Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne
A bottle of Duchesse De Bourgogne from Brouwerij Verhaeghe in Vichte, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium at Håndverkerstuene in Oslo.
Duchesse de Bourgogne is a traditional top fermented red ale from the West-Flanders region of Belgium. This refined ale, also known as "The Burgundies of Belgium", is a blend of 8 and 18 months old ales following careful maturation in oak casks. The end product is a 6,2% sour-sweet ale with a vinous character from the oak.
It poured a clear but deep reddish brown color with a massive bubbly head. Wonderful sour sweet aroma, with a balsamic vinegar note from the oak. The mouthfeel was medium to light with a crisp sourness. The flavor started out with a caramel sweet note, then sour cherries and that balsamic vinegar note I noticed in the aroma. Its such a balanced beer, with the sour and sweet flavors in perfect harmony, both lingering in the finish. A world classic and the perfect beverage for introducing wine lovers to beer!
The painting on the label shows Mary of Burgundy (1457-1482) aka "the duchess of Burgundy". She was married to the Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I and was much loved by her Flanders subjects. At the age of 25, while out falconing with Maximilian (the falcon is also shown in the label) her horse tripped and fell over Mary, breaking her back. Mary died a few days later and lies buried in the Church of Our Lady in Bruges. Today, Brouwerij Verhaeghe brews this beer in her memory.