VERHAEGE VICHTE Duchesse de Bourgogne - 250ml
Duchesse de Bourgogne is a classic Flemish red ale with a complex and enticing aroma that combines sweet and sour notes. On the nose, it displays rich fruit and malt character, with notes of cherry, blackcurrant, caramel, and oak, along with a subtle hint of vinegar.
In the glass, it pours a deep reddish-brown color with a creamy off-white head that lingers for a while. The first sip reveals a delicate balance of sweet and sour flavors, with the sweet maltiness upfront and the sour acidity coming in towards the end. The taste is reminiscent of dark cherries, red wine, balsamic vinegar, and toasted oak.
The body is medium to full, with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that gives a slight sensation of warmth and astringency. The carbonation is moderate, which enhances the beer's complexity and drinkability. The finish is long and dry, with a pleasant acidity that leaves a refreshing and slightly tart aftertaste.
Overall, Duchesse de Bourgogne is a highly enjoyable and complex beer that showcases the unique and traditional style of Flemish red ales. It's a perfect choice for those who appreciate the balance of sweetness and acidity and enjoy exploring the rich and diverse world of Belgian beers.
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Verhaeghe Vichte is a family-owned brewery located in the town of Vichte, in the West Flanders region of Belgium. The brewery was founded in 1885 by Paul Verhaeghe, who started brewing beer in his farmhouse as a way to supplement his income from farming. Over the years, the brewery grew in size and reputation, becoming one of the leading producers of traditional Belgian beers.
Today, Verhaeghe Vichte is run by the fifth generation of the Verhaeghe family, who continue to uphold the brewery's tradition of crafting high-quality and unique beers. The brewery specializes in brewing Flemish red and brown ales, which are fermented with mixed cultures of yeast and bacteria, giving them a distinctively sour and complex flavor profile. Verhaeghe Vichte's flagship beer is Duchesse de Bourgogne, a classic Flemish red ale that has won numerous awards and is widely regarded as one of the best examples of the style.
The brewery uses traditional brewing methods and high-quality ingredients, including locally sourced malt and hops, to create beers that are rich in flavor and character. The beers are aged in oak barrels, which imparts a unique woody and vinous character to the final product.
Verhaeghe Vichte is committed to sustainability and environmentally friendly practices, using solar panels to power the brewery and reusing water in the brewing process. The brewery also supports local farmers and suppliers, helping to sustain the local economy.