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Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 20.49%
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 womencantsail
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 12, 2010
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 LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jul 14, 2009
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 scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours only a faintly hazey pilsner yellow with barely any bubbling. Dry fruity aroma. Lemon peels, faint plums, and apple skins all mixed with a little talc. Plus a funky question markthat I can't define specifically as just...lambic. Can't get past the green apple skin flavor that mixes very well with a dry, yellow plum. Then add the funky, earthy, barnyardy finish. You've got a true fruit lambic. Great dryness and fruitiness make a good palate for this lambic. Good summer beer.

scruffwhor, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of bcgoldtoe
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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.

bcgoldtoe, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Bierschenker
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Bierschenker, May 11, 2008
Photo of Onslow
4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet light fruit smell, very nice ... lacing is medium, colour is of peach juice ... wonderful flavour, sweet and refreshing ... tangy! ... a delightful beer that i would drink all the time if it wasn't so expensive!... i would like to try more beers with the mirabelle in it, seems like this is a great match!!

Onslow, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.73/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Thick, hazy butterscotch color beer. Fizzy cap that leaves tiny dots of lace.

S - Vinegar. Rancid fruit -- like a trash compactor. Funky. Wood, wet cardboard. Unripe green fruit. Aroma scared me.

T - Sour. High acidity. Sugary, tangy fruit. Musty. Hard to pick out the plums. Tast banana and over-ripe fruit. Plants. Wood. The flavor is much different than the aroma.

M - Medium body. Mid-level carbonation. High acid. Long acidic fruity finish. Fairly dry.

D - Decent drinkability. Definitely unique.

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.93/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Pegasus, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of HardTarget
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle: notes oak cask aging

Aroma: Firm brown mustard seed, wooden mustiness, and hint of urine. Wow, very different. Funky as James Brown’s socks.

Appearance: Very hazy amber orange glass gives large bubbled head with a firm pour that leaves little wisps of head

Flavor: Wild plum syrup sweetness runs through a farm. Wet hay and horse blanket give a very firm Lambic grounding.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, firm pucker

Overall Impression: Funky enough to make a lambic drinker happy, fruity but moderate sweetness, maybe just that the sweetness is overwhelmed by all the funk. You have to either really like funk or plums to get this one.

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

HardTarget, Oct 30, 2006
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 rhoadsrage
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 12, 2006
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 MrSeth
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large tulip shaped glass a hazy grapefruit juice color (earthy pink) some loose debris with no head, just a few bubbles and very little suds around the glass.

The nose is juicy, just-ripe pears and apples. On first sip there is a decent amount carbonation hiding in that haziness.. a heavy bodied and chewy mouthfeel with a dessert sweet, spicy apple pie flavor. A good digestif.

MrSeth, May 01, 2005
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 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 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
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Chapeau Mirabelle Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
77 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.