Bourgogne des Flandres
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Style:
Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #108
ABV:
5%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,919
Avg:
3.51 | pDev: 16.52%
Reviews:
163
Ratings:
447
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Brewery Bourgogne Des Flandres
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  52
SCORE
81
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Notes: Bourgogne des Flandres occupies a very special place in the Belgian beer landscape. It is a typical example of the Flemish beer blending tradition with old and young beer being mixed judiciously to achieve a perfect balance.

Den Bruinen Os is brewed on site in the loft and blended with lambic from Timmermans Brewery. This lambic has aged for over twelve months in wooden barrels. The result is a surprising red-brown beer with a low alcohol content and a complex flavour.
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JonnoWillsteed from England

2.99/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)…
L- Red-Brown by name, red-brown in the glass too, the red is distinctive. Poured clear with a 2mm light tan foam cap.
S- I get the lambic/fruit note, in the ball-park of red-current, blackberry? ... hmm
T- Oh my! The lambic side of this dominates; seemingly entirely for me. It's like a fruit soda for adults, not so sweet. The CO2 is notable to that's adds a sense of dryness. The ABV% is not apparent. A shot of vodka might improve it.
F- CO2 is good in the mouth. Just a shame that there isn't really anything else beer-like about this.
O- Maybe like carbonated Ribena. That said at least it isn't outright sweet. I can finish it but it's honestly not at all like drinking 'beer as we know it'.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed!
330ml bottle £3.70 BB: 15/07/22 Bought from BelgianBeerCompany, Stoke/UK as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London. Not one I'd wish to drink again.

Apr 07, 2021
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josanguapo from Spain

4.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De Belgiuminabox. En copa Teku. En almuerzo, con salmón con papas fritas + salchichas. Muy buena, con una acidez muy suave, nada molesta. El protagonismo se lo llevan un toque a vino dulce delicioso y un fondo maltoso marcado que le aporta una gran corpulencia para tan bajo abv

Oct 31, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

De color marrón, con un dedo de espuma de retención media. Carbonatación y cuerpo medio. Aroma tostado, acaramelado y afrutado. En boca es dulce con una leve acidez y con un gusto muy similar a un vino lo que para mí le resta puntos.

Jan 12, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep, dark amber coloration with a medium, creamy head. Smells of caramel malt, sweet black cherries and a hint of red grapes and earthy funk.Taste dominated by sweet, caramel malt and black/red cherries, with lighter brown sugar and red grape notes, as well as just a hint of plums, toffee and some very light, earthy, mushroom funk. Finishes with a very light tartness and some sugared plums and cherries lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

This can't quite compete with the likes of Rodenbach or Verhaeghe, being way too syruppy sweet, while the fruity notes feel just a tad artificial as well. This also lacks a profound tartness or funk, which is expected of the style and makes the sweetness stand out even more by failing to provide a distinct counterpoint. At least there is a somewhat decent complexity to the fruity character here, with just enough tartness and funk to keep it interesting, although the overall balance and depth is still quite lacking. It's kind of to Flanders Red Ales what the non-Cuvée René beers by Lindemans are to Lambic.

Jan 05, 2020
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aleigator from Germany

3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours dark red in color, with a medium sized, noisy mohagony head.

Smells of funky blue cheese, wet hay and fermented cherries. Inherits an intriguing fruit sweetness on the nose, complimented by a lighter appearance of caramel.

This has a light body with a well developed, refreshing carbonation to it, producing a mineralic peak in the finish.

Tastes of matured red wine grapes, cherry piths and mellow toffee. Got a lighter effervescence then, producing a pleasant, slightly funky tartness, adding complexity to the grape flavor. Finishes quite sweet, with prominent caramel and toffee among a lighter grape appearance, inheriting an equally light tartness.

Solid, not overly complex or bold, relying primarily on its malt foundation.

Nov 22, 2019
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vinicole from England

3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Deep clear auburn. Thin frothy head.
Slightly sour aroma. Some caramel and fruit present indicative of style.
A sweet start completes with a tart finish.
Medium body with decent carbonation. Easy to drink.
I rather like this type of brew.

Aug 31, 2018
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AAG from New York

3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lambic infusion...what more can be said? Fruity, sweet, refreshing. Really like this beer..highly recommend this beer. Origin stems from the oldest lambic brewery in the world.

Dec 28, 2017
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery in Bruges.

Pours a dark red with thick, pinkish foam.

Smell is fruity and a bit tart with some notes of cherries and raspberries.

Taste is tart, but not very, with nice notes of plums, cherries and raspberries. There is also a hint of anise that I really liked.

Mouthfeel is medium, perfectly carbonated.

Overall, an easy drinking version of the style. Not as complex as some of the better ones, but very refreshing and I really liked the anise note.

Sep 19, 2017
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.56/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle - a very familiar-seeming brew to the long-standing Duchesse brand available around these parts.

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber colour, with four fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly beige head, which leaves some dissolving back windshield frost lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of subtle red wine vinegar, gritty and grainy pale malt, a bit of damp woodsiness, some muddled black stone fruitiness, and a mild earthy yeasty essence. The taste is bready and grainy caramel malt, some aged cherry, red apple, and red grape fruitiness, a sort of musty yeastiness, ephemeral wet woody (vanilla, mostly) notes, and very, very, very understated leafy and musky floral noble hop bitters.

The carbonation is pretty underwhelming in its low-key frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess arising as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and attendant fruitiness still very much in charge.

Overall, this is a rather plain version of the style, with all the expected metrics being hit upon (except for the sourness), sure, but not really in a manner that makes me give more shits than I have already given by purchasing the one. Yeah - not bad, but not worth revisiting either, IMHO.

Aug 19, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a reddish brown with a light brown head. Scent is slightly vinegar and fruit. Taste is slightly tart with cherry notes. Nice in the mouth.

Mar 13, 2017
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish brown with off tan head. Aroma has a slight vinegar over dark fruit. Taste is tart, with cherry, sour cherry notes reminiscent of Dr Pepper. Mouthfeel varies from tart to sweet to prickly

Jul 29, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a thin weak tan head.

Smell is sting on the vinegar aromas, get you expecting a strong tart flavor. Some malt undertones, with a slight tart cherry note.

Taste is not at all what you expect. The strong vinegar aroma is followed by an extremely mild flavor, almost no tartness, all malt and no cherry. Its not bad, just extremely underwhelming given the aromas.

Feel is not very tart at all. Actually its disappointingly not tart. Mild carbonation.

Overall, just ok for flanders red. Its extremely mild and balanced at the expense of the style.

Jun 11, 2016
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a small tan head that leaves just spots of lacing. Nose is light sour cherry, slightly earthy. Not much there. Flavor is a weak tartness over a brown ale, with a slight cough syrup taste in the back. Mouthfeel is medium, and a bit slick. Overall...kinda lame.

May 07, 2016
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lmaduells from Spain

3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Beer style that tends to provide great products of a great delicacy. But this is too flat, too much like a normal crevesa. Too little gas and subtlety.

Apr 10, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose sour tart dark malt, fruit with a hint of chocolate. The lemony tartness grows as it ages. Brilliant brown with very light red tint under a 2” finely bubbled bone white foam cap with a very light tan tint. Attacks the palate with a mouthful of fruit and some dark malt sugars with traces of chocolate balanced by a pleasant tartness with lemon notes. The tartness grows and the sweetness decreases as it ages. Medium body and medium high carbonation. A little tame.

Mar 17, 2015
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bourgogne des Flandres has a medium, cream-colored head, heavy lacing left on the glass, and an initially clear, cola-brown, bubbly appearance, which becomes quite murky, once the bottom sediment is loosened and poured in. The aroma is of sharp, aged malt, slightly turned fruit, chocolate, and sweet, gingerbread. Taste is of sweet & sour candy, sugar, turned fruit, medium-to-dark malt, acid, and brown bread crust. Some tart cherry, much like Dr. Pepper, is in evidence, too. Bitterness is low, and the mouthfeel is medium and cola-like, but without the high carbonation. Bourgogne des Flanders finishes semi-wet and decently drinkable.

RJT

Mar 07, 2015
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gonzo000 from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A nice fruity beer with a hint of sour, but not enough to call it a sour. Red fruits lead the taste profile. I got raspberry and strawberry with slightly sour cherry on the finish.

Mar 03, 2015
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bluehende from Delaware

3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As others have said not very sour. A nice drinking red with lots of cherry and some complexity. A fairly sweet taste with slightly sour finish. I liked it but did not love it.

Jan 25, 2015
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +16.8%

served in a goblet from the tap

medium brown in color, not really any head. mild sour aroma, a bit earthy and dark fruits. taste is fairly malty, with just a slightly sour vinegary finish. Not very sour, drinks easy and refreshing. Thin bodied.

Nov 15, 2014
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titvs from Portugal

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Review acoording to BJCP2008 (style 17C). Bottle 75cl - batch unknown. AROMA: complex malt and esters aroma with notes of caramel, black cherries, some chocolate and dry figs. a low sour aroma is present. APPEARANCE: dark reddish-brown and very clear. slightly tanned head with good retention. TASTE: malty flavour with notes of cherries, caramel, raisins and a sweet-and-sour profile more to the sweet side. low bitterness. PALATE: medium body. moderate carbonation. finishes sweet and tart. OVERALL: a very interesting belgian Brown ale with a nice cherry like profile.

Sep 06, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Atlanta Yard House.

A: clear dark brown-amber with an excllent beige head. Very good lacing

Aroma: complex with tart, fruity and liquer elements.

Flavor: Sweet up front turning tart-sweet by the finish. Moderately malty, Complex, lingering aftertaste.

Feel: medium body; OK carbonation. Smooth

O: Interesting and worth trying

Jun 26, 2014
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runbirddrinkbeer from Florida

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Tried this as part of a Belgian beer sample shipment(great gift from the inlaws) and have had some great sours and like that style. The appearance of this beer is interesting with a faintly cloudy reddish brown color. The aroma is less intense than expected with some cherry and fig present. The taste has similar notes with tart cherry and cola, tea and golden raisin present and typical sour fruits aftertaste. Mouthfeel is average/thin. Overall a decent offering and I enjoyed it....not Rodenbach but every style has its sublime examples.

Sep 16, 2013
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Koninck from Poland

3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow coloured and hazy. Has a white head, medium duration. Crisp, malty aroma, yeasty too. And some spice. Coriander and faint citrus, orange. Flavor starts sweet and has a nice hoppy note, faint metallic, finish moderate bitter. Creamy texture and soft carbonation.

Jul 22, 2013
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle pours a murky brown color with a small cap of tan head. Not much in the way of lacing or retention.

nose is sweet malt, plums, figs and burnt caramel. Only the faintest hint of any sourness unfortunately.

Taste is fruity cola, tangy fruit and red grape skins. Similar to the aroma, the sour level is disappointing. Its not bad, it has some decent malty/fruit interplay, but really falls in line as just an average flanders.

Jun 22, 2013
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very dark brown beer with red highlights. A khaki froth reached one inch before quickly settling to a thin blanket, leaving patches of lace on the St. Hermes tulip while the almost clear beer resides below.

Sweet fruit is led with cherry, followed by currents and vanilla and light spices. The light tartness is much more restrained than others of this style.

Sweet and lightly acidic with very low tartness. As anticipated, cherry is prominent, resembling Smith Bros. Cough Drops. Like the aroma, these flavors are less complex than other versions of the style.

A slick texture with light body and soft carbonation and unnoticed alcohol.

This one is refreshing and similar to fruit juice. I enjoyed it late on a warm, sunny day and could see this easily being a digestive. It is off style, but certainly would make a fine introduction for those uninitiated to sour beers.

Jun 16, 2013
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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 447 ratings