Duchesse de Bourgogne – Brasserie Verhaeghe (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B+

Duchesse de Bourgogne – Brasserie Verhaeghe, 6.2% ABV – 330ml, (Belgium)

From Ratebeer.com:

“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.”

  • Style: Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die” book
  • Taste Profile: sour pomegranate/cranberry/apple cider -> mild barnyard/balsamic vinegar/wood -> tart/sweet clean finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (no longer listed, 1/2013)
  • How much: ~$3.50, sometime 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, it’s interesting

Tasting notes: first whiff and sip was a “wtf?! has this beer gone bad thought…” until I read up a bit on it. The yeast contains some sour bacteria and it’s aged in old wooden casks – so that’s where that funk comes from. Pours root beer brown a reddish hue, small head, thin layer of retention, some visible streams. Sour cherries/cranberries on the nose, a bit of barnyard pukishness. Initial taste of red fruit, something like pomegranate/cranberry/apple cider, 6/10-sweetness, 7/10-sweetness, fizzy/chilled mouthfeel, very mild dissipating acceptable barnyard, fruity balsamic vinegar, wood, transitions into medium tartness in the mids, finishing pleasantly gentle sweet and clean. Medium-high complexity, med depth, good transitions, very interesting drinkability. Give this one a go if you haven’t already.