The featured beer painting of the day is of Duchesse De Bourgogne by Brouwerij Verhaeghe. This is a Belgium beer that was brewed in traditional Flemish style. It is a blend of 8-month- and 18-month-old brews that are combined together, and then aged in oaken casks. This produces a sour, fruity beer with a lot of oak flavor that really is a unique taste. If you are a hop-bomb kind of beer drinker this may not be for you; this is more of a Lambic style of beer, even though Lambic has to age for an extra year, and normally is not oaked.
This beer is named after the Duchess of York, later known as the Duchess of Burgundy after marriage. She was quite the lady, and lived about 500 years ago. Everyone wanted to marry the Duchess, and she expanded the duchy without conflict through close marital negotiations. Unfortunately, she fell off her horse, which fell on top of her, and killed her at the young age of 25.
Known as Mary the Rich, due to the extremely valuable burgundy land she possessed and managed, she was a favorite ruler. The beer named in her honor is as rich and valuable, and is a great example of a Flemish red sour ale. So different, yet so obviously delicious this beer will not disappoint anyone, but the sour fearing beer geek. Expectations can change one’s opinions about what a product exactly is, but this beer is a perfect example of what it is supposed to be, a sour red beer.
Cheers to staying on your horse! Don’t have too many of these beers if you plan to ride that day, and you will be fine! Cheers to the Duchess!
You can purchase this painting, or a limited-edition print at my Etsy shop.