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Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 20.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.7/5  rDev -48%
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!

ChainGangGuy, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of hilgart1
1.75/5  rDev -46.5%

hilgart1, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Gueuzedude
1.99/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Gueuzedude, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of SVD
2/5  rDev -38.8%

SVD, Oct 22, 2014
Photo of Exiled
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of TheNapkin
2.4/5  rDev -26.6%
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.

TheNapkin, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

allengarvin, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of Mora2000
2.68/5  rDev -18%
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.

Mora2000, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.73/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12.7oz. bottle, corked 'n' crowned.
Appearance: clear honey-gold color, buzzing with carbonation, and a head that stands proud for a while, then fizzles.
Aroma: very shy, but definitely plummy, ripe and sweet, with accompanying sour .On the palate: greatly, mouth-puckeringly tart!, with fruity sweetness coming right in afterwards, but not sticking out nearly enough.
Plum flavor continues, but lays terribly low. Light in body, malt, hops, beer...
I've enjoyed other offerings from this lower-tier lambic brewer before, but this one has to be the most disappointing.
Right at the end, the sweetness gets cloying, as the sour loses it's pucker a bit. I almost don't feel like finishing it.

feloniousmonk, May 25, 2003
Photo of Lemke10
2.91/5  rDev -11%
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.

Lemke10, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Troublebar
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Troublebar, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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".

thierrynantes, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of francisweizen
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was quite tasty but just a little too sweet for me. This beer poured out a nice yellow translucent colour with almost no head. This smelled of sweet spiced plums, figs, sugars, and it tasted like more of the same; plum, horse blanket, sourness and tart sweetness. This had a very nice taste to it but it was just a little too sweet for me. This had a crisp mouthfeel and a nice drinkability as well. All in all this is quite a nice lambic beer that you should try if you like sweet beers!
Cheers!,
F.

francisweizen, Feb 15, 2003
Photo of Huhzubendah
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Carl_R
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Carl_R, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

mfnmbvp, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of jayhawk73
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

jayhawk73, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of matjack85
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

matjack85, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

harpus, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of jahsausage
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jahsausage, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of metter98
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

metter98, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of John
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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.

John, May 07, 2002
Photo of ManforallSaisons
3.5/5  rDev +7%

ManforallSaisons, Nov 16, 2014
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Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
77 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.