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97
85
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: 2940   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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3.9
TheGrandMaster (2335) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 28, 2007
Bottle at The White Horse on Parsons Green (London), a clear ruby red with a bubbly off-white head. A rich syrupy malt aroma with a touch of raspberry (and maybe plum). Strong raspberry flavours again, but a great spritzy palate, not syrupy at all.

3.8
emacgee (4675) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Pours a ruby red, lacks some depth but still nice. The head was quick to form, offwhite, slightly frothy, and left a nice lace. The aroma was sweet/tart cherry, oak, sharp spice. The flavor was similar with the cherry and oak, had some warm spice to it and some earthy notes. Nice flavor. The palate was nice too. It was slightly harsh, but in a pleasing way. It was crisp and full with a warm sharp bite to it. The finish had the sharp crispness to it as well. The alcohol didn’t really show itself other than the warmth. Overall a tastey brew that I’d have again if given the chance.

2.2
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - JAN 27, 2007
Awful aroma....never smelled something like this before. Similar to strong cider mixed with a bottle of hair-spray or nail pollish. Lovely appearance, rich burgendy, soft tan head that dissapears in seconds. Similar taste to the initial aroma...sour apple. Really smells bad...don’t want to drain pour this, but might.

3.8
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2007
The color was a dark ruby red. The head was fizzy and white. The aroma was very sour, fruity, with an almost vinegar smell to it. The flavor was cherry, sour, and maybe some spice. The palate was smooth and the finish was very sour.

3.6
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2007 This beer poured a dark amber, perhaps coppery color. The nose offered distinct hints of ketchup. The creamy white head (with just a hint of red) dissipated quickly. The flavor was initially a pleasant sour raspberry with hints of lemon. The tail lingered for a minute or two, but that ketchup taste lingered. I think I might pick up a bottle of this for my next bratwurst cookout.

4.1
joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - JAN 27, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2008 Pours a dark copper color with a huge creamy off-white head. The aroma has hints of sweet and sour, with hints of barbecue or something as well. A nice earthy barnyard is present as well Great tart acidity balanced by a good dark fruit sweetness. Nice sour edge onto the finish. This beer is very well balanced, but a little bit watered down.

3.6
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Surprised I hadn’t gotten around to rating this yet. 11.2oz bottle, Best before 15-07-07. Pours a clear ruby with a two and a half finger slightly beige head. Aroma is quite sour and sweet at the same time with sour cherries and pickled figs, some musty hints and cork. Flavor is more sweet than the aroma leads on with a hint of sweet tobacco leaves. Otherwise the same as the aroma. Light to medium bodied, light carbonation. There are better examples out there, but this is a solid brew.

3.7
tish (35) - In transition at the moment, Indiana, USA - JAN 21, 2007
Bottle. Red brown with light head. Hint of vinegar and apple aroma. Slight sour and then almost a sweet cider flavor appears. Extremely enjoyable. (Had a tasting at Beer Church, bought a few more bottles to enjoy at home.)

3.8
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours a rich red color with a light white head. Smells very sour with hints of mustard, vinegarette, and fruits. Tastes of sour fruit and strawberries. Sourness is a little overpowering. Has a long finish that stays with you on the tongue. Its a pretty good sour red, I can see why this one is popular.

3.3
cchubb (74) - Minneola, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2007
Pours as a thick, reddish brown with white head and good carbonation. Aromas of sour, acidic cider with cherry and rasberry notes. Taste bursts of fresh grape juice and red wine vinegar with nice oak notes. I found the overall body to be very light and unassuming with less of an acidic kick than I was expecting. Nicely subtle and the dry finish makes for a good starter beer.


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