I had been bred to expect the sour to eat my face off. While it wasnt really that sour, it was still damn solid. Appears a very dark red with that great belgian head and lace. Smells like nail polish at first! After you keep trying, you can get some sour apples though. Taste isnt nearly as sour as the nose would have you believe, though you still get hints of something I can only describe as nail polish remover. The strange thing is, it works. Light sour ints of grape and apple. Mouth is medium with relatively high carbonation. This is a good beer and I look forward to trying it again, though I cant see where all the sour hype comes from! This is nothing to a Cantillion Kriek.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rumore (383) - Rimini, ITALY - APR 20, 2017
From the tap at FOB, Rimini, Italy. Pours ebony, with beautiful purple reflections, with very limited foam. Aroma is acetic. Body is medium. Taste is strongly sour, acetic to be precise. Finish is short.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaijinSen (382) - POLAND - DEC 24, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2015 Pours ruby colour with almost no head. Aroma of red wine vinegar, wild notes and cherry. Taste is pleasantly sour, wild, fruity with some delicate caramel notes in the background. Solid carbonation puts the beer next to champagne or a bottle of good red wine. Simply amazing.


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