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Chapeau Apricot Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 61
Avg: 3.26
pDev: 23.01%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-16-2002

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Reviews: 34 | Hads: 61
Photo of aasher
1.36/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.63/5  rDev -50%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body with, well, okay... so there's no head. Who says a beer had to have one anyhow?

Smell: Displeasing aroma of spoiled vegetables, mustard seed, and cheap, rotting wood. Any apricot to be found here seems fake at best, and it's not worth subjecting yourself to the rest of the aroma to find it.

Taste: Sweetish, apricot juice flavor is fleeting, as a funkiness that can only be described as trash can juice creeps in and never lets go.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks times a million! Grab a Cantillon, get yourself a 3 Fonteinen, but do steer clear of this mess.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.14/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of JDV
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Light orange color, spritzer like high carbonation. Quickly fading white head. Smell is funky musty spoiled yeast (i guess what people call "barnyard" perhaps, some apricot like fruit juice and sugar. Wow, extremely sweet tasting. More like soda pop than beer. Kids would like the taste of this, I'd bet. Just smells rancid though. Sweetest beer I've ever had. Fairly tart as well, which is sort of nice, but too sweet to drink much of. I dumped the last 3/4 of the bottle.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of Nipitato
2.91/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good clarity. Virtually no head. Dark golding hue.

S: Significant horse blanket aroma. Light apricot fruit aroma. Also some hard mineral scents. Not particularly pleasing overall.

T: Overly sweet cloying fruit flavor. Horse blanket comes through strongly. Only slightly tart.

MF: Not nearly enough carbonation, which would have helped take some of the cloyiness away. Cloying syrupy mouthfeel.

D, notes: Too sweet with not nearly enough tartness to balance. Not well attenuated. Cloying mouthfeel seriously impedes drinkability.

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Photo of vrazionale
2.96/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So here’s 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 I’m concerned the whole line should be classified as strictly “Desert” beers, suitable for an after dinner apéritif, which is certainly not a bad thing!

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer from Chapeau. It's both intriguing and problematic. The green corked bottle displayed a film that formed a ring around the top that worried me. The pour shows cloudiness and floaties from the cork and other ingredients. However, the rich tart aroma displayed over-ripened fruits (apricots, peaches, and lemons). Flavors had these and apple cidery flavors along with thin sharp tartness, though not as tart as many other lambics. Certain off flavors come along too, like vinegar and soy sauce-like flavors likely caused by oak and aging. This also displayed a hickory or mesquite flavor that I think didn't agree with the fruits and esters. Decent alcohol also works to thin the body and dry the finish. It's a drinkable, complicated, and appreciable beer, but you just have to like lambics with an odd turn from the beaten path.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Musty wood and cobwebs with a very sour note. Now we’re talking Lambic! Smells like the inside of a wet barrel.

Appearance: Clear gold glass, thin collar, small amounts of lace

Flavor: Sour wet grain spiced with pear and apricot. Almost a Hefe quality to this one.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light medium body, very low carbonation

Overall Impression: Has a lot of cool elements, wood, fruit, tart, musty, but the total result just isn’t that exciting.

Sampled as part of the “Night of Chapeau”, many thanks to Pegasus for assembling the 8 flavors.

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Photo of jettjon
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Highs: Bizarre flavor for a “beer”
Lows: Appearance, drinkability, narrow range of appeal

Now here’s an odd duck. Lambics are probably borderline beers in most people’s definition. Also the low ABV (3% in this case) coupled with the extreme flavor makes it hard to drink more than one at a time.

Pours reddish clear with no bubbles and the merest hint of a white head despite a vigorous pour. A tiny bit of lacing remains after the “head” has made its exit. Nose is strongly of apricots in a sugary, fruity kind of way, much like apricot rinds or fruit candy. There’s already a sweet-sour note on the nose. Taste is definitely soury-sweet, strongly fruity of (obviously) apricots or scuppernongs/muscadines. Mouth is very thick, bordering on syrup. The finish is bittersweet syrup, and something that almost tastes like dirt. Drinkability is low; besides the very low ABV, this “beer” is too strongly sweet and sour.

Overall: Three out of four friends who sampled this beer made “ugh” faces. Only the most seasoned beer aficionado appreciated it. It is definitely a “niche” beverage.

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Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.32/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Felt like I was pouring champagne. Okay, maybe not quite that much fizz. Smell is pretty funky - like rotting vegetables. Sweet without being syrupy. Sour, funky finish.

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Photo of matjack85
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.


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Photo of Avryle
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Fatduck
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer picked up on a whim. Gotta love cash in hand...

Poured from a pretty green bottle, into my Duvel goblet. Very little carbonation which surprised me when I popped the cork. Pale in color, with very little apricot nose, more of the typical lambic sour than fruit. that apricot comes out much nicer in the flavor, I think this one works well, a good tartness from the fruit and sour from the wild yeast.

Looks like I'll have to try the rest of the Chapeau line.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 1/31/2010. Bottle thanks to dkachur. Pours a clear orange with a very tiny ring of white head. Aroma of sweet apricot and musty oak. Flavor again of sweet fruits (I can't quite say that it is specifically apricot, but there are plenty of light fruits including apple and apricot) with a nice malt base. Overall quite enjoyable, as the other Chapeaus are.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A - Copper orange with a small head. Significant lacing.

S - Sour notes of a fairly straightforward lambic. Some funk and fruit, with a solid sourness in the smell.

T - Too sweet, not enough sour. Hits with a wallop of sugary fruit notes. Apricot generally is not terribly distinctive. What is missing here is a full sour note that balances off the fruit; it is there, but just not robust. As such, the beer does not taste distinctively lambic, despite the nose.

M - There is not enough sour, so the carbonation is not up to the task of scrubbing the syrup feeling off the tongue. So the beer becomes cloying.

O - I like my lambics on the sweet side, but this is a bit too much.

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Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 that’s non-hop related but a taste that’s 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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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...

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Chapeau Apricot Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
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