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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: 2799   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Aroma of malt vinegar and cherries Appears a clear garnet red with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is very sweet at the start, like fermented berries, followed by blue cheese, and ending with a malt vinegar aftertaste; quite complex. Flavors are thick and chewy, but palate is suprisingly light and refreshing. Overall, this is a quirky beer, but then again it is from the quirkiest of styles; a bit more than the sum of its parts

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Deep, dark, ruby red liquid. Much like the blood of the Duchesse. One finger head of creamy tan foam. Truly excellent retention and great lacing. Smells amazing! Deep tart fruit smells. Lots of green apple and black cherries. Not quite ripened peaches. Scent of almonds/marzipan. Hints of underlying gingerbread spiciness. Slight touch of vanilla. This is such a phenomenal tasting sour (flemish red). Big cherry taste, sour and sweet, at the same time. Huge notes of green apple. Nice big presence of black currants. Nice woody/earthiness, here, also. Hints of oak and vanilla. Extremely smooth and creamy in body, like a mouthfeel of rolling fine silk. Carbonation is perfect, with tiny, tiny bubbles. This beer is so perfect. If it were Napoleons Army invading my mouth, my taste buds would have no choice but to surrender. I could drink this for weeks at a time and be perfectly satisfied, with no other options. Excellent!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Dark amber colored with a nicely sized head. Impressive oaky tart vanilla aromas, fruity (raisin, cherry), alcohol, vinegar, candy sugar, and alot more. Very sweet & somewhat sour flavor, a strange blend. Refreshing mouthfeel with light carbonation, very smooth. This is a well-made & unique brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Deep, but dull reddish brown color. Very sharp aroma, almost too sharp. Very tart but reasonably sweet flavor at the same time... much sweeter than the other flemish reds Ive had so far.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Brownish-red pour with quickly diminishing head. Lovely color. Smell is of sour fruit, cassis and cherry, with strong balsemic vinegar. Taste is of dark cherry and fruits, sourness of vinegar. Palate is fizzy and clean. This beer is a real treat, a personal favourite.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Clear reddish amber with a fizzy head leaving nice lacing. Vinous notes, sherry, green apples, dark candy sugar, champagne, oak, tomato skin, vinegar. Flavors of vinegar (apple cider meets balsamic), amaretto sour, oak again, nice carbonation.

1.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Sven (229) - Lancaster, California, USA - APR 28, 2003
Can I get some fish n' chips to go with my malt vinegar? Oh, no wait! This is only a nasty-ass Flemish Sour. And that it is. Awfully sweet, and horrifically sour. I thought I was drinking a lemon drop laced with lead that had been steeping in a barn for a month. This hurts!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
Nice dark red wine colour, with a tan head that's pretty small, lots of great lacing though. Definitely the balsamic vinegar thing is here, I really like that actually. Some blackberry undertones are hidden underneath the sourness. The taste is sour with a hint of sweetness, sour apples, grapes. A little thin, but still a very nice beer. Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pudding (229) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2012
330ml bottle from Cotteridge Wines, B30. A pleasant drink, a cross between a beer and a wine. Deep red/brown colour. Manages to be sweet and astringent together. Wine-like tang and oak detectable. One for the connoisseur.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ska (228) - ITALY - NOV 30, 2009
33cl bottle, dark amber/brown color, small tan head, the apple and wood aroma with fruity notes (raisins, cherries) and the sweet/sour flavor makes it similar to ours aceto balsamico (balsamic vinegar), medium body, dry finish with "roasted" apple aftertaste. Its the first sour ale that I taste so I dont know this style, in Italy we say "I rate it by nose" (means "by istinct")


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