Review: Duchesse de Bourgogne (Brouwerij Verhaeghe)

Review: Duchesse de Bourgogne (Brouwerij Verhaeghe) by Cody La Bière
Duchesse de Bourgogne has been sitting in my fridge for approximately two months now, so.. yeah.. time to review. This is one of the newer Belgian beers now available in Manitoba through the MLCC, so.. keep them coming as I love Belgian beers!

Appearance: A nutty brown with a red-caramel hue, half a finger of cookie dough/beige foam.

Aroma: This cranky beer blogger isn't cranky what-so-ever.. it has a pungent sour cherry aroma overflowing and spilling? into my nose! This is almost like a fruit wine, almost like a nice merlot as well. A bit malty, acidic and slightly vinegary.

Taste: Whoa there.. that's one sour beer! It's quite a dessert-themed beer. It's not too sour, but enough to give me goosebumps. It's sour cherry with a bit of rich oak. Incredibly sweet, yet very delectable. Simple, but sweet!

Overall Thoughts: This beer didn't need much introduction, it's a sour cherry beer - it's DAMNED tasty, especially if you are looking for a dessert beer in lieu of Kriek or Unibroue Ephemere Cassis. This beer, in fact, as soon as I opened 'er up, reminded me substantially of another Belgian beer, Kasteel Rouge, which is no longer available in Manitoba. Kasteel Rouge was a very sour, sweet and cherry-filled beer. Compared to Kasteel, Duchesse de Bourgogne has more of a nice rich dark Belgian ale appearance (compared to a faux-wine for Kasteel), and Duchesse is not as near sour/tart. The Duchesse de Bourgogne (a Flanders Red Ale) costs $3.33 before tax, and has an ABV of 6.2%, so savour this with some cheesecake sometime!

1 comment:

Vanessa said...

Aaaaaand now I want cheesecake. Thanks a million, pal.