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style
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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3.3
waveman352 (178) - Saratoga Springs, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2005
large bottle 12/19/05. This is my first flemish sour and it was not at all what I expected. Extremely vinagar like in taste and smell. Very acidic. Reminded me of beer mixed with carbonated apple cider. Poured a cherry wood color with a decent head. I am going to have to try some others in this style but my first impressions are no better than average.

3.9
luvcasks (178) - USA - APR 16, 2006
Aroma: Some brett and lactic acid funk... with some sweet notes blended in Appearance: Clean, Dark Brown with reddish highlights pours with off white head which does not last too long Flavor: Starts off intriguingly tart and funky but is replaced with a flavor of cherries and some sweetness (Would be a nice after dinner drink) Palate: Complex flavors with dark fruit and cherries flooded over with some sour notes which finish slightly sweet on the tongue Overall: For a Flander’s red seems to be dumbed down a bit.. the sourness and funk is very restrained almost to it coming off a little too sweet. If it s possible this would be a gateway Sour beer (Better ones are Goudenband and Rodenbach)

3.9
lethe (177) - New York, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Burgundy pour with foamy, frothy white head. Nose is upfront and tart with sour, dark fruit and a carbonated effervescence. Palate is medium-bodied and appetizing. Flavor is starts very sour with cherry and licorice, then mellows with some oak, and smooths nicely into malt deliverence. Damn fine and well representative of the style.

4
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Pours a beautiful burgundy colored brown. Smell is more of a port wine than a beer. The aroma is of ripe fruit, alcohol, slight vinegar, dark malts, and spice notes. Taste is a bit hard to describe it is more like a wine, yet the fruit and aged oak flavor come through nicely. Very good beer, worth the cost!

3.7
Nightsky (176) - Lutz, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2012
Aroma: wasn’t as pleasant as I thought it was going to be Appearance: was a nice deep red Taste: had a raspberry taste, fairly sweet. Palate: not very bitter, but lingering finish.

4.7
kchampagne (173) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2013
This is hands down one of my favorite beers and it has been for the longest time. I’m surprised it has taken me this long to rate it. Ive had this beer out of the bottle, as well as on tap which is my preference. It pours out a deep ruby color with a small tan head. It smells funky with vinegar, and fruit from the esters. It’s a well balanced Flemish Red and has just the right amount of tart/sour to it. I love this one and it is my regular go-to.

3.3
ozzatoadisback (173) - ITALY - JUL 5, 2017
Dark brown with nice ruby hints. Not much of a head, off-white, nicely persistent and leaves good lacing though. Sweet and sour aroma with caramel and vinegar, some cherries fruitiness and maybe a bit of sugar. Taste closely follows the aroma, overall both sweet and firmly sour/acidic, maybe with a bit residual sugary sweetness in the finish. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Nice enough. (side note: not any more complex than their vichtenaar which, at 1% less alcohol, feels more enjoyable with a lighter body and a silky feel)

4.4
beerstop (173) - Roanoke, Virginia, USA - MAR 21, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2003 Tart, sweet, cherry lambic-like, fruity aroma. Thick, light brown, mostly diminishing head. Ruby-red, brownish in appearance. Sweet, fruity, slightly tart, almost lambic-like (cherry/kriek specifically) start with a somewhat metallic(??? I think), mildly dry, kriek lambic-like finish. Very easy to drink. Less than medium body and a bit weak on the palate. Medium carbonation. Very enjoyable. Will certainly try again. See Ercvich's rating for better review.

2.9
mtdshn (173) - Moline, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2006
Bottle. Pours a wonderful amber color with a large coffee and cream head that disappates fairly quickly. Wonderful Cabarnet scent. However this goes down as the first beer I almost threw right back up on the first swallow but further tastings show that it’s really not too bad. On the same lines as a lambic. OK, would most likely never drink again.

1.8
bob32256 (171) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
the aroma is a strange combination of sweet and vinegar; dark brown color with a long-lasting tan head; the taste is definitely sour - too much so for my taste


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