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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: 2942   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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4.5
cattaneopapa (391) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 2, 2017
330ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a deep ruby brown colour with a small head that reduces into a ring. I get fruity notes on the nose. Aromas of rhubarb, raspberries,, dark cherries and oak. Complex fruity taste matches the aroma. Sweet up front and finishes with a well balanced sour finish. Best sour I’ve had so far.

3.7
anders8000 (390) - aarhus.c., DENMARK - NOV 15, 2012
Reddish brown in the glass with a creamy off white head which lasts. Aroma is mental. Rhubarb, sour candy, viscous acetic vinegary yeasty madness. Flavour is thankfully slightly less full on - more big sugary stewed fruits, cherry, pineapple and a medium lasting quite strong candy sour finish. Soft tight carbonation and a nice slick mouthfeel.

3.5
crlnts (390) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 6, 2014
Average frothy, light brown head, diminishing. Clear dark ruby. Sticky, lively and an astringent finish. Sour, vinegary, cherries. Heavy sweet and acidic.

2.8
BigMilly8 (389) - Wesley Chapel, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2008
From bottle : Pours very dark brown with red highlights. A half finger of nice white foamy head, that shows great retention. Aroma is sour tart cherries, and notes of spice. The taste is interesting. Not very sour or tart for a sour ale. It is sweet up front, then goes watery toward the end, and carbonated, much like im drinking selzer water, very weird. Aftertaste has some dark fruit notes to it. Body is thin, palate is smooth and watery toward the end. Not a very good sour imo.

4
Batavi (388) - Waalwijk, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2016
Fles bij een vriend, uitgeschonken in bokaal glas. Donker roodbruin, mahoniekleurig bier, met een kleine stevige witte schuimkraag die kleeft aan het glas. Het aroma is zurig en houtig met tonen van balsamico azijn, eikenhout, appels, cider, rood fruit als kersen en rode bessen, vanille, rode wijn en aardse en leerachtige accenten. Het smaakpallet is typisch Vlaams Rood Bruin, complex met meerdere smaaklagen, zurig en zoet tegelijk, heel fruitig met tonen van appels, kersen, bessen en rode druiven. Vineus en aardachtig, gebalanceerd met zoete fruitige tonen. Prikkelende carbonatie en licht droge fruitige afdronk. Een lekker Vlaams Rood Bruin, wel voor de liefhebbers van zurige bieren. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
basjansen14 (388) - NETHERLANDS - APR 16, 2017
Amber kleurig bier met een kleine crème kleurige schuimkraag. Aroma: balsamico, kersen en wat zoete mout. Smaak: balsamico, kersen, vanille en eiken.

4.1
joshmcg000 (388) - Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Pours dark reddish brown. aroma is mostly oak. This beer was very sour in past tastings, but this time not so at all. Still very good, oak and cherry are the main standouts, medium carbonation. I will have to revisit this one to see if this bottle was off.

3.7
JohnQPublic (387) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 Draught. Pours a clear, deep red bordering on brown, with a creamy off-white head. Nose is an odd combination of rich, deep red wine and black tea. Round and juicy, just a hint of vinous sourness. Flavor is softly tart, sweet, and rich to begin - vinous, rich red fruits and a big malt sweetness that shows through as well - like fresh bread dipped in a glass of red wine. Subtle tartness lingers - never dry, very juicy. Clean, slightly vinous finish with tea-like note of tannins showing through. Full bodied, with soft carbonation.

2.4
Delbomber (387) - Philadelphia, USA - MAY 9, 2002
Didn’t have a full glass of this, but what I had was memorable enough to write about here. Eccentric nose of ketchup coincides with the vinegarette flavors. There is a depth of flavor that is overwhelmed by the harsher characteristics consisting of a sturdy fruit backbone and balanced sourness. Light and earthy, the first word that comes to mind is bizarre.

4.2
Hoser (387) - Cowtown, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 11, 2007
My wife’s favourite beer, and of late there is always some in the cellar. Page 476 of Michael Jackson’s Great Beer Guide.


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