Bourgogne des Flandres

Bourgogne des Flandres comes in a nicely printed bottle, and I can appreciate that, but it is confusing.  It is says it is brewed by Timmermann for John Martin or Anthony Martin, and the bottle also says something about 1763 Von Houtryve on the neck…  Guess what?  None of that matters to me at this point, I don’t want to think that hard, I just want to enjoy a beer.  This stuff is deep brown and slightly hazy with garnet highlights and a tightly packed beige head that is never very big, but is at least consistent from beginning to end.  It leaves a smattering of slowly sliding lace as well.  The bouquet is sweet, oaky and fruity.  The taste follows closely, but the sweetness is amplified and the fruitiness reveals itself to be very cherry.  It’s a drinkable 5.2% ABV brown ale, fairly light considering its abundance of flavor but the sweetness makes it a one bottle limit kind of beer.  I’d call it good, not great.  Maybe a good after dinner kind of beer to be sipped and considered.  71/100 Belgian Brown

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