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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: 2919   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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2.8
Dogbrick (12932) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 6, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for the trade. I am still a little new to Flemish Sour Ales, Rodenbach Alexander being the only other one I have tried so far. From what I understand both are good examples of the style. That being the case I am fairly certain this is not a style I am a big fan of. Pours a dark amber/brown with a thick multi-colored head (beige with light brown splotches), with thin lacing. Aroma is alternatingly fruity and sour. The flavor actually reminded me of some Ohio Buckeye Brown that I tried not too long ago that had gone way past the "best by" date. Tart and vinegary flavor is tangy throughout. The finish is like an oaky Merlot. I was able to drink most of this in small doses, but I just can't appreciate the style.

3.7
kermis (12869) - The Hague / Amsterdam, NETHERLANDS - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle at Fiddler. Pours clear red brown with a small tan head. Aroma of tart dark fruits and red berries, some caramel, light barnyard, leather, prunes and raisins. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and light to moderate sour. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

2.2
crossovert (12666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2011
A super sweet and syrupy Flemish Red. IT has notes of sugar syrup, horse radish, and vinegar.

4.4
Bov (12636) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 31, 2001
dark ruby colour, nice head, fantastic complex aroma: fruity, flowers, vinegar and a hint of chocolate, very rich flavour, cherry, sweetness followed by a long sour finish

3.2
Rune (12595) - Troms, NORWAY - FEB 4, 2006
Bottle from Bier Tempel in Bruxelles. Ruby red colour. Robust sourish aroma. Well balanced and good sour body. Sweetness all through and in the finish.

4.1
thewolf (12535) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAR 31, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Den Tatoverede Enke, Cph.
Pours a wonderful, deep, deep mahogany with a small creamy beige head that leaves brilliant lacings. Aroma is absolutely sublime, some sweetness, light toffee, weak berries, funkiness, brett, caramel and lightly roasted - stunningly composed. Low to medium carbonation - quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour starts off rather sweet with a good dose of maltiness (having the beer too cold resulted in some unwanted metallic off-flavours, though they disappeared as it heated up). A nice fruity tartness balances very well with the sweetness. Is this the Goudenband II? There is hard roasted oakiness and malt at the finish in the aftertaste. Still stunning.

3.3
jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2008
11.2oz bottle-pours a foamy tan head and deep ruby red color. Aroma is dark fermented fruit-raisin, cherry, medium malt. Taste is dark fermented fruit-raisin, cherry, secondary medium/dark malt, syrupy, some spicy (hops). Kind of a spice lambic. Good effervescence.

3.9
hopdog (12341) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 25, 2004
Poured a dark reddish brown with no head. Poured with a very thick, almost syrupy, body. Very strong vinegar aroma and tastes (my wife said it smelled like balsamic vinegar). Slightly sweet with a sour finish. Some cherries mixed in there. Thick, oily body. This beer was different than any Ive rated yet (but not a bad different - I enjoyed it).

3.6
Camons (12305) - Hasselager, DENMARK - JAN 30, 2011
UPDATED: APR 22, 2015 Re-rate: Bottle @ Home.Courtesy of Saxo, Thanks! BB18012014 Pours very dark brown with a offwhite head. Aroma of light sourness, tart fruit, cherries, wood, balsamico, light vinegar, slight oxidation, maybe a bit of mold, but not in a bad way. Flavor is malt, lightly sour, sour cherries, wood, little vinegar, light spice. Medium body, soft carbonation, light sweet sour finish. 220415 Bottle @ DE meeting. Pours dark brown with a small offwhite head. Aroma of tart fruit, like sour cherries and malt. Taste is very sweet with cherries and sugar. Thin body. Not a beer to my liking, way to sweet. 6-2-5-3-11. 190111

3.4
Sammy (12099) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2004
Edgy Belgium. Good lace. Foamy pour, fluffy. Sweet aftertaste. Oak lends a brown to the amber. Some cherry tartness here, maybe sour lemon and unripe fruit, and oud bruin style. And as Monty Python would add, woody.


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