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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: 2882   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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3.5
pineypower (3346) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2008
Tap at Capone’s. Pours out a reddish hued brown with a small white head. Aroma is of some oak, sour funkiness and some cherried. Taste is of sour fruit, mainly cherries, oak, and some sweetness going on in there with slight alcohol on the finish. Definitely an interesting brew.

3.7
bluevegie (3938) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - NOV 27, 2008
Presentation in the glass was very good, lovely red body with large fluffy off-white head. Clumps of lacing. Initially some almond and loads of sugar (Marzipan) in the aroma but then some other fruits. Cherry in the taste and some oak to restrain it somewhat, more sugar but doesn’t seem to much. Very enjoyable.

1.9
terrybail (704) - London, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2008
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2008 330ml bottle from the SAQ in a trade for a server cabinet  The aroma is tart and very vinegary it smells like sweet malt vinegar Pours a nice dark reddish copper with a small off white head no lacing at all The taste is very sour and vinegary and highly carbonated if I had not read other reviews I would have sworn this had gone bad I love malt vinegar just not in my beer not for me i could not even finish it

3.7
jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2008 On tap @ The Brass Tap in Wesley Chapel, FL. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a beige head. Sweet aroma of cherries with the follow-up of balsamic vinegar. Cherry flavor as well, but much more sour than sweet. It has a dry, winelike finish with a definite flavor of balsamic vinegar. This was very interesting as it was my first sampling of a sour ale. I’d be willing to try again, but it would be hard to have more than one in a sitting.

4.3
onecrazybreeze (21) - , Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Tap at the Falling Rock. Poured a dark brown, had no head by the time it got to me. Smelled sugary and fruity, mainly of raisins. Tasted more sweet then sour to me, mainly of cherries and raisins. It’s not overly sour making it a great beer for those that need a good balance between sweet and sour in a sour brew. In all, a very likable beer.

4.1
ChainGangGuy (4925) - 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 (8613) - Grindsted, 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.


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