Duchesse de Bourgogne is a typical Flemish red beer; a dark red beer with a very typical sour flavor. It is brewed with roasted malts and hops with a very low bitterness. This beer is a blend of beer that has matured on oaken barrels for 8 months with beer that has matured for 18 months. It has an alcohol content of 6.0%.
Flemish red, or Flandres red, is a sour beer with a dark reddish, burgundy color. It is only produced in a particular area in the West of Flanders. Not to be confused with sour lambic beers from the area around Brussels. Together with Rodenbach, this beer is the best known Flemish red beer.
Serving temperature: 8-12°C
This beer is brewed by Brouwerij Verhaeghe in Vichte, which is one of the very few breweries who are entitled use the name Flemish red for their beers. They use water from their own 172m deep well in their brewing process. While Duchesse De Bourgogne is a blend of 8 and 18 month old beer, the brewery also sells another beer called ‘Vichtenaar’ which is made with only 8-month old beer. Because that beer is younger, it is lighter and more sour.