Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch
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Reviews by bcgoldtoe:
3.98/5 rDev +20.6%
Appearance and smell are of apple juice, as is the taste. It's thin and watery but very drinkable with a champagne type flavor and masking of alcohol. All in all, it's a nice example of a fruit lambic, but a little too fruity and could use more hops and malt.
06-18-2008 19:25:19 | More by bcgoldtoe
More User Reviews:
2.68/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
11-03-2010 04:08:34 | More by Mora2000
3.85/5 rDev +16.7%
(Served in a flute)
A- This beer has a hazy dark straw color with a snow white head that is thick and last and last.
S- The note of honey plums has a faint perfume quality with a slight earthiness make the fruit smell more fresh.
T- The taste of tarp plums is soft with a slight sour note and a nice light oak and wet wood finish.
M- This beer had a medium light mouthfeel that was pretty uneventful.
D- The fruit is soft and there is not a lot of depth to the flavor but it is not overly "wild" or overly sweet by any means.
06-13-2006 22:59:44 | More by rhoadsrage
New Zealand (Aotearoa)
3.45/5 rDev +4.5%
poured a lovely cloudy peach colour with strange dark specks (of yeast? mould?). god is it sweet however. the taste is quite good until the sweetness takes over. I suspect that one of the main things missing for any of our reviewers is knowledge of what the type of plum used actually tastes like, is quite possible that it is quite a sweet and mild tasting one.
Man in the store who reccommended this on the basis of "sweet little french girl who buys it all the time" said that she said that it is quite a regionally specific plum. The spiciness of the underlying lambic is still evident underneath the plum however. When I next procure myself a sweet thing I shall see what she thinks of this one.
06-10-2006 04:33:56 | More by jahsausage
4/5 rDev +21.2%
I served this fine Lambic beer in a regular “cristal” glass.
When I opened the bottle, a strong fruit scent became noticeable.
The colour of the beer is not easily described: It has a golden/bronze colour and it’s misty like a white.
Pouring only a very thin head came to be. And it vanished just as quick. It contained same large bubbles.
The scent can be easily described as a combination of sourness (from the “Lambiek”) and fruit (from the Mirabelle plum).
The taste is not balanced. The two main elements continuously fight for dominance. More fruity upfront, twisting with the sourness and ending quite dry.
The mouthfeel is sour-sweet and feels dry.
Again a real treat from the friendly brewers at De Troch.
05-11-2008 21:33:14 | More by Bierschenker
3.23/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
02-11-2012 08:45:10 | More by matjack85
3.63/5 rDev +10%
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. :)
06-15-2012 07:39:42 | More by PEBKAC
3.45/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
07-22-2012 19:03:05 | More by metter98
3.03/5 rDev -8.2%
12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first beer from Brouwerij De Troch, acquired this oddity at the local beer store for $4.99. Expectations are not great, based on the reviews of others.
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
A - The cork was rotten and soggy, but I managed to pull it out without getting too much cork particulate in the beer itself. The body is a cloudy orange color, with a finger of bubbly white head. Leaves behind hardly any lacing at all. The beer is more than likely on the old side, but still appears adequately carbonated. Not bad looking, for what it is. 3.5
S - The aroma is mainly comprised of a syrupy fruity sweetness. Not what I would identify as plum, more peachy and grapey than anything, I would say. 3
T - The taste follows the nose - syurpy, sugary, and fruity. Peach / apricot, white grapes, and what I assume is the mirabelle plums, though I'm not sure what they taste like exactly. There is a bit of musty rotten cork flavor imparted to the beer now also after all this time, but it's not overbearing. Not sour, funky, or yeasty in any of the ways that one would expect from a traditional lambic. 3
M - The feel is extremely sweet and sugary. Syrupy. Medium-bodied with low carbonation. 3
Overall, probably one of the poorest examples of an authentic Belgian lambic that I've yet tried.
Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic -----3/5.
08-18-2014 22:10:57 | More by mfnmbvp
3.93/5 rDev +19.1%
Appearance: Hazy yellow-brown color, with a paper-thin head, and profuse carbonation.
Aroma: Profound notes of earth, barn yard, and horse blanket, very musty, recalls the smell of decaying wood.
Taste: Plum is quite abundant in the taste from start to finish, with a syrupy-sweet quality, and a backdrop of musty, earthy notes. The earthy notes, tending towards horse blanket, become more intense as the taste progresses to its end. The musty quality lingers well past the end of the taste.
Mouth feel: Smooth, soft on the palate, very full, with only a slight touch of carbonation noted.
Drinkability/notes: Seemed to possess more of the typical lambic qualities than most fruit lambics that i have tried. Perhaps a good place to begin in experiencing the unique character of lambic beers.
Sampled as a part of the "Night of Chapeau", with my friend and fellow BA HardTarget.
11-20-2006 00:17:13 | More by Pegasus
2.4/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
07-24-2011 00:18:30 | More by TheNapkin
3.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
07-23-2012 21:57:08 | More by dbrauneis
3.85/5 rDev +16.7%
Pours a pale yellow with a small white head, that went away pretty quickly. All I can smell is a sour plum. Same in the taste, a sour, a little sugary plum. It is kind of wineish and very clean tasting, with no aftertaste. Lambics are really not my style, but I think I could drink this with breakfast.
08-12-2007 17:26:27 | More by OWSLEY069
3.5/5 rDev +6.1%
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.
09-12-2010 18:50:37 | More by womencantsail
2.91/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
02-23-2013 06:09:41 | More by Lemke10
3.18/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
11-12-2011 21:59:26 | More by jayhawk73
3.45/5 rDev +4.5%
Presentation: 12oz. green bottle, capped and corked. Made with the juice of plums added. Matured in oak casks. Golden appearance with no head to speak of. Mucho suspended yeasties. Fruity and musty aroma. Very sweet, fruity plum flavor. Too sweet for more than one IMHO. Those with a sweet tooth...this is your beer.
05-07-2002 12:53:07 | More by John
2.5/5 rDev -24.2%
Pours out a hazy, limpid amber, but one can't fault that in a lambic. Aroma is, frankly, a bit disgusting. Instead of plums, it smells like pickling vinegar to me, or maybe sour tomatoes. Not at all appetizing. Flavor is slightly better, but not much. A little more sense of plums comes through, with some residual sweetness. Finishes tart, with lingering sourness. Thin-bodied, typical for the style.
Some of the chapeau lambics are good, several are, well, "interesting". This has to be the worst of the bunch, however.
06-25-2006 21:36:43 | More by allengarvin
Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
77 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.