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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: 2846   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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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3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2009
12 oz bottle from the Four Firkins. Deep reddish/brown pour with a thin white head. Aroma is (go figure) sour, quite pungent. Reminds me of a malt vinegar. Flavor is also (obviously) sour but kind of sweet at the same time. Finish is tangy and actually a tiny bit sweet. I’ll need to try more sour beers (this is my first sour beer) to have a better gauge to rate something like this. Good candidate for future re-rating.


4
Listigovers (1205) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2017
Dark brown with tan head. Slight sweetness up front, a lot of balsamic vinegar and sharpness in the aftertaste. Smell is hard to put your finger on exactly, definitely woody, maybe a bit leathery? Medium and smooth, oily, milky body, thinned out by acidity. Quite a unique experience.

5
balkhawk (9) - - AUG 21, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2017 Brandywine, red fruit, vinegar, aged oak. fermented effervescence. sour, with a dingy then rewarding after taste. 100/100 stranded on desert island, would have to choose between Duchess and Guinness.

2
PhillyCraft (7417) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2017
Backlog, this has always been one of the worst beers that I ever tried going back to 07-08 when I first really got into Craft beer. At monks, ruby red color with average head. Notes are nothing besides piss and vinegar. I don’t think I’ll ever appreciate this belgian ale.

4.2
Schnabelhund (97) - TAIWAN - AUG 19, 2017
Duchesse de Bourgogne pours a dark color with a deep red hue. Its tan head is small, but leaves nice lacing behind. The bouquet is very fruity with vinous notes of muscat, plums, and red berries. The attack is malty but is quickly followed by a light- to medium-bodied mid-palate with vibrant notes of of apple vinegar, cherry, plum, as well as hints of lemon and banana. The hop contributes minimal bitterness that becomes more apparent in the crisp finish. A great and complex brew.

2.1
pmonnier (5) - SWITZERLAND - AUG 18, 2017 does not count
Très acide. Comme du vinaigre de pommes. Est-ce cette bouteille ou normal. Je n'aime pas du tout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
GeorgesF (16) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - AUG 17, 2017
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2017 Very sour vinegary. Balsamic aroma and tatse. pronounced wood aromas. very interesting, but quite tasty

4
beermastersasho (41) - - AUG 16, 2017
Really good beer, I have tried many times... good with cheeses, gauda, emental, apricots... Nice, sweet taste, sour finish, taste as its origin SOUR RED BROWN. But last bottle I have tried was not as the old bottles. Beer was really heavy sour. Dunno why. So i took minus -2points.

4.1
Michcio (848) - Gdansk, POLAND - AUG 13, 2017
Barwa miedziano-rubinowa, wpadająca w brunatny, klarowne, piana w kolorze złamanej bieli, umiarkowanie obfita, ładnie zdobi szkło. W aromacie nieco wiśni, octu, czerwone wino. W smaku wytrawne, kwaśność na poziomie do umiarkowanego, nuty wiśniowe, lekko stajenne, skórzane, czerwone wino, ocet. Wyraźna przyprawowość na finiszu, dochodzą też drewniane taniny, kojarzące się z winem. Leciutki, szlachetny alkohol, wanilia na granicy autosugestii. Wysycenie średnie, ciało solidne, świetna pijalność, dużo się dzieje. Świetne piwo, spełnia wysokie oczekiwania, warto do niego wracać za każdym razem.

4.6
barrelagedluv (33) - Pittsburg, California, USA - AUG 13, 2017
Pours into a snifter the luscious cherry, copper colored ale with a subtle foam lacing. Tiny bubbles rise rapidly like an Italian soda. The oakiness is underplayed in the aroma, with notes of cherries and spiced vinegar. The finish is exceptionally rich and satisfying, the 2 year plus aging is impeccable. The barrels used are some of the best I’ve tasted in a beer, usually this artisan technique is reserved for 4 yr plus brandy or wine. Top marks all around... cheers BV Belgium!

2.6
Cybuch (428) - Muszyna, POLAND - AUG 12, 2017
W aromacie kon, stajnie i troche octu. Mocno funky. Barwa burgundowa, piana drobna, utrzymujaca sie. W smaku octowe, dosyc slodkie, tu gorzej niz w aromacie. Zbyt duzo octu, przechodzi to w nuty owocwe, ale troche zbyt to intensywne. Bardzo ciekawe, ale zbyt octowe. Ciezko mi skonczyc to piwo, ten ocet tak meczy, chyba cos tu nie zagralo.


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