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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: 2858   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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3.6
cmatkins (12) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2008
Smells strongly of vinegar typical of its style. The flavor was similarily sour. This was more balanced and drinkable than other sour ales, but still not for me. I did not enjoy this, but increased my ratings because I enjoyed this beer relative other sour ales.

3.4
Bragesnak (5394) - Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 12, 2008
From Volby 110408 Bottled Aroma and taste of good balsamico. Tangy but balanced by sweetness and a hint of bitterness

4
blutt59 (6573) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2008
750 ml. bottle, very port wine nose with fast receding head, dark amber color,a little musty or funky also, sweet and sour pork flavor, good finish

3.6
ironchefscott (357) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 8, 2008
on tap at beachwood bbq... I have had alot of variation on this beer...some bottles are sweeter and some are more sour.....but I am reviewing this on tap...... good sweet and sour nose....not as complex as some flanders reds..... taste is sweet and sour but not as sour as I like in my flanders reds r

3.9
CanIHave4Beers (4194) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2008
I had a bottle just the other day I shared a bottle with some friends that was fantastically sour, however I have had experiences where this beer has been unforgivably sweet, thankfully that’s usually not the case. This is a fantastic introduction for anyone who wants to start dabbling in sour, funky, or wild beers. Basically this is the case because this ale highlights a lot of the wonderful flavors within beers of this sort, but in a delicate and less overpowering way. Flavors are of sour cherries, light oak, light funk, and dry fruit with a strong lightly roasted malt background upon which these flavors are delightfully displayed. Color is opaque brown with a pretty amber tint when held up to the light, this always seems a bit filtered, but there is a bit of sediment that settles in the bottom of the glass. Smell is pleasant with oak, cherry, and vanilla.

3.9
TrefwoordPunk (1281) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - APR 7, 2008
Bottle 75 cl. Pours a dark red with a sall white head and a sweet blueberry aroma with hints of yeast and alcohol. The flavor is highly influenced by the fruit juice, sweetish with some sour notes in the start. The mouthfeel is very soft and in the end the alcohol is noticable, but still nice. A nice beer!

3.8
Shane087 (26) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - APR 6, 2008
A dark redish brown with a small white head. A sweet sour taste with the flavor of cherries. Medium carbonation, nice balance. Bottle not quite as good as on tap but still very enjoyable.

3.6
Driftwood6 (214) - USA - APR 5, 2008
On tap at Map Room, Chicago. If you’re hesitant about sour ales-- this one’s just sweet enough to not turn you away. I liked the slightly sweet taste to offset the Belgian sour flavor. Almost like if someone poured a little New Glarus Belgian Red into a glass of Rodenboch Grand Cru. Well done and quite enjoyable.

3.4
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - APR 4, 2008
Pours dark reddish brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma a combination of sweet and sour cherries. Very sweet up front, flowing into a mild sour and finishing smooth with a slight vineous tartness. Med-low carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. Good beer, bit would like to see more sweet/sour balance. A little heavy on the sweet side.

3.8
DSG (15035) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 1, 2008
(3/6/08) Bottle at Waterhuis aan de Bierkant in Ghent. Clear deep red with a beige head. Aroma of oak, some malt and berries. Flavor has some sweet malt (maybe a tad too sweet at first), berries and mild sourness and oak. Nice mouthfeel and softly carbonated. Well-made - very balanced and pleasant.


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