Duchesse Chocolate Cherry | Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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4.25/5
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Duchesse Chocolate CherryDuchesse Chocolate Cherry
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Belgium
brouwerijverhaeghe.be

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

BEER STATS
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Reviews:
8
Ratings:
22
pDev:
5.65%
 
 
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Photo of Beejay
3.9/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of avalon07
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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

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Photo of Luiz0930
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrcraft
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ajdemma
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jcarriglio
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roguer
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
3.57/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RochefortChris
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dbrauneis
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of smithj4
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PJCarnell
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/14/2020. Pours crystal clear ruby red/orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, almond, milk chocolate, cocoa, peach, plum, pear, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with light notes of pepper, musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, chocolate, oak, and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big juicy/lightly tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, almond, milk chocolate, cocoa, peach, plum, pear, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, and toasted bread; with light notes of pepper, musty funk, red wine vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness. Light fruity/lactic tartness, fruit tang, and slight yeast/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/tart/tangy cherries, fruit skin/pits, almond, milk chocolate, cocoa, peach, plum, pear, red/green apple, currant, red grape/wine, oak, hay, straw, grass, caramel, brown sugar, toasted bread, light funk/vinegar, and yeast/oak/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, chocolate, oak, and dark/bready malt balance; with a great malt/tartness and tangy fruit balance; with no puckering flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering tartness and tangy fruit. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, fairly acidic/tangy, and lightly tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol for 6.8%. Overall this is an excellent Flanders red ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/funky/acidic yeast, cherries, chocolate, oak, and dark/bready malt balance; very smooth and pretty refreshing to drink with mellowly acidic/tangy/drying finish. Awesome balanced juicy/jammy cherries, chocolate, and Brett/Bacteria complexity; great malt balance and nice oak presence. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example as expected.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bobhits
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up tonight, 21-22 fora 4 pack.

Pours bright red, light white/pink head.

Nose is believe it or not sour, vinegar, cherries and yes cocoa powder chocolate and a lot of it.

Duchesse was already wonderful in that it balanced enough sweetness with sour notes. Here it remains super sour with a sweet malt. A lot of cherry and a lot of sweetness, but what's interesting is the chocolate coming on at the end and leaving you with a chocolate finish.

Really unique and really tasty. it's completely unique and yes it's good.

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Duchesse Chocolate Cherry from Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 22 ratings