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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: 2904   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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4.4
triguy84 (235) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2009
tap, tulip. Dark color, creamy head. Crisp and sweet aroma, something was there but I could not identify. Sweeter than sour, apricot flavors, not much though. Medium bodied, crisp. Nicely done!

4.5
RD400F (233) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 12, 2011
Aroma: Quite vinous, grapes and citrusy, sour, fruity....hints of fruitcake, figs, vinegar, and baked goods. Very aromatic...interesting malt character and if I didn’t know, I would’ve assumed this was a wine! Fantastic! Appearance: Clear red color, smallish off white head. Taste: Imagine combining a wine, a lambic and a beer. How the hell did they do this with the ABV? It’s amazingly complex. It’s sour, it has an amazing fruity sweetness to balance it all off, and the finish is fruitcake and delicious chocolate. Holy shit! Palate: Fizzy, quirky, complex and perfectly balanced. Overall: I stopped by Brewery Creek and had a nice chat with an employee about beer. This was recommended to me and I have to say this is one of the best recommendations ever. This beer is nothing short of amazing and I wish I bought another.

3.9
dhlesq (233) - Thousand Oaks, California, USA - JUL 5, 2006
Aroma of malt vinegar and cherries Appears a clear garnet red with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is very sweet at the start, like fermented berries, followed by blue cheese, and ending with a malt vinegar aftertaste; quite complex. Flavors are thick and chewy, but palate is suprisingly light and refreshing. Overall, this is a quirky beer, but then again it is from the quirkiest of styles; a bit more than the sum of its parts

3.9
ska (232) - ITALY - NOV 30, 2009
33cl bottle, dark amber/brown color, small tan head, the apple and wood aroma with fruity notes (raisins, cherries) and the sweet/sour flavor makes it similar to ours aceto balsamico (balsamic vinegar), medium body, dry finish with "roasted" apple aftertaste. It’s the first sour ale that I taste so I don’t know this style, in Italy we say "I rate it by nose" (means "by istinct")

5
coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Deep, dark, ruby red liquid. Much like the blood of the Duchesse. One finger head of creamy tan foam. Truly excellent retention and great lacing. Smells amazing! Deep tart fruit smells. Lots of green apple and black cherries. Not quite ripened peaches. Scent of almonds/marzipan. Hints of underlying gingerbread spiciness. Slight touch of vanilla. This is such a phenomenal tasting sour (flemish red). Big cherry taste, sour and sweet, at the same time. Huge notes of green apple. Nice big presence of black currants. Nice woody/earthiness, here, also. Hints of oak and vanilla. Extremely smooth and creamy in body, like a mouthfeel of rolling fine silk. Carbonation is perfect, with tiny, tiny bubbles. This beer is so perfect. If it were Napoleon’s Army invading my mouth, my taste buds would have no choice but to surrender. I could drink this for weeks at a time and be perfectly satisfied, with no other options. Excellent!

3.6
iep (230) - Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 4, 2007
Dark amber colored with a nicely sized head. Impressive oaky tart vanilla aromas, fruity (raisin, cherry), alcohol, vinegar, candy sugar, and alot more. Very sweet & somewhat sour flavor, a strange blend. Refreshing mouthfeel with light carbonation, very smooth. This is a well-made & unique brew.

4
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 8, 2008
Deep, but dull reddish brown color. Very sharp aroma, almost too sharp. Very tart but reasonably sweet flavor at the same time... much sweeter than the other flemish reds I’ve had so far.

4.2
TheJollyOne (230) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 19, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Brownish-red pour with quickly diminishing head. Lovely color. Smell is of sour fruit, cassis and cherry, with strong balsemic vinegar. Taste is of dark cherry and fruits, sourness of vinegar. Palate is fizzy and clean. This beer is a real treat, a personal favourite.

4.2
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Clear reddish amber with a fizzy head leaving nice lacing. Vinous notes, sherry, green apples, dark candy sugar, champagne, oak, tomato skin, vinegar. Flavors of vinegar (apple cider meets balsamic), amaretto sour, oak again, nice carbonation.

3.8
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 5, 2003
Nice dark red wine colour, with a tan head that's pretty small, lots of great lacing though. Definitely the balsamic vinegar thing is here, I really like that actually. Some blackberry undertones are hidden underneath the sourness. The taste is sour with a hint of sweetness, sour apples, grapes. A little thin, but still a very nice beer. Bottle.


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