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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 2849   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1731) - BELGIUM - APR 8, 2014
Clairement une bire dexception, que jai dguste dans de nombreuses conditions, et qui apporte toujours dautres nuances. Elle nous apprend la dgustation en nous encourageant tester des conditions diffrentes et ouvrir nos horizons sur des saveurs particulires. Nous savons tous que le procd de fabrication inclut le mrissement en foudres de chne, mais on ne simagine pas toujours quel point ceci peut nous apporter de nuances fines et trs diverses. Couleur brun fonc, roux en transparence, selon un schma convenu pour le genre. Clart nette. Bulles bien formes. Mousse beige caramel bien crmeuse, la fine texture. Armes de bois de ft, rglisse, cerises noires, bois de santal. 1re bouche trs douce cause du froment prsent dans la recette, la balance extraordinaire (au sens propre) sur des fruits mrs, pices fines et tanins. Arrire-bouche trs lie sur le bois de chne et de santal. 2me type Rodenbach fortement, mais avec du bois et des myrtilles. Arrire-bouche de vin aux tanins suprieurs. 3me sur le bois de chne, vin de premier cru, cassis, chne. Arrire-bouche au grand quilibre type bois/malt, et trs suave. La longueur dveloppe et complexifie. Lalcool, bien que seulement 6,2 % abv, contribue aux saveurs sur un tempo modr mais parfaitement efficace. La finale relve du grand art. CONCLUSION: une bire qui est presque un genre elle seule, comme lOrval peut ltre. Nous sommes sous le charme dun pareil breuvage. Le brasseur nous parle du flemish art of brewing, et il a bien raison, parce que cette bire est vraiment artisanale dans le sens propre du terme, et constitue un fleuron de lart flamand de la bire. On sait quil y a dans cette rgion bien dautres trsors dcouvrir dans le brassage, mais celui-ci est vraiment exceptionnel. Nous pouvons nous estimer heureux que ce capital soit arriv jusqu nous, parce quil aurait tout aussi bien pu tre considr comme obsolte et dpass. Point nen ont voulu les flamands, et nous devons leur en tre ternellement reconaissants.

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crazy_cat_lady (481) - - MAY 18, 2014
May 10, 2014. 750mL bottle from citybeer in SF. My favourite sour beer. Lovely dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of malt and balsamic vinegar and sour grapes. Lovely smooth mouthfeel, sweet malty flavour. Just as good as I remember!

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rod1916 (5) - - SEP 6, 2014 does not count
A great example of the Flemish sour. One of our favorites from keg, good from bottle. Expensive, but worth it.

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Brewdog333 (5) - vacaville, - OCT 5, 2014 does not count
I have tried over a thousand beers and still to this day the DUCHESSE is still my favorite of all A little sour up front with a smooth slightly sweet finish like any good woman but this one doesnt talk back

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
ttroha (516) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2015
Bottle from Hop City Birmingham. Pours a dark brown. Aroma of a great Belgian beer, mostly funky and sour and yeasty. Tastes is only slightly sour, with hints of licorice, booze and a bit of a tangy aftertaste. Heavy beer. Excellent flavor. I dont normally like sour beers, but I loved this one. The sourness was not overpowering. Very very good

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Beerheart65 (1500) - Pori, FINLAND - MAR 18, 2015
Clear ruby, light brown/beige foggish head with bubble-islands and ring of lacing, good lacing. Strong sour-sweet aroma, lots of red berries, notes of strong red wine, bit earthy tones, funky back beat, leather. Would love to taste this with roquefort (well my ham-roquefort pizza is warming in oven). Medium body, round, medium strong carbonation, nice balance of sourness and sweet notes, long nuanced and lively finish. Natural, nuanced, tasty, one with character and soul, love it! Its alive! Hmm..actually this is almost too overwhelming taste-bomb for even roquefort... Ill enjoy rest as dessert.

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janubio (761) - SPAIN - JUL 27, 2015
Brown colour, with a small head that leaves a good ring and some lace. Aroma is tart, acid, cider, vinegar, combined with sweetness from red or dark fruits, cherries, oak cask, wood. Medium body and an active carbonation. Taste is acidic too, oak, red fruits, some citruses notes, chocolate, vinegar, cider., vanilla. Very complex and a hell of an extraordinary beer. Put another one in my list of perfect ten.

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BruceHartford3 (14) - - FEB 18, 2016
Strong, beautiful sour aroma. The sweetness of apples, slight banana edge. Sweet, but not too saccharine. Pops the glands into action. Fizzy body and presence. Its just damn good.

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JamesFrancis96 (6) - Newfoundland, CANADA - JUL 10, 2016 does not count
Duchesse De Bourgogne is a fruit beer. Not many people would love this kind of beer but it is excellent. The aroma is strong and you can really smell the different kinds of fruit in this beer. Good head and nose. As a traditional beer its not a great beer but for wine lovers this is a wonderful choice to drink. I think it pairs very well with Miss Vickies BBQ kettled potato chips.

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Moravec (1) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 13, 2016 does not count
Almost black dark burgundy colour. Strong fruity-sour aromas. The taste is a unique blend of sour fruity elements, with more than just a hint of blackberries and red currents, and some malty sweetness. Very sophisticated taste, a beer full of secrets that you can discover new elements of by each sip. One of my personal favourites.


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