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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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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.

3.2
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 11, 2008
(bottle Exp Date 12/09): Pours a brown-reddish body. Tannish head, small, lastingish. Sour dark fruit aroma, acoholy. Fruity sweet taste. Very fizzy. Not as sour as it smells. Loght fruity, appley. A little flat. Light taste. Might be better w/food.

4.4
ashot (2) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2008 does not count
this is rather dard for traditional red beer. it has a perfect balance between sourness and rich fruity aroma.

4.3
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2008
This is my first sour ale. Pours a dark reddish brown with a medium head. It immediately smells of vinegar, and also some fruity notes. The taste is a pleasant surprise after the nose, in short, amazing! It has a rich fruity, but somewhat sour, flavor that I have never witnessed before. I am going to have to find more beers like this. Highly Recommended!

4
Dedoulequeen07 (135) - london, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 8, 2008
Pours a chesnut colour with a thick off white head. Aroma: tart dark fruit, balsamic vinegar, cherry stones, and a bit of funk. Flavour: Combination of sweet fruity and sour qualities which i just luv luv luv. Cant believe i can get this locally now in london. Awesome and unsual a great palate cleanser between stouts and lambics.

3.7
ATLBeerDog (280) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2008
Pours a dark rusty reddish color with a thick foamy head. Smells of tart cherries, apples, and fermented grapes. First sip is mellow with sours notes that are subdued and quiet, not “In your face.” Cherries, green apples, raisins, maybe a tad of brown sugar, all combining in flavor. Creamy mouthfeel, but slightly under carbonated. Considerably more sweeter than sour, the brew finishes well with a little stronger bitterness. Very Good.

3.7
apshah99 (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Dark amber pour with frothy tan head. Sour aroma with vinegar and dark fruit. Deliciously sweet and sour taste, with brown sugar and cherries. Balanced but tart finish. Nice full mouthfeel.

3.8
Habanero (4681) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2011 Bottled: pours dark, cobber brown with a large tan head. Nice lacings Nose of vinegar and fruits. Sour flavour yet with a sweet balance, fruit, vine and malt. Geuze finish. Medium bodied. Very balanced for a sour ale. Just great.

3.6
cab (866) - DENMARK - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle. 33cl. Old rating. Really sweet and sour, you can feel it in the saliva glands basically. Very nice tart, and sour flavor, Think bing cherries, malt, and brown sugar all mixed together.

3.9
AvidDirtman (25) - , JAPAN - OCT 2, 2008
I came home from work today...and to my great delight my wife says, ’here you go then’ and hands me an assorted box of 6 belgium beers. Not only that, but sitting on the table is my favourite dish of bangers and mash. Oh i! Thinks me. Getting alcohol from the missus is the equivalent of a man giving a woman flowers for no reason. Should I be worried about her fidelity? Anyhow, she can do what she likes if it means a regular supply of Belgium beer. On open the foam rushed excitely out of the bottle and sat proudly on top waiting to be poured. I got an initial aroma of fudge, toffee and fruit tart. A very attractive beer, much like the saucy lady on the front. In certain light the beer looks almost black but has tinges of ’Burgundy’ here and there. Delightful looking head with intricate lacing and the flavour doesn’t disappoint either. Reminiscent of a balsamic vinegar salad dressing mixed with sour apples A rather unexpected taste considering it’s appearance. Probably the equivalent of eating curry flavoured ice cream (that’s if you love curry) What an absolute refreshing experience! This lambicesque number has certainly brighted up my day. If I’ve anything bad to say about it, it’s that after the initial thrill I think I’d quickly tire of this brew. I recommend this beer to anyone trying to get their girlfriend into the beer tasting game. Getting to the bottom of the glass now and decidely disappointed to see it go. I’ll revel in the refreshing aftertaste this has left in my mouth.


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