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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: 2914   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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NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2002
Fantastic growing, now billowing flesh-colored head, ruby/amber body and effervescent carbonation. Definite tart cherry aroma, but accompanied by other dark fruit, light cocoa, and a waning acidity. Starts out nice and sharp, followed by a curious, steak flavor...not really bad, but unexpected. Cherries and berries abound. If was a bit more sour, and a little less acidic, it would be excellent.

3.4
DaSilky1 (2608) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 7, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 appeared bloody with moldy scabs..vinegar acid rain and cherry sweat aromas..overripe cherries gangbanged by mysterious chocolate...tart sour lambic-like finishUnique...I Really liked this one Re-Rate 1/18/03: the aroma showed a lot more vinegar than last time..there was a tad metallicness in the taste, and there was much too much vinegar noticed in the flavor too..i couldn't have missed this much vinegar the first time..i think that there's some inconsistency with this beer Re-Rate Draught: The vinegar, the god damned vinegar. other than that, nice tart grape flavor with some mild sweetness, mildew, and a vinous finish and aftertaste.

4.5
lassewan (44) - Borlänge, SWEDEN - JUL 21, 2002
A real cherrybomb of sweetness and great aroma. This is the one beer you need not to miss.

4.5
Admiral (524) - Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2002
(draft) Dark ruby, with minimal head. Sweet/sour, but the sourness is not like a lambic. Some fruitiness as well; black cherries? Slightly bitter around the edges. Very creamy mouthfeel. Another amazing experience.

4.4
Xingu99 (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2002 does not count
A beer that is balenced between the agreesive spicy, vinegar, and sour qualities of this 'style' and leans towards fruit, some sweetness and a mildly sour finish. Like others, I prefer the agressiveness of the Rodenbach, but this will do.

3.4
Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2002
Nose is very sweet, vinuous. I thought it was just too sweet and lacked a complexity I enjoyed in the Rodenbach Grand Cru.

4.1
Hildigöltur (5103) - København, DENMARK - JUL 14, 2002
This is much milder and easier to drink than the Rodenbach Grand Cru. Brown-red colour with a small and short lasting head. Extremely refreshing with notes of berries and fruit. Not as complex and interesting as Rodenbach Grand Cru though.

3.6
stic (109) - Oostende, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2002
Not a bad beer. A better version of Rodenbach. Fruity, sweety, some cherries and a sour aftertaste.

4.8
Jajoro (11) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - JUL 11, 2002
This IS a Flander's Red. A very well blended beer. Wonderful spiciness with great cherry notes. The sherry-like finish is classic. Send me more, Please!

3.6
MartinT (10239) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 6, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Confident balsamic vinegar effluviums intrigue...Eating cherries in the sunset...A woody breeze lifts the hints of vanilla and oak...Cheese and caramel hover over the vinosity...This is less fruity though than the Mestreechs Aajt...I used to watch them dance and glitter like a fireworks display, but sometimes that balsamic vinegar keeps blocking the view...A quite variable beer...


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