Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler


on tap

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RATINGS: 2920   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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estoves2 (98) - SWEDEN - JUL 2, 2007
Bottle.Dark ruby brown body with a large fizzy and creamy lasting head. Sour smell of wineager. Flavor is sour, sweet with som notes of wood and sour berries. Way to sour for me, probably not bad for its style, but i certainly dont like the style now.

doubleipa (224) - Georgia, USA - JUN 29, 2007
Iím not very familar with this style since Iíve ever had one of these on draft. However, I certainly will try as many of this style after having this one. This was really a spectacular beer. I canít say I wouldíve appreciated this several years ago. Very sour aroma - duh! A little bit of vinegar, cherry, raspberry, and oak. Kind of hard to describe as the sour is so predominant. Taste is really huge. Incredible levels of tartness. Nice frothy head and a light ruby color. Great mouthfeel - very lively. I canít wait to pop open one of these at the next neighborhood party and offer this to someone.

tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 28, 2007
Bottle. Pours deep ruby with amber edges and a creamy beige head. The aroma is sour berries, oak, hints of chocolate and caramel. The flavor is oak, dry champagne, and berries. Mild sweetness and assertive acidity counter the mellow sourness. The oaken character intensifies toward the finish, where some brown sugar kicks in. Tasty stuff.

Adam420 (9) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 28, 2007 does not count
Oh my God did I hate this beer. It just tastes sour and way too sweet which made me look at the back of the bottle for the expiration date. I donít understand how its rated so highly on this site. I assume the fact that it is quite unique in its flavor that has put it in such high regard, but I think itís just gross. And I knew from looking at the beer in the bottle that it wasnít going to have much of a head, which, if you do manage to get, disappears very quickly. Overall this beer is not for me, not in the slightest bit. I guess Iím glad I tried it though, as it is very different, so I would recommend that you do the same if you are afforded the opportunity, youíre opinion of this beer might differ from mine.

nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2007
Bottle. NIce crimson pour with a steady yellowed light tan head. THe aroma isnít as pungent as I wouldíve expected but it is still strong despite that. Aromas of light funk, brett, subtle vinous elements and some dry oak. Things seem to really stand out when it hits the tounge: dry wood and vinous elements are coupled with caramel malt and brown sugar characteristics with some apple skin and funk elements that enter fairly subtle. Sweet and lightly funky when it first hits the tounge with a constant yet light sour quality coming through...sweet fruity sugars not far behind with a bit of maltiness giving this one some balance. The wodiness comes through mid-way drying it out for the bitter/slightly sour/dry finish. Sturdy body with a solid yet smooth carbonation. A really nice brew to be sure though I think Iíd like a bit less sweet and a bit more sour.

nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Guest tap at Town Hall in Minneapolis. A breat blend of brett sour and grain sweet. Low hops, as one would expect. Well done. So unusual to find something like this on tap, especially in Minnesota. A little bit sweet to drink too much of it, but a 4-6oz. pour is perfect. Enjoyable.

CheesedMan (555) - Saint Cloud, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2007
Deep ruby brown color, very little head. Aromas are on the sweetish side, sour cherries seem to dominate. Flavor is very sweet, not much sourness. Very drinkable.

mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 Oh the sour goodness! Found this lurking in the back at Town Hall Brewpub tonight. normally i would like to have the local, but I find it hard to find Flemish Ale in my perts.

JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - JUN 19, 2007
Very dark ruby-brown with a thin white foamy head. Mild sweet-tart aromas with some fruity notes. Medium-bodied, lightly carbonated. Not real sour tasting, but instead cherry and red grape fruitiness with a sweet finish. The tartness was pretty mellow here and it seems to lack the depth of some of the other Sours Iíve had recently. Not really what Iím looking for style-wise, but a good brew on its own accord.

railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - JUN 16, 2007
I like flemish sours and this was no exception,a tart and sour finish with a dark overtones but it was overall a very good beer.CHEERS!

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