Chapeau Apricot Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch
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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
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
3.33/5 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
3.48/5 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
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
12-23-2010 18:20:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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
3.25/5 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
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
3.33/5 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
3.53/5 rDev +6.3%
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.
03-07-2009 23:42:13 | More by Fatduck
3.78/5 rDev +13.9%
Sun-faded apricot with a generous infusion of honey. The bright white crown is a loose collection of unsticky bubbles that resembles the head on a glass of 7-UP. On the other hand, it lasts a while once it shrinks to a slim disk. No lace.
Brouwerij De Troch fruit lambics all smell roughly the same in a general sense. They smell like whatever fruit was used and they smell like the oak casks that the beer was aged in. Abricot (just noticed the spelling) smells like... surprise... sweetened apricots and oak barrels.
Even though I'm not a huge fan of eating fresh apricots, I tend to like apricot flavors in beer (especially when it's due to some of the fruitier American hop varieties). This one is pretty good if you like sweet-tart, slightly acidic fruit lambics. All of the flavor elements come together well, which is the primary reason for the taste score seen above.
Mouthfeel is a tough call between 3.5 and 4.0. In fact, with a few exceptions, any of the final three scores could be either one of those numbers for any of the Chapeau beers. It all depends on my mood when I'm reviewing them. Anyway, this offering is medium, with a slick stickiness that is leavened by efficient carbonation.
Abricot Lambic is too expensive ($6.19 per bottle) to be a regular purchase. Besides, the intense sweetness isn't something that I can stomach very often. It's classic chick* beer, but you'd better hope your wife/girlfriend develops a taste for something cheaper.
*apologies to all the female BAs to whom this doesn't apply
07-11-2008 11:59:02 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.85/5 rDev +16%
..has a slightly funky sugary aroma, that and apricots ... has lots of sweet and tangy flavours, with some interesting back funk... a nice beer that refreshes after a hot day digging graves... a decent brew indeed that falls short of of most peoples thoughts of real lambic probably due to its sweetness..
06-19-2008 14:46:41 | More by Onslow
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
2.9/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
04-15-2008 16:20:56 | More by Nipitato
1.63/5 rDev -50.9%
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.
04-13-2008 20:39:31 | More by ChainGangGuy
2.35/5 rDev -29.2%
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.
02-24-2008 18:41:40 | More by JDV
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
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
4.3/5 rDev +29.5%
Poured out a pale, cloudy light orange color, topped by a bubbly champagne like head that dissapears quickly. Lace? What lace? The nose is unmistakable apricot, but slightly tropical as well. There is some dry musty yeast notes as well. The taste offers a blend of sweet and sour, with the apricot fruityness leading the way. Again, there is some musty champagne yeast notes in the taste as well, but it is subtle and works to add complexity instead of ebing a distraction. Medium bodied with a slick oily mouthfeel. Finishes cloying and sweet.
11-17-2006 02:00:00 | More by dherling
3.03/5 rDev -8.7%
Aroma: Musty wood and cobwebs with a very sour note. Now were 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 isnt that exciting.
Sampled as part of the Night of Chapeau, many thanks to Pegasus for assembling the 8 flavors.
10-30-2006 18:06:50 | More by HardTarget
3.98/5 rDev +19.9%
Pours a limpid, hazy amber-brown color, with little head retention. Aroma is fairly lambic-like, actually, with a metallic, rusty-iron-like note and dank sweaty undercurrents. Fairly sweet initial flavor, almost cloying, with overripe apricot-skin flavor (quite tannic along the roof of the mouth), an underlying cheesiness and a lingering sourness. Thin bodied, well-attenuated.
My favorite of the Chapeau line so far.
07-06-2006 02:05:58 | More by allengarvin
3.1/5 rDev -6.6%
Highs: Bizarre flavor for a beer
Lows: Appearance, drinkability, narrow range of appeal
Now heres an odd duck. Lambics are probably borderline beers in most peoples 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. Theres 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.
04-09-2006 20:45:31 | More by jettjon
Chapeau Apricot Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
77 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.