Duchesse Chocolate Cherry
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

Duchesse Chocolate CherryDuchesse Chocolate Cherry
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Sour - Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #25
Ranked #4,147
4.19 | pDev: 7.4%
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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beerrat from Virginia

4.57/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 24, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -6.7%
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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eawolff99 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Mar 10, 2020
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VashonGuy from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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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BeerForMuscle from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 04, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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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MrCPMJ from Texas

5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dec 16, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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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teromous from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
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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UCLABrewN84 from California

4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jun 21, 2019
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pkalix from California

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015 edition... probably shouldnt have but that's how it happened.... not bad, but a little thin. great flavor, actually....

May 18, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -12.6%
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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Gajo74 from New York

4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Cashbail from New Hampshire

4.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dec 02, 2019
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JakerLou from New Hampshire

4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 12, 2020
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HoodviewBrew from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
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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ThreatLevel5 from New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%
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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hman43 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
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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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Dactrius from Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dec 21, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
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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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev +1%
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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metter98 from New York

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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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bobhits from Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Nov 13, 2018
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
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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