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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

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 2884   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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4.2
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.

3.7
Maersk (342) - MOLDOVA - DEC 30, 2016
Dark brown, small brown, some carbonation. Smells aceton, berries, candy. Refreshing, tastes burberry, some aceton (which is surprisingly gentle and is intact with the beer, thus a plus), low sourness. Very good.

3.8
Kasteelfreak (341) - Fallbrook, California, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Perfumey, sweet, pleasant aroma. Color is a clear dark red-brown. Taste is sour and sweet. The sourness is of the stinky cheese variety. I feel like I’m drinking bacteria. The sweetness ruins it a bit. The sweetess is really simple; like sugar water. It’s almost like putting sweet n’ low in iced tea.

3.9
Slubgob (341) - West Hartford, USA - MAY 31, 2013
Light acetic acid on the nose. Opaque brown thin head. Good sour kick but not overwhelming. Good structure behind it. Finishes with lingering soreness. Great example of the style.

2.2
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAY 11, 2004
I’m rating this with ample leeway to the fact that I just can’t learn to appreciate this style nor do I understand what a good Flemish Sour is. It should have a nice balance between sweet and sour flavors. I tasted both, but there is certainly no balance. Balsamic vinegar flavor dominates, brown sugar super-sweetness comes in second then there is a salty aftertaste. Try as I did to enjoy, to look somewhere for some inkling of pleasure, I found only shrieking taste buds and cringing lips. It tasted as though it were made with stagnet, metallic drinking fountain water. While I admire anyone that can enjoy this beverage, as far as I’m concerned the Duchesse wears no clothes (actually, she is kinda hot).

3.7
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
Appearance - A bit murky for the style. lots of brown puddles with amber waves flowing throughout. good two finger head with nice lacing. Smell - Musty, Earthy, some vinegar funk, with a touch of candy. Taste - Its a very subtle oud bruin by comparison to others. If your in the mood for subdued pucker then this is a good selection. Mouthfeel - Good amount of carbonation helped this one from being mediocre in the mouthfeel department. With the brew being such a murky mix itself, the carbonation really saves it. Drinkability - Easy drinking for the style but not the easiest style for all to drink. Its my favorite style so I’m a bit biased. I’ll give it a 4.0 to be fair. The 750ml only set me back about $8.00 in a local store so its a good oud bruin at a fair price. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 09-06-2008

3.3
Mariox (337) - Warsaw, POLAND - OCT 14, 2017
Backlog, ocena wystawiona na podstawie wspomnień z degustacji oraz przepisana z profilu na Untappd. Nie jest zły, ale się nie umywa to najlepszych piw z tego stylu

3.5
FishManLA (337) - Abita Springs, Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2008
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2008 Pours a rusty red with a giant rocky head that lasts forever. Nose like red wine and earth. Taste is earthy with notes of red grapes, prunes, rasins, wood and meat. Finish is sweet and sour.

3.8
andniz (336) - POLAND - SEP 8, 2016
Strong funky aroma, with cherries and vanilla behind it. Also a little bready. Medium sourness, ith considerable medium peachy sweetness. Very nice, but i prefer Rodenbach


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