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Chapeau Framboise Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
83
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 16.02%
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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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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 westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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!

Photo of Mora2000
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.

Photo of smcolw
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.

Photo of kojevergas
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
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 biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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 harpus
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Gusler
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Chapeau Framboise Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
83 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.