Thursday, September 23, 2010

Duchesse de Bourgogne


Type: flemish red ale
Origin: Vichte, Belgium
Price: Free for me, $7 per 12 oz for everyone else
Website

I went to a pretty popular wine bar with the lady and some others, and since I am not a huge wine fan, opted for the beers. They actually had quite the selection and at reasonable prices. I was able to get a Stone Pale (not interesting, especially in San Diego), a North Coast Pranqster (becoming much more popular down here I can only assume because of my wonderful review) and then this baby. I had no idea what it was, all I knew it was from Belgium. The bartender said this was amazing and put it on the tab (sidenote: at wine bars, definitely order beer. They think it is worthless especially compared to $50 bottles of crappy bordeaux, and then they forget to put it on the tab). Since I wasn't expecting to do a beer review that day, I didn't bring my notepad, so I only put a few notes on my phone. Here is the review verbatim:

Smells sour sweet
tastes like sour candy
tastes like condiments

I am sorry I cannot do this beer justice. It was an interesting beer, but I couldn't drink more than one. Here is the description off of the distributors website:

DUCHESSE DE BOURGOGNE
from Brouwerij Verhaeghe is the traditional Flemish red ale. This refreshing ale is matured in oak casks; smooth with a rich texture and interplay of passion fruit, and chocolate, and a long, dry and acidic finish. After the first and secondary fermentation, the beer goes for maturation into the oak barrels for 18 months. The final product is a blend of younger 8 months old beer with 18 months old beer. The average age of the Duchesse de Bourgogne before being bottled is 12 months.

So yeah, it tastes like condiments!

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