437. Duchesse De Bourgogne

437. Duchesse De Bourgogne

Lately I've been in the mood for some sour beers, so last night I picked up a bottle of Duchesse De Bourgogne, a Flanders Red Ale, and a bottle of Cantillon Lou Pepe Gueuze at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm to around 45ยบ F and served it in one of my New Belgium glasses.

Beer Stats:
Brewery: Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Alcohol: 6.20%
Serving: Bottle, 750 mL
Style: Flanders Red Ale, BJCP Style Guide

Appearance (4.5): Pours a clear ruby brown, with a thick, frothy, beige head that thins to a persistent layer and leaves massive lace on the glass.

Smell (4.5): Sweet with an acidic sour cherry aroma. A lightly funky aroma emerges upon swirling.

Taste (4.0): A sweet cherry fruitiness upfront is met by a strong acidic tartness that moves into a metallic twang in the finish and mingles with hints of earthiness.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Moderate, effervescent carbonation. Light-bodied and almost silky. The finish is moderately dry.

Drinkability (4.0): Tart, but the sweetness balances well.

Overall (4.25): An excellent Flanders Red. It's no La Folie, but it's very good nonetheless.

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