Brouwerij Verhaeghe “Duchesse De Bourgogne”
This is a a tasty sour ale out of Belgium, which is aged in oak casks. It pours a shallow, though steady head, remaining until the glass is empty. It leaves a finely delicate lace across half the glass. Nice.
It smells yeasty and fruity with hints of champagne. Seems quite dry and tart like sour cherry, green apple, and sour grapes with a dash of cider vinegar. Sugary amber malt base.
The flavor profile is dynamic, to say the least. Take a look at the graphs on this one, they’re all over the place! It’s loaded with black cherry, green apple, lemon zest, a nice wood undertone, and pleasant yeast flavors without an abundance of funk. It’s super fruity, from apple, to peach, to plum. Nicely layered, with puckering sourness which is balanced proportionately to the white sugar malt. It leaves off with a bitter twang that settles on the finish where a building acidity turns a bit metallic. Sweet into sour into bitter, where things then settle nicely for the aftertaste. The feel is slick, a bit creamy, and acidic, but the cascade across my tongue, the way it transitions with flavor simultaneously is this beer’s greatest asset.
What a treat. This is a sweet tooth beer. Something sure to shake up your typical beer experience and possibly open new doors to broaden your beer palette. Every true beer appreciator should at least try one sour ale to see what it’s all about. Recommended.