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Chapeau Framboise Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
82
good

92 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | 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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TheBeerdedCharmer

New York

1.75/5  rDev -51.7%

03-02-2014 16:26:02 | More by TheBeerdedCharmer
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -43.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 01:19:47 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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hotsudge

Ontario (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -37.8%

05-18-2013 03:04:07 | More by hotsudge
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largadeer

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

04-10-2014 05:25:31 | More by largadeer
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litheum94

California

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

03-30-2013 06:27:18 | More by litheum94
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PEBKAC

New York

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 01:02:04 | More by PEBKAC
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mjc410

Vermont

2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, near opaque, purple red. No head formed, just a ring around the glass. In the nose, it's wholly sour-sweet raspberry. The fruit smell really comes through, though. The high point. Taste is very acidic, with notes of oak, slight horseblanket, with of course an extreme raspberry flavor. It is sweet, but not to the point of cloying. Leaves a sweetness on the lips, but an uncomfortable acid burn in the throat. It's smooth an relatively light. More carbonation would be a plus. Overall, the high acidity just kills me, and makes even 6 oz more of a fight than a pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2006 11:48:33 | More by mjc410
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -24%

08-24-2013 02:56:27 | More by Satchboogie
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smcolw

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Good head and excellent lace. Very red and nearly brown. Cloudy with a lot of sentiment!

The overall smell is mainly sweet. The aroma reminds me of sour raspberry jam.

The flavor is very sweet. Reminds me of a cherry lifesaver. Frankly, it's too sweet to me, I think it could use some sour counter-balance. The sourness shows up only in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 02:25:56 | More by smcolw
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Bamabrew22

Alabama

2.83/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2007 16:23:48 | More by Bamabrew22
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Hugh37

Tennessee

3/5  rDev -17.1%

08-21-2013 20:15:58 | More by Hugh37
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WaydeRafnel

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-16-2012 01:07:41 | More by WaydeRafnel
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

09-13-2013 00:25:40 | More by acurtis
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2002 16:32:14 | More by Gusler
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Exiled

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-24-2011 18:09:29 | More by Exiled
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -17.1%

07-06-2014 02:43:00 | More by Latarnik
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Jack_Tripper86

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-10-2014 05:26:46 | More by Jack_Tripper86
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -17.1%

04-10-2014 05:49:46 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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SkunkWorks

New York

3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 02:08:21 | More by SkunkWorks
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falloutsnow

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 15:56:45 | More by falloutsnow
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Mora2000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 22:33:43 | More by Mora2000
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fattyre

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 18:16:56 | More by fattyre
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krkearney

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 02:20:26 | More by krkearney
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kojevergas

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 19:31:37 | More by kojevergas
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 19:55:03 | More by BeerImmediately
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Chapeau Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
82 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.