Style: Flemish-Style Sour

ABV: 6.0

Aroma: 11
Appearance: 3
Flavor: 17
Mouthfeel: 5

Brouwerij Verhaeghe Duchesse de Bourgogne

What the brewers say

“Belgian top-fermented reddish-brown ale, a blend of 8- and 18-month-old beers following the careful maturation in oak casks.”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Sharp acetic acid aroma with cherry notes, balanced with a slight malty sweetness and hint of caramel. High acetic sourness with a slight fruity note that reminds me of a sangria. Sour lactic note. As it warms up, there is less fruit and more sour. Complex acid aromas.”

Flavor: “Flavors of blackberries and cur- rants with lots of cherry and, perhaps, apple. Moderate-high malty sweetness with a hint of acetic astringency. Slight carbonic bite. Creamy body and a sweet finish. Very sweet with some lactic sour. Low carbonation with a rich medium body. As it warms, the perception of sourness increases.”

Overall: “A very approachable beer, perhaps a little on the sweet side. Would be excellent as a dessert beer paired with ice cream. This is a fun ‘learner’ sour with plenty of candy-sweet caramel and a solid carbonation that almost cuts the sugar. Woody notes add a touch of welcome astringency.”

What our editors thought



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