Authentic Flemish Sour Ale Sampler (4 ales)

Item #7122
Shipping Wt. 6.00 lbs.
Availability: In Stock
$29.95
Brewed by: Verhaeghe
Country: Belgium
Style: Flemish Sour Ale
Color: Red

ABV: 6%, 6.8%, 5.1%, 7.7%
Ratebeer.com rating: 98, 85, 94, 50
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 93, 87, 88, 83

Bottle Size: 11.2 oz. (4 bottles)

3 of 4 bottles past "best by" date: Vichtenaar 2018-12-01, Barbe 2018-11-24, & Duchesse 2018-11-24. Echt Kriekenbier is dated 2020-09-13

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The Authentic Flemish Sour Ale Sampler contains four 11.2 oz bottles from Verhaeghe Brewery -- one each of Duchesse de Bourgogne, Echt Kriekenbier, Vichtenaar and Barbe Ruby.

Duchesse De Bourgogne (ABV 6.0%) is a bottle conditioned blend of mature and young sour ales matured in oak barrels for 18 months. It pours a dark brown color with a thin tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, bread, apple, toffee, vanilla, and tart sour cherries give way to a flavor profile that charts a similar course and also includes vinous notes of red wine, oak, malt and chocolate.

Echt Kriekenbier (ABV 6.8%) ("real cherry beer") is as the name suggests a cherry beer that is made with only the real fruit of cherries instead of with flavor enhancers or extracts of cherries. The fruit is sourced from the region around Sint-Truiden in Limburg (Belgium).

The base beer is not a Lambic but a West-Flemish red-brown ale aged in oak wood. About mid-July at the picking, the cherries are laid on the base beer. Because the taste of the fruit varies from year to year according to the number of hours of sunshine or rain, the current year's brew is blended with one- and two-year old cherry beer to achieve a consistent quality.

Vichtenaar (ABV 5.1%) is brewed with deeply roasted malt, spicy and fruity hops, yeast, and pure, soft water pumped from a 172 m deep well. After the main fermentation and the second lagering the beer undergoes a third fermentation in oak casks for several months.

A traditional and typical West Flanders beer, the dark reddish-brown, well-carbonated Vichtenaar tastes tart, sweet, and complex as a result of its long fermentation in oak. It is fresh-tasting and thirst-quenching.

Barbe Ruby (ABV 7.7%) pours a deep crimson red with a reddish-tan head. Aroma is sweet and tart with black cherry and almond aromas above undertones of malty caramel & brown sugar. Taste is similar, with mild acidity and good carbonation for a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.


The Verhaeghe Brewery was founded in 1885 by Paul Verhaeghe in the village of Vichte in the West Flanders region of Belgium.

It was a commercial success until the outbreak of the First World War, but when Verhaeghe refused to cooperate with the occupying German forces and simply ceased brewery production, the Germans responded by dismantling the brewery.

It would take decades after the war for the brewery to find its footing again. With the resurgence in popularity of artisanal craft beers in the 1970s and 1980s the brewery began to see success in the modern era.

Still owned and operated by the Verhaeghe family, the brewery now distributes its traditional ales to a number of countries in Europe as well as the United States, Canada, Italy and Japan.
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Wonderful gift
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I sent this to my daughter for Christmas and she loved it.
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