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Brewed by Verhaeghe
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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common

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common

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RATINGS: 2884   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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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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3.8
Muggus69 (2723) - Yarram, Vic, AUSTRALIA - MAR 9, 2009
Date: 8/1/09 Beer info: Bottled in brown 250ml bottle 6.2% abv BB 10-12-09 Sampling Notes: Served chilled in chalice. Beautiful deep amber body with dense offwhite foam that coats the glass well on the journey down. Rich, complex aroma; treacle/golden syrup-like malt sweetness, oaky vanilla and cinamon, caramalised balsamic vinegar, all in prominant and in great balance. Velvet-smooth body, sticky texture, carbonation is creamy. Acetic acidity kicks in but is blended very well with the overall sweetness. Riciculously complex flavour; treacle, dark brown sugar, toasted oak, vanilla, cinamon and clove, sherry, raisin, vinous plum and dark berry, caramalised balsamic vinegar. Finishes with a sharp acidity, touch of alcohol, but oh so smooooth. Awesome beer, very similiar to a big oaky red yet with a sweetness to balance it all. Probably not for everyone, but once you get into it, ’normal’ beers seem boring in comparison. Definately gives Rodenbach a run for its money.

3.8
aletales (73) - , Oklahoma, USA - MAY 6, 2009
tried just a little bit of this as my first real "sour" ale. Beautiful color and head. Interesting tartness fading into sweetness in the finish. Plan to try again and rerate when I have more.

3.8
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Tap. Pours a deep red toned brown. Earthy tones with touch of cherry, wood, tasty malts, brown sugar, hints of caramel. Well carbonated mouth. Dig this guy.

3.8
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2009
On draft at Twains in Decatur. Reddish brown in color, nice frothy tannish head. Aroma pleasantly of sour dark cherries, hints of vinegar and slight wood. Flavor moderately sour, not overly assertive--underlying dark fruit and sugar sweetness that you don’t always find in a sour. Mild tartness, vinegar. Finishes slightly sweet, not really with the dryness I would prefer. Still, nice sour--probably the most accessible I’ve had.

3.8
l1br4r14n (451) - Rancho Cucamonga, California, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Pours dark brown tinted red with a tan head. Light malty aroma with some fruity tartness. Flavor is a nice sour over a solid malt backbone with a strong caramel finish.

3.8
tomkrat2008 (26) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 27, 2009
One of my Belgian favorites. Sweet and sour taste. Level of alcohol is just appropriate.

3.8
teorn88 (8066) - Rimini, ITALY - SEP 25, 2010
33cl bottle. Pours a dark reddish color with a medium beige head. Aroma is funky and acidic, mostly of sour cherries. Very similar to Italian aceto balsamico. The flavor has an underlying malty sweetness topped with the sour cherries and hints of spices. The finish is tart. Good carbonation.

3.8
Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2010
On tap at local option. Pours a dark burgandy with a nice off white head. Nice earthy cherry aroma. Light mouthfeel, nice earthy oak flavors. Fantastic subdued cherry flavor with a hint of vanilla. Nice!

3.8
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 10, 2010
I really enjoy this beer. It’s got some sour, but without the intensity of the Russian River stuff. Much more balanced. As one of my friends said, it’s like a hard cider with a lot more balance. Really enjoyable slow drinking beer, with substantial carbonation. Would be a good first sour to try as it’s not overpowering.

3.8
jikvig (269) - NORWAY - OCT 14, 2010
Very hard to rate, because this is not my cup of tea. But I did my best; A tall, WILD foam on top of a dark dark red beer. Not unlike a gueze with a acidic fruitynes with some licorice. It smells like they hangover, only in a good. way. On the palate it´s high acid but a really nice body and structure with some sweetness in the end. It follows the aromas in flavour, but it got more of an sweet licorice taste going on.


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