Duchesse Chocolate Cherry 11.2 oz

Item #7276
Shipping Wt. 1.50 lbs.
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Sour Ale with Cherries & Chocolate Essence

Brewed by: Verhaeghe Brewery
Country: Belgium
Style: Sour Red/Brown
Color: Brown

ABV: 6.8%
Ratebeer.com rating: 92
BeerAdvocate.com rating: 90

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Duchesse Chocolate Cherry (ABV 6.8%) from the Verhaeghe Brewery is traditional Duchesse de Bourgogne -- a blend of 1 and 2 year old sour ales aged in oak casks -- with 20 kg of whole sour cherries from the Limburg region of Belgium added to each 100 liters of the maturing beer, along with chocolate essence.

The brew pours a clear, dark reddish brown with a small pinkish tan head, and emanates aromas of tart sour cherries, bread, cocoa, toffee, and vanilla. On the palate, the predominant taste is cherry and chocolate, with a not-too-sweet chocolate aftertaste. 11.2 oz capped bottle.

Food Pairings

Like Duchesse de Bourgogne, it pairs well with buttery cheeses, spicy peppers, and roasted meats. It would be the perfect beer to match with (or feature in) a sorbet; also goes well with rich and dense chocolate desserts.


The Verhaeghe Brewery was founded in 1885 by Paul Verhaeghe in the village of Vichte in the West Flanders region of Belgium.

It was a commercial success until the outbreak of the First World War, but when Verhaeghe refused to cooperate with the occupying German forces and simply ceased brewery production, the Germans responded by dismantling the brewery.

It would take decades after the war for the brewery to find its footing again. With the resurgence in popularity of artisanal craft beers in the 1970s and 1980s the brewery began to see success in the modern era.

Still owned and operated by the Verhaeghe family, the brewery now distributes its traditional ales to a number of countries in Europe as well as the United States, Canada, Italy and Japan.