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97
84
style
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: 2886   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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4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermaniac (86) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2007
Aroma: Acetic vinegar notes, cherryish and fruity with some malty, chocalatey overtones and brett character. Oaky. Complex. Appearance: Long lasting head, burgundy, clarity good. Nice. Hints of brown but more of a dark red. Flavor: Very complex. Sweetish candy notes with a lactic sourness and fruity finish. Oaky tannins are very prominent and hints of vanilla also from the oak. Cherry and fruity flavors, some sherry. Lovely. Palate: Not harsh at all, but a little sweet. Its sweet and sour, but I would prefer more sourness. Tastes like it is sweetened like a Lindemans. Overall: Excellent beer. Very complex, very drinkable, nicely balanced.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FirkinHopHead (26) - Munster, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2007
Bottled. Dark reddish brown. Huge creamy tan head. Aroma like a sweet aged balsamic. Sweet malty taste with a strong acidic finish. Very well rounded and quite pleasant. A fine example of a Flemish Sour.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grovlam (4208) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Bottle. Head was large creamy and off-white with lasted for a long time. Body was slightly cloudy and color was light brown-ruby like. Aroma was perfume, sweat, barnyard, leather, grape, apple, pear, peach, vinegar. Medium bodied, with a slightly sticky texture and a soft carbonation. God moderated balance between the acidic and sweet. Nice fresh acidic in the finish with an average duration. Surprisingly good experience that is above the Lindemans that we hade.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 6, 2007
Pours a deep, clear, dark red with a small head with great lace and decent retention. Aroma quite pungent - sour cherries overpowers. Taste is much more interesting - the cherries are still there, and so is a touch of yeast, but so is light malting, milk chocolate, sweet cherries, and a bready warm aftertaste with just a hint of sourness on the inhale. Mouthfeel is thick and satisfying, and the light carbonation is perfect! Easily my favourite Flemish sour ale.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jainsv (113) - USA - FEB 6, 2007
This is the first flemish sour ale I have tried. It pours a deep red/brown color with a thin bubbly white head. It smells fruity with a hint of malt. The taste initially reminds you of wine with a semi-sweet taste which instantly changes to a nice sour aftertaste. Overall, an excellent beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 6, 2007
12oz Bottle @ Coles Buffalo NY. Reddish brown pour. Sour aroma & taste. I know this is the point but just doesnt do it for me. Im sure its a wonderfully made beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sten (751) - Westerlo, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2007
Dark coloured beer with a fast diminishing head. Sourish in the aroma, sour and sweet taste. Well balanced beer. Very good to quench your thirst, specially nice in the summer. (Bottle 25cl)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ekstedt (6668) - Gteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Bottle. Red amber with a thick, creamy, beige head with long retention. Aroma very cider-like (red apples) with hints of wood. Smooth mouthfeel with a refreshing carbonation. Flavour adds a nice sweetness that is well integrated with the apple sourness. Very nice!

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
midke (2) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2007 does not count
caramel, citrus, basement aromas, alcohol, raisin, vanilla, medium body, flat, brown, red, cloudy,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lagomswedish (213) - Ume, SWEDEN - FEB 2, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Bottle from Systembolaget. Never thought Id say a beer that smells of hair spray would be worth drinking - but this beauty is. Amazing smells of oak, a bit of sour funk and cherry stones (and of course the hair spray). Very wine/sherry-like in flavour, with a very sweet fruit accent that plays off nicely against the mild sourness and minimal bitterness. One of those beers that just sticks out. Weird but worthy!


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