Duchesse Chocolate Cherry
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse Chocolate CherryDuchesse Chocolate Cherry
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Style:
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #25
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,501
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 7.42%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
66
From:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  8
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Duchesse Chocolate CherryDuchesse Chocolate Cherry
Notes: Traditional Duchesse de Bourgogne with Belgian cherries and chocolate essence added during the maturation process in oak casks (foeders). 20 kg of whole Belgian cherries are used in the production of each 100 liters of Chocolate Duchesse Cherry.
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sjrider from California

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle- clear mahogany with slightly pinkish head leaving a foamy ring of bubbles. Nose is sour cherry and slightly medicinal. Taste is a huge improvement with a smooth tart cherry flavor and hints of cocoa. Finish is on the tart side but quite subdued. Tasty for sure.

May 13, 2020
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: It is burgundy colored with a pink head. Head retention is moderate.

Smell: It has sour aromas with wine like qualities. It also has moderate red currant notes with some chocolate and cherry.

Taste: It has strong red currant and cherry flavors with vanilla mixed in. There are some chocolate notes and it is quite tart.

Feel: It has moderate carbonation and high tartness that provides a pleasant bite to it.

Overall, the vanilla was surprisingly strong and the chocolate a bit light from what I was expecting, but over a complex blend of flavors.

May 01, 2020
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm sipping this in front of a fire, after dinner with my wife. Scrumptious, just the thing for an after dinner sipper.

I'm a big fan of Flanders Reds, but this one is a little different. The cherry and the chocolate give this a very distinctive flavor. It's like a cherry chocolate cordial, but it's not syrupy, and it's not over sweet. The Flanders Red character isn't washed away ... it's still there. There's a good tartness. The body is light.

I wouldn't want to chug a six pack of these, but as a sipper, it's terrific.

Mar 29, 2020
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ThreatLevel5 from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Look: Gorgeous ruby red color
Smell: light fruity and hints of chocolate
Taste: As usual for a Duchesse beer, this one is amazing
Feel: Tiny fizzy bubbles add to the delight
Overall: Duchesse de Bourgogne the name says it all and it doesn’t get much better than this.

Mar 27, 2020
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BeanBump from California

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Previously, Id only had the regular Duchesse and am a big fan, so when I saw this version, I was intrigued but also a little apprehensive. The standard version is a classic so adding chocolate and cherry is interesting but also risky. Nonetheless, curiosity won the day and I bought it. Glad I did. My fear was that it'd be too chocolately or too sweet but they do an excellent job intertwining the added flavors with the base beer. The end result is a Flanders Red with nice, subtle notes of cocoa and cherry, it pours a nice dark red and isnt too heavy nor too sweet. Awesome beer.

Feb 18, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
Appearance -The beer pours a Ruby color with a tiny fizzy white head of foam. The head fades away fast leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the brew is super heavy of a chocolate cherry smell with a bit of a sour apple cider vinegar aroma. Along with these smells comes a little bit of raspberry and a bit of yeast and funk.
Taste - The taste begins with a big sour dark fruit taste of cherry and raspberry mixed with lots of sour flavors of apple cider vinegar and green apple. While the chocolate taste is light upfront, it grows in intensity and gets more and more potent as the taste advances. All the while some light spice flavor and more sourness comes to the tongue and leaves one with a nice sour cherry chocolate flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is crisp and light with a carbonation level is higher. Overall the feel is nice for the sour and dessert like tastes of the brew, making for a very clean but dessert like sour sipper.
Overall - A nice reconditioning of the duchesses sour. The chocolate is huge in the nose and comes on strong at the end of the taste. Overall it is crisp, clean, sour, and dessert flavorful.

Feb 01, 2020
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium to dark red brown with a fine, two finger khaki head with great retention and nice lacing. Aroma of cherry juice, milk chocolate and light vinegar. Flavor starts with quite tart cherry, with dark chocolate and sweet/tart cherry juice developing into a moderately sour finish with lingering chocolate and cherry. Medium bodied with light creaminess. Sours are not my style, but the few I've appreciated have been Flanders style, particularly the traditional Duchesse. This one starts with a little more acidic sourness than I'm keen on, but the richer cherry fruit and chocolate flavor that develops is excellent and an enjoyable flavor progression. Very reminiscent of a cherry cordial chocolate, except much tarter. Nicely done as expected. If I ever develop a palate for sour beers, this will be my path to it.

Jan 04, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Broadway Dive, NYC.

Pours a ruby red,cherry color that looks very appealing. A creamy thumbnail length ruby head shows amazing retention and sticky lacing throughout.

The aroma is so inviting, like a dessert calling you. It’s like a chocolate cake both topped and filled with cherries. A light tartness in the aroma is also present.

Not much else to describe by way of flavor since the chocolate and cherry dominate the palate. This delicious combination is like a dessert as well as a refreshing drink, the latter due to the fruity tartness. The tartness is not mouth puckering or acidic; just the right touch.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and a gentle carbonation. The finish is refreshingly dry and sour.

Wow! I’ve had the regular Duchesse, which is very good. However, the addition of chocolate and cherries make this one even more special.

Dec 28, 2019
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CaptFrothy from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites of everything I've come across in the last several months. The way the cherry and chocolate interplay, both flavors flopping around on my tasting buds, neither winning both shining in their own way.
Red as Rudolph's nose, minimal ring of lace perfect amount of carbonation for me.
Really fine balance of chocolate and cherry, both there in equal measures, after my first two, went back and bought two more 4 packs and half way thru them, still loving it.

Dec 28, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle

pours a clear bright dark pinky red color. thin white head that fades. aroma is mildly tart - but mostly cherry, just a touch of milk chocolate. flavor is a touch sour, fruity cherry flavor with again just a hint of chocolate. has a nice sweet and sour thing going on. thin to medium bodied, fairly fizzy when poured.
Not bad, but I am a big fan of the regular version and would have rather drank that.

Dec 20, 2019
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the most unique beers I've had. Pours pretty flat with only a little champagne-like effervescence. Tart and sour flavors come first followed shortly by the sweetness from both the cherries and chocolate. It actually does taste like a chocolate covered cherry. Really nice taste and mouthfeel that I've not seen (tasted) before.

Dec 12, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A red colored ale with no head. A light sour aroma. Taste was tart, sweet, then sour on the back end. Mouthfeel is actually nice. You get the tart, the sweet then the sour. Overall it's interesting as a Flanders Red but just a touch sweet with the cherries.

Dec 10, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

after having the cherry edition, its easy to appreciate just how much the chocolate adds to this. not sure how its added, description merely states chocolate essence, but its authentic, balancing, and i think even needed for drinkability, no sweetness from it at all it seems, only the little bit of cherry juice sweetness and red malt sugar giving it the light sweet element it has throughout. the looks is almost nitro headed, super thick and creamy, darker than the cherry one, more deep reddish in the glass, less fruity red to me. aroma is immediately piquant, slightly desserty, and heavily vinous, rich wintery big red wine abounds in here, and unlike the cherry one that approached kriek in the nose, this comes back to being a malt, vinegary flanders red type, more true to the original, even though the cherry remains forward in it. i get a light cola nut, like a natural cola, not sweet at all, some baked warmth in the malt despite the acidity, and the chocolate, which is a combination of dry cocoa powder, a little bitterness, and a soft sweeter milk chocolate, even a vanilla wrinkle in here. its not too decadent or anything, still sour enough to be clean in the finish, and the chocolate seems to be more in support of the grain, which was a little bit missing in the cherry version by itself. exactly the right amount of chocolate. tasteful, festive for the holidays, red winey, and true to the original classic base beer. high risk playing around with something so iconic, but this really works. better than the cherry one for my money, i love what the chocolate does in it! super soft in texture too, perfect for christmas time.

Dec 09, 2019
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russpowell from Arkansas

4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent chablis color with a pinky of pinkish head. No head retention or lacing

S: Vinegar, cherry, faint barnyard

T: Cherry, a little cocoa & tartness up front, a little grassyness as well. Sweet cherry along with some tartness as this warms, a little bit of grassy sourness too. Finishes sweet with cherry & a little stronger chocolate, dry with some leathery tartness

MF: Medium body, fairly firm carbonation, puckery

Not a hardcore as the base beer, the cherry and faint chocolate yields a much easier to drink beer, just not as complex

Dec 03, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In the honor of the Duchess of Burgundy, a unique sweet and sour taste emerges in ale, fruit and dessert form- an unfailing choice for the curious palate to venture into the family of sour ale, but with the malty-sweet support and a rich fruit flavor to balance its acidity. Its utmost complexity and refreshment is reserved, once again, for those who refine their palate but are tentative about more assertive acidity.

Tawny rouge with the depth of bronze, a light haze renders the appearance quite wine-like. As a frothy cap reduces to a delicate necklace, the nose is met with bold cherry aromas, lighter balsamic, black cherry, chocolate, dry woods and a pinch of sherry wine. Somewhat candied in its scent, a sweeter upstart by dynamic maltiness teases the early palate with hard candy, wine spritzer and candied cherries.

As the flavors race across the tastebuds, the sweet and sour interplay trends tart with red berries, cherries, rose wine, lemon-like acidity. Tart but never full blown sour, the sweetness of fruit, the savory of chocolate and the savory counterpart of sherry and balsamic balance the sourness for a multitude of intrigue and enjoyment.


Medium bodied but somewhat fuller for sour ale, but the beer's tepid but sour taste makes the beer seem somberly tart while the succulent cherry and chocolate allow for candied spritzer taste even late. Its moderate carbonation allows the beer to seep into the tastebuds for fuller flavor but also ushers in a dry woodsy finish of balsa with mild vinegary astringency.

Dec 02, 2019
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teromous from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the back label: "Best before 2021-08-07"

Appearance: The body is a very dark reddish-brown color with very good clarity. It has a short pinkish-white cap that fades quickly into a frothy ring. Not much head retention. Spotty lacing.

Aroma: There is a buttery aroma mixed with a sour cherry scent.

Taste: It starts off with a very clean tart cherry flavor backed by this soft and pleasant sweet malt character. It tastes amazing.

Mouthfeel: The body is light and slightly tart. Drinkability is extremely high on this beer given how flavorful it is and just how approachable it is to the palate. It is a very rewarding beer to drink. Very smooth.

Overall: At first the beer feels a bit lackluster with the appearance and the aroma. This quickly changes as the beer hits the palate and delivers a wonderful sweet cherry flavor to the palate. I would recommend it to cherry lovers and I would drink it again.

Nov 16, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a Flanders Red Ale beer, the body is lighter than a kriek, and certainly lighter than your typical beer with a chocolate presence. The taste is a delicious blend, cherries up front but neither sour or sweet. The chocolate flvor is subtle, and in support. Plan a night with the Duchesse.

Aug 26, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Nearly clear ruby colored pour. Two fingers of fluffy off-white head leaves nice lacing.

S: Chocolate and cherry... smells like dessert.

T.F: Mildly tart up front... sweet chocolate and tart cherry. More cocoa than expected... good cherry presence, but both combine to overpower the beer a bit. Lighter oak and yeast. Medium bodied... and sticky on the tongue. More fruit and cherry at the finish.

O: A really nice variant on an old favorite. This does deliver a nice sweet/tart chocolate/cherry mix, but I still prefer the original as the adjuncts do obscure the base beer a bit. Still... very enjoyable and one I'd gladly have again (and again).

Jun 29, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shimmering dark cherry red with a tall foamy off-white mauve head settling unevenly.

The chocolate here is a smooth, Dutch-style sort of milk chocolate candy with a light sweet cherry juice that's barely tart. Lightly tingly and semi-dry, a barely wild peppery oak accents far in the background.

This is better than the cherry version, but not quite regular Duchesse level.

Apr 05, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: a deep red in color, very clear, with a white head.

S: dark chocolate with tart cherry, and a hint of sour.

T: Sweet with some cherry tartness, followed by dark chocolate. The sour is an odd bedfellow, but seems to work.

M: light, with high carbonation, and a dry mouthfeel.

O: overall a pretty good dessert beer, interesting and well crafted, a little Mish mash but it kinda works.

Feb 02, 2019
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark, ruby red color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Solid lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of chocolate, cherries, wood, an acetic quality, and some yeasty funk.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of the vinegary acetic quality, a bit of oak (mostly in the finish), lots of cherry (quite tart), a little Belgian yeast funk, and a good shot of chocolate. This is a lively, sharp, and very focused flavor. The cherries are the driving force here, but the chocolate adds a nice dynamic to it. Quite delicious.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a tart, vibrant finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely well made, easy to drink beer. Drinkable.

Jan 31, 2019
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- pours beautiful deep ruby color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- initial aromas of boozy cherry cordial and wet dog. Digging deeper reveals aromas of black licorice, cherry cough syrup, chocolate cereal, plumb & cracked pepper. Faint undertones of oak and vinegar. Aromas is all over the map

T- tart and lively up front, with tart juicy cherry, vinegar and woody tannins. Mid-palate brings out some creamy chocolate notes that adds a sweetness, along with caramel, green apples and pears. The finish gives more cherry tartness, along with some oak tannins, just a hint of chocolate continues to linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a semi-dry tart finish

O- aroma had me a bit confused, but it all came together in taste, the cherry and chocolate compliment the base beer very well

Jan 31, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice 1 3/4 head of light pink foam, firm with excellent retention. Brew is pink from the pour, but settles into a dark garnet in the glass. Very lively.

Cherry notes are prominent on the nose; rich, sweet, and tart. The chocolate adds yet another layer of depth, richness, and sweetness. "Chocolate covered cherry" is cliche for a beer like this, but in this case it is absolutely not an exaggeration. The only complaint I have is that the cherry and chocolate - in that order - are so strong that it drowns out the wonderful aromas of a traditional Flanders red ale: the notes of oak, tannins, and vinegar so prominent in the base beer. They exist here, but they are buried by the decadent chocolate and cherry aromas.

On the palate, however, this beer delivers. Wonderfully sharp, tart, and sour up front, carrying an excellent balance of tart cherries and vinegar-like tannins. Woody oak rounds out the profile, primarily on the back third, while the sourness lingers beautifully. Chocolate is, unlike on the nose, simply an extra tone on the palate, providing depth and softness. Plenty of cherry notes, which are lovely, both sour and sweet, and natural tasting (as opposed to syrup). Light funk is mostly buried beneath the sour qualities, but this beer does not suffer for that lack of complexity - there's still plenty going on.

Lively and smooth, mildly puckering, and surprisingly full bodied. Finish is relatively short, with most of the punch fading after the back third, but with a mild, slightly dry cherry note leaving the faintest echo.

Probably more approachable for a sour novice than the base beer, but with enough bite and pucker for any experienced fan of sours to still be pleased. A wonderful alternative for kriek fans from kriek lambics.

Dec 30, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a clear medium garnet red in color with light amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and faint ruby red colored highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy foamy tan head that reduces quickly to a large patch of very thin film covering a little more than 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of slightly sweet, slightly tart cherries and cocoa + chocolate. Light to moderate aromas of oak barrels with a slightly amount of funkiness and a slight hint of vinegar.

T: Complex flavors of including apples, pear, and some candy sweetness with moderate flavors of slightly sweet, slightly tart cherries and cocoa + chocolate. Light flavors of funkiness and a hint of vinegar tartness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: Really well balanced between the sourness/acidity and the sweetness from the cherries and chocolate. Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. Very enjoyable.

Dec 14, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is crystal clear dark red in color and has a column of bubbles rising from the center of the glass. It poured with a wide collar of pink bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cherries are present in the smell along with hints of chocolate.
T: The taste has moderately strong balanced flavors of both cherries and chocolate, the latter of which lingers a bit into the finish. There is just a touch of sourness.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of acidity.
O: The beer has a nice balance between the cherries and chocolate flavors in the taste, but these mask just about all of the sourness that you would normally expect from a beer of this style.

Serving type: bottle

Dec 14, 2018
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