Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Duchesse de Bourgogne

Duchesse de Bourgogne beerIt wasn't too long ago when we were sitting on the couch binge watching Worth It, a Buzzfeed show where two annoying dorks sample three different tiers of a particular type of food and decide which one gives the most bang for the buck. Early on in season one, during the $2 Hot Dog Vs. $169 Hot Dog episode, Steven and Andrew are served a beer called Duchesse de Bourgone and are told that they will either really enjoy it or simply not like it. Upon tasting it, Steven and Andrew declare that it tastes like fruit punch or a Starburst. That sounded interesting, so we made a point to keep an eye out for Duchesse de Bourgone at any of our nearby liquor store chains.

Duchesse de Bourgogne, named in honor of Duchess Mary of Burgundy (daughter of Charles the Bold), is a Flanders style red ale beer produced in Vichte, Belgium with a focus on maltiness over hop flavor. It is matured in oak barrels for 18 months after a primary and secondary fermentation. The final product is a blend of a younger 8-month-old beer with an 18-month-old beer. The end result is a delightfully sour ale with fruity sweetness as well as the tannic bitterness of a heavy red wine.

We picked up a few large bottles of Duchesse de Bourgogne, chilled one for a few hours and then got into the hot tub to enjoy a few glasses. If I hadn't known better, I would have sworn that this was a sparkling wine rather than a beer. It does indeed taste like a fruity wine with notes of black currant, sour apple and cherry. This is the perfect beer for a Summer patio party (yeah, I know, it's not Summer yet).

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