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Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

Chapeau Mirabelle LambicChapeau Mirabelle Lambic

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.86%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-07-2002)
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Reviews by BuckeyeNation:
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly cloudy pastel peach with vigorous carbonation. The head is large and lightly lemon-tinted ivory in color. All those bubbles should assure that the cap doesn't disappear anytime soon, although it has fallen to a fat one finger in the several minutes since the pour. Not a bad look, especially in a genuine Chapeau Lambic De Troch tulip glass (thanks Al).

I'm not a big fan of plums and can't recall if I've ever actually eaten one. Therefore, it's hard to say just how authentic the nose is in terms of plumness. It is intensely sweet and fruity and is more than a little perfumy. The usual sour yeasty funk is present and accounted for and adds additional olfactory interest. I like the nose quite a bit.

I like the flavor at least as much as I like the nose. Mirabelle is incredibly sweet--it's similar to the Melbourn Bros. beers in that regard--and is a definite sipper. I thought that this would be my least favorite of the Chapeau Lambics, and it still might be, but I have to say that I'm enjoying the explosive, sweet-tart candied fruitiness that soaks my taste buds each time I drink.

I imagine that all of the beer from this brewery tastes and feels similar, only varying in the particular fruit used. The flavor profile consists of three parts hypersweet fruit nectar to one part sour Belgian yeast. It's a combination that won't appeal to everyone, but it does to me; at least in small doses. No hint of the oak cask-aging comes across on the palate.

The body/mouthfeel is easy to predict given all the sugar. It's full, lightly-moderately syrupy and not nearly as carbonated as it looked initially. There's still a fine-bubbled feel which lightens what could have been a thick, sticky mess. Again, small sips are the only way to go.

Mirabelle plums are prized for their full, sweet flavor and are used in the making of plum wine, plum eau de vie and plum brandy. And now beer. As noted above, this 'lambic' won't be everyone's cup of tea, but I have a weakness for well-made, ultra-sweet fruit beers even though I rarely drink them. If I like Mirabelle this much, I'm sure that the others will be right up my alley as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 13:53:18 | More by BuckeyeNation
More User Reviews:
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Carl_R

Oklahoma

3/5  rDev -10.2%

03-09-2014 02:26:52 | More by Carl_R
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

1.99/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A vigorous pour into my small wine goblet produces a half finger thick, pale, white colored head that quickly dissapears. The beer smells quite fruity; lots of apple, sweet plum, a sort of melon note and a pear-tea like aroma; this is all without smelling the nose and just noticed during the pouring. A more focused look, yields lots more sweetness and more of the same with a saccharine, candy like fruit focus, but this is backed by an oxidized, not really nutty, perhaps more cardboard like character in the finish. The aroma soon is a bit more overwhelming than I would like and I am tired of smelling the nose.

Aggressively sweet, candy, syrup, grimace inducing; my pour palate needs to adjust. Candy like apple, plum and grape notes are omnipresent. The sweetness is so big that I can’t get a sense of any sourness and the base beer is long gone. Completely one dimensional and not really worth contemplating. I don’t even really like the beer as a desert type thing, or even something I would want to cook with and incorporate in a recipe. Cloying and fairly viscous, though in reality it is a lot lighter than the ample sweetness might suggest

Too much sweetness and candy character, somehow I find that I have been sitting here with a bitter frown ever since taking a first whiff of the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:40:45 | More by Gueuzedude
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

05-15-2013 18:41:37 | More by Ciocanelu
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spycow

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

04-28-2013 22:46:26 | More by spycow
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BrownAleMale

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

04-15-2013 04:20:53 | More by BrownAleMale
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +19.8%

04-10-2013 15:26:58 | More by RedneckBeerz
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harpus

Alabama

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

03-27-2013 14:29:57 | More by harpus
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

2.91/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This pours a murky amber color with a strong scent of plums. The taste is kind of over the top sweet from sugars mixed with the sweetness of the fruit. It doesn’t drink much like a beer at all; it’s more like a grape juice as alcohol is non-existent. An interesting find, but not something I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 06:09:41 | More by Lemke10
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

09-02-2012 19:42:41 | More by t0rin0
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow. The beer has a thin film of white head that reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a thin soapy ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of sweet fruitiness - quite probably from the mirabelle plum (since I have never smelled one of these, I'm making the assumption that this is what they smell like). There is a very light hint of sourness.

T: The flavor is very sweet with a strong flavor of fruit - from the mirabelle plum. Just a hint of tartness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with very low amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable though a little too sweet to be an easy drinker (or sessionable beer). I love the natural fruit aromas and sweetness. The beer continues to sweeten as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 21:57:08 | More by dbrauneis
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metter98

New York

3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark yellow in color. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly dissipated, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some delicate lacing covering the surface.
S: There are strong aromas of plums in the nose.
T: Like the smell, plum flavors really stand out in the taste, which also has a light to moderate amount of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate with a low amount of carbonation.
O: The plum flavors are rather unique compared to most other fruit lambics. It is not that difficult to drink because the sweetness is not cloying, except well after it warms up.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 19:03:05 | More by metter98
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PEBKAC

New York

3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from the back of the fridge edition. The horn of plenty always has more for the ignorant & daring. :)

Ommegang chalice. Seems flat on the pour. A hazy, dark yellow that settles out with time. The color of Darjeeling tea.

Wow, if this doesn't smell like Chinese plumb sauce aged in oak.

Taste is most assuredly, plums. Reminiscent taste of real iced tea & too much sugar also make themselves known. Oxidation on the very end. More bottled on dating please.

A prickle of carbonation. Syrupy. Way too sweet to be able to take more then a sip to tell accurately anyways.

The first Chapeau beer I haven't absolutely hated with all my being. Cheers. :)

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 07:39:42 | More by PEBKAC
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

04-03-2012 22:05:05 | More by JAHMUR
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matjack85

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Found this single 12oz capped and corked green bottle at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL for $4.99. No freshnesas date.

The beer poured a slightly hazed pear yellow color and made just a thin white rim for a head that dissipated immediately and left no lacing.

Smells like plums, apples, and lots of powdered sugar.

This has a fruit juice taste to it. Mixed flavors of plums, peaches, pears, and apples. It has a bit of puckering sourness to it, but not enough of that funky Belgian lambic yeast. It's tasty, but not very beer-like.

Medium body with mild carbonation. Very juice-like.

At just 3% alcohol it's not going to give you a buzz, but more than one might give you a sugar high.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 08:45:10 | More by matjack85
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -10.2%

11-26-2011 00:48:35 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Exiled

Texas

2/5  rDev -40.1%

11-24-2011 18:12:58 | More by Exiled
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jayhawk73

Maryland

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold color w/ good carbonation. Very clear- looks like liquid gold. The nose is mainly solid fruit juice- I get plum and bananas. Extremely sweet smelling, and a sign of things to come. I don't get any funk in this one at all. I get peaches, apple, and plum in the taste. It's a sugar bomb for sure- and still no funk. Feel is light and syrupy, and very sweet. Overall, I'm glad I tried this- but it's lacking in a lot of departments. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 21:59:26 | More by jayhawk73
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by jayhawk73. Thanks, Jeff, I am always excited to try a new lambic.

The beer is transparent and light peach hued, with virtually no head or lacing. The aroma offers peaches, peach cobbler, sugar. Smells like peach cobbler dessert. While the smell is inviting, it smells more like something I would want to eat, rather than drink. The taste is sugary sweet. Loads of peaches coated in sugar. While this is a bit too sweet for my palate, it seems well suited as a dessert beer, perhaps with a fruit tart. The peach flavor is actually quite delicious, but would greatly benefit from some funk,must, yeast, etc. One dimensional in nature, this has potential. For now, it's a sweet fruit beer that is best in small doses.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:28:08 | More by Huhzubendah
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TheNapkin

Texas

2.4/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a nice dark gold/amber hue, perfectly white lacy head. Smell was appetizing, and the tartness of the lambic comes through initially before being swept up in a wave of sweet plum overtones. I thought that with most of the plums I find in the grocery store being somewhat tart that a plum lambic would be tart too. This was not the case. The beer was syrupy sweet, more like a plum Jolly Rancher. If you want to buy a beer to ease somebody into the lambic style, this might be it, but for people who want that sour punch, this beer should probably be avoided.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 00:18:30 | More by TheNapkin
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Mora2000

Texas

2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very heavy on the pears, plums and sugar. This beer smells like it may give me diabetes. The flavor is heavy on the plums and is very syrupy. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. While this may be a traditional lambic, don't think it is going to resemble a Cantillon or Drie Fonteinen.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:08:34 | More by Mora2000
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womencantsail

California

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is a cloudy light amber color with a large slightly off-white colored head.

S: An incredibly intense sweet plum aroma that has some notes of peaches. There is a bit of a honey note to this beer too, along with just a touch of sourness.

T: Things stay pretty much the same on the palate. The plums are incredibly sweet, much sweeter than most plums I've ever eaten and don't have that little bit of tartness. This is probably what leads me toward picking up some peach and honey. Tartness is really minimal, but at least the off-flavors are too.

M: The body is light to medium with a lively carbonation and a slightly sugary feel on the tongue.

D: I liked this one a fair amount. Good fruit flavor, and while sweet, it's not completely cloying or sickening. Plus, no vile off-flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 18:50:37 | More by womencantsail
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thierrynantes

France

3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer bottle (33 cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance : orange color, with white foamy head (not persistent).
Smell : notes of Mirabelles.
Taste and mouthfeel : sirup and mirabelles flavors.
Drinkability: average beer in the style commercial sweet "Lambic".

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 19:40:53 | More by thierrynantes
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet fruit (I don't specifically get plum, maybe apple and pear). Flavor is similar to a punched up apple juice. Slight sour prickliness. A touch of oak/wood in the finish. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Not spectacular nor that complex but super tasty! Certainly far from a nasty drain pour. These bad ratings are just sad. I don't understand them. I was initially frightened to try this beer, but now I know not to believe the silly warnings in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 17:15:13 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

1.7/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, light amber body with a fair amount of bubbles, but nothing to call a "head".

Smell: Here we go again! Expired ketchup, odious weeds, lacquer. At best, there's a vague fruit scent, but it's been laced with a suspiciously high amount of pure sugar.

"I'm too old for this..." --Roger Murtaugh

Taste: Excruciatingly saccharin sweet explosion, and for good reason, as little else could try to obscure the poor flavors rampant within. Cloying would be a gross understatement. Artificial plum flavoring. Hunt's Ketchup, castor oil, biodegradable plastic, old nickels, and a sneaky shot of wood varnish. I'm really left speechless.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Low level of carbonation.

Drinkability: A real stomach churner! I've always considered the Chapeau line-up to be one unfathomable horror after another and the Mirabelle is no exception. You may be rightfully wondering - will I have another Cheapeau fruit lambic in the future? Most likely! It's a bit like anticipating the latest horror film, I just can't wait to see what wicked nightmares and unending torment they can dream up next. Cantillon, take me away!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 22:02:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
78 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.