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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: 2883   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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footy (348) - scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2004
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2006 Bottled 330 ml. Reddish brown color. Sour Acetic acid aroma. Full bodied with sweet sour taste. So much more balanced than Zoetzuur or Le woody. An excellent beer.

2.9
JuanFlk80 (348) - Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 2, 2017
Caña en Cervecería Kraken (Oviedo) Olor a vinagre, al primer trago es como tomar vinagre, según toma temperatura mejora algo el sabor y no es tan potente, bastante ácida, quizás sea buena en su estilo pero no me gustó nada

3.9
tompete (348) - Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep ruby with a tan head. Aroma is little lacking with a tiny hint of citrus, but mostly carbonation. Flavour is fantastic with wine and grape notes a little sourness and a smooth almost sweet finish. Body is thin. Absolutely wonderful.

3
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2006
Never had anything like this thus far. Smells woody and sweet. Taste is even more extreme sweetness and clear oak flavor. Definately seems more like a wine than a beer with very mild carbonation and sharp, sour bite on the tounge. Unusual.

3.7
Burgers (346) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 3, 2014
Pours darkish red to brown. The nose is balsamic vinegar and sour cherries. Taste predominantly sour, little bitter, some sweetness. Texture quite thin, soft carbonation. Finish quite astringent. Very good.

3.1
GuillaumeCL (344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2013
Pours a nearly opaque red/brown with a decent amount of tan head that dissipates slowly. Smell is... strange, kind of like worcestershire sauce with the sound tang and the slight sweetness. Palate is medium bodied with good carbonation. Taste is sweet and sour at first that gradually builds to a sour climax before leaving a strange bitter and sour aftertaste in the back of my throat. I’m not really a fan of this, though it might just be the style.

1.9
maddmatt639 (344) - Pacifica, California, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Smells sour and a little putrid. Tastes like sour apples in a brown ale. I do not like. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

1.8
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Like the other sour ales I have tried, Duchesse de Bourgogne would be better served on a salad than in a glass. That said, this was a very smooth ale. While I do not enjoy sour ales, this one is drinkable.

4.2
Hopswagger (344) - South Carolina, USA - AUG 8, 2013
P: Pours a clear reddish brown body with practically no head. Just a white ring that stretches around the sides of the snifter. S: A sweet fruity base with tart acidity causing a delicate sting in the nose. A nicely balancing oaky vanilla presence that is accompanied by subtle skunky yeast. Hints of chocolate cordial cherries and cardamom infused syrup. T/M: Wow! Super complex and balanced. Wild cherries, lightly smoked oak, plums, tart white grape and delicate gulab jamun presence. Syrupy mouthfeel that swirls around nicely and becomes creamy while finishing with tart fruit. O: I’m still a novice when it cones to Flanders but this is probably the best I have had to date. The flavors marry perfectly and the mouthfeel is orgasmic. In having trouble findings flaws. This is sure to be a go to for this style. Cheers!

4.1
Beardbeerman (343) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Very happy to try this one out (finally)! The robe is clear pouring a warm brown shade with very deep ruby highlights topped with a creamy beige head. The nose is smoky and spicy and also has a very nice sweetness with grapes and even a little floral side. To be honest, I’m not a great fan of very sweet beers (usually) with a certain smokiness, but this one has just the right amount of sweetness from the fruits like cherries and grapes and enough hops to balance it out and be very pleasant on the tongue. Excellent served between 8 and 12 degrees.


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