Duchesse Cherry
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse CherryDuchesse Cherry
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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #27
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,572
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 6.47%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
48
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Notes: Duchesse Cherry is a blend of 1 and 2 year-old Duchesse de Bourgogne with local, sour cherries added to the maturing beer. The malt beverage is aged in oak casks, and utilizing whole cherries from the Limburg region of Belgium, as opposed to cherry syrup that is sometimes used in cherry beer production, Duchesse Cherry truly lives up to its name.
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 48
Photo of Ozzylizard
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

$ 5.82 (Including tax)/11.2oz bottle ($ 0.520/oz) from Shangy’s, Emmaus, PA. Reviewed 6/29/19.
“Best Before 2022-06-07” printed at the bottom of the back label. On shelf in store. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand washed and dried glass coffee mug.
Appearance – 4.
First pour – Pink, clear.
Body – Ruby red, clear.
Head – Small (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), very light pink, high density, average retention, diminishing to a three mm crown and complete cap.
Lacing – Good – irregular ring of predominantly tiny bubbles.
Aroma – 4.25 – Slightly sour cherry – very pleasing.
Flavor – 4.25 – Slightly sour cherry. No alcohol taste or aroma (6.8 % ABV), no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3 – Thin, watery, soft carbonation.
Impression and interpretation – 4.25 – Delicious cherry, slightly sour and refreshing. Lacks the cough syrup interpretation that so many non-Belgian krieks have – reasonably priced.

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Photo of superspak
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 6/7/2022. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy ruby red, light orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy light pink head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, cracker, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big sour/tart/tangy red/black cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, cracker, and toasted bread; with lighter notes of oaken vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Very minimal red wine vinegar in the aromas/flavors. Light-moderate fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and yeast/oak tannin spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, lemon, lime, orange, peach, plum, pear, apricot, melon, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, wheat, cracker, toasted bread, vanilla, peppercorn, leathery/musty funk, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; with a fantastic malt/tartness, tangy fruit, and yeast/oak spiciness balance; with zero puckering/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp finishing. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness, tangy fruit, spiciness, and carbonation. Medium-plus carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/grainy, and fairly acidic/tangy/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is a fantastic Flanders red ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of cherries, fruity/funky/acidic/spicy yeast, oak barrels, and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and fairly crisp/refreshing to drink with the mellowly acidic/tangy/tannic/drying finish. Mellowly lactic for the style. Amazingly balanced between juicy/jammy cherries, and Brett/Bacteria complexity; with great oak presence and dark/bready malts against acidity. Minimal residual sweetness with crisp acidic/tangy dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and top tier quality style example. This is my favorite of all variants.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330mL bottle into a tulip. Best before 1/22/2023 -- I think I'm okay :D

Appearance: rich amber hue with a clear body and a good effervescence. head is a finger of fizzy pink foam that subsides somewhat quickly. Despite the head retention, this is a beautiful beer due to its amazing color.

Smell: sweet and malty with just a dash of tartness and a hint of cherry flavor. It definitely has a bit of a candylike character, which I love in the style.

Taste: quite sweet, with a mild sourness at the end that is well-balanced and definitely adds to the candy character of this beer. There's also a dash of phenolic character, which kind of makes it a bit medicinal, but which doesn't bother me at all. I think it's pretty delightful.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good effervescence and a pretty good creaminess.

Overall: cherry beers are just about always right up my alley. This is a great example of cherries added to an already-great beer and yielding wonderful results. Go buy one now!

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Photo of Viaduck
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very lovely, sort of candy apple red but darker with a pretty pink head that is somewhat modest in height. Aroma consists of a fairly strong hit of vinegar, vanilla, butter, nutty & finally the cherries. Taste is not as sour as it’s aroma implies, nicel balance of salty, tart, sweet & bitter. Flavorful & tasty: malted grain up front, then the same flavors as it’s aroma plus a little alcohol. I wasn’t overly impressed at first but after a few sips, it gets even better. I’m getting that tickling sensation at the back of the tongue, just as with Sour in the Rye. Medium body, excellent carbonation. Every bit as good as the regular Duchesse.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cherry aroma,tart,sour as well
Taste followed aroma,mix of tart, sour and sweet cherries. A little grain and yeast with nothing dominating or overpowering.
Definitely well made and worth a try

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Photo of Sabtos
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It seems that most of the reviews are nailing my thoughts exactly, albeit it with slightly higher scores than I'd give it, but I'll still tack one more review on anyway.

Appearance is clear bright red with a stubby head that settles to a creamy pink ring.

Smell has a starkly contrasting sort of lactic note when taking its base into account, with accents of sweet cherry and hints of black pepper.

Taste is more sweet and fruity than the base, more like candy apple with lighter, brighter cherry.

The feel is more fluid and less sour, making it a very easy swallow, with a mild tingly carbonation bringing out a hint of cinnamon before a crisply semi-dry finish.

This is one of those examples that goes to show you don’t mess with a good thing, especially a classic. Duchesse Cherry is not quite the wild cherry I was hoping for, but instead is a more pedestrian version of her big sister. Although, admittedly, it could do quite well with a more casual crowd.

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Photo of Roguer
3.91/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours ruby red from the bottle, and settles into a crystal clear reddish-brown in the glass. Head production is modest, and retention is OK, with a slight pink foam struggling to hang on just a minute after the pour.

Aroma is strongly tart and sour; cherries, oak, raspberries, vinegar, vanilla, and tannins. As good as the standard Duchesse, and nearly on par with Rodenbach, albeit lacking in depth in comparison.

Flavor is more one-dimensional and simple. Moderately sour, with notes of oak, cherry, tannins, vinegar, and vanilla. Raspberries and strawberries provide depth (despite cherries being the only added fruit). Just a touch of funk. Not particularly deep or complex, but tasty enough.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, snifter glass. Darker brown body with a slight purple hue, one finger light pink head, good retention and no lacing. Smell is standard acetic Duchesse, a bit of sweet toffee, and a fair bit of tart cherry flesh that actually rounds out the normally heavy acetic nose on Duchesse. It's noticeably sweeter with a nice cherry twang. Flavour is a more balanced acetic acidity with cherry tartness, light toffee and a bit of grain, not metallic. Overall acetic acidity is fairly high, but again it seems tempered by the cherry. Mouthfeel is medium lighter body, dry, good carbonation, cleans off the palate really nicely.

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Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color with a red hue. Clear. Minor, short-lived head. No lace.

The smell is of great cherry with a light sweetness, definitely a Flemish Red.

The flavor is more tart and less sweet than the smell. Good cherry presence. The liquid it's thin and the carbonation a bit elevated. The finish is similar to the initial sip leaving a short aftertaste. Overall, though, the flavor is rich and attractive.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear dark red in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that settled down, leaving a thick collar around the edge of the glass and some patches of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of black cherries are present in the nose along with hints of vinegar.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of cherries and faint bits of associated sweetness along with slight hints of vinegar and traces of oaky vanilla.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and somewhat tart on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of cherries to this Flanders Red Ale makes this beer very easy to drink. It's like a dessert version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Duchesse Cherry from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 48 ratings