Flanders Red Ale

A Flanders Red, are commonly referred to as the "red" beers of West Flanders. Belgian Red Beers are typically light-bodied brews with reddish-brown colors. They are infamous for their distinct sharp, fruity, sour and tart flavours which are created by special yeast strains. Very complex beers, they are produced under the age old tradition of long-term cask aging in oak, and the blending of young and old beers.

Average alcohol by volume (abv) range: 4.0-8.0%  

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Duchesse De Bourgogne 6.2° -1/4L- 8.4fl.oz

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Duchesse de Bourgogne is a sweet, fruity tasting beer with a pleasant sour oakiness refreshing after-taste. It is brewed with reddish barley malts and spicy hops with a low bitterness. After the first and the secondary fermentation , the beer intended for farther maturation goes on for lagering for 18 months in oaken casks. Afterwards the beer is blend with younger beer of 8 months. The age before being bottled is 12 months. Duchesse de Bourgogne is a refined red beer typical for the region of West-Flanders. Michael Jackson, writer on beer, calls these the most obvious "Burgundies of Belgium"

 

TVerhaegenhe Verhaeghe brewery is a small family company of the south of the Flanders Occidentale whose history goes up at the end of the 19th century. It is about the one of the many splendid artisanal breweries in which always Belgium abounds. The Verhaeghe brewery is characterized by the mixing of its beers west-flandriennes from red color brown always being done according to the authentic traditional method. "It is not the quantity, but the quality which counts", such is the currency which makes it possible the Verhaeghe brewery to make leave its beers the mash tubs successfully.

For several decades, the Verhaeghe brewery has been able to be praised to have received various prices and distinctions in Belgium and abroad for its beers "Vichtenaar" and "Echte Kriek". The last creation of the brewery Verhaeghe, the "Duchess of Burgundy", is a red jewel ruby of 6,2 % vol. alc. It is about a beer which is brewed with a malt deeply torrefied and hop of more than one year, and which rests for 18 months in barrels in oak. The tanning matters of the oak give to the "Duchess" her fruity character. The "Duchess of Burgundy" offers an end of fresh and soft mouth. One preferably tastes it in a stemmed glass and with a temperature located between 8 and 12° Celsius

Duchesse De Bougogne LabelFood Pairing: Their sharpness makes them extremely thirst-quenching and, due to their high acidity, they compliment most foods very well. It makes the ultimate aperitif beer, it makes the ultimate beer to match with rich foods such as buttery cheeses, roasted turkey, or prime rib, because of its cutting power. It would be the perfect beer to match with or have as a sorbet, or rich and dense deserts.

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Vichtenaar 5.1° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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Belgian top-fermented cherry beer on the basis of a reddish brown ale matured in oak casks for 8 months. The water is pumped up from a 172m deep well, guaranteeing constant quality and purity of the liquor. Appreciated by the connoisseur looking for authenticity. Vichtenaar can be described as a light, acidulous and complex. It is the last of the old Flemish, reddish-brown beers that are ripened in oak.

 

 

TVerhaegenhe Verhaeghe brewery is a small family company of the south of the Flanders Occidentale whose history goes up at the end of the 19th century. It is about the one of the many splendid artisanal breweries in which always Belgium abounds. The Verhaeghe brewery is characterized by the mixing of its beers west-flandriennes from red color brown always being done according to the authentic traditional method. "It is not the quantity, but the quality which counts", such is the currency which makes it possible the Verhaeghe brewery to make leave its beers the mash tubs successfully.

For several decades, the Verhaeghe brewery has been able to be praised to have received various prices and distinctions in Belgium and abroad for its beers "Vichtenaar" and "Echte Kriek".

Food Pairing: Their sharpness makes them extremely thirst-quenching and, due to their high acidity, they compliment most foods very well. It makes the ultimate aperitif beer, it makes the ultimate beer to match with rich foods such as buttery cheeses, roasted turkey, or prime rib, because of its cutting power. It would be the perfect beer to match with or have as a sorbet, or rich and dense deserts.

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Rodenbach Grand Cru 6° -1/3L- 11.6fl.oz

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This is an aged Belgian red ale, which is 'ripened quietly in oak barrels for two years'. It has an extremely pungent aroma of rich grapey fruit, with acidic notes, very much like a slightly sour red wine (their original advertising slogan was 'It's wine!') In the mouth it is slightly sweet, extremely acidic and fruity, with grapes and even cherries discernible, and very lively. Despite the sweetness it is not at all cloying, even thin, with little or no trace of malt. Finish is sharp and fruity. This is a very polarizing beer; like it or loathe it ... In all, a complex, highly unusual beer, which should be savored.

  

A few of Rodenbach 300 oak casks

It’s a very different kind of beer. It’s not a beer-beer, if you like, and it is not an easy beer for people to accept unless they have some real sophistication of taste. It’s a beer for people understand not only beer, I think, but also wine, and who are enthusiasts of wine and food.

The reason for the acidity, and also in part for the color, is that this beer is aged in wood. It’s not aged in normal wine barriques, or in the sort of barrels used for bourbon whiskey, or scotch whisky. It is aged in huge tuns that are as high as the ceiling in the halls that they are in. They have hundreds of these tuns at Rodenbach, and there is no other brewery like it in the world. You can go from hall to hall, lined with these ceiling-high wooden tuns full of maturing beer.

They mature this beer for over 2 years. The first time I tried this beer, I just could not believe the taste of it, which is something that I have experienced several times ;-)

Sourness makes beer very, very quenching. For me, that’s the advantage that this type of beer has. It is very refreshing, indeed.

This is one of the best of the Belgian sour red ales. In my view, this individual product is the most refreshing beer in the world. It is also very food friendly because of the acidity. I think that’s one of the things you really need to have a truly food friendly beer.

A votre santé, Rodenbach, and bon apetite while we are at it, because you could have a whole meal with this beer. I’m about ready for one, actually.

Rodenbach LogoRodenbach was a brewery (and literary and brewing family) from Roeselare now part of Palm Breweries and is still a brand of beers. 

The brewery was opened in 1821 by Alexander Rodenbach, a blind middle-class man who became an important figure of Belgian Revolution in 1830. From 1836 to 1864 Regina Wauters, wife of Pedro Rodenbach, led the brewery; the direction was next assigned to Edward Rodenbach, their son, under whom the brewery developed and expanded greatly, adding a new malt factory, new fermentation cave, and other such facilities. The last Rodenbach to lead the brewery was Eugène, the son of Edward, who conducted operations from 1878  to 1889. In 1998 Rodenbach was bought by Palm Breweries. Rodenbach has continued production of its full line in its traditional location, however.

The beers

There are three different types of Rodenbach beers:

  • Rodenbach Original, a Flanders red ale (5% ABV) blended from aged and young ale;
  • Rodenbach Grand Cru, a rich winey beer (6% ABV) consisting of just the aged portion of Rodenbach Original;
  • Redbach, a blend of Rodenbach Original and cherry juice in a manner akin to the lambic style.

There used to be a fourth one named Rodenbach Alexander (5.1% ABV). 

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Echte Krieken bier 6.8° - 1/4L - 8.4fl.oz

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The traditional Flemish cherry ale. This refreshing ale is based on Vichtenaar and has the aroma of Kirsch cherry brandy, smooth, vanilla-like oaky palate and late surge of passion-fruit flavors with some acidity. Local sour cherries are added during the maturation process to the wooden casks containing Vichtenaar. The final product is a blend of 1, 2 and 3 years old beers. The "Echte Kriek" in contrast to other kriek beers, only uses full kriek cherries. The "Echte Kriek" is a very refreshing beer, particularly suited to long, warm summer evenings.

 

TVerhaegenhe Verhaeghe brewery is a small family company of the south of the Flanders Occidentale whose history goes up at the end of the 19th century. It is about the one of the many splendid artisanal breweries in which always Belgium abounds. The Verhaeghe brewery is characterized by the mixing of its beers west-flandriennes from red color brown always being done according to the authentic traditional method. "It is not the quantity, but the quality which counts", such is the currency which makes it possible the Verhaeghe brewery to make leave its beers the mash tubs successfully.

For several decades, the Verhaeghe brewery has been able to be praised to have received various prices and distinctions in Belgium and abroad for its beers "Vichtenaar" and "Echte Kriek".

Echt Kriekenbier labelFood Pairing: Their sharpness makes them extremely thirst-quenching and, due to their high acidity, they compliment most foods very well. It makes the ultimate aperitif beer, it makes the ultimate beer to match with rich foods such as buttery cheeses, roasted turkey, or prime rib, because of its cutting power. It would be the perfect beer to match with or have as a sorbet, or rich and dense deserts.

Brewers Website: click here

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Bourgogne des Flandres Brune 5°

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A surprisingly crisp beer. Pours a deep red color with absolutely no head. Smell is very hard to pick out, but smells of faint plums and raisins. Smell is surprisingly crisp and light for a beer this dark. The main taste is apricots and other fruits, but water is quick to take away any lingering taste on the tongue. The effervescing also prohibits anything from staying around your mouth, overall it is a solid beer.