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Chapeau Framboise Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
82
good

103 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.57%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 51
Photo of DavidHume
1.64/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Vivid red, with a rapidly dissipating head. Chemical raspberry aroma, with strong notes of nail polish remover. The taste is sweet, with more of the same chemical notes. Vile.

Photo of Al_M
4.57/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oak cask notes are huge

Photo of Roguer
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Almost negligible head, more some bubbles than any proper firm head. Brew is a reddish-brown, fairly light yet earthy in color, hazy, and active.

Huge raspberry aroma, more so than any other Framboise lambic I've had (an admittedly small sample set). Pits and seeds, a bit of syrup, and wheat round out the aroma. And wild yeast aromas elude me.

Flavor is spot-on, although as the nose implied, this beer is much, much heavier on the raspberry flavor and much lighter on any lambic funkiness. Almost syrupy in fruit representation, the raspberries tend toward the sweeter side, although there is a pleasant tartness, including a lingering finish.

Fairly light in body with a syrupy stickiness. Somewhat flat in the mouth, but yet not dead, either. Refreshing, with a long, sticky, tart finish.

I have less experience with lambics than most other styles, so I can only somewhat rate to style. The flavor is excellent, the ABV low, and the drinkability high. That said, for a lambic, there is virtually no yeast presence - no funkiness, no mustiness, nothing. The beer is so low that there is little real malt presence in the body. The emphasis is almost entirely on a syrupy raspberry profile, and while that comes out pleasing, it also comes out lacking.

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle at Lexington Beerworks (KY)
Dark red-brown color with a decent head and lacing.

Strong raspberry aroma with hints of cherries, jam and cooked rapberries plus a very slight funk.

Flavor: Follows the nose. Strong and dominant raspberry flavor. Mildly sweet, with a near perfect level of sweetness given the limited tartness.

Light body; medium carbonation.

O: excellent raspberry flavor despite a less promising aroma.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with no head at all, this beer also has very, very little carbonation. The beer itself is a very light reddish brown with lots of lightness in color around the edges of the glass.

The nose is probably the best part of this beer, it smells exactly like ripe, fresh, raspberries. There is also just a hint of funk around the edges, not much, and its largely crowded out by sweet raspberry, but its there.

This beer is very, very sweet up front, it tastes like super ripe raspberry. After this initial burst of sweetness there is just a hint of acidity and funk, its not much and it doesn't linger on the aftertaste the way many good lambic beers do, but it is there buried under the initial sweetness.

This beer is ok. I enjoyed it, but it was much, much sweeter than I was expecting. I don't know how this particular beer is created, but it is much more towards the sweet side than the funky. I would give it a 1/10 on the sour scale.

For the price ($7.50 for a 530ml) it was a pretty decent beer. I probably wouldn't buy it again though.

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear reddish amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with an eighth of an inch high rosé head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the taste.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of sweet raspberries. No tartness is present.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and isn't overly sweet or have flavors that seem artificial, although it does get sweeter as the beer warms up.

Photo of DavidST
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12.7 oz bottle into a flute glass, unknown bottle date and the cork was completely soaked. This pours a murky reddish brown color with a light pink head which foams up large then quickly fizzes down. The smells are mostly of tart raspberries, with a little funk, some vinegar and perhaps a hint of brett. The feel is medium to light. Luckily the taste isn't completely "corked" like I first feared, I get a load of tart raspberries on the tongue followed by the tart vinegar and the hints of brett. This was better than I expected.

Photo of falloutsnow
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Beertopia in Omaha, NE
No visible bottled on date
Poured into a fluted glass

De Troch's Chapeau Framboise is a fairly typical, sweet-style take on the fruit lambic style. The sweetness of the fruit and the flavor of the raspberry is over-emphasized by the natural raspberry flavoring, and the sour and wild qualities of the lambic base are largely ignored in favor of these characters. Perhaps a good introduction for those wading into this style, but as someone who prefers more sour, vinegar, and other lacto- flavors, I see no need to revisit.

Pours a 1cm head of small and medium-sized bubbles, whitish-pink in color. Head descends rather quickly, leaving no lacing or residuum. Body is pinkish red with a tinge of purple. I chose not to pour the dregs in, so the body remains clear; carbonation is easily visible because of this.

Aroma is high on the raspberry, or "natural raspberry flavor," as the case may be. Overall presentation is sweet and raspberry-like, a bit like a liquid raspberry "hard candy." No detection of sourness or other "wildness."

Taste follows smell, with dominant flavor being of raspberry. Reminded, several times, of a sugar "hard candy" with raspberry flavoring, which is essentially what this consists of. Mild tartness in the back of the palate on closing out each sip, reminding you that this is indeed a lambic base.

Beer's body is medium-light to medium. Mouthfeel is very pleasant, soft: the carbonation creates a gentle foaming on the palate, rendering this quite smooth and pillowy. Finish is rather dry, slightly sticky.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml into chalice.

Pours with a pretty typical framboise appearance... faint pink film over a slightly opaque, deep pink to ruby body. No visible carbonation. Touch of lacing.

Aroma is strong and sweet. Fresh raspberry, light musty quality (hay), and a touch of oak. Pretty inviting if you're into sweeter beers.

Flavor is pure Jolly Rancher candy. A bit sweet, but there is a touch of tart pucker. Mouthfeel is pretty thick and syrupy, given the style / ABV.

If you need a dessert beer that won't get you hammered, this is a decent one. Not terribly expensive, either.

Photo of matjack85
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL had a sale on all the Chapeau lambics, so I picked out 6 of them. $4.99 for each 12oz green bottle (reg price $5.99). No freshness date.

The beer poured a dark red garnet color but made only a thin white rim for a head, and even that dissipated in less than 5 seconds. There was absolutely zero lacing on the glass.

Wow! No doubt this is a raspberry beer. If there's anything in here besides raspberries you sure can't smell it. The raspberries are overpowering.

The label says they use fresh raspberries in here and I believe it. Fresh raspberry taste along with plenty of that Belgian lambic yeast for tartness. Tastes like a raspberry sweet tart or jolly rancher with plenty of puckering sourness. Very good.

Light, crisp, and refreshing with a welcoming medium high level of carbonation to help cut through the sweetness.

Finally a Chapeau lambic that tastes like a lambic. Not crazy about all the other Chapeau offerings, but this one is spot on.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cork was soaked through.

Even a relatively high pour yielded minimal white suds. Body is very dark hazy red-amber. No lace.

Aroma is spot-on, tart, mellowed raspberry.

Sour, pretty funky, and raspberry that doesn't beat you over the head. Nice clean finish despite being quite sweet and sour; this doesn't coat your mouth or demand to be chased with water.

Minimal carbonation, very fine-grained. Given the state of the cork and absence of head, I'm not sure this is normal.

This is what it sets out to be, and it's pretty good. The wet cork is worrisome though; not sure what's to blame for that but thanks to the cap, all remains well.

Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the best of the Chapeau lambics I have tried.

The beer pours a pinkish color with a white head. The aroma is full of tart raspberries with a little bit of sugar mixed in. The flavor is actually not too bad. It is a mix of sweet and sour raspberries, although the sugar is pretty artificial tasting. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chapeau Framboise

12 oz bottle. Served in a lindemans flute. Pours a deep reddish color with a pink head and lacing down the glass. Aroma of sweet raspberries. In the taste, sweet fruity raspberries with a small tartness upfront and a touch of sourness in the finish. Fairly sweet lasting the duration, but the aftertaste leaves a more-ish sour note. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and light bodied with a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, not a bad Framboise. A little sweet. The nice fruity tang and modest ABV make this an ideal breakfast beer.

Photo of LaCoursiere
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First time reviewing a Lambic style beer.

No date of any kind. 12 oz bottle

A - Poured nice and clear ruby read with pink hues. It formed a think pink head and produced very little lacing.

S - Very fruity with cranberry, raspberry and faint notes of cherry and blackberry. There was a distinct Jolly Rancher scent as well.

T - Raspberry and grape sweetness up front with that Jolly Rancher taste in the middle. A bit of astringency in the tart apple finish.

M - Med-heavy that felt slick up front. Light carbonation took over then finished slightly dry.

O/D - This was my first time drinking a Lambic so I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Th fruity character was over the top with good sweet and tart elements. I found the Jolly Rancher character particularly crazy. I would drink this again for sure.

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into Chimay goblet in the Oslo pub in Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: Half finger tan-colour head of very poor retention (especially considering the low ABV). Dark red colour.

Sm: Overpowering raspberry scent. Pleasant.

T: Raspberry body with sweet tart finish. Simple but sweet. Not difficult to balance, being only one note. Pungent and strong for the style, but a bit simple to be of truly good build. A standard lambic, but not an exceptional one.

Mf: Decently coarse and rather wet. More dryness might coax out the flavour, but at the same time a lambic ought to be refreshing. It's a hard balance to navigate, and this beer doesn't do so as successfully as it should.

Dr: Easily downable but of very low ABV. Its sheer expense, particularly in Ireland, will keep you away.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.09/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz green bottle, corked and capped. Served in a Cantillon wine glass. $7.00 for the single.

A: A small bright head practically fizzes out before it can even sustain itself. A slender white ring of tiny bubbles remains as the collar. The body is a medium dark yet faded plum color and it is 100% opaque. Minimal lacing.

S: Raspberry followed by, umm, plenty more raspberry. Luckily the aroma come off very natural and not artificial like some less successful lambics. Slightly one dimensional but light scents of lime come through beneath the dominant raspberry. A long, sustained inhale brings about some very clean alcohol, starfruit and something stale.

T: Overly sweet. Again, one dimensional.

M: Sticky sweet with not enough effervesence to cut through the syrupy texture. Moderate tartness and mildly acetic.

D: Tasty at one sip and tiring after a few more. Too sweet for my tastes.

Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Lindeman's flutes.

A- Nice, natural raspberry color. Thin, retained white head does not fade.

S- Raspberries are evident as is a much more beer-y aroma, although however slight.

T- Very nice sour raspberry that is much more natural and satisfying than the alternatives. The sour shines through much more and this is a good beer to transition from fruity lambic to Belgian sours. Slight vinegar notes.

M- Lower level of carbonation is representative of the style and it is smooth on the tongue.

D- Very high drinkability and a nice beer for those who don't like beers.

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is a dark reddish color with an off-white head that has some decent retention, actually.

S: Reminiscent of Lindeman's Framboise, but maybe a little bit less sugary and a little bit more tartness. Raspberry jam and a hint of vinegar.

T: Again, thoughts of Lindeman's come to mind when I taste the beer. It's sweet raspberry jam and a hint of cranberry juice, too. Some slight vinegar tartness and a bit of a corky mustiness.

M: The body is medium with a sugary stickiness and a low level of carbonation.

D: Eh, this was a beer that is not bad flavor-wise, especially compared to the other Chapeau beers, but the sweetness can become overwhelming.

Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a beer. I've been really disappointed with previous fruit beers I've tried, so this was quite nice.

A: Pours maroon, with thin lacing. Could easily be confused for juice, if not for the lacing.

S: A bit of malt, but mostly raspberry.

T: Awesome. Lots and lots of fruity raspberry, finishing with a note of malt. Sweet and refreshing.

D: Medium carbonation and body. Highly drinkable on its own. Probably would be appreciated even by individuals who don't generally enjoy beer.

Photo of BourbonStreet
5/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great raspberry lambic. One of my favorite brands. Poured with a beautiful deep color and nice head. Didn't love the little bits of raspberry floating around, but at least I know they used raspberries and not artificial flavors. The smell and taste did taste fresh. The lambic has a wonderful tartness, although it might be too tart for some. Nice sweetness, although again, probably too sweet for some. Try with a piece of chocolate. Like the best dessert you've ever had in your life!

Photo of SkunkWorks
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first lambic aside from the Sam Adam's "Lambic" so take the review with a grain of salt. From notes:

Poured into a wine glass.

Thin, red head. Body is dark red, appearing like red wine. Head retention is very weak and it leaves behind no lacing. The aroma is all raspberry and nothing else. The taste is intensely raspberry with a lot of sweetness up front and some sourness in the finish. Overall, way too sweet and way too much raspberry for my tastes. Its fairly medium bodied, lightly carbonated (almost no carbonation) and fairly unbalanced as there's no bitterness to balance out the sweetness. The drinkability is high on this one since it basically tastes like a wine cooler.

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, maroon color and amber along the bottom of the color. 1/4 inch head of a pink color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of raspberries, sweet malt, and slight tart malt. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, raspberries, tart malt, and slight acid. Overall, great fresh raspberry flavor and good tartness. Less of a lambic and more of a fruit beer, but still very good.

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a ruby color and a slightly cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Deecent lacing.

S: Smelled of little more than strawberries. Pleasant, though.

T: A fair taste of strawberries and a slightly vinegary quality. Not bad.

M: Typical of lambics, this one was highly carbonated and had a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: On the whole, this is a light, lively, drinkable lambic. Not one that will knock your socks off, but solid.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The exact same alcohol content of Robitussin... interesting.

First off, a pain to open. Capped & corked Juicy Juice justifying it's price tag.

A strong sizzle on the pour & then it rushes back down. A murky rusted brown, it's full of floaters ...chewy.

Raspberries steeped in simple sugar, with a touch of tartness & vinegar. I smell cherry Lifesavers too. It smells wonderfully juicy.

Cider vinegar up front, but then a bum rush of cherry grape Juicy Juice that's just loaded with sugar. After shaking that off, the raspberries come through with a good blend of tart & sour & sweet, in that order of concentration. A dry woody finish helps wipe the initial horrible impression from my mouth, but not my mind.

Almost, but I just can't get past those traumatizing juice box summer camp memories fast enough.

Photo of krkearney
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a deep ruby with hints of brown, topped with a fairly small off-white head. Tangy raspberry syrup aroma; with raspberry seed, cork and some mustiness. Aroma is a bit on the syrupy sweet side. Flavor is sweet-tart, reminiscent of raspberry candy, with not much else going on. Although it's not quite cloying, it's still too sweet for me. It is otherwise easy to drink, with medium body and little carbonation. Too sweet for me.

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Chapeau Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
82 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.