Duchesse Chocolate Cherry
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse Chocolate CherryDuchesse Chocolate Cherry
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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #21
Ranked #3,849
4.18 | pDev: 10.05%
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
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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KRug from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Best by 6/17/22

This is a beer that I frequently see at my local store and just tend to walk past, as I used to see it as some time of gimmick. Sure, I do like gimmicky beers, but this one just didn't call my attention for the longest time. When I actually decided to pick it up to check it out I figured there was no turning back. Let's see what the chocolate does for a Flanders red

Pours an opaque brownish maroon with a finger of pink tinted white head that fades to a thin swirling head and leaves minimal lacing

From the first whiff, I can almost certainly say the chocolate in this is artificial. However, it still smells great and makes for a unique experience. I'm picking up on aromas of chocolate syrup, dark toast, red wine vinegar, black cherry, brown sugar, and a touch of nutty malt

The chocolate is considerably less prevalent in taste, but what it adds is a great complement to the typical notes of the style. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting black cherry, milk chocolate, tangy lemon, vinegar, and light caramel malt. The swallow brings notes of black cherry, red apple, buttery oak, milk chocolate, and light almond

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a slick and somewhat rich beer from the associated sweetness. Finishes a touch sticky but the tartness keeps it from being cloying

How the hell was I sleeping on this one for so long??? I could have a decent amount of this actually, nearly sessionable despite the moderate abv. Flavorful stuff, I'd get it again

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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.15/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Look: Clear, very deep ruby red. One finger of fizzy off-white head that dissipates in seconds.

Smell: Strong sour cherry overwhelming anything else. Almost nauseatingly strong.

Taste: Not as bad as the smell. Sour in a vinegary sense, with cherry and distinct milk chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel: Average body, very high carbonation.

Overall: A good beer should be balanced. This one unfortunately goes so far into sourness that it overpowers the rest of the experience.

Apr 27, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet Jørpeland. ABV is 6.8%. Deep red colour, small off-white head. Strong aroma of cherries and chocolate. Medium sweet and slightly sour flavour with distinct notes of sour cherries, moderate chocolate.

Apr 06, 2021
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Bluecrow from New York

3.85/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

-clear, dark bottle pour with a ruby hue hosts a 1/2 cm foam cap that dissipates quickly.
The aroma is chocolate above the typical Flanders Red tartness.
The flavor is similar. Chocolate and some tart cherry overwhelm the conventional Duchesse flavors. This is was worth a try and will be favored by some.

Apr 05, 2021
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Brouwerij Verhaeghe "Duchesse Chocolate Cherry"
11.2 fl.oz. brown glass bottle, "Best before 2022-06-13".
$7.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: No head. Clear caramel brown with gleaming ruby/crimson highlights. Interesting combination of chocolate and vinous character in the nose. Taste is of Tootsie Roll chocolate followed by a metallic note, and then candied cherry and lactic acid. The finish is dry and acidic, even a touch tannic, and then the chocolate and cherry flavors come and go in the finish, occasionally arriving together but usually all on their own. It lingers for quite some time though which is nice. As a dessert beer I think that's excellent; just a sip will keep you occupied for some time. I'm looking at the label now and wondering where the chocolate comes in. I thought to check because the chocolate seems artificial. Anyway, the label reads "MALT BEVERAGE AGED IN OAK CASKS WITH NATURAL FLAVOR ADDED (CHERRIES). Maybe that means natural flavor, singular, for the chocolate, and then cherries as well. Light bodied. Crisp acidity. I like this beer but I also feel it's a little bit gimmicky, and a bit too much. I think the addition of cherries to the original Duchesse worked well, but this kind of detracts from it.
Review #7,210

Feb 14, 2021
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TerryMills from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most drinkable sour red I've had but this is one style I just cannot aquire a taste for ... Taste like cherry instead of balsamic vinegar , so, that's better than most imo

Feb 07, 2021
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Pressney from California

1.72/5  rDev -58.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I wanted to like this. What could be better than chocolate and cherry? I read all these rave reviews...All I can taste is the Cherry. Doesn't taste like beer/ale. Tastes like sour cherry soda pop. Consider me a reviewer for people who are not connoisseurs of beer. I just drink what I like. And this I don't like. It makes me wonder if there is something in my genetics that is different from everyone else in the tasting genes. It looks very pretty in a glass - a nice reddish brown. Smells OK....a little hint of chocolate. Maybe I got a bad bottle. I couldn't finish it. My husband didn't like it either. However, I think it will be fabulous in my slow cooker with a pot roast! It would probably do very well with chicken as well.

Feb 07, 2021
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Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says, "Malt beverage aged in oak casks with natural flavor added (cherries)" - from Belgium, 6.8% abv, best by bottling of 6/12/22 - delicious - lots of tart cherry in the fashion of a Flanders red, but with a graceful edge of a chocolate presence - very nice - tangy and lively but with an almost creamy finish... Totally dug it...

Jan 03, 2021
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ChefKev from Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into Duchesse tulip at 49 degrees
Pours with vigorous fizzy light bodied head that dissipates quickly with minor lacing.
Color is transparent mahogany.
Nose is good ole Duchesse with elements of cocoa.
Tastes, again like Duchesse with a light pop of cherry followed by cocoa powder at the end.
Mouthfeel is light with very low body. I always liked that Duchesse was light and easy to drink with big flavor but perhaps a tad more body or richness from the chocolate might improve this?
Overall very very good but not perfect.

Dec 29, 2020
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mntlover from Tennessee

4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bar pour mahogany colored no head.

Aroma is Flanders, tart, lots of cherries and good dose of chocolate. Most of smooth perfection and it transfers to the taste.

Taste is classic Flanders so smooth and maybe more drinkable for too the light sweetness the chocolate adds. Great cherry notes also, smooth goodness.

Mouhfeel is smooth and light.

Overall better then the original for me, great brew.

Dec 27, 2020
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours clear, reddish brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is milk chocolate, dark cherry, and cherry cordial with light sour mix. Light bodied, sweet and sour, high carbonation. Excellent fruited sour. The chocolate compliments the cherry and never overpowers it. Beers like this are the reason I go after Belgian beers. A rare all 5 but well worth it.

Dec 26, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

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

11.2oz bottle. Label as best by date of '2022-06-13'.
Cherry red colored body, looks clear. Minimal fizzy head with the pour. No lacing.
Aroma of a sour ale, along with a swirl of chocolate and a hint of cherry.
Taste is a vinous sour, with what seems like layers of chocolate. The cherry blends with both, as slightly sweet and slightly tart. Dry at the end, with a little red wine in the aftertaste. As the beer warms there is more lingering chocolate.
Medium mouth feel, with an effervescent edge. Good carbonation.
The various flavors and smells work well together as a blend, but each still has its own expression. Enticing to work the beer around in the mouth in order to allow new flavor discoveries. It's interesting that a sour beer can also be so sweet, with neither being too much.

Dec 13, 2020
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Zorro from California

3.21/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ruby red ale with no head formation.

Smells sharply sour. Scent of chocolate and cherries as expected. Smells somewhat sweet.

Starts out ZING! sour. Taste of chocolate and cherries. All there is, Sour, Chocolate and Cherry.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall, NOT my thing.

Dec 05, 2020
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janubio from Spain

4.95/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle at Echarle Huevos, served at home in a Duchesse glass.
Rubi color, medium pinky head with medium retention. Creamy lacing.
Aroma of cherries, vinegar, subtle chocolate, nuts, stalk.
Medium body, sour texture, good carbonation. Tart finish.
Taste follows the aroma.
A great beer, light on the chocolate side, but complex and full of subtlities.

Nov 22, 2020
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Viaduck from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mahogany in color with a pinkish tan head the is quick to fizz away. Aroma is mostly funk with some cherries. Very tart, with cherry, oak & funk flavors & a hint of chocolate. Excellent carbonation, medium body. Excellent flavor & very refreshing, one of my favorites.

Oct 23, 2020
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Candia rd
Crystal clear dark brick red with a small bubbly pink tinged head that dissipates. Huge tart cherry and lemons with a bit of almond and sweet maltiness. Faint chocolate is barely noticeable. Very tasty

Aug 17, 2020
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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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