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97
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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: 2942   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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3.4
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 8, 2009
Will have to try more sour ale, I find this interesting and wasn’t really sure what to make of it until I finished it. Bit like mermaid tears and angel piss, but in a good way. Brown with a slight red tint with a short lasting head. Damn this stuff is sweet. Figs and spicy type berries though I may have just made up a new breed of berry just to fit my waffling. Tastes a little like mild balsamic vinegar smells. Kind gift from my good lady, thank you dribbo.

3.7
travita (5006) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Reddish color with a big beige foamy head. Clear in look. The smell is fruity with malts, yeast, tartness, raspberries, and slight funkiness going on. Slighty dry. Taste is fruity, malts, yeast, and raspberries. Decent beer.

3.4
GoLdFiNgEr (111) - La Pocatière, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
Bière brown ale à 6,2%, disponible à la SAQ. Couleur très foncée et non brouillée. Faible mousse et fable gazéification. Un goût de cid de pomme se dégage dès le début. Goût acide et sûr, petit goût de chêne. Amêrtûme de pomme à la fin. Forte odeur de pomme. Bière très étrange lors de la première gorgée, mais forte intéressante par la suite.

3.8
StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2009
750ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a hazy dark brown color with a beige head that leaves plenty of lacing. The nose is funky and fruity with sour apple and grapes. The flavor is sweet and sour with ripe fruits--sweet peaches and apples--and a bit of sour grapes and cherries filling the sides. The mouthfeel is full and silky smooth. The finish is long and sweet with lingering rock candy. Overall: Not nearly as sour as I was hoping for, but still nice and complex; a well crafted ale.

3.9
fidelis83 (2441) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Pours a deep murky reddish brown with lots of medium sized tan particulate, and a two finger fuzzy tan head with good retention. Aroma is apple, peach, sour pear, green wood, vine fresh grapes, vanilla, lime, wheat and some floury pastry crust. Flavor is sweet red apples first, earthy oak, sour pears, honey, red grapes, minced meat pie, a hint of caramel and bready malts and some metallic and sour bacterial notes.Finish is musty, oakey and sour. Body is medium-thin and maybe a little over-carbonated.

3.1
BartC (727) - Lichtaart, BELGIUM - DEC 27, 2008
Deep brown beer with a very small head. Fruity aroma and flavour. I recgnise some notes of coffee. Finishes with a very mild lactic sourness.

4
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2008
Bottle pours deep brownish read with a small light tan bubbly head. Aroma of peaches, grapes and honey. Sweet body with an ice medium mouthfeel. Cherries, sweet rolls, and a good sourness at the end. Not as sour as I had wished but it went nicely with Xmas dinner.

3.7
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2008
12 oz. bottle courtesy of Binnys (Orland Park, IL) that was lurking in the depths of the fridge for some time. Pours a fairly dark hazy brownish with hints of red with a sizable bubbly well carbonated offwhite head. Aromas are abundant: oaky dryness, some light funky sourness, and sour fruit, grapes and maybe a hint of cherry, populate. Initial is very inviting, more subtle than the aroma. Light sour sweetness mixes up front, sour grapes and darker malts mix with a decent oaky dry character. Very sessionable, not overpowering, and the sour and oak arent overdone. Very nice! Cheers!

2.7
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 20, 2008
Bottle, pours a deep mahogany with a nice small tan head. Aromas are cherries and spice, tasted the same with some malt notes in the background, finishing sour with a lingering finish.

3.8
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 18, 2008
Presents red/copper with a nice, off white head. Nose shows raspberry, balsamic vinegar and oak. Palate has sweet malt that brings caramelised berries before the oak kicks into gear and delivers a dry, salty mustiness with almond and marzipan and afterthought. Finishes with balanced, slightly tart acidity. Classic!!


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