Duchesse De Lorraine | Les Brasseurs De Lorraine

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Duchesse De LorraineDuchesse De Lorraine

Brewed by:
Les Brasseurs De Lorraine

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Goldorak on 10-01-2005

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Ratings: 8 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by laituegonflable:
Photo of laituegonflable
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up from a big organic supermarket at Hong Kong Central - a question mark must be raised over its treatment in shipping and storage.

Pours a ruby-tinged amber colour with some accidental floaty chunks in it. Head is cream-colour, a bit foamy that retains a thin crown. Lace is sparse but sticky. Looks OK.

Smells a little bit rich and sour. A hint of balsamic overlain with fruit esters, mainly cider apples. A slight organic funk and an unfortunate sweet vanilla note. But muted, would like the organic aroma to declare itself more vocally.

Taste has that unfortunate note of bad shipping and past its shelf life. Slight fruity hints upfront that's agglomerated with a mess of slight organic flavour, and then just dries up into stale, slightly cardboardy grain. Hint of prune and currant and maybe some peppery spice phenols, but wow, I could've used this a few months earlier. Hints of a good beer, but it's good no longer.

Foamy texture, disappears after a while but a lingering dryness. Not bad, but nothing special.

Would love to try a fresh one. France, send some more beer our way, properly.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With a name like that, and the color it had, I was expecting a flemish sour. As usual, I was wrong! The bottle did say it was brewed based on an XVIII century recipe.

Appearance: Peachy copper, with a thick ring of lace.

Smell: Very sweet malt nose, with strong notes of honey, with no hop presence at all (I don't think any were added). It smells just like a mead.

Taste: Quite malty, with a smoky middle and an earthy, maplewood finish. The bottle also says that sassafras was used, maybe that's where the earthyness comes from. An intersting Beer experiment from a cool little brewery south of Metz.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Duchesse pours with perfect presentation. Moderate amounts of milky tan head, with a moderately hazy brown body, including hints of reddish hues.

Fragrance characteristics are comparable to Chimay (Blue). Rich and hearty sweet brewad, with a shift to sugary bubble gum.

The taste is a bit off the mark. It is a little too sweet with cola/rootbeer like nuances.

This brew is a tad bit watery and not very complex. Even though this brew is moderately light in ABV, there is a slight warmness to the brew that would make this a decent winter beer.

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Photo of Microminus
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TwiggyCZ
4.47/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly fogged ruby hued brown. Nose is like a dirt trail that has been rained on slightly. So I guess that means it smells like mud? Flavor is smoked, but not so much that I dig it. I have had rauchbiers before, but this is too much a kick in the mouth. Sharp and biting and unbalanced. I can't deal with it. Feel is okay I guess. This is an out of balance beer. Not sure what was intended, but what was delivered isn't exactly a pleasant experience.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.58/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Served to me blind by @LaitueGonflable, a bottle he purchased in Hong Kong.

Pours a clear amber colour, tinged with a touch of mahogany. Head is fine, but light, forming a solid but weak film of off-white across the top of the glass. Some patchy streaks of lacing. Sediment suspends in the glass in chunks. Overall, a decent looking beer. Not spectacular, but decent.

Nose is a bit damp and musty, and a little underwhelming, to be honest. Slight grassy, vegetative hop aroma, mingling with a lightly botanical continental grain character. A twinge of sweetness or masked fruitiness coming through—it's a little like weak banana esters from a poor hefeweizen. Not that great all up, to be honest.

Taste is fizzy and bland on entry, with a jolt of carbonic acidity towards the back, and an afterthought of mild grain. The overt carbonation really harms it, making it difficult to get much at all on the palate besides the jangling fizz, and it also lends an unfortunate metallic character to the back.

Overall, pretty bland and not particularly interesting. There are some really quite awful flaws with it, and while there might be something decent underneath, it's hard to find it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very interesting beer here. Lots of different flavors combine to challenge the taste buds. Dried fruit, wood, smoke, spice all in the mix. Marked down slightly for the appearance of being flat with not much head to speak of, but the taste will leave you savoring the flavors. A nice find!

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Duchesse De Lorraine from Les Brasseurs De Lorraine
3.21 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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