September 11, 2019
Brouwerij Verhaeghe - Duchesse De Bourgogne
Jack's reaction of 'Oh!' to James's suggestion of this Red Ale for my Tipsy-Train blog certainly filled me with intrigue if not slight trepidation. I need to develop my pallette though, so it was a big yes firm me. Unfortunately, there suggestion of marrying this drink with some nice bread, olives or other delicacies was unsupported by our nearby Sainsbury's Local, so rice cake crisps had to do the job.
Even as I was trying to jimmy open the bottle top without carving my finger up, a supremely sour and sweet fragrance came straight to my nose. The first taste doubled down on that with an acidic base flowing with the sweetness of unnamed fruits that I couldn't put my finger on. There may have been a slight chocolatey hint at the back, but to be honest the sour/sweet combo was really full-on. That's not to say that this Belgian Red Ale wasn't an interesting taste for my Tipsy-Train ride, it's just that it wasn't a smooth accompanying passenger that I could repeatedly enjoy next to me.
Glad I tried it, after 37 minutes it's not for me, but I can imagine it would really hit the mark for the sweet & sour ale market, and at 6.2% it packs a warming glow.
Hope you enjoyed this blog and we'll see what tomorrow brings us...
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