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97
85
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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3.7
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Draught. Pours a clear, deep red bordering on brown, with a creamy off-white head. Nose is an odd combination of rich, deep red wine and black tea. Round and juicy, just a hint of vinous sourness. Flavor is softly tart, sweet, and rich to begin - vinous, rich red fruits and a big malt sweetness that shows through as well - like fresh bread dipped in a glass of red wine. Subtle tartness lingers - never dry, very juicy. Clean, slightly vinous finish with tea-like note of tannins showing through. Full bodied, with soft carbonation.

3.9
v8powered (157) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Very interesting flavor. Aroma a lot like balsamic vingar and a slight sour fruuit smell. The beer is sour at first but finishes with a great aftertaste. Souress disipates more the warmer the beer gets. Dark brown color, very little head. With my first bottle, I wasn’t to sure. Second bottle I began to appreciate and enjoy this beer. Will never be my favorite but certainly a different beer I can appreciate for what it is. A beer worth appreciating!!
Earlier Rating: 9/28/2008 Total Score: 3.7
Very interesting flavor. Aroma a lot like balsamic vingar and a slight sour fruuit smell. The beer is sour at first but finishes with a great aftertaste. Souress disipates more the warmer the beer gets. Dark brown color, very little head. With my first bottle, I wasn’t to sure. Second bottle I began to appreciate and enjoy this beer. Will never be my favorite but certainly a different beer I can appreciate for what it is. A beer worth appreciating!!

2.3
Adenila (1560) - DENMARK - SEP 28, 2008
Rating #42from the european beer festival 2008. Clear brown loo. Aroma of cooked vegetables and a strong eartheren sourness. Old metal and again vegetables in the flavor with an ok tart finish. I usually like sour ales, but i have to agree with my mom on this one....

3.6
jehoey (765) - Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Aroma was woody with figs, raisins, hints of vinigar and wild fermentation. poured reddish brown with a beige head that laces somewhat on the glass. flavor was quite sweet, figs and raisins dominate the palate with vinger and wild fermentation notes on the back of the tongue. Some leather and apple cider vinegar. medium bodied, finishes quite tart with a drying effect on the back of the tongue. A decent beer, but a little too sweet for my taste.

4.4
luttonm (6271) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Small Bottle (though I have this on draft often, my notes are from the bottle). one of my all time favorites, and my first introduction to the sours. Heavy red pour. Beautiful palate with robust fruit (cherries, apples). Mild sour cherry finish with the right amount of sweet and tart, drying and numbing. Touch of smoke in there too. My archetypal sour, on the mild end, but what I compare to.

4
screwball (1099) - Motala, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2008
Bottle. Brown-red body. No head. Aroma is compex. Has a earthy tone. Also soure red berrys. Little sweet touch as well. Some cola. Falvor is pleasent! Has a sour tone. Red berrys, earth, dry malt, sweets and some rubber and cola. I found it interesting well done brew.

4.5
enginaaron (73) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 19, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2008 Holy cow was that good. Strong sweetness pulled back in by a background sourness that is not overpowering by any means. Very mysterious: aged and non-aged beer. Some wood, some cherries, some raisin-y malt with a strong taste but not strong alcohol. Holy cow this is a huge beer. I love it! Wow this is a mysterious and thought-provoking beer. I looooove this!!

5
jdunlow49 (2) - , Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2008 does not count
A favorite since my first tasting... almost champagne-like effervescence and fizz that forces you to sip instead of gulp. best as the first beer of the night b/c it seems almost too sour after anything else. fruity and vinegar-y, it’s one of the most unique beers I’ve had and would def put it on my top 5

3.8
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours a thumbnail of tan head over a dark, dark, blackish/brown body. Sour nose of vinegar, salt, and berries. Flavors include green apple, apple cider, cola, soy sauce, and teriyaki in the finish. Finishes crisp and clean; not as vinegary as many Flemish sours tend to be. Medium/full carbonation and medium body. This is a pleasant sour ale.

4.3
CafeeOndineke (35) - Melle, BELGIUM - SEP 16, 2008
25cl bottle, rubybrown with head that disappears quick, aroma is sour and fruity, taste is more sweet than sour, oaky.., aftertaste dry and sweet. A woman’s beer as we would say..cfr. the label :-) this a surprising beer doesnt taste like it smells, as i told a customer that just smelled and didnt want it. He didnt get home sober.. ;-) very good beer!


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