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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: 2914   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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3.4
texasbartender (160) - Sugarland, Texas, USA - JUL 16, 2008
The beer pours a very clear reddish brown with a thick off white head. The nose is sour with a hint of rotting fruit and sour milk. The nose sort of scares me. The taste is a sour sweetness on the front with a sharp acidic sweet spike in the middle. It reminds me of a gueze, in as far as it is a sour sweetness with a sharp bite on the finish.

4.2
Rhapsudsy (7) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 14, 2008 does not count
Complex and inviting. Ruby-crimson-brown in color. This one tastes almost exactly like its aroma: black cherries, pears, tart, acidic, and a hint of the warmth of bourbon. I’m thinking Gorgonzola might make an interesting pairing.

3.8
haddon90 (1634) - Newport Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2008
Had this on draft at Proof in DC. Poured a deep brown color with a nice tan head. Fruity aroma. Somewhat sour. Nice flavor! Good mix between some sour, bitterness and some fruit. Hinted some raisins in there as well. Much better then I anticipated.

3.6
kiefdog (1827) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2008
75cl bottle from Jans Wine and Boos #2 (Tampa, FL). Pours a dark reddish brown with a one-finger tan/white head that settles slowly and provides lacing on the glass. Aroma is strongly of vinegar, sour ripe fruit, oak, maybe hints of candy sugar. Flavor is very strongly sour and acidic with strong vinegar notes, ripe sour fruit, spice, phenol. Interesting and pungent sour ale.

4.2
SCBrew (31) - San Clemente, California, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Dark crimson-brown color. Slight sour, very fruity aroma. Wonderfully balanced flavor between sweet and sour. Mild sour flavors with slight candied sweetness. Excellent body. Seemed like a bigger beer. Loved it!

3
Rciesla (5498) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Bottle. Pours a ruby brune with no head. This is stright acidic acid the whole way through with some sour apple, a hint of sugar, oak woodiness. Im not the biggest fan of balsamic but this could be a new salad dressing.

3.8
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 7, 2008
On tap at Zeno’s Pub - State College, PA. Tangy, oaken nose backed with superfluous sugars, cherry pits and dry tannins. Pours a brilliant ruby and brown, with an off edge of tan. Flavor is initially a little artificially saccharin sweet, but slowly develops very classic Roselaire tartness, joined with a jolt of good oak, savory spices and fluent alcohols. Sippable, reflexive and mature. Fresh. Dries out with some faint mineral palate. Nice.

3.8
djmadbrad (4) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 7, 2008 does not count
This is my first sour - so how do I rate it? I have nothing really to compare it to...that being said, I have a pretty good idea of what’s going on here. First thought was fresh apple cider, which turned into basalmic vinegar. Prune juicy. Raisins. Sweeter than I expected - my wife thought this very drinkable and reminded her of champagne and tea (Kombucha). Maybe re-visit this one when I have a better grasp of sours.

3.2
CapedBrewsader (265) - Brasschaat, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2008
25 cl bottle at home: crisp dark cherry brown with a decent creamy tall tan head. Immediate notes of cherry syrup. Some dark crystal malt notes under the syrup. A tree-bark character floating around. Not quite wood. A faint lactic twang. The syrup is turning sickeningly sweet and artificial. In the mouth you are first hit with that syrup again. Definitely not a natural tasting sweetness. Cherry and a bit of muddled malt character come up under the sugar just before a decent lactic character rolls in. This however turns bad when the sweetness rolls back in. "Old coin" metallic character at end with some cold tea. A bit thick on the tongue. Perhaps a bit high on the CO2 as well. It drives something astringent into the back of your nose. I remember this as being much better last time I had in several years back. Hmm... has it changed or have I wised up?

3.9
desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Draft at Falling Rock Tap House in Denver. Pours a dark, slightly reddish brown with a small tan head. Aroma of ripe, sour fruits. Flavor is rich and coating, with plum, fig and other darks fruits abounding. More sourness is there, with little in the way of hops. Finishes tart and sweet. Excellent!


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