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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
Oakes (17664) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 9, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 Well-named, as its burgundy colour would indicate. Mix of woody lactic notes, tomato, pomegranate, apple skins and acetic notes. Sweet maltiness in the palate, alongside icing sugar, caramel apples, and a light acetic note which spoils an otherwise clean lactic undertone. Sweet & sour, quite drinkable, but I do find the acetic notes to be rather off-putting. You have to love acetic acid (vinegar) to love this beer. If you don’t, it’ll go down the drain.

3.6
TBone (17528) - Pori, FINLAND - JAN 7, 2005
Bottled, 25cl (BB 04/2006)
Dark red cherry color, brown small head, sour fruity aroma of vinegar. Flavor is sour cherries, raw grapefruits and dry apple cider. Light to medium bodied. Finish is sweet apples and fruits and lambic sourness with rubbery tones. First this had maybe too unique palate to enjoy but after few sips this turns to be interesting and complex.

3.6
chrisv10 (17421) - DENMARK - JUL 22, 2010
25 cl bottle. Clear red/brown with small off-white head. Flavour is vinous, malt, sweet, fruit and wood.

4.1
yngwie (17049) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2009 Bottled, 25cl. Clear, non-carbonating brown beer. Sour on the nose, with yeast, alcohol and cherries. The flavor is kind of caramelized cherries with green apples and sourness. It feels sparkling in the mouth, and of course quite astringent. The finish has some sweetness to balance the sourness. Rating: 7-4-7-4-14-3.8. (060513)

Bottle, 33cl. It pours a clear, ruby body with a beautiful carbonation giving a big, rocky, dense off-white to beige head. Superb lacings. Slightly vinegary on the nose, with red berries doing a good job. Mostly cherries. There’s a good dash of sweetness to give it something resembling balance, and some woody vanilla notes blend in. The alcohol is present, but very subdued, and there’s a good dash of dried fruits as well. Smooth and effervescent body, medium full. Maybe a bit too fizzy, at least I think I would like less co2. A touch of alcohol warmth too. Where the "fake" krieks has an unpleasant sugary sweetness, this one has a lovely sugary sweetness to balance the sourness and still not overpowering the cherries, cherry liqeur, balsamic vinegar, wood and notes of dried fruits. Tart, but in a balanced way. Sweet, but tart enough to avoid fur on the teeth. Lasting sour and sweet finish with red berries and balsamic vinegar. Damn, I had forgotten how good this one is. (090320)

3.8
jtclockwork (16581) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2011 Brownish black pour in glass with plentiful head. Very sweet cherry tart. Almost a wine like quality to it. Rated 2/9/03

4.2
brokensail (16449) - Dublin, California, USA - FEB 11, 2010
A: The pour is a dark, rich, red color without too much carbonation or head formation. S: Loads of dark fruit, specifically sour cherries and currants. There is a nice lactic sourness along with a mild vinegar aroma. T: Almost identical to the nose. A wonderful tart/sourness, but not overpowering. The cherries really come through here as well as a touch of sweet malt. M: Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. D: I’m still getting used to these sour ales and this is a great one to start on. Nothing overly intense about it, but a nice beer nonetheless.

3.9
Dedollewaitor (16158) - Odense, DENMARK - MAY 17, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2006 Bier rouge: Clear browny read with little white head. The smell is sour and fruity (cherries) and at the same to time you can smell vinegar & oak. The carbonation is lively bubbly. The taste is pretty much like your first senses tells you. Good on a warm day in the sun!

3.8
FatPhil (16102) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 26, 2010
250ml bottle (Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam)
7 Upon opening, a fairly winey sour aroma, but in the glass there’s more fruitiness, including cherries, and some toffee
4 ruby red, and a surprisingly lasting beige head
7 Lovely mix of flavours in the mouth, first there’s the aged musty woodiness, but sweet cherries kick in, followed by some malt loaf with raisins. Don’t forget the acidity and the wood resins.
4 crisp carbonation, tingly palate enhanced by slight acidity. Finish is sweet, a touch toffee, and has lovely malts, and gentle resins..
16 So much not a big beer, and the points suffer because it doesn’t punch you in the face or try and have sex with you. However, it’s not lacking in anyway. Classic sour bruin.

3.8
MiP (15667) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 25, 2014 Bottle at KØ07. Nice woody and sour aroma. The flavour is nicely sour, yoghurty, with a little earth and wood. Quite sweet. Slightly cleansing. Very nice, although on the sweet side. 7 3 8 3 18

Bottle, 6.2%. Acetic and vinegary aroma - mouthwatering. Clear brown colour. Small stable light brown head. The flavour is sweet at first, but turns nicely acidic. Like my original rating, I must sayt it is a bit sweet. 8 3 7 3 16

2.4
Benzai (15586) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 25, 2011
Only thing good about this beer is the great dark brown color with the deep red glare. Smell sour and a little chemical, taste is just not good. Low to medium carbo.


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