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Chapeau Framboise Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
82
good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001)
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Reviews by chinchill:
Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

chinchill, Apr 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burgundy with a brownish tint with a decent sticky head,aroma is mainly of reat tart fresh raspberries pretty appetizing.Taste is pretty acidic of tart fresh picked raspberries with a hint of woodiness in the finish,a good balance of sweetness and acidity.A nice easy drinking raspberry lambic not an everyday thing for me but this one I really liked.

oberon, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12.7 oz green mini magnum bottle that is corked and capped, “Authentic Lambic Beer” stated on the label also the ingredients are : water, malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar, flavour, raspberry (20%). “Best before end” freshness date marked on the back label.

Appearance: The colour lays somewhere between burgundy and brick red, cloudy to the point of being murky in a way. Thin bubbly lace has a pinch of pink colour to it, some champagne like bubbles force their way to the top.

Smell: Aromas of raspberry puree or syrup, tart and yeasty with undertones of horse blanket and mustiness.

Taste: Moderate body with a touch of syrupiness in the start, semi crisp and smooth mouth feel from the tiny bubbles. Subtle sweetness of raspberries upfront quickly gets a one-two punch of tartness to give the mouth a puckering sensation. Small hint of barn yard / horse blanket flavour in the middle, hops are not noticeable. Yeast plays around in the back and becomes more prominent in the finish. Light suggestion of grain towards the finish as the tartness fades.

Notes: Perfect balance of tartness and fruit sweetness, very true to style and seems to been on the lighter scale in comparison to some of the more boisterous and some times overly syrupy fruit lambics which makes it an even better pick to pair up with a Sunday brunch.

Jason, Sep 07, 2001
Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Hugh37
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Hugh37, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Bamabrew22
2.83/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was my first trip into the world of lambics, and I gather that they are an acquired taste.

Cap and cork to open it up. Poured pretty thick into the glass with a murky brown color and little to no head. Smell was of fresh raspberries with an acidic bite. Tasted like fruit juice with alcohol in it, really acidic and effervescent fruit juice. Could definitely perceive the sourness of the lactic yeast coming through which seemed to fight with the pectins and acid in the raspberries. This one was a tough one to drink for me, but I'd like to try others before I give up on the style. Won't be my last lambic.

Bamabrew22, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of ADR
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a choice of fruits and raspberry is my favorite jam, so...

Cap and a cork on the bottle. Opaque and murky maple syrup color, some dark chunks. Initial carbonation was gone pretty soon, little to no head. Very raspberry aroma. Flavor is of fruit but was very fresh. I could almost taste the seeds and some stems. Medium body, a little cloying but there was minimal beer quality other than a slight malt muskiness in taste and up the nasal passages. Astringent at finish. Because there was no over-sweetness to it, I'll give this Lambic a head's up on a lot of American Fruit/Wheat brews. I tried to give it a medium high score as my skills at evaluating Lambics are minimal. Not a beer for me but its fun to taste unique styles in the world of beer.

ADR, May 22, 2002
Photo of WaydeRafnel
3/5  rDev -17.4%

WaydeRafnel, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -17.4%

acurtis, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

mdaschaf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

TheSupremeAJ, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of zaphodchak
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

zaphodchak, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +10.2%

zonker17, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of fattyre
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear reddish orange with a white clingy dissipating head and a moderate mouthfeel. The smell is tart and winey with overwhelming raspberry. The taste is very slightly sour with SWEET raspberry- very much like a jolly rancher candy. An okay framboise that would definitely benefit from having the sweetness toned back quite a bit.

fattyre, Mar 26, 2003
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
2.05/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

gtermi, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of matjack85
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

matjack85, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of PEBKAC
2.65/5  rDev -27%
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.

PEBKAC, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Dracook
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Dracook, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

largadeer, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ScaryEd
4/5  rDev +10.2%

ScaryEd, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

metter98, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of buckiflyer
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased bottle in Summerville, South Carolina at Bill's Liquor store on sale for 2.50 marked down from 4.95. Figure for the price this was a good oppportunity to try my first Lambic. Bottle came capped and corked. Poured a cloudy light brown color. Rasberry smell hit me immediately. Small carbonated head with long lasting lacing. Sweet first taste followed by malt adn then finishes with an oak after taste. Light mouthfeel. To me it is the perfect balance of wine and beer. Good to drink on a hot summer evening.

buckiflyer, Jul 20, 2005
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't see through the "Purple Haze", little purplish head and some lace. Ripe raspberry nose, sweet, the front cloyingly sweet, the top skeletal, finish is sour chased by the sweetness, light acidity, but the best I've tasted from this brewery, I can at least drink this one. As not to appear totally negative in relation to this breweries beer, I think they would make decent “Desert” beers and many might like the fruity sweetness.

Gusler, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy ruby-brown color, with a small white head, thick glass-coating lace, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Profound aroma of raspberry hard candy, with a must and earth note, also, but definitely secondary to the raspberry aromas.

Taste: Opens with a sharp, sweet candy-like raspberry flavor, again, much like raspberry hard candy, later in the taste there is a tangy, sour note, along with some barnyard and horse blanket notes, as is entirely appropriate for the lambic style. Towards the finish, even a flavor of raspberry seed manifests itself.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and quite full, with slight, soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A very nice example of the style. Comparison's of Chapeau Framboise Lambic with Lindeman's Framboise are inevitable. To me, Chapeau seems a bit more over-the-top than Lindeman's, but is, nonetheless, superbly crafted, and well worth a try. The only notable shortcoming is that the raspberry flavor seems a touch artificial, which I am sure it is not.

Sampled as a part of the "Night of Chapeau", with my friend and fellow BA HardTarget.

For BeerAdvocates seeking to interest ladies in craft-brewed beer, it should be noted that my fiancée and the lovely wife of my fellow BA HardTarget both liked this beer very much.

Pegasus, Nov 20, 2006
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Chapeau Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
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