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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: 2902   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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3.8
Muggus69 (2807) - 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
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours a lovely dark red/brown, with a brief foamy head that quickly reduces to naught. Nose is big and moderately sour, with cherries, chocolate, a bit of barnyard and leather, and a lovely concord grape aroma as it warms. Palate is sweet, sharp, tangy, and sour, with apples, Welch’s grape jelly, cherries, and funk. Not the most assertive sour I’ve ever had, but a lovely beer.

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
j12601 (13297) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Bottle. Pours a lightly hazy brown with a medium to large tanned beige head that slowly falls off. Light wood and hay, touch of funk and some candied apples. Light apple and caramel, nice sweetness. Finishes with a nice tingly hint of sourness and some nice sweet wood notes. Not nearly as sour as I usually like, but an excellent introduction to the style.

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
jtclockwork (17631) - , 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

3.8
rosenbergh (11931) - Tampere, FINLAND - JUN 13, 2010
250 ml bottle. From Germany (bierkompass.de). Shared w/ Brandman.
Dark red colour with small off-white head. Interesting sour aroma with wine, portwine and maybe calvados (?). Sweetish fruity flavour with caramel desert, sour fruits. Well balanced and delicious.


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