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

bottled
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RATINGS: 2775   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brew_Cat (119) - Athens, GREECE - JAN 7, 2016
33cl bottle at home, complimentary paired with casserole pork bites cooked with celery, sour sauce, and traditional Greek yogurt as a side, which revealed the complexity of this amazing top-fermented sour ale. Pours ruby dark brown, with thick creamy long lasting off-white head. Very good lacing, medium body, oily texture, lively carbonation, long dry sour finish. Beautiful aromas on the nose, roasted barley, berry fruits, Belgian yeast, smoky aromas of brandy or cognac giving the hint of woody oak barrel maturation. Pretty much the same tastes on the tongue, along with sour fruits, resin, raisins, citrus, Porto wine, grapes, tints of balsamic vinegar. Not at all bitter, but also slightly sweet for a sour ale, and a bit more acid than I expected. I’d love to taste it again paired with smoked cheese, or NY cheesecake. Excellent!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dougdecinces (118) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Bottle. Crystal clear pour. Smells of cherries and vinegar. A bit thin on the palate, but warm and pleasant. Flavor is sour cherries and umami. A bit sweet. Loses points for having a harsh aftertaste, but you get used to it pretty quickly. This is my first experience with a Flanders Red, and I am quite impressed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bibendum (117) - ITALY - OCT 5, 2012
Dal colore rosso scuro quasi tendente al marrone, schiuma leggera, persistente, fine e cremosa. All’olfatto le aspettative non sono ripagate...decisamente meno acetica e citrica di quanto me l’aspettassi. Si percepisce, al naso, quel tipico odore di legno delle botti che chiunque sia mai stato in una cantina vecchio stile saprà riconoscere. Anche in bocca è molto più dolce delle aspettative (sembra quasi un succo di frutta) e non stupisce particolarmente. Spero di riassaggiarla presto in belgio, con una nuova "veste".

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
kchampagne (116) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2013
This is hands down one of my favorite beers and it has been for the longest time. I’m surprised it has taken me this long to rate it. Ive had this beer out of the bottle, as well as on tap which is my preference. It pours out a deep ruby color with a small tan head. It smells funky with vinegar, and fruit from the esters. It’s a well balanced Flemish Red and has just the right amount of tart/sour to it. I love this one and it is my regular go-to.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
leninthedesert (116) - Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Pours a rich cherry/amber color with a full and frothy head. Aroma is reminiscent of sour apples. Comes on strong and sour but mellows into a fruity-sweet and warm-alcohol finish (almost aperitif). Incredibly complex palate that manages to be both fruity and earthy, sour and sweet. A great beer in short - a fine sour ale.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
pepperford (115) - robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - AUG 6, 2008
The aromas are of sour cherries, ceder, and spices. A hint of sourness at the front, but a good amount of sweetness balances it all out. Lightly carbonated, which is a good thing. Flavors of caramel, allspice, over ripe cherries, bananas, sherry. Very nice. Would make a great dessert wine alternative.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Wow - pours a dark reddish brown, almost no head, but a bit of lacing is evident with each sip. Amazing flavor, sour apples, malt and grapes. Finishes very dryly, with oak and soil.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Aggy360 (115) - Anchorage/ Vista,CA, Alaska, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle from La Bodega Beer of the Month Club. WOW, this is beautiful. Pours a reddish brown with a light tan head. The nose reminds me of wine, much like a nail polish remover. Not bad but different. Once you take a drink it is a totally different brew. This is so smooth and fruity, lots of cherry. There is a good amount of carbonation. This dances on your tounge beautifully. There are sweet, tart, and sour notes all the way through this beer. The finish is smooth going down, a dry beer. Very tasty, and very drinkable. I love this sour ale, I WILL get this again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rabba9 (115) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Bottle pours a crimson red with a thin off-white head. Sour cherries dominates the aroma with a hint of caramel maltiness and oak. Initially sweet and malty, then is overpowered by the cherry tartness and a nice dry finish. Medium to heavy carbonation with medium mouthfeel. Very well balanced and enjoyable. Great beer to introduce wine drinkers to craft beer and Belgian style ales.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Mejs (115) - Poznań, POLAND - FEB 21, 2014
Absolutely great beer. Sour ales are a love or hate thing, and this one made me love them. Aroma is strong sour, vinegar with some fruits underneath it, mostly apples. Pours clear red with medium head. Very refreshing, very drinkable. Taste is fruity and sour, with some bitterness in the aftertaste, quite dry.


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