Chapeau Apricot Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch
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Reviews by chinchill:
3.39/5 rDev +2.1%
Served from a bottle at Lexington Beerworks (KY)
Medium amber (like apple juice); excellent clarity; Decent head and lacing.
Moderately fruity aroma without a specific apricot tone; light oak/farmhouse character; a bit floral.
Flavor: Apricot? Certainly fruity. apple and pear juices. Hint of banana. Moderately tart and slightly sweeter. Mildly funky.
Medium body; medium carbonation.
04-04-2014 04:28:30 | More by chinchill
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 rDev +16.9%
Presentation: 12.7 oz bottle that is corked and capped, no freshness date. A thin layer in sediment in noticeable on the bottom of the bottle.
Appearance: Pale faded clouded orange color with a bubbly champagne like carbonation that leaves a quickly producing and dissipating white lace.
Smell: Fresh macerated apricots in the nose, fragrant in the fruit. Mild musty almost horse blanket smell, a bit yeasty but still more fruity.
Taste: Light to moderate body, slick and syrupy mouth feel with a light carbonation that still holds some crispness like a light and delicate sparkling wine. Sweet and sour flavor, sweet fruit of apricot that stays even and the sourness is mild but puckering. Musty yeast flavor has a touch of barnyard flavor with some earthy and mineral undertones. Hops are hidden and meant to be that way, soft powdery husk flavor reminds the palate that this is indeed beer. Alcohol qualities are hard to find though a nearly lifeless warmth does come through. Hint of oak within. Sourness gets lemon like and complements the apricot flavor. Somewhat on the dry side yet there is a dash of sweetness that sticks around, sourness pretty mush disappears all together in the finish.
Notes: A decent fruit lambic, sweetness is kept to a minimum. Treat this one as a dessert beer perhaps pair with a cobbler or a tart.
07-16-2007 01:21:29 | More by Jason
2.17/5 rDev -34.6%
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain, grass and steamed vegetables. Not the least bit appetizing. Against my better judgment I decided to go ahead and drink the beer. The flavor is heavy on the sugary, sweet apricots with some grain and vegetable notes. The beer is extremely sweet. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not a good beer.
09-18-2011 22:28:20 | More by Mora2000
3.55/5 rDev +6.9%
Murky pineapple juice color, pale big-bubbled head that powers down in 35 seconds. No lacing in the wine glass. Gingery aroma and lots of apricot as well. Peppery, spicy flavor impression, plenty of apricot sense but also a slight bitterness/spiciness thats non-hop related but a taste thats more interesting than some of the sweeter berry Lambics, to me. A little sticky and cloying at the finish as a sugar sense comes on. OK for what it is, certainly much more of a statement than a Pyramid Apricot Ale or something similar. Could use more astringency.
02-02-2003 10:42:43 | More by ADR
3.33/5 rDev +0.3%
375ml capped and corked bottle, 3.5% ABV. Junior-high school art class label design. And it's "Abricot" - look it up.
This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with two skinny fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which disappears quickly, rendering some random rock form lace around the glass.
It smells of semi-sweet wheaty malt, tart apricot, astringent grainy wood, and funky, rather sour yeast. The taste is fruity, sugary apricot, a strongly moderating, and clumsily oaked grainy, bready, and wheaty maltiness, very mild, leafy, earthy hops, and more softly funky, but mostly sour (in a weird vegetal sense) yeast.
The carbonation is quite low, just an understated frothiness, the body hefty in a saturated juicy manner, and smooth in the same regard. It finishes clean, and off-dry, the sweetness not letting up, but rather kept in check by that still sour tartness, seemingly sourced equally from both fruit and yeast.
A more or less balanced fruit lambic, until they dumped that extra apricot juice in, which skews everything somewhat, but not enough to detract from it being an easy-drinking, fairly refreshing quaff, ideally when you've got a sweet beer tooth, and a tolerance for odd funk. Too bad this offering costs upwards of $10 around here.
04-20-2011 23:42:45 | More by biboergosum
3.33/5 rDev +0.3%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Blue Point Snifter
A: Hazy orange with a very coarse surface head. Little to no lacing was left on the side of the glass.
S: Apricot and slight alcohol. Also a woody earthy note from the cork.
T: Sweet and a little sour throughout but very light. Almost like fruit juice.
M: Very light and coarse and really did not leave a trace lingering in the mouth.
D: Very light and drinkable but one is enough. Intriguing style but not my favorite.
08-30-2009 01:13:51 | More by SpeedwayJim
British Columbia (Canada)
3.6/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance. Pours a clear yellow gold with a little bubbly white head.
Smell. Over-ripe sweet apricots, some spicy belgian yeast and just a little horse barn funk.
Taste. Sweet apricot nectar. A little bit tangy and a little bit funky.
Mouthfeel. Medium body with low carbonation. Kinda syrupy.
Overall. Sweet and fruity. Perhaps some age would reduce the sweet and bring up the tart? Maybe not...
06-07-2011 00:16:36 | More by Rutager
3.48/5 rDev +4.8%
I found this 12oz corked bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $5.99. No freshness date, but I was surprised at how thick and heavy this brown glass bottle was.
The beer pours a clear amber color with a 1½ finger white head that lasts a few minutes. Nice lacing left behind with each sip.
Nice apricot smell along with that funky Belgian yeast/barnyard aroma.
This has a really sugary apricot flavor, It has some of that lambic puckering sourness as well, but not as much as I like.
Despite it's sweetness, it's actually on the thin side - sort of like an apricot soda, although the carbonation is not that high.
At just 3% alcohol it might seem more like a pop than a beer, but it's still not a bad lambic. Overall I enjoyed it, but it's a little too sweet to have more than one.
12-24-2010 22:58:01 | More by matjack85
3.15/5 rDev -5.1%
A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T:The taste has light to moderate flavors of apricot syrup along with a dash of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Out of all of the Chapeau beers I've tried, this beer has flavors that taste the most artificial.
12-22-2013 22:04:27 | More by metter98
3/5 rDev -9.6%
So heres an another beer from the De Troch Brewery, that was in the 6-bottle set. Translucent golden straw color, the head off white in color, the size unimpressive, the lace adequate. Aroma of over ripe apricots, cloyingly sweet with a last minute hint of tartness, top lean, finish moderately acidic, hops sparse, sweet and sour dry aftertaste. As far as Im concerned the whole line should be classified as strictly Desert beers, suitable for an after dinner apéritif, which is certainly not a bad thing!
12-20-2002 11:06:58 | More by Gusler
2.95/5 rDev -11.1%
12 oz. bottle at just under refrigeration temperature poured into a snifter. Best before date: 18/03/11.
A - Pours a straw-colored golden body with a robust, fluffy head formation. Pretty good head retention.
S - Lots of sweet apricot. Smells like fake apricot to me. There's a touch of that briny, horse-blanket smell that I've come to know and love in a lambic, but it's difficult for that aroma to do much with the fake-apricot smell.
T - Cloyingly sweet. It tastes not unlike apricot soda. No depth or finish other than the apricot taste. Very, very disappointing.
M - Sticky. Feels undercarbonated. I don't at all enjoy how this beer feels in my mouth. Again - very disappointing.
D - I wouldn't drink this beer again, even if it were given to me for free. A lambic has to be really, really bad for me not to like it! The fake apricot flavor is pretty off-putting. Steer clear of this - there are too many other good beers to drink instead!
02-28-2010 00:49:37 | More by vrazionale
3.3/5 rDev -0.6%
Appearance: Strikingly clear golden color, with a small scattering of foam on the surface, and quite minor lacing.
Aroma: Remarkably musty, like an old horse blanket after a rain, to say that a barnyard aroma is present understates the point. The apricot comes across sweet, but with little definite fruit character.
Taste: Cloyingly sweet, with a sharp note of tartness midway through, finishes quite sweet, with an underlying strong note of mustiness. The apricot character is lost, except for an over-the-top sweetness.
Mouth feel: Soft and fairly full, pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: The apricot character is almost entirely lost, and the excessive sweetness subsumes the interest of the lambic qualities.
Sampled as a part of the "Night of Chapeau", with my friend and fellow BA HardTarget.
11-20-2006 00:36:09 | More by Pegasus
1.3/5 rDev -60.8%
This bottle has to be at least three years old. The cork was half soaked and smelled of vinegar. This beer pours a bright pumpkin orange in color with moderate carbonation and no head. The nose is strange. It smells of steamed carrots with butter and brown sugar with a slight metallic tinge. Pretty bad in my opinion. The flavors are sweet and artificial, almost like a chewing gum. It leaves the foul carrot like, vegetable after taste behind which is unsettling. It's sweet and syrupy and undrinkable. This is a horrible introductory lambic. Lindemans puts this brand to shame.
01-26-2012 17:41:18 | More by aasher
3.76/5 rDev +13.3%
A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of gentle carbonation and some peach + apricot + orange highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate aromas of sweetened apricots and light hints of oak.
T: There is a moderate flavor of sweetened apricots upfront with some lighter hints of oak. Overall the beer is moderately sweet with some light hints of tartness in the finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly sticky.
O: I enjoyed this beer like I have the other Chapeau beers but it is definitely something I need to be in the mood for... I could not drink these all the time because they are just a touch too sweet. Great flavors of that naturally sweet apricots.
08-11-2013 22:38:22 | More by dbrauneis
3.98/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, small tart apricot sweetness. In the taste, apricot sweetness and a small tartness in the end. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel and a dry apricot sweetness to a clean aftertaste. Really nice apricot flavor, small tartness, and not overly sugary.
07-06-2008 23:30:46 | More by OWSLEY069
2.83/5 rDev -14.8%
Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.
A: The pour is a straw color with a short lived white head.
S: Sweet and sugary with light apricots and some slight vegetable aroma that sort of overwhelms what apricot is there.
T: Intensely sweet and sugary with a definite apricot flavor. I think apricots are usually too sweet anyway, and this is just overdoing it. A little sourness, but not enough for me.
M: The body is light with a high carbonation and a slightly grainy feel on the tongue.
D: Not my favorite of these lambics, but certainly not the worst either.
09-10-2010 04:36:00 | More by womencantsail
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
A- Poured from the bottle a golden-orange. No head even with concerted effort.
S- Tart apricots. Everyone keeps stating "horse blanket." I worked at a stable for years, this doesn't smell anything like a horse blanket, it smells like Monday sweat. For those folks in physical jobs, you understand this. For others, I will explain... After drinking all weekend, the inital sweat on Monday smells like your sins of the weekend. This beer smells like tart apricots and Monday sweat.
T- Just tastes like tart apricot juice. Hmmmm. Not the demon I had expected from the previous reviewers. Granted its only 3%, but watch the kiddies around this.
M- Suprisingly thick, like apricot nectar. Very little carbonation.
D- A little slow for the heaviness of the body and the tartness of the taste, but the low alcohol makes this easy to imbine. This would be a fabulous addition to a sangria.
05-10-2008 02:13:37 | More by Avryle
3.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a clear, golden color. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of tart malt, citrus, slight sweet malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, and blend.
09-07-2010 14:54:35 | More by Tone
Chapeau Apricot Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
77 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.