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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: 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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4.1
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Best Before: 05-12-09. Appearance: Pours a clear, dark mahogany brown body with a full, frothy, light khaki-colored head. Fair amount of lacing deposited on the way down. Smell: Sweet-smelling, sugar-coated fruit nose with a big, hearty dose of malt vinegar. Light whiff of an unidentified herbal component. Taste: Sweet dark caramel maltiness precludes a fruity dose of raspberries and a sugary, lightly tart cherry juice character and with an addition of both aged balsamic and malt vinegars. Squirt of fresh lemon juice. Tiny pinch of cocoa powder. Mild woodiness throughout. Undercurrent of tart acidity, particularly at the end. Long, fruity, crisp finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Drinkability: Recommended. An enjoyable, tasty, relatively smooth Flemish Red jam-packed with rich fruity complexities.

3.4
Plovmand (8312) - Helsinge, DENMARK - NOV 19, 2008
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a medium beige head. Aroma is fruity with apples and cherry in front. Flavour is balsamicco, cherry, sugar, port, basement, apples.

3.5
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - NOV 19, 2008
Poured attractive ruddy brown. Sweet sugar cookie nose with a touch of sour. The flavor was not complex at all, and the finish is lacking in the wood. Decent, but not really a sour.

3.9
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 18, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 Dark redish brown, cherry, malty, yeast, little wood, little dark fruit, dry finish.

4
bchlala (42) - DENMARK - NOV 1, 2008
I tasted this beer before I got my account with ratebeer, so I can’t really remember all the flavors.

3.4
jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - OCT 31, 2008
Bottle: Nice mahoghany pour with a reddish tint. Smaller beige head with great lacing. Aroma is sort of vinegar filled at first, but softens up to a cidery type of fruit and tart. Mellow flavors with some barrel aged notes. Sweet and little bits of tart. Not as sour as anticipated and certainly no vinegar in the taste. I like a sour to be more of a sipper; I started to put this one away far to quickly. **Note: Once it warmed up to room temp, the flavors blended and balanced much better. Should have waited longer at first, but with improvement comes a few more points on the rating. Thanks to tytoanderso for this as a bonus brew.

3.7
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 30, 2008
Picked up in Bruges by my friend Gyurke. Pours a reddish brown color. Aromas of dark fruit, yeast, and a touch of wood. Flavor is sour cherries, yeast, wood, and a couple of sweet tarts.

3.6
borisz (418) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 25, 2008
Wow, a nice fruity beer. Bought @ the beerkoning Amsterdam. Dark red/amber color. Fruity taste like grapes etc. Very nice

3.7
xpimptastikx (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Pours a reddish deep brown, copper when held to the light. Off white head without much retention. Smells strongly of balsamic vinegar, yeast, cherries, and grapes. Has a sharp up front taste, which proceeds to the feeling you have just ate a slice of bread. Not as sour as the aroma leads on, but could be too much for some people.

4.2
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.


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