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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: 2890   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
coldbrewky (1731) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2008
I am not usually a big fan of sour ales but this one hit the spot. Bottle: Pours a amber brown that les only a bit of light thru. Lacing is sparse but dense when apparent. Carbonation is steady but has separate pillars. Nose is of ripe fruit blended with lemon. Body is elastic and swings from sweet and fruity to decidely tart and sour and then repeats twoce before fading. I didnt catch any oakyness but it may have helped the rounding of body. Glad I picked this one up.

3.4
Christian (13859) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 5, 2008
Copper brown with a big pillow of creamy off-white head. Light fruity aroma, some apple peel and som sourness. Sweet with a decent sour finish. It’s good in the candy-like sour category, but I didn’t like that apple thing.

3.7
josarah (112) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Draft-Great Lost Bear. A little sweet for my palate, but very drinkable. Almost too sweet to be considered sour. Great body and pleasant aroma.

3.4
BeerFanDan17 (1121) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - MAY 5, 2008
(cleaning out my beer bottle collection as pictured in my profile and utilizing ratebeer.com)
As I recall, this was a tasty brew.

3.4
Miksu (5052) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 4, 2008
0.25 l bottle. Ruby color with small head. Sweet and acidic aroma with strawberry, cherry and licorice. Sweet, sour and berryish flavor with notes of licorice, dark sugar and acetic acid. Too much sugary sweetness but still faily pleasant.

4.1
wacho (52) - Izegem, BELGIUM - MAY 1, 2008
Robijnrood versnijbier met zoet fruitige smaak en met frisse doch speciaal zurige afdronk en een lage bitterheid

3.6
obguthr (6727) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2008
Aroma is molasses and very nutty, with walnut and strong cashew notes. Clear brown with athin tan head and good lace. Sweet and nutty apple and cherry flavor. Candy and walnut present with traces of horehound. Peanut hull finish. Incredible complexity, but too sweet. I didn’t care for it.

3.8
MatSciGuy (924) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2008
[bottle] Poured somewhat brown that turned ruby when held to moderate light. Big off white rocky head that lasted till it was gone. Aroma was tart apples, oak, and cherry. Flavor is actually pretty mellow and not terribly sour. Lots of apple character, woodiness from the oak, and some cherry. The sourness dissipates very quicky on the finish, instead leaving the fruity sweetness to linger.

3.7
DandyWolfFloyd (1213) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2008
I was intrigued by this beer from the initial glance at its art work on the box. I was even more excited to find out it would be my 1st sour ale. Drinking from a snifter, it’s aroma is very prominent with tart cherry, a little acidic as well. It’s appearance is a burgundy color, with a nice carbonated head. The flavor is rather complex with definite sour cherry, a bit vinuous flavor, and a touch of alchohol. It’s very pleasant to the mouth with a definitive carbonated feel, no astringent aftertaste if chilled properly. I’m not exactly certain this is one for session drinking, but it’s very much a pleasure. It reminds me of a fine wine, rather than a beer, but all is good.

4.2
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2008
crystal clear dark brownish amber with a great fluffy white head that leaves great lacing. deep tart cherry aroma with hints of vanilla...and...uh...the aroma is great much more complex than my description. flavor great balance of sweet and sour. tart cherry slightly floral pear vanilla and something slightly musty. finish lasting medium dry tart cherry vanilla and pear. the finish is just a bit too sweet for my taste. great lively champagne like refreshing carbonation. A very nice beer. This would be great with dessert.


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