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97
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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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4.1
Enjoyit (3809) - Vadum, DENMARK - MAY 28, 2008
reddish brown of color with a nice foumy beige head. A sour aroma with notes of cherries, fruits, caramel and oak. A flavor of cherries, sour, caramel and red berries.

3.6
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - MAY 25, 2008
Bottle, from Noel Cuveliers, Abele. Warm red-copper, off-white cap of fine head. The earthy, noble-rot smell of a very well-aged Christmas pudding. The flavor seems at first to be rather at odds with the gravitas of the aroma. Very delicate, very light. Plum and cherry pit tartness, softly sweet leafy malt, very light body. The contrast between nose and mouth persists, but they seem to come to some kind of understanding anyway. Lingering cherry perserves. I think the subtlies of this beer would shine with a touch less sweetness, but a flavorfull, interesting beer as is.

3.7
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2008
I had this on draft. A fantastic yeast/ sour aroma with a hint of fruit. A refreshing sour flavor mixed in with plum and finishing with raison. Tasted almost like wine. Great!

4.4
buzzoven (376) - JAPAN - MAY 23, 2008
This beer absolutely floored me the first time I had it and it was complex enough to keep me buying it again and again. Super apple smell fills the air once poured, Colour is beautiful amber with some golden shades. Taste is apple peel, fire raisins, pear, peach, vinegar, lots of interesting and unusual wine notes. Slightly bitter finish. Wow. The thing that made such an impression on me were the wine characteristics of this beer. Took me by surprise that I enjoyed this one so much since I am not a fan of fruity beers, overall. Excellent stuff.

3.6
Todeon (325) - SWEDEN - MAY 22, 2008
Red appearance with a minimumsized head. Aroma is really woody and oaky with lots of sweentess. Flavor is complex with a nice sweetsour taste to it and lots of acidity.

4.1
Scauca (490) - Lovere, ITALY - MAY 22, 2008
UPDATED: APR 20, 2009 Red brown appearance. Barely no head. Aroma is balsamic vinegar, woody, red fruits, some sweetness if sweetness is perceivable with nose. Complex but way too sweet, with some sourness. (3.8) Drank a couple of bottles, I’ve found it less sweet, with a superb sourness, mingling with a subtle vanilla woodiness and a mature red fruits note.

4.4
couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Strong acetic aroma, some oakiness. Dark caramel, small creamy head. Sweet, overbalancing the tart. Acidic on the tounge. Great!

4
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 18, 2008
If nothing else, this is a beautiful-looking beer with a dark reddish brown, a thick creamy head and lots of lacing. Aroma is a nice balance of cherries and cider vinegar. Flavor is similar with a mix of sweet and tart. Cherry flavor still present, with the addition of some tart granny smith apples. Medium body and a smooth finish. I’m not a huge fan of the Flemish sour style, but this is a good, surprisingly drinkable beer.

4.3
weeAnaP (1) - USA - MAY 17, 2008 does not count
Very unusual beer for me... very surprised with the striking after taste! Beautiful color and aroma... very addicting!

3.9
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 13, 2008
Deep amber in color with an inch-thick tan head. Mild woodsy aroma with some dried fruit character. Flavor is sweet and sour, subtle balance of oak, vanilla, cranberries, sugar and hazelnut frosting. Very, very interesting. Full bodied and complex. Excellent.


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