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Duchesse De Bourgogne (Brouwerij Verhaeghe)

This is an exciting post for us. Today we bring you a beer we are very fond of. We have visited a style of sour before, with the Kriek by Lindemans. However, another very popular style of sour is the Flanders Red Ale. This, once again, is a Belgian style. The difference is that the Flanders Red Ale uses other types of bacteria-most commonly the Lactobacillus. If that name sounds familiar to you, you might remember it from your yogurt container. It is a red ale because it uses a red malt in making it. Also, sometimes older batches are mixed with younger ones to give it a bit of dimension. In fact, when you Wikipedia Flanders Red Ale, today’s beer is mentioned as a notable example! So lets get to it!

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Fancy Sounding, Fancy Tasting!

Duchesse De Bourgogne

(Brouwerij Verhaeghe)

6% Alc/vol

Pronounced Duchess deh Boor-gone

 This beer was named after Duchess Mary of Burgundy. The bottle brags of world-acclaim, and we can’t say we doubt them.

A Glass of  Duchesse

Looks suspiciously like soda, but we promise, it’s beer.

 Jen: I love, love, love this ale. My very first sour was a Flanders Red. I can’t get enough of this beer. This dark, mahogany beer is firstly super tart. Your jaws clench as you sip. It does have a very malty undertone, but it is almost difficult to pick up. It also leaves a malty aftertaste. It is slightly fruity, but that is almost an afterthought. You know the fruity is there, but it isn’t the main flavor of this beer. This beer is really complex. It almost has a wine-quality to it. There is zero bitterness to it, which I think makes me like it even more. But seriously, I love this beer. Then again, sours are my favorite kind of beer, and I haven’t found one I didn’t like.

The Duchesse of this beer

Jen makes an eerily similar face when we get this beer.

James: On the first taste, this beer will weird you out. You will expect certain taste based on the smell, color, etc. I urge you to follow one simple suggestion: sip it 3 times. The first time will be so strange, you will consider throwing it out. DON’T DO THAT! It is sweet,salty, savory, and fruity all at once. The mere fact that all these flavors exist together simultaneously is a remarkable feat. Your first sip:You will wrinkle your nose and look at it; It’s flavor weird and unexpected: salty, but fruity. Second sip:  You can taste a more defined flavor like a sweetened grapefruit. By the third sip you will be in love and demanding those around you try it as well, setting off a chain reaction similar to nuclear fission, only drunker.

Artsy Fartsy

We leave you with Jen’s attempt at an artsy photo.

So yes, we highly suggest this beer. We usually get the pints, which run us around $12. They also come in convenient 4 packs. We have had people in the store stop by us to tell us what a great choice we have made. When we see it in the store, it’s a must-have item. So give it a shot. If you have never had a Flanders Red, this is a great beer to see what it’s about. If you are already fond of sours, we think you will appreciate it as much as we do. A votre sante!

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