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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: 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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2010
Deep red with a brownish hint and a off-white head. Nice aroma with sour wild yeast in the forefront, also a red wine feel to it (a light pinot noir) and a earthy/woody character. The taste is surprisingly sweet and malty judging by the nose. But the acidity is there and balancing it nicely. Theres also some raspberries and perhaps other red berries. Ends with a good sour bitterness that makes the beer quite refreshing despite the sweetness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUN 4, 2009
An "expired," bottle from the brewery. I would say at least a year or two in the bottle. Apple and sherry vinegar all of the nose with hints of sweet caramel. Dark and red fruits exude through the palate. The acidity has tamed and the malt has dryed a little from age. With a more complex and rounded palate this beer continues to release wave after wave oif flavors. A soft vanilla sweetness seems to round everything out as the bubbles caress the mouth. On the finish, lingering dryed apple, skins and all, and old malt sweetness are foiled by a refreshing acidity. Autolyzed yeast lend a slight savory touch.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Passewaaij (326) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 29, 2013
caramel, herbs, black, cloudy, hazy, minimal head, light sweetness, heavily sour, lightly bitter, light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, bitter, geuze sour. Great beer, not very easy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2008
Red appearance with a minimumsized head. Aroma is really woody and oaky with lots of sweentess. Flavor is complex with a nice sweetsour taste to it and lots of acidity.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2009
Straight from the bottle enjoyed on a summit over Lago Lugano, Switzerland. This was recommended to me by the wife/owner of A Tutta Birra in Milano as her favorite. Most interesting beer Ive had so far in Italy. The aroma reminded me of rotting trash and at first sip so did the flavor. Further sips revealed sour cherries, dark fruits, apricot and vanilla. Incredibly smooth on the palate, absolutely no kick at the end. Much too sweet for me, almost could be considered a dessert beer in the same vein as dessert wines.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
nudiebear (325) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 8, 2014
Bottle at bar. Dark red/brown with medium bubbles. Smells fresh and biting, raspberries and the sour notes from gooseberry. Sour taste starting with a sweet lick. Enjoyable.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
rgf001 (324) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 26, 2015
Ester aromas of dried fruit, cherries, plums. A bit of vinegar, not as much as others have reported. Clear amber to brown color with beige head. Unbalanced flavor in which sweetness dominates and cloys. There are nice dried fruit flavors but many other flavors are probably obscured. Carbonation is correct but palate impression is thick. Sweet finish. The mix is not right for my taste.Maybe the sweetness is there to cover off flavors.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hiphops (324) - caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2006
dark brown with red. frothy head. smells like malt vinegar mustard cherry oak. taste real sweet with only a trace of acidity. complex. brown suagr cherry wood very good beer little too sweet for me

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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2015
Pours deep red/brown with an everlasting, meringue-thick, white head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, cherries, sourdough bread, and oak. Intense sourness up front leads to barnyard funk,cherries, fresh baked wheat bread, and finally vanilla. Extreme carbonation creates a fresh look at every sip before it dissipates and gives way for a long, contemplative finish.


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