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Chapeau Fraise Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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Reviews: 38
Hads: 63
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 15.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Gusler on 11-16-2002

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Photo of chinchill
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle at Lexington Beerworks (KY)

Medium orange-amber, clear. Decent head and lacing

Very clear strawberry aroma, but more cooked, frozen or jam than fresh but appealing nonetheless.

Flavor: as with the aroma, various forms of strawberries with little else. Sweet but with some tartness. Sweetness seems appropriate to other aspects of the flavor profile.
Near medium body; well-set medium carbonation. (419 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is essentially clear yellowish amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of acing in the center and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate amount of strawberry aromas are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell and is dominated by strawberry flavors that don't really seem that artificial.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a nice and easy drinking lambic. The favor is quite simple, but I liked it because its not sweet. (621 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12.7 oz bottle poured into a flute

A- A hazy/murky red/light brown with a small off white head.

S- Strawberry jam, fairly sweet, a little tart, touch of vinegar.

T- Sweet strawberry jam, vinegar, kind of messy, tart.

M- Crisp, light body.

O- This is average and pricey. If it was cheaper I would pick it up, but it would have to be a lot cheaper. (351 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like watered down port wine or a light cherry wine cooler...a faded red color. The head is thin and fleeting with the slightest hint of red.

I don't care for lambic, but I can work with the smell. It's a combination of strawberry and vinegar.

Surprisingly good. I expected a serious pucker but it never happened. It simply tastes like tart strawberries, no offensive vinegar flavor.

No carbonation and no alchol, it really tastes like strawberry juice. No hop presence, no malt backbone, it's simply fruit juice.

Nothing to write home about. It's not good and it's not bad...it's barely a beer. (605 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chapeau Fraise Lambic

LOOK: Pours a mostly lifeless pale reddish color with very little head but some carbonation rising.

SMELL: An inviting aroma of strawberry marmalade or puree. There is little else to note.

TASTE: Sweet strawberry flavor, twang of tartness, sherry, mild soggy oak. Manages to get just enough of a tang to remain a lambic and not soda, the strawberry flavor is there.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied, slightly syrupy and carbonated enough.

OVERALL: A pretty fair lambic. I enjoy strawberry flavored things particularly so this was alright. (556 characters)

Photo of matjack85
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

They were having a Chapeau sale at Sal's Liquors in Addison, IL so I picked up a bunch of flavors to try. $4.99 for all their 375ml corked and capped green bottles (reg. price $5.99). No freshness date.

This one poured a cloudy pink lemonade color with zero head and zero lacing. Not much to look at.

Smells like strawberry jam, but not too overpowering. It is a strawberry lambic, so it''s supposed to smell like strawberries, but I can't smell anything else.

Strawberry jam flavor with sweet tarts added. More sweet than sour, but not syrupy. Enough puckering sourness to make it drinkable, but it could have benefited from the use of more of that funky Belgian yeast flavor.

Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

Certainly won't get much of a buzz from this at just 3% alcohol, but can't really drink more than one at a time due the sweetness. (860 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the vegetables with some strawberry notes mixed in. The vegetable notes are something I get from a lot of the Chapeau lambics. The flavor is heavy on the sweet, sugary strawberries with some grass and vegetable notes. Light tartness, but overall the beer is still pretty sweet. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. (387 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

375ml green glass cork and capped champagne bottle. No date. Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL. Never heard of this brand before.

Pours a muddy brown color, like cinnamon dissolved in water. Nose smells like strawberry preserves and fruit roll-up candies. Palate is sweet then sour then sweet. A bit of funkiness comes out after the sugar shock subsides. Wood and mulch then back to strawberry jam. Better than a Lindemans but still in the sweet lambic category. (Rated against all fruited lambics including the sweetened ones.) (542 characters)

Photo of Erish
1.92/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured this 12 oz. (capped and corked) into a Chimay goblet. No freshness date evident.

A: murky, apple cider like color, almost no head with minimal cap and lacing.

S: applesauce and strawberry jam.

T: weird clove-like spiced cider, there is a distinct barnyard flavor that is quite unpleasant, as well as a band-aid flavor (I am guessing this is from bacteria, though I can't be sure if this is from an intentional or unintentional infection) the finish is flat, powdery, and muddy.

M: light bodied, slick to oily texture, low carbonation.

O: this beer is a mess, and is going down the drain. A bucket of yuck. (619 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/20/2009. Bottle. Pours a hazy light brown with a very small ring of white head. Aroma of sweet strawberry and fruit juices. Flavor is sweet with lots of strawberry. Overall this beer is sweet, easy drinking, and enjoyable (although I do admit it is lacking in complexity). (287 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
2.19/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a slightly hazy amber sort of color with a small white head.

S: A strawberry jam type of aroma initially but underneath there is some medicinal and chemical notes, along with some cork.

T: This isn't quite as bad as Bootlegger's Pink Funkasaurus, but it's getting there. Bandaids, sugary strawberry bubblegum, and a hint of sourness. There's also some plastic kind of flavor here, but that's not really surprising.

M: The body is on the light end of medium with the carbonation being middle of the road.

D: Do. Not. Want. This was not pleasant at all, and one of the more foul Chapeau lambics. (651 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.16/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, light amber-hued body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: From a distance, it has a highly sweet-scented aroma of strawberry. Given a nudge, given any agitation, and this'll scare up vile notes of and that traditional Chapeau aroma of trash can seepage.

Taste: Strawberry flavoring with a knee-buckling level of sweetness. A touch of tartness. Then, it's all downhill from there. It's a ninja assault of ill flavors on the tongue. Long-expired medicine, decayed logs, garbage juice, and pickled onions. So bad you'll chortle!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light carbonation. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though they may think differently, it's a horrendous beer that no amount of sugar can straighten out. It's not the most horrendous of the Chapeau lot, I'll give it that much. (809 characters)

Photo of MrDanno96
3.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy reddish brown color with just a thin ring of head. A little sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Strawberries and other berries with a sour twang to it. A bit of oakiness is also detectable. Pleasant, but nothing exceptional.

T: Pretty much follows the nose: sour strawberry flavor that makes you pucker up just a little. A little Belgian funk also detectable.

M: Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. A bit like sparkling fruit juice, but just thick enough to remind you that it's still a beer.

D: Not bad overall. A mediocre lambic, but decent for the price. In the future I'll probably just spend the extra buck or two and get some Lindeman's, though. (696 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
1.36/5  rDev -57.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I drank this in Brussels from the bottle into a chalice.

Head - no head

Aroma - Smells good, very fruity strawberry.

Color - deep red

Taste - This is a horrible beer, taste is way to overpowering sweet, I love a fruity beer, but this is horrible.

Don't waste your time!!! (278 characters)

Photo of LumpyGuitar
4.01/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My girlfriend had a bomber of this, and as such I got half.

Poured absolutely amazing. A cloudy orangey-reddish, with almost nonexistant head and no lacing. Strawberry seeds rolling around in the bottom, looks really cool.

Smells good on and off. My first few whiffs were rather odd, a bit yeasty and sour, but after breathing for a few minutes it was nothing but super sweet strawberries.

Taste is very good, sweet but not too sweet, very balanced, with a mild strawberry sourness to the finish.

Mouthfeel is very light bodied and smooth.

Drinkability is..very good. Usually this isn't my kind of thing at all, but my opinion of lambics was drastically changed by this bottle. I'd highly reccomend it. (707 characters)

Photo of thirdeye11
3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this from Central Market. I was excited to see a brand of lambic aside from Lindeman's and took the opportunity to try this one with my wife.

A: Poured a nice head that dissipated quickly, but the murkiness of this beer had almost a black quality to it, and the color was not appealing. Sort of a pink/brown/black that I can't describe but not what I expected to see.

S: Maybe my favorite thing about this beer, it smelled like strawberry tobacco which is a good thing. Pipe style tobacco of course. So unique I enjoyed the smell a lot.

T: This beer tastes just like strawberry tobacco you would smoke from a hookah. Literally that's what I thought I was drinking. Not really a bad thing, just not at all what I expected. This did not taste like strawberries.

M: It was nicely carbonated and I enjoyed the feeling of this in my mouth. I rated this the highest, although the smell was most enjoyable for me.

D: Not very high. I had 6oz of a 12oz bottle and was ready to stop. A little too sour even for a lambic, and despite its very low alcohol content this beer burned my throat in a strange way.

Overall I am glad I got to try something new and different, but I would not recommend it and much prefer any of the Lindeman's offerings over this one. (1,279 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: bottle.

Poured a light and hazy brownish orange color with no head. Main aromas and tastes of strawberries (not overpowering). Sweet. I actually like the berries in this. A nice, light dessert beer.

Notes from and tasted on: 08/06/04. (250 characters)

Photo of AltBock
2.96/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you haven't guessed already, this is Chapeau's Strawberry Lambic. It came in a green 12 oz. green bottle that was corked then capped. Simple multi colored label with a drawing of 2 juicy strawberries. A little bit to the right of the strawberries is where they tell you it's a Lambic brewed with strawberries. Like If I couldn't have guessed that by the picture. In the lower left corner is the "Authentic Lambic Beer" barrel mark. The back label only has the mandatory US information. What this bottle is missing is a vintage year.

Appearance: I poured this Fruit Lambic into a Unibroue tulip. It didn't pour a solid strawberry red color, but more of a pale strawberry/tawny red with a tiny tint of amber blended in with it. On top of this reddish amber beer was a 3/4 of an inch fizzy head of white foam. Even though it was fizzy, it had decent retention that left behind a big string of white foamy rings, but only 2 small spots of lace. I should also mention that there are a lot of yeast and possibly fruit particles floating around this beer.

Smell: There was a lack of strawberries in the aroma. Instead, the aroma was sour and slightly dry with mostly the scent of oak. It loved the oak! Behind the oak is where I found a hint of strawberries and a drop of pineapple juice. The oak aroma got strong a couple of times, but the sour level was just right for this beer. It definitely could have used more strawberries in the aroma.

Taste: The taste had a lot in common with the aroma. It had the right level of sourness, a ton of oak, and a subtle amount of strawberries. The taste was nice and sour with a ton of oak, a splash of almost ripe strawberries, a hint of red raspberries, a drop of pineapple juice, and a subtle touch of sweet yeast at the end. You know with all the fruit and yeast particles floating around, I'm surprised that the taste wasn't more fruity or overly yeasty.

Mouthfeel: It was no doubt a light bodied beer with a sour aftertaste of oak, a hint of strawberries, and a splash of red raspberries. After the flavors leave the tongue, the sourness becomes dry and then the aftertaste is now gone forever.

Drinkability: Like all of Chapeau's Lambic beers, it won't knock your socks off because it was made for the Lambic beginners. It's a stepping off point into the Lambic beer world. The problem I had with one was that there was too much oak and not nearly enough strawberries. The sourness level however was just right. Is it worth the hefty price tag? Only if you adore the taste oak with a drop of strawberries to back it up. (2,567 characters)

Photo of notafood
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a somewhat blush shaded cranberry into a tulip. Has thin, slightly off-white head. I'm not sure exactly how old the bottle I have is, but I would estimate mid to late nineties.

Smells exactly like strawberry jam with a very subtle hint of tartness.

Pure strawberry fruitiness with a slight tart bite. Small bit of oaky/corkish flavor.

Fizzy and light, very thin. Tangy finish.

Would be a nice treat on a hot day or with a snack (I'm having mine after work with a plate of samosas) but never somethin I would drink more than one of, or more than one in a....say 72 hour period. If I wanted pop I'd hit up a vending machine. (633 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.31/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- translucent purple-pink grape color with alot of carbonation bubbles and a bubbly ring of a head

S- Smells like fresh strawberry jam. Very inviting

T- Tastes is mostly sweet strawberry with a slight pinch of tartness. Not as strong as I would like it to be. Also had a bit of cork flavor

M- Feels watery and refreshing

D- Quite drinkable but too sweet to be chuggable (374 characters)

Photo of Natural510
3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pours a tannish-rose color and thick, two-inch head which leaves a very nice lacing on the glass.
Sweet & tart aromas, along with some yeast and the obvious strawberry.
Very tart & tangy on the palate, and much sweeter than other lambics. The yeast character is there, but much less than others of the style. Fairly light, but a smooth drinker nonetheless.
The tangyness puckers the mouth, but not quite as vibrant as it could be.
Definitely a dessert beer, due to the sweetness. The tart/tangy quality is good, but it could've done better with more yeast and less syrupy sweetness. Still, I found it quite tasty & drinkable. (637 characters)

Photo of GFSchwab
2.37/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

After drinking this beer I realized why so many lambic brewers seem to stick to tradional fruits when making this genre of funky beer.

The bottle realsed a swell of past-ripe strawberries, and the horsey leathery pinge that all lambic seem to deliver.

The head retention was non existant and gave way to an ackward lacing.

The aroma, as stated was tolerable, however the taste was not. The sweetness was to overpowering, and limited the complexity that a lambic is usually able to deliver. With that happening, the potential of this beer was devistated.

The mouth feel was medium in body and delivered an enourmous cloying sweetness that stuck to my pallet like chewing gum. I did not finish my glass, nor the vessel that the serving came from.

ALthough I applaud this breweryp's attempt at originality, some fruits just don't work well with lambics.

(Personally, I need for the fruit to delvier a sour presence along with its sweetness, almost as a conduit to the other funky flavors that a fruit lambic can deliver.) (1,025 characters)

Photo of Squelch
2.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 1 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: This beer was actually grayish red. very little head. Opaque.

Smell: what it lacked in appearance it made up for in aroma. Pure strawberry aroma. Smells of fresh jam. Wondeful

Taste: This beer tasted OK. It could use more of an acidic tartness to it to balance out the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated. More carbonation would be beneficial in this beer.

Drinkability: I would not buy this beer again. (423 characters)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decent 2 finger head with very nice lacing with a murky reddish color.

Tart strawberry on the nose. Sweet, tart citrusy flavor on the front of the tongue with a little balancing sourness. The strawberry flavor shines through to balance. Hop bitternesss is very low but provides a slight floweriness.

Medium mouthfeel with a slight dry tartness.

Not a bad lambic at all. Not breathtaking, but I like it. (405 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
2.18/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (25cl), tasted in 2004.
Appearance: brown color, trouble, pink foam
Smell: strawberry nose
Taste and mouthfeel : acid in the mouth and sweet flavors, final slight bitterness
Drinkability : a very average lambic beer

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-25-2008. (289 characters)

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Chapeau Fraise Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
76 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.