Chapeau Framboise Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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88
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

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 nmann08
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle, pours a light brown color with a hint of red, translucent with a thin wispy head.

The smell is all rapsberries, a little cheese, a little syrup. It has this chemical smell to it, like fake raspberry.

The flavor is sweet, syrupy, raspberries, goat cheese. It isn't overly tart, but sugary going down. Overall, this is ok. A hard style to really knock out of the park, but its decent. (405 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (2,050 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (806 characters)

Photo of smcolw
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a dark, hazy raspberryish red, with a small, if extant at all, head. Aroma speaks a different story: vast, sharp and tart, and all raspberry. Got to give it to De Troch, they can nail a flavor! It's all there and it's all reaspberry! Full-on flavor, too, very sweet, though many will discredit a sweet beer, or an un-sour lambic, for that matter. I think it's fine, though not near the best.
Encompasses as interesting region of brew, for which we take a vacation from the consideration of other beers. Hops, malt, body, texture, etcetera, don't play as important a part as they might elsewhere, and we suspend our judgement. It's a light, dessert beer, and tastes of fruit, doing that job quite well. And it's good for that, too! (740 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.87/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (444 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -12%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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. (473 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.02/5  rDev +12%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured hazy ruby brown color with little head, make that no head. The aroma when first poured had a slight skunk to it. After a few minutes of warming the aroma of raspberries and lambic are noticeable. Also present is a cork aroma. The flavor is raspberries and slight sourness. The finish is raspberry and dry. The body is very light and the beer very flat. The drinkability is good.

This beer does not have the attributes I normally associate with a lambic. It is fairly one dimensional.

Heavy 12.7 ounce green bottle. Had a large crown cap and a cork underneath. Lots of dark sediment in bottom of bottle. (625 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +5%
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. (475 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (1,300 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.23/5  rDev +17.8%
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. (985 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (757 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.2/5  rDev +17%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,258 characters)

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Chapeau Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
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