Duchesse Petite
Brouwerij Verhaeghe

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Brouwerij Verhaeghe
Flanders Red Ale
Ranked #36
Ranked #8,770
4.09 | pDev: 6.85%
Wednesday at 01:04 AM
Oct 14, 2020
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Rated: 4.21 by MeIquiades from Illinois

Wednesday at 01:04 AM
Rated: 3 by prisdefer from New York

Sep 29, 2022
Rated: 4.3 by dbrauneis from North Carolina

Sep 04, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Aug 26, 2022
Rated: 4.06 by Eman17 from Illinois

Aug 20, 2022
Rated: 4 by archero from Texas

Aug 13, 2022
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz can at ITap. Poured out a dark, dark burgundy color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass. It smelled of sour black cherries with some oak and caramel. Sour cherry taste with oak, toffee and hints of wood.
Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
11.2 oz can. Stamp on can bottom has 'BEST BEFORE BT18'.
Amber brown colored body. One finger of light tan colored head, which turns into a creamy cap. Leaves some thin trails of lacing.
Aroma is red wine, oak, and sweet caramel.
Taste is slightly sweet with a tart finish. Grape, green apple, cherry, oak, and with a combo of brown sugar and caramel. Has a touch of lemon. All fade off together in the aftertaste.
Has some heft in the mouth feel. Good carbonation.
Quite refreshing and not overly tart. Like a well finished adult red grape juice.
Jul 30, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Rhetion from Florida

Jul 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I really enjoy the Chocolate Cherry Duchesse, so when I saw this one on the shelf I was intrigued. Basically a session Flanders Red. Is that a thing? Probably not, but who cares? Let's see what it's all about

Pours a muddy reddish brown with 2 fingers of soapy light tan head that quickly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

This is pretty sharp and acidic in the nose, something I expected to be toned down in this particular beer. I'm picking up on aromas of red wine vinegar, black cherry, brown sugar, sharp oak, brown bread, and lemon juice

It is much sweeter in taste but still has a pretty decent bite to it. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting tannic red wine, brown bread, brown sugar, sour cherry, smooth oak, cola, and light raisin. The swallow brings notes of red wine vinegar, brown sugar, honey, smooth oak, brown bread, currant, and a touch of lemon

A light medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a crisp yet smooth beer. Finishes truly neutral with a pretty prevalent sweetness

It's nothing amazing, but this is quite a fun little beer. I prefer my Flanders a little more bold, but I suppose subtlety was the point of this one
Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by beerrat from Virginia

Jun 19, 2022
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Rated by jzlyo from Iowa

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Aroma is mild vinegar and very nutty/smoky. The flavor is fruit/raspberries/cherries, malts and a medium vinegar/smoky/dry finish.
Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Brewed in the traditional Flemish traditions, the natural flavor of the northern Belgian regions and its unique microfloral plays out on cherrie and in oak for a tired-and-true, classic and satisfying sour flavor.

Duchesse Petite’s deep garnet and ruby hues are caught in a mystic haze while settling in the glass with the appearance of a dark and foamy red wine. As the aromas of cider, balsamic, cherry and oak flow off of the foam, the scent is souring with wine and fine must. Sweeter in its taste, the early impressions are of hard candy, toasted bread and with the lightness of floral honey.

As the flavors evolve over the middle palate, the sweetness slowly fades and the balancing sourness portrays the taste of green apple with hints of lemon, cranberry and currant closely behind. All wrapped in a fruitiness of cherry and the wine influences remain prevalent. Trending more and more tart, the late palate shows a shy bitterness with the toastier edge of oak giving a nutty and almost chocolaty taste to its finish.

Medium bodied for sour ale, the beer’s complex series of flavors are unique as elements of balsamic and cherry cola round out in a sweet and sour finish with a linger of light red wine and a return of musty burlap and leather in aftertaste.
Jun 02, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Jgmiller829 from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Dinglehacker from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured into snifter. Beige head that reduces to a ring. Ruby brown, not as dark as the regular.

Sweet malt and vinegary grape sour.

Dryish finish, a little carb bite.

Smoother, less tart than Duchesse regular. Still good, but less distinct. I'd drink it again.
Feb 01, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by Viaduck from California

Jan 16, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
refreshing sour - not too sour great flavors
Nov 19, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Nov 16, 2021
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2 ounce can.
Bottom of can reads BT18.

Vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch tannish pink head over a reddish brown body with some lacing.

Nose of malt sweetness, a bit of sourness, and some fruit.

Slight taste of sweet wine, slightly sweet malt, with a fairly complex tart sour flavor throughout.
Finish is not as dry as other Flemish Reds, but very tasty, indeed.

Nice feel with tiny bubbles.

Overall, a wonderful treat from Vichte, Belgian
Nov 06, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Oct 21, 2021
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Sep 23, 2021
Rated: 4.27 by JakerLou from New Hampshire

Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Aug 09, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by clm9 from North Carolina

May 09, 2021
Rated: 4.21 by Cashbail from New Hampshire

Apr 26, 2021
Rated: 3.88 by WynnO from Florida

Feb 23, 2021
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Reviewed by woemad from Washington

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
11.2oz can purchased at Nectar, Kendall Yards, Spokane, Washington, for $5.99. Although the label indicates that there should be a best by date on the bottom of the can, the only thing there is a stamp reading "MI16", which sounds more like a British intelligence service of some sort than a date.

Poured into a Chimay goblet, this was a dark ruddy brown color, with a thin beige head. Takes on a more reddish look when held up to light, but it's not much of a looker.

Earthy and viniferous nose, but also quite vinegary. Little bit of brown sugar as well.

Much like the nose. The vinegary sour aspect is really up front and in your face. The face out is gentle by comparison.

Puckering mouthfeel, with a fuller body than I expected for the style and the (lack of) strength of this beer.

Not what I expected, but I dig it. This has quite a lot of flavor packed into a small alcoholic package. I feel like the barrel aging kind of rounded off some edges but otherwise didn't leave too much of a flavor impact on this Flanders Red. I'd definitely hit this again.
Jan 22, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by entenduintransit from Tennessee

Jan 15, 2021
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Remarkable head production and retention for the style. Body is a nutty, purple-tinged brown color, apparently crystal clear.

Tons of vinegar on the nose, along with tannins and vanilla from the oak. A bit of nut and bread from the aroma, and a pinch of brown sugar.

Similar on the profile: remarkably sour, with a vinegar-like (not fruity) profile. The light malt base adds a sweet dark bread note, along with brown sugar, pecan, walnut, prune, and raisin, blending with the sour notes in a sweet-and-sour melange (emphasis on sour, however). Oak rounds out the edges, especially on the finish. The main sour punch is up front, slowly fading as the sweetness slightly grows.

Mouth-filling and puckering. Medium bodied despite the low ABV.
Dec 05, 2020
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Lovely dark crimson tone in the light, otherwise dark and brownish. Two fingers of tan foam, a halo of delicate lacing rings the glass.

Aroma is fairly subtle, slightly woody, dried cherry, and musty funk. Tart with an unripe sour cherry note, lemon, lychee, wet wood, light malt. Light bodied, crisp and easy drinking, also more sour than regular Duchesse. Overall this is an interesting Flanders Red, and definitely worth a try.

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