Belgian Beer Corner: Duchesse de Bourgogne
Duchesse de Bourgogne is the traditional Flemish red ale. Rich reddish hue. Winey, almost vinegary aromas follow through on a tart, medium-bodied palate with a strong sweet-tart character that finishes with a drying, old oak barrel character. A fine, albeit rather bracing, example of a that rare species: naturally soured 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.