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


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RATINGS: 2937   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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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.

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.

Hildigöltur (5104) - 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.

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

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!

MartinT (10240) - 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...

duff (5485) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 5, 2002
Sweetish cherry aroma, deep brown with a tinge of red, slightly sour sweet cherry palate, very enyable, but i crave a bit more sour, i still dig it.

OlJuntan64 (1265) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JUL 2, 2002
Ruby port wine red/brown clear colour with nice looking mid-size mid tan fine bubbled head. Acid cherry and tropical fruits, caramel, and some seriously complex light red wine aromas. Medium bodied and more light red wine character in the flavour. Clean smooth Kriek-like sour start moving to malt sweetness and enough bitter to retain interest. Finish is faint alcohol, and a lingering crisp dry malty fruity sweet aftertaset. Very interesting and very pleasant - I'll have another thanks.

Ernest (7991) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2002
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2005 Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear dark orange-brown. Aroma is moderately malty (cookie, caramel), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of cherry, balsamic vinegar, cask wood, brown sugar, cooked beef. Flavor is heavily sweet, moderately acidic. Finish is moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Rather sweet for the style, so better when cold.

Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 20, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2013 This is my first beer of this style, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. The aroma reminded me of, ’gone bad red wine.’ It had that acidic, vinegary, grape smell which wasn’t bad, just different. The palate was crisp, semi-dry, and fruity(cherries?) This beer was too winey for me. Although for a fruity, winey type beer it wasn’t as bad as a some whites or lambics(which bother me.) Decent brew, I wouldn’t get it again. Re-rate 6/2/13...first rated 6/20/02 ...it’s amazing what 10 years will do to your palate. I have grown to really love and appreciate the sweet and sour taste of a flemish red, and this one is by far my favorite so far. It’s dry and effervescent w/ just enough sweetness to compliment the style. Flemish reds have become one of my favorite styles, and this one tops the list for me!

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