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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
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2008
Bottle - Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-brown in color with a small light tan head that faded to a very thin covering over the beer. Small amount of lacing. Aroma is moderately sour with apple and some spiciness. Flavor is quite apple cider-like... almost an apple wine character. In spite of the initial sourness the beer is actually quite sweet. Lingering sweetness on the finish. "Sparkly" carbonation. When I first smelled this beer I thought that I would not like it... I was wrong... it is a pretty good beer.

3.7
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Pours a rich ruby color with a thick bubbly head. Aroma is slightly vinegar, apple, a bit of wood and dark fruit. Taste is light wood, red grapes, apple peel, with a metallic finish. Not your typical sour but still enjoyable.

3.5
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Pours a ruby color with thick off white frothy head that fades quickly. Aroma is of light spice, dark fruit, mild wood notes and a light sourness. Taste is very vinuous with some red grape, light wood and some light alcohol. Moderate carbonation and sour finish. Light astringence.

4.1
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 7, 2008
bottle. pours a brilliant deep red with a decent size off white head. deep aromas of dark fruits, cherries, and apples. very sweet and full of fruit. full body over the palate with the sour apples coming forward, followed by dark cherries and some sweet wine. Nice sour finish... not too sour, just the right amount for my tastes. Excellent sour...

3.6
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Had at the Abbey, and shared by dragonstout. Thanks Brian!! Pour was a dark ruby red. Aroma was soured fruit. Flavor was berries, sour apples, and a hint of spice. I imagine this would be a good beer to try to get used to sours, if, like me, you do not like sours!

3.3
swanmann (772) - Nompton, Oklahoma, USA - SEP 1, 2008
The big bottle poured deep mahogany with cherry tones and fluffy tan head. Smells of dark fruits with caramel notes. The flavor is definitely fruity and sweet, with a slight alcohol warmth. It’s a good tasting sour, but not too complex. Medium bodied with sufficient carb. Very tasty.

3.1
ogivlado (7810) - Zagreb, CROATIA - AUG 31, 2008
Bottled(250ml). -Reddish/brown coloured, small pale tan head, sour wine like almost vinegar nose. The taste is also vinegar, very sour fruity, light spicy and lactic with notes of caramel, wood and maybe glue. Strong sourness in the finish. Didn’t impress me.

3.4
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - AUG 30, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2009 On tap at Papagos. Notes of horse blanket, banana and spice. Wasn’t very sour - more sweet than anything. Pours brown with white head. SECOND ANALYSIS: From a 330 cl bottle: smells like new plaster, banana and fruit. Sweet. Pours brown with fluffy tan head. Thisdissipates quickly, but doesn’t fully go away for a while. Definitely has a sweet "cooked" flavor. Has almost a sweet/sour thing going on. Not much brett going on here - just vinegar. I’m definitely tasting the cherries - and its not a Maraschino cherry flavor, but a full on dark Bing Cherry flavor.

3
Pinball (12145) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2008
sour, acid. looks, red light brown head, flavor is sour, raspberries, strawberries. very nice for a sour beer. (first one i tasted which was not sour due to infection, was much better than the bad ones)

3.5
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2008
winey nose, almost vinegary, not entirely pleasant. clear auburn color, light but present head. sweet red berry flavor. acetic aroma carries over to the taste, giving it a very rustic character. interesting though a little off-putting. i can see tomato, pomegranate, and apple skins, especially as it warms up. just enough carbonation makes this pretty light and refreshing. retronasal grainy "cheerios" come out (does anybody else get this?). recommendable, if you can get past the vinegar. but for my money, go for the rodenbach grand cru ;)


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