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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: 2883   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
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 1, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 11.2 oz. bottle bb. 1/30/09 poured into a snifter has a dark cherry red color with steady slow carbonation and a thick frothy one finger light tan head. aroma has tart cherry, light alcohol, plenty of sour funk, and a little wood. mouth feel is light and bubbly with a champagne like quality. flavors start with tart cherry, sweetness, and some nice wood character. has a lot of lambic like qualities but totally different at the same time. warms a bit to reveal more fruit and raisin and finishes so smoothly with a distinct dry taste. leaves my mouth watering for another sip and becomes more complex as it goes down.

3.7
theisti (4203) - Kansas, USA - JAN 31, 2008
11.2 fl oz bottle from KAggie97, best before date 01-02-09. Pour is reddish-brown, clear, with some orange highlights. Nice off-white head. Aroma of sour, tart cherries and some earthy barnyard notes. Taste is initially sweet / tart cherry fruit, but quickly moves into more of an oaky raisin maltiness. Many layers of flavor to this beer, very nice. Medium body, turns a bit watery on the finish. Thanks Kevin!

3.5
illini4ever (23) - Illinois, USA - JAN 29, 2008
Tart cherry aroma experienced after the dark red pour. Decent head. Initial taste seems sweet at first, but finishes with a pleasant tartness. Enjoyable

4.2
illidurit (2458) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Poured into a snifter at The Red in Santa Cruz. Color is a mix between quadrupel brown and cherry red. Decent head for a style characterized by acidity. Oak, brett, vinegar, cherry in the aroma. Nice red fruit sweetness is decapitated by an exquisite tartness and vinaigrette bite that puckers every corner of the mouth. Some oak and grape skin. Thin bodied, dry, effervescent, and smooth. The only fault is that the sharpness is best in small doses, reducing the drinkability to me.

2.8
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2008
From bottle : Pours very dark brown with red highlights. A half finger of nice white foamy head, that shows great retention. Aroma is sour tart cherries, and notes of spice. The taste is interesting. Not very sour or tart for a sour ale. It is sweet up front, then goes watery toward the end, and carbonated, much like im drinking selzer water, very weird. Aftertaste has some dark fruit notes to it. Body is thin, palate is smooth and watery toward the end. Not a very good sour imo.

4.4
dawgontap (2) - Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2008 does not count
Aroma is of tart cherries and the oak comes through with a hint of notes of vanilla. Has a brownish side of ruby tint with a bone colored head. Nice sour notes that linger on the back of the tongue forever. To me, it has the perfect balance with the oak and the solera type aging gives it excellent complexity.

3.9
radagast83 (8446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Bottle. Aroma is that of sour cherries, spices. The flavor is initially a sweet tangy flavor which quickly delves into sour fruits. It’s not unlike eating something tart like a Granny Smith apple. The right balance is here to allow for both a sweet aftertaste as well as a nice sour punch.

3.9
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Pours a really pretty amber color into the fluted glass. There was a nice off-white head and flickers of lacing. The scent was very sour with hints of cherries, vingegar, spices and some barnyard funkiness. A quick sweetness on the front of the tongue gives way quickly to a puckering sour flavor. A slight reminder of a sweet red wine. The finish is very clean with some sour notes. I was very fond of this beer, as I am finally warming to the sour ale stlye.

4.2
beerbiere (101) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2008
Red/burgundy color topped by a foamy head, great carbonation. Aroma of apples, cider, cherry, oak. Sweeter than I remembered, yet tart and bitterless, ends on iron notes. So refreshing. My mouth gets watery with each sip. I am not tired of this one, even after numerous times. My second favorite Brune des flandres after Rodenbach Grand Cru.

3.8
Jonte (1496) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - JAN 13, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 19, 2008 Bottle. Sample at Haket, Gothenburg. Red/light brown color with a small beige head. Aroma: Very sweet and lightly sour, cherries, perfume, wood, light vinegar and caramel. Flavor: The sweetest Sour Ale i tried this day. Notes of red wine, light vinegar, cherries, wood, caramel and bread. My favorite Sour Ale beeing a newbie to this beer style.


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