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Chapeau Framboise Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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52 Reviews
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Reviews: 52
Hads: 110
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 24.02%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-07-2001

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Photo of BourbonStreet
5/5  rDev +39.7%
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!

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Photo of BrandonWardlaw
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This lambic has a truly dark red/amber color. It has a small but long lasting head and great lacing. Its clarity is cloudy to very cloudy depending on how it is poured, since their is a great yeast cake sitting on the bottom.

It has an almost overwhelming smell of rasberries almost like a rasberry candy.

The inital taste as it hits your tongue is full of distinct rasberries, however as it hits the back of your tongue you get the distinct sourness that only a lambic can offer.

Its carbonation is slighly low, but appropriate due to the high sourness flavor.

The only downfall I see in this lambic is the aftertaste is almost like you just ate a Vitamin C--very acid like. I found the best way to resolve this is to have another sip! :)

I highly recommend anyone to try this beer if they have never tasted a lambic.

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Photo of MrSeth
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an earthy purple-pinkish color with a pink head that rises about an inch and fizzles leaving an impressive 1/8" head that lasts a good while.

The aroma is wonderful! Winey rasberry, sharp, borderline pungent.

The taste is equally as nice a surprise. Huge fruit (!), so full in flavor that it qualifies as a complete dessert in a bottle. The mouthfeel has a heavy-ish body, sweet and very fruity with a slight malt edge and a hearty amount of carbonation keeping all the weight of this beer moving across the tongue.

Towards the end there is a slight musk.. it's not as forward as it can be in some examples of the style. It actually goes quite nicely with the sweet fruit flavors, backing them up more than competing with them.

I would love one of these after dinner. It is too far into the sweet and heavy side for a casual session. Very good for what it is though.

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Photo of matjack85
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: notes oak cask aging. When I pulled the cork, white carbonation bubbles seeped out of the bottom of the cork for a good long while, interesting.

Aroma: Rich fruit, mostly raspberry, raspberry seeds, some wet cork and a nice background Lambic funk gives a nice level of complexity.

Appearance: Very hazy red brown glass holds a tan/brown head.

Flavor: Tart! Great sweet-sour raspberry zing with a firm farmyard background to keep it from going cloy.

Mouthfeel: Almost creamy, good carbonation level, slight pucker

Overall Impression: Fruity dessert beer with a good lambic base. Even my wife liked it! Pick of the litter of the Chapeau beers.

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

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Photo of budgood1
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in my attempt to introduce my girlfriend to the wide world of beer, i suggested she try a lambic, as she likes a variety of fruit beers and i also had never tried a lambic. i found this beer very satisfying. a very cloudy, juicy looking concoction that had a wonderful raspberry aroma. it tasted sweet like juice, with a slight tartness that was appealing. i wouldn't want to drink more than one or two due to the sweetness, but it would be delicious for breakfast. i look forward to trying others within the style and will occasionally buy different ones to experiment with.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rasberry jammy rust and amber. Very quick head that disappears right after the pour. One bubble a second. The aroma is a a great tart rasberry preserve mixed with some grany smith apples with just a touch of gypsum. The first sip is apple and pineapple tart with a very big splash of dark rasberries. The palate is just a litle wax and sticky. But that is just perfect for a fruit lambic beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of buckiflyer
3.99/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Candied raspberry red with pinkish orange highlights when backlit with morning sunshine. The pastel pink head is on the small side and looks like the heads on most fruit lambics that I've run across. It lacks any sort of interesting features and isn't tacky enough to deposit any lace.

The nose is wonderful and smells exactly like what it is: a raspberry-infused fruit beer that has been aged in oak. I could smell the sweet, tangy, bursting berry essence as soon as I poured, and it's even more appealing up close. If the flavor follows suit, this might be one of my favorites of the Chapeau line.

Framboise may be too sweet for some (in fact, I'm sure it is), but I love it. It's both immensely sugary sweet and terrifically teasingly tart at the same time. The latter keeps the former from being overwhelming. There's just enough oakiness to give it a hint of complexity and to identify it as a Brouwerij De Troch product.

If you like sweetened raspberries, what's not to like? As anticipated, I'm enjoying this offering as much as the banana and plum versions. I'm glad this is only a 12 ounce bottle, however, because it's slow going with so much sugar present. I don't usually find it necessary to sip such low ABV beer. Framboise would be great for dessert and would go well with a fudge brownie and/or vanilla bean ice cream.

It's not surprising that the mouthfeel is full and sticky. Those who enjoy sweet fruit beer will probably find a lot to like since this much sugar is bound to provide a viscous mouthfeel. Those who abhor sweet beer will probably hate it. Count me a member of the first camp. Drinkability... depends. I've decided to score it according to 'desirability of' rather than 'ease of'.

Chapeau Framboise Lambic isn't any sort of real lambic, but it is framboisy as all get out. Although it can't hold a candle to New Glarus Raspberry Tart, nothing else that I've ever had can either. It's too bad these De Troch beers are so expensive because delicious, mildly complex fruit beer isn't that easy to come by.

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Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very attractive appearance. Deep, deep red with no room for hues. Large, copious head which would persist and leave delicate lacing. Aroma of raspberries and lambic yeast. Very nice. A gentle tartness in the aftertaste. Not as sweet as others in the raspberry game! Even using the word 'juice' implies too sweet or sugary, this was a very authentic fruit-lambic. Flavour is strong as well. A striking authentic feature to this one. Surprisingly heavy mouthfeel for a fruit beer (especially one of only 3%) Very impressed and rate this very high for a fruit beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of rattech
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A dark brown with a strong hint of red. A small head forms and then quickly dissipates. It appears slightly cloudy, nothing impressive in my book.

Smell: Sweet and floral with an overwhelming raspberry scent. I am biased toward the smell of raspberries, while it smells delicious the aroma isn’t as raspberry filled as I would like.

Taste: The first thing that hits my tongue is sweet followed by a strong tartness. The raspberry is defiantly there but to me it isn’t the dominant flavor, the tartness is. I do like the way this tastes, and it reminds me of Lindemans.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy with plenty of little bubbles. It has a definite soda like quality and I personally find it too thick for the mood I am in.

Drinkability: A bit too acidic for my tastes and a bit too thick. I would possibly be able to drink a 2nd 12 ounce bottle but I am not sure (and I do not have one so it is a moot point).

I need to compare this head to head with lindemans to get a better judge of what I think of it as it is similar.

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Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of DavidST
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of jameaterblues
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- The bottle was capped with an over sized bottle cap, and under the cap was a cork. The beer poured a brownish red with pink hints....thin reddish white head, and light lacing.
S- Strong raspberry (as expected), other red fruit (maybe cherry or other berries), and a little oak.
T- Rich raspberry....very sweet, but the tartness of the raspberry is a nice contrast(and a very nice aftertaste). Light coco hints. This would be perfect with chocolate or as a desert all my itself.
M/D- Fairly thick body, almost syrupy. Moderate carbonation. Not something to drink everyday, but very nice on occasion.

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Photo of LaCoursiere
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color, tinted slightly red, with a tan head. Aroma is strongly strawberry, with some nice musty lambic scent. Very sweet raspberry flavor, but no particular lambic flavors apart from acidic tartness. High carbonation and a spritzy mouthfeel.

I enjoy sweetened lambics, though I prefer a more traditional one. This one is not bad, but not much stands out compared to Belle-vue, Lindemans, or Liefmans, unfortunately the most common varieties in stores in the US.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - 1" purple tinted head. Falls to a ring quickly. No lace. Purple-red colored lambic.

S - Syrupy raspberry wrapped in funkiness.

T - Rich raspberry and sour lemon fruit. Acidic and tangy. Lots of funky wood.

D - Medium bodied round mouthfeel. Mid to high levels of carbonation. Sweet.

D - OK drinkabilty.

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Chapeau Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
82 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.