Bourgogne des Flandres
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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #107
ABV:
5%
Score:
82
Ranked #44,097
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 16.29%
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
352
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Brewery Bourgogne Des Flandres
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  9
Gots
  46
SCORE
82
Good
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Photo of elnachooo
2.58/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.31/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of aleigator
3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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aleigator from Germany, Nov 22, 2019
Photo of vinicole
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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vinicole from United Kingdom (England), Aug 31, 2018
Photo of AAG
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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AAG from New York, Dec 28, 2017
Photo of JamFuel
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Sep 19, 2017
Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Aug 19, 2017
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from British Columbia (Canada), Jul 29, 2016
Photo of FBarber
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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FBarber from Illinois, Jun 11, 2016
Photo of captaincoffee
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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pat61 from Minnesota, Mar 17, 2015
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana, Mar 07, 2015
Photo of gonzo000
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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gonzo000 from Massachusetts, Mar 03, 2015
Photo of bluehende
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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bluehende from Delaware, Jan 25, 2015
Photo of jmdrpi
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
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

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chinchill from South Carolina, Jun 26, 2014
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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SLeffler27 from New York, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of stewart124
3.09/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark mahogany in color with some haze and visible carbonation. A bit of lace but nothing to write home about.

Caramel and tart cherry in the nose.

More caramel in the taste but it comes as a sweeter note. Something in the way of soda-like in character. Easy to drink throughout but not something I could drink more than one of. The tartness is there but fails to surpass the sweetness.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a dark amber almost brown color forming a medium to small bubbled yellow head which dissipates quickly leaving lots of spotty lacings in the glass. A thin layer remains on top for a long time

S: Sweet and fruity. Strong notes of grapes and cherries, mainly. Notes of oak and a caramel malts backbone

T: Sweet upfront which is fruity as well, again, strong notes of grapes and cherries. Notes of wood and candy sugar. Caramel malts. Nice light sourness and a very light bitterness in the very end. A bit syrupy

M: Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Sweet and fruity and, at the same time, mild sour aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Refreshing beer

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eduardolinhalis from Switzerland, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.02/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 11.2oz poured into a tulip

A: Dark brown with a think off-white head.

S: Some sour dark fruit, a bit of stone, wet malt.

T: Sweet dark fruit (raisin, prune), slight caramel, and a clean finish.

M: Medium and sweet.

O: Little aroma and little flavor, and the flavor available is mostly sweet. This beer is not worth a try.

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ianjsullivan from Maryland, Feb 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml (dated October 2, 2011) into a tulip.

A-The brew is the color of swamp water: murky and brown. It is not terribly attractive, but not far from the style. There is a two-finger head of tan foam that drops to thick cap then lingers for a bit before disappearing.

S-I smell cherry cola. Seriously. This thing is sweet, with hints of cherry and oak, and something that reminds of me carbonic acid like one might find in a cola.

T-The flavors are pretty mild. I detect some cherry and vanilla up front with a touch of dark, "brune" fruit at the end. There is a fair amount of sweetness from start to finish. Sour power is very low.

M-Feel is medium to slightly heavy (for the style). There is little carbonation and a slick, watery texture.

O-I could not get the flavor cherry cola out of my head when drinking this brew. It is sweet, somewhat simple, and the malted, dark cherry flavor pretty much dominates to the exclusion of everything else. All that being said, I have had worse.

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spoony from Colorado, Feb 01, 2013
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