Brouwerij Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne

A couple of weeks back, Kate and I headed out to Maloney’s for a few brews and a snack. Since Twin Light is still closed, Maloney’s is probably the next best beer bar in the area. They have a giant selection and the food is pretty good. Here was my first selection…

ABV: 6%

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Trivia: According to, “Duchesse de Bourgogne is a Flanders red ale-style beer produced by Brouwerij Verhaeghe in Vichte, Belgium. After a primary and secondary fermentation, this ale is matured in oak barrels for 18 months. The final product is a blend of a younger 8-month-old beer with an 18-month-old beer. The name of the beer is meant to honour Duchess Mary of Burgundy, the only daughter of Charles the Bold, born in Brussels in 1457, who died tragically young in a horse riding accident. Like all Flemish red ales, Duchesse de Bourgogne has a characteristically sour, fruity flavour similar to that of lambic beers.”

Random: I think I’m pretty much done with winter. I’m ready for it to get warm now.

This poured with a three finger, cream-colored head that dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear mahogany with lots of active carbonation on the brew. The nose was tart cherries and maybe a touch of toasted oak. It was very fragrant and inviting. The taste was sweeter than the nose and presented with currants and a sprinkle of yeast. There wasn’t much oak present, but a hint of tartness came out at the end of the sip. This had really nice flavor which I thoroughly enjoyed. The body was on the thinner side with light carbonation on the tongue. It finished long and fruit with lots of cherries. This was definitely a great beer and I’m happy it was my first of the style.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0

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