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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: 2917   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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Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 8, 2006
The proto-typical Flemish Sour. there are better one’s out there, but this is a great benchmark for determining if you like the style or not. Beautful deep ruby color with a nice creamy head. Great head retention and lacing. Wonderful aromas of green apple, sherry and grapes. The old and young ales are certainly distinguishable along with a slightly assertive oak presence. Sourness on the palate is definate something to behold, but is not as complex or aggressive as with the Panil Barriquée. A wonderfully done ale and a great introduction to the style.

3.9
GlassBrass440 (321) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 23, 2015
Pours deep red/brown with an everlasting, meringue-thick, white head. Aromas of balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, cherries, sourdough bread, and oak. Intense sourness up front leads to barnyard funk,cherries, fresh baked wheat bread, and finally vanilla. Extreme carbonation creates a fresh look at every sip before it dissipates and gives way for a long, contemplative finish.

1.5
Bornyensis (321) - BELGIUM - NOV 10, 2015
Een zeer bittere smaak, komt waarschijnlijk door de looistoffen van de eiken vaten.

3.6
Adamsville (319) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2016
Apparence : Brune, cuivrée, reflets rouges-orange, faible col sans rétention, légère dentelle, carbonatation semble moyenne et moyennement rapide. Nez : Vinaigre balsamique, touche sucrée, boisé, alcool, tannins de raisins. Goût : Équilibre entre le sucre et l’acidité, vinaigre balsamique à la framboise, boisé en mi-bouche. Sensation : Effervescence faible à moyenne, finale mi-acide mi-sucrée qui traîne plus sur le sucre, moyennement longue, astringence du bois. Corps moyen, mais tout de même huileux. Bref : Bel équilibre entre l’acidité et le sucre résiduel, surtout pour une bière sûre. L’acidité n’est d’ailleurs jamais agressante. La framboise apporte définitivement une touche intéressante.

3.8
Enwiebe (318) - - JUN 9, 2014
6/9/14. 750ml. Pours reddish amber with a big beautiful viscous frothy head. Somewhat funky sour nose with a hint of wood. Nice complex sour. Balsamic vinegar, raisins, and cherries. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.4
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2007
Dark red. Aroma like church wine. Thickish, very fruity but not a good fruitiness, maybe plum, just doesn’t do it.

3.5
sleepylopes (318) - New York, USA - JUN 17, 2008
Very enjoyable. The nose is the down side and gave me bad feeling. Fig prune and date rotting fruit. This belies the mild sweet and sour ballance of the brew that makes it so drinkable. Notes of sugar snap peas. Red brown with a wet bubbly head.

4
tmzl (317) - SLOVENIA - DEC 2, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2014
Look: Very light white head which quickly disappears; dark amber/reddish, brown - almost cola like.

Smell: Very nice balance of sour and sweetish notes; cherry, grape and a little brandy/rum notes, all in all very fresh and inviting .

Taste: The sour, tart notes increased compared to smell, still reminds me of berries with some citrus notes, but still some sweetness to be found with some spice. all this gives the beer a nice fresh, light kick.

Mouthfeel: Nice to sip, medium body, good balanced fizzy carbonation with fruity taste which leads to a nice finish. sip leaves medium sour notes to play with long after.

Overall: Excellent sour ale with strong fruity feel, fresh and enjoyable to drink.

3.8
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - FEB 16, 2008
330 mL bottle. Pours a dark red-brown, with a thick medium head that dissipates in a few minutes. Aroma is strong malt vinegar, with some oak and sweet fruit underneath if you really look for it. Flavor is sweet, fruity and acidic, with fine carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. It’s different, and quite enjoyable, but is definitely not a session ale!

4.1
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2006
750ml bottle. Pours an opaque dark brown with a thin off white head. Vinegar wine aroma - flavour is the same, but balance with the sweetness of cherries and tart fruits. Not as sour as I wanted, or maybe expected it to be, but very idiosyncratic and interesting none-the-less, with a very refreshing finish that left me wanting more. Fantastic!


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