Ducassis | Brasserie Des Légendes

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Brasserie Des Légendes

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by GreenCard on 04-12-2004

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Reviews by erica:
Photo of erica
2.27/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Right, well I took a trip up to Half Time in NY, went on a bit of a shopping spree, mainly francisweizen with his gift certificate, and I picked out 2 bottles of this lovely sounding Ducassis. Because I love black currants. However, I found the beer to be less than desireable, and it gave me a stomach ache. So deceiving!

Appearance was good, the best part of this beer. It was clear, a reddish-brownish colour with a dense but fluffy light purple head that lasted pretty long, and I kept swirling my glass to keep it going, as it was really the only thing I liked about the beer.

It smelled a bit on the bland side- but not bad really. Almost like a watered-down white beer, as there was a bit of spiciness to it. Not too much fruit though, which I thought was dissapointing.

Taste- Well francisweizen really wanted me to share this one with him so I left him about 1/5 of the bottle, as I really wanted the whole thing, it being a cassis beer and all, and when he tasted it he poured the rest into my glass. Not a good sign. So I took a sip- not good. It tasted watery, like seltzer water with not enough fruit flavour in it, kind of spicy but really it was too watery and fizzy to get much out of it. There was also a corn flavour in it which did come through more than anything else, which reminded me a lot of DFH Au Currant, which I also didn't care for. Where are the currants??

Mouthfeel was OK, not terrible but a bit on the thin side and really fizzy. I think maybe if it were not so carbonated then maybe there would be a bit more flavour, maybe a good flavour? Maybe not.

Drinkability- no more, thanks. Like I said it gave me a stomach ache. For some reason I finished the bottle of it though, quickly. I don't really know what I'm going to do with the other bottle of it. I don't plan to drink it, at least not if I'm sober and can taste well..

In conclusion, if you like DFH Au Currant, you will probably like this, but it has less flavour than that even. Otherwise, leave it on the store shelf. Do not be fooled by the pretty label!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(served in tulip glass)
A- This beer has a deep cranberry crystal clear body with some bubbles racing through floatsum to the surface. The thin bubbly white head last for a good bit.
S- This beer has a fruity dry black currant aroma. There is a slight farm note that grows as it warms with black currant skins in the finish.
T- This beer has a dry black fresh currant flavor with a soft iced tea flavor and a finish of carbonic acid bite.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a crisp finish and no alcohol heat.
D- This beer is almost a dry cassis soda pop that is refreshing that showcases the berries but little malt or hops support. There is lots of sediment in the bottom that makes the 11.2oz bottle even smaller.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The delicate cassis flavor and aroma of this beer is charming and drinkable. It's far from overdone, and adds an authentic, rather than super-sugary character to the beer. This is a great summer beer, and it would make a great aperif, dessert beer, after-dinner drink, or night-cap; and it pairs well with a garden salad with raspberry viniagrette, delicate flavored soft cheeses, and orange-glazed chicken.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dgallina
2.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

11.2 ounce slim brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours pinkish-brown with giant chunks of floating protein and a half-inch of soapy pink head. Smells of sweet dessert-like raspberries and black currants. Flavor follows the aroma, with no complexity whatsoever. Sweet currant and raspberry fruits on a slightly bitter, stale, and phenolic base. Thin and watery mouthfeel with strong carbonation. Not something I would buy again. A good-quality geuze makes a much better aperitif.

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Photo of Antyk
3.69/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NRo
4/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of gdogalishus
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into an oversized wine glass. Poured with a nice heavy carbonation, every surface of the glass was covered with bubbles. Crystal clear crimson color. The aroma was light and mostly fruity with the black currant apparent.
The flavor was clisp, slightly tart, and had the expected black currant type sweetness to it, but there was something else in the flavor. A sour bacterial infection type flavor. I expect that I waited to brink this for too long as I took it from the back of the beer fridge and this flavor suggests that I was right. Other than that it was decent and light in mouthfeel. Drinkable, but the infection flavor keeps me from giving it a higher score.

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Photo of edskirk3
2.28/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's an 11.2oz bottle. The label says DUCASSIS and "La fruitée des Géants" and has a picture of a grapevine.

And so it pours a reddish purple, with an effervescent purplish white head. The aroma, not suprisingly, is faintly of grapes and nothing else.

And guess what, it tastes like grapes too, but it seems like they threw the whole vine in the fermenter instead of just the fruit. And that's about it. There is no aftertaste to speak of.

Light bodied, carbonated, and a little sticky.

Overall I am unimpressed and would not seek this beer again.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a cloudy strawberry color with some purple highlights. The head was a slightly pink and purple film.

Smelled of fake kool-aid like grape with a salty spiciness hiding beneath that reminded me of barbecue. As fake as this smelled, if I really looked for it, there was a musky organic grape there as well.

The dynamics of the beer followed a light and tingly foaming carbonation that leaves a slight concord grape and musky woodiness, but the flavor was mostly really watery.

The mouth feel was a huge swarm of carbonation that falls to a watery smoothness. Meh.

Not impressed at all. When would this be good to drink? I can’t figure that out. Too thin with a wild carbonation and insubstantial flavors and smells. Skip it.

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Photo of Shilnikoff
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle 250 ml | Batch # L141 | Best before end of 07-2016 | Bar code 5 425005 660465
Served in tulip glassware

Appearance: Brown, when lighted up - Amber Red Cloudy | 20 mm foam quickly disappeared | Almost no bubbles | Noisy
Smell: Fruity, Black Currant
Taste: Black Currant (Beer contains 30% of berries), At the edge between sour and sweet
Mouthfeel: Sharp, Watery
Overall: Light fruity beer for ladies

NB: Nowadays Ducassis has new labels design and 3.00% ABV

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hmmm ... brewery of Giants! This will be my first sampling of a beer from brasserie Des Geants. The beer pours a pleasant, murky plum color with a short raspberry-colored head that doesn't stick around long. Nose is subtle at best; weak at worst. Definitely smells fruity, but lacks a real punch. I expected something a bit more pungeant. Odd thing, I don't detect any of the tell-tale Belgian yeast, or the sugary sweet aromas I'd expect. Palate is unfortunately likewise ... wow. Is this a beer? At first taste, this reminds me of a carbonated spring water with a fruit flavoring added. Unfortunately it's that thin, bland, and non-descript. I do taste more fruit than I smelled, but that's not saying much. Very high carbonation, which makes this even more like a water drink, and almost no sweetness to help the mouthfeel. Thin and bland, this beer isn't what I had hoped. That being said, it's not bad for a non-beer drinker really. They might like it, but it doesn't have the soul of a beer. I finished this and have two more ... but I definitely am disappointed. I also have their Tripel, so we'll see if Des Geants dedeems themselves. Final statement ... not a bad DRINK, but not a good beer.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pink in small quantities with a pink-ish/red color overall and a bit chuncky. The light pink head dissipates quickly leaving a light carbonation ring. Interesting grape juice aroma with some tart raspberry character and light medicinal qulaities. The only beer I can remember that tastes so similar to grape juice. Light bodied and a bit airy with a lightly tart raspberry-like finish.

Per Label: "Kasteel-Brouwerij" & "Cassis"

Per BDG website: The first top fermented beer to be made with real blackcurrant berries.

(330ml / 11.2 oz. sleek yellow-ish brown Euro-style bottle)

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Photo of AleWatcher
1.74/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I had a few ticker-inspired impulse buys earlier in the week... This is the first of those reviews...

Bottle into Captain Lawrence tulip.

A reddish purple murky color-- looks like a really bad bruise after a few days. Light tan head furiously bubbled for 30 seconds, but faded fast. The beer seems more like a wine spritzer... Virtually no fruit character, and certainly no black currant. The little fruit I find is more like a generic berry note, like wild berry fruit punch.

This isn't the worst beer ever, but this is like a Belgian version of Wild Blue... And that isn't a good thing. No lacing, no retention, very weak nose, and a flavor that barely hits any of the promise the label appeared to make. The body is very thin, and pretty overcarbed.
This is pretty unenjoyable in most aspects by which I would rate a beer.
This reminds me of blackberry Clearly Canadian-- but not in a good way.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pink grapefruit, a thin layer of pinkish-white foam that slowly dissipates to a meager crown, good clarity

Aroma: wit-like (grainy, wheaty, floral hops, spice) with a light scent of black currants

Flavor: tastes like a spicey blonde ale with a dose of black currant juice, not syrupy/sweet like most fruity beer concoctions, quite dry throughout with an aftertaste of black currant skins

Mouthfeel: light body, zesty carbonation, slight warmth

Overall Impression: A fruit beer that actually tastes like beer... with real fruit in it. Quite balanced and a bit spicey. The cassis only comes in like an "overtone", rather than a feature. Not surprising since the only thing in the beer (according to the label) is malt, hops, blackcurrant berries, yeast, and water. This is a good fruit beer for people who like to taste the beer and not just the fruit. Still doesn't top Rio Salado's Cherry Wit, though!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger bubbley white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Cloudy red color. Light-medium carbonation and light bodied. Blackcurrent nose. Starts and finishes with the blackcurrent flavor dominating, malt and hops are way in the background. Good fruit beer not very sweet. $2.80 for a 330ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of Avryle
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy brownish-red. Soft lavender-tinged head rings the glass

S- Tart currant aromas

T- Very light in flavor. Its tasty, but so is ___-flavored soda water. Something's sorely missing here.

M- Thin. Ribena has more body (and more flavor for that matter) than this. The amount of carbonation is pleasant however

D- If it were 100 degrees out by the pool, this would be da bomb. It drinks like flavored soda water.

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Photo of lexicondevil
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I decided to try another cassis to compare to Lindemans.

It's almost a grapefruit color, with a thin white head. Honestly, i'm having trouble distinguishing the smell from Welch's grape juice. The faint taste is washed away quickly by what feels like a gush of soda water. The lingering taste of currant is somewhat pleasant, but overall I'll stick with Lindemans.

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Photo of semihobo
2.39/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. with no freshness date purchased for $2.99

A very interesting first impression... pours a strong purple-pink, I've never seen any beverage quite this color. Powerful white head with a shade of pink gradually compacts to a solid 1/8" layer. The brew is cloudly and close to opaque.

After I poured the beer, I turned away for a second, with the beer a few feet away. As the head was settling, I thought I heard static in my music. I figured the artist had intentionally inserted the popping and crackling of an old record into the background, but when I paused the music, it turned out to be the beer indeed. This is one of the only beers I've ever heard, and certainly the only one that has interfered with reasonably loud music. I'm not sure what "loudest beer" signifies? The crackling persisted for a few minutes.

Strong smell of black currants and grape juice. No real malts or hops or anything else ... just sweet doses of those two fruits.

Taste is surprisingly dry. The currant is the main act, but it's flat and a tad metallic. The brew is pretty watery, and doesn't taste like much. The currant is a little tart, but just enough to be displeasing, like a watered down glass of juice. Better as it warms, and it's still drinkable beer, but boring.

Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation but it's smooth microbubbles that create that dairy feeling. Well-done, although the slickness is a little too much for me and it feels a little soapy.

I finished it fast, and I'm not that full or overwhelmed with alcohol. However, I don't want to drink any more of this -- it's boring. It could use more flavor: sweetness, tartness, anything. Especially at $2.99 for 11.2 oz, this isn't very drinkable. An odd match of elegant bottle, beautiful beer, booming sound (!) and subpar beer.

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Photo of paterlodie
1.93/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

BB end 2007. No great head, fluffy brown beer with pink hint and lots of haze. Nosse is sweet blackberrylemonade, only in the back malts noticable. Taste is empty, dry, no sweet or sourness, blackberries and hardly any malts or other beerlike tastes. Bitterness is light and strange; not hoplike. About the worst mouthfeel you can imagine smelling all that sweet lemonade and then getting this tasteless brew. One to pass IMO.

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Photo of stoutopia
3.87/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From Tap In BLOWbeerBAR
.Dry red colour, with white-pinkly head.Smoothy. The smell is black currant, and some spicy. Natural black currant, no chemics. And the flavour goes better. Black currant in your mouth with some funky flavour, and dry finish. the one i´ve tried has 3º.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.59/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Sampled from the Bottle and served to me by the Master Brewer, Pierre Delcoigne, during a Brewery Tour of Brasserie des Géants on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005.

Second of the five brews on offer was the Ducassis. The fourth product of Brasserie des Géants, it was first brewed in 2003.

Some history straight from the Brewer….. Ducassis is a top fermented beer made with real blackcurrant berries. It is the result of a partnership with two craftsmen who specialize in blackcurrant products (Nuits Saint-Georges, France). Although real fruit is used there is no added sweetening. Ducassis gained the "Pionnier" (pioneer) award at the Salon Horeca food fair at Gent in November 2003.

Appearance: Super looks!! Served in a tall thin flute glass, the cloudy purple body and the pinkish fluffy head give it an immediate Thumbs Up. The looks alone are enough to have me thinking that this would be much better second time around*. Lovely conditioning and a long living head, which is quickly reinstated as you swirl this brew, really do make for a good looking Cassis.

Nose: I swirled the beer a lot in an effort to extract some aromas from this. Judging by the looks I expected to be bowled over by an explosion of blackcurrants….but nothing. Nada. This really has a very disappointing nose, like a watered down Witterkerke Wit; it exhibits some yeast and wheat but very little in the way of blackcurrants. Only as I got to the bottom of the Glass did I get a feint whiff of the berries, but it was more like one of those fancy bottles of Water flavored with a hint of blackcurrants.

Taste: As with the nose, a real let down. However, unlike the nose, the blackcurrants are here, they add a dry restrained fruit character to the Wit-like body. Definitely no sweetness at all, this one has a scorched dryness that leaves a feint pastel like blackcurrant sheen on the tongue, you know its there, but it’s a mere hint rather than a chewy dollop. More of a laid back dry Wit with a hint of blackcurrant berries. High on Expectation, Low on Berries, High on Wit, Low on Fruit….very disappointing!

Mouthfeel: As with the Saison Voisin, this is watery thin and wishy-washy. Served cold at first it really did feel like a bottle of Water with a splash of blackcurrant. Weak.

Drinkability: I managed to dispose of the last third of my bottle; I just didn’t want to drink any more of this when I still had the three better Géant brews to try.

Overall: *I tried this at the BeerAdvocate Belgium Beer Festival last year, and [as with the Saison Voisin] I was far from impressed. Thought I’d give it another go before formally Reviewing it. Sadly, yet again I find that despite the fact that this brew has a rather interesting pedigree and background, it fails to inspire – it’s just missing something I feel. Mediocre.

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Photo of albern
2.84/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What an uninteresting Belgian beer! It pours a slightly reddish purplish color, with little if any head. There is little carbonation either. The smell is a bit fruity and nice, and clearly the high point of the beer. The pour is a little hazy but there are no yeasty bits floating about. At the bottom of the bottle you find some loose sediment. They tell me the fruitiness is blackberry currants. I won't argue. The beer is very bland, there is a hint of fruit in their somewhere maybe like watered down grape juice, no hoppiness at all. The mouthfeel is just light and insubstantial. This could be a thirst quenching summer-ade, but why spend the money for that. This is just a bland, uninteresting, light bodied, beer that hasn't much going for it. There is a little bit of a bite at the end, but no soury feel or interesting yeasts coming through. Keep looking.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Selection of the Beer-of-the-Month Club
Poured a light purple color with massive puffy head. Modest lacing.
Smell is berry-like with notes of raspberry and grape.
Taste is similiar to a dilted grape juice mixed with cranberry. Nice for a fruit drink, but just OK for a beer.
Finish is very thin, with some fruitiness continuing, as would be expected from this beer.
Easy to drink, but one is definitely enough.

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Ducassis from Brasserie Des Légendes
Beer rating: 3.16 out of 5 with 39 ratings