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Chapeau Abricot Lambic | Brouwerij De Troch

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch
Belgium
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Style: Belgian Fruit Lambic

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Year-round

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65
pDev:
23.22%
 
 
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Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12.7 oz bottle that is corked and capped, no freshness date. A thin layer in sediment in noticeable on the bottom of the bottle.

Appearance: Pale faded clouded orange color with a bubbly champagne like carbonation that leaves a quickly producing and dissipating white lace.

Smell: Fresh macerated apricots in the nose, fragrant in the fruit. Mild musty almost horse blanket smell, a bit yeasty but still more fruity.

Taste: Light to moderate body, slick and syrupy mouth feel with a light carbonation that still holds some crispness like a light and delicate sparkling wine. Sweet and sour flavor, sweet fruit of apricot that stays even and the sourness is mild but puckering. Musty yeast flavor has a touch of barnyard flavor with some earthy and mineral undertones. Hops are hidden and meant to be that way, soft powdery husk flavor reminds the palate that this is indeed beer. Alcohol qualities are hard to find though a nearly lifeless warmth does come through. Hint of oak within. Sourness gets lemon like and complements the apricot flavor. Somewhat on the dry side yet there is a dash of sweetness that sticks around, sourness pretty mush disappears all together in the finish.

Notes: A decent fruit lambic, sweetness is kept to a minimum. Treat this one as a dessert beer perhaps pair with a cobbler or a tart.

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Photo of ADR
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Murky pineapple juice color, pale big-bubbled head that powers down in 35 seconds. No lacing in the wine glass. Gingery aroma and lots of apricot as well. Peppery, spicy flavor impression, plenty of apricot sense but also a slight bitterness/spiciness that’s non-hop related but a taste that’s more interesting than some of the sweeter berry Lambics, to me. A little sticky and cloying at the finish as a sugar sense comes on. OK for what it is, certainly much more of a statement than a Pyramid Apricot Ale or something similar. Could use more astringency.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Strikingly clear golden color, with a small scattering of foam on the surface, and quite minor lacing.

Aroma: Remarkably musty, like an old horse blanket after a rain, to say that a barnyard aroma is present understates the point. The apricot comes across sweet, but with little definite fruit character.

Taste: Cloyingly sweet, with a sharp note of tartness midway through, finishes quite sweet, with an underlying strong note of mustiness. The apricot character is lost, except for an over-the-top sweetness.

Mouth feel: Soft and fairly full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: The apricot character is almost entirely lost, and the excessive sweetness subsumes the interest of the lambic qualities.

Sampled as a part of the "Night of Chapeau", with my friend and fellow BA HardTarget.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So here’s an another beer from the De Troch Brewery, that was in the 6-bottle set. Translucent golden straw color, the head off white in color, the size unimpressive, the lace adequate. Aroma of over ripe apricots, cloyingly sweet with a last minute hint of tartness, top lean, finish moderately acidic, hops sparse, sweet and sour dry aftertaste. As far as I’m concerned the whole line should be classified as strictly “Desert” beers, suitable for an after dinner apéritif, which is certainly not a bad thing!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like all Chapeaus, corked, then crowned, in a green 12.7 0z bottle.
Appearance: clear, bright apricotty hue, bubbling with carbonation, and a brief white head atop.
Aroma: a bit thin, but full of apricot. With De Troch, there's no fooling around, what you see on the label, fruit-wise, is what you're gonna get. Straight up, no fooling.
On the palate: very mellow, very light, though tingly with carbonation. Only a touch of tart occasionally intrudes. Flavor is excellent, light sweet, fruity.
Perfect dessert beer, made for coolin' out after piggin' out!

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Photo of AudioGilz
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of HardTarget
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: Musty wood and cobwebs with a very sour note. Now we’re talking Lambic! Smells like the inside of a wet barrel.

Appearance: Clear gold glass, thin collar, small amounts of lace

Flavor: Sour wet grain spiced with pear and apricot. Almost a Hefe quality to this one.

Mouthfeel: Dry, light medium body, very low carbonation

Overall Impression: Has a lot of cool elements, wood, fruit, tart, musty, but the total result just isn’t that exciting.

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

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love apricots and really like lambics so I was very pleased to see the Cock & Bull stocking this brew.
Pours a hazy honey-orange color with little head and no lace left behind.
Smell is fresh, ripe apricots, honey, malt and spice, a slight yeast note.
Taste is of apricot, malt, orange and a light spice that complements very well.
Smooth, though a little syrupy, with a medium-full body. Not as sweet as a Lindemann's (not a bad thing), this lambic has good flavor and balance. Definitely looking forward to trying others from the Chapeau line.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sun-faded apricot with a generous infusion of honey. The bright white crown is a loose collection of unsticky bubbles that resembles the head on a glass of 7-UP. On the other hand, it lasts a while once it shrinks to a slim disk. No lace.

Brouwerij De Troch fruit lambics all smell roughly the same in a general sense. They smell like whatever fruit was used and they smell like the oak casks that the beer was aged in. Abricot (just noticed the spelling) smells like... surprise... sweetened apricots and oak barrels.

Even though I'm not a huge fan of eating fresh apricots, I tend to like apricot flavors in beer (especially when it's due to some of the fruitier American hop varieties). This one is pretty good if you like sweet-tart, slightly acidic fruit lambics. All of the flavor elements come together well, which is the primary reason for the taste score seen above.

Mouthfeel is a tough call between 3.5 and 4.0. In fact, with a few exceptions, any of the final three scores could be either one of those numbers for any of the Chapeau beers. It all depends on my mood when I'm reviewing them. Anyway, this offering is medium, with a slick stickiness that is leavened by efficient carbonation.

Abricot Lambic is too expensive ($6.19 per bottle) to be a regular purchase. Besides, the intense sweetness isn't something that I can stomach very often. It's classic chick* beer, but you'd better hope your wife/girlfriend develops a taste for something cheaper.

*apologies to all the female BAs to whom this doesn't apply

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Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a limpid, hazy amber-brown color, with little head retention. Aroma is fairly lambic-like, actually, with a metallic, rusty-iron-like note and dank sweaty undercurrents. Fairly sweet initial flavor, almost cloying, with overripe apricot-skin flavor (quite tannic along the roof of the mouth), an underlying cheesiness and a lingering sourness. Thin bodied, well-attenuated.

My favorite of the Chapeau line so far.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.63/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orange body with, well, okay... so there's no head. Who says a beer had to have one anyhow?

Smell: Displeasing aroma of spoiled vegetables, mustard seed, and cheap, rotting wood. Any apricot to be found here seems fake at best, and it's not worth subjecting yourself to the rest of the aroma to find it.

Taste: Sweetish, apricot juice flavor is fleeting, as a funkiness that can only be described as trash can juice creeps in and never lets go.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: No thanks times a million! Grab a Cantillon, get yourself a 3 Fonteinen, but do steer clear of this mess.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First beer from Chapeau. It's both intriguing and problematic. The green corked bottle displayed a film that formed a ring around the top that worried me. The pour shows cloudiness and floaties from the cork and other ingredients. However, the rich tart aroma displayed over-ripened fruits (apricots, peaches, and lemons). Flavors had these and apple cidery flavors along with thin sharp tartness, though not as tart as many other lambics. Certain off flavors come along too, like vinegar and soy sauce-like flavors likely caused by oak and aging. This also displayed a hickory or mesquite flavor that I think didn't agree with the fruits and esters. Decent alcohol also works to thin the body and dry the finish. It's a drinkable, complicated, and appreciable beer, but you just have to like lambics with an odd turn from the beaten path.

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Photo of matjack85
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I found this 12oz corked bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $5.99. No freshness date, but I was surprised at how thick and heavy this brown glass bottle was.

The beer pours a clear amber color with a 1½ finger white head that lasts a few minutes. Nice lacing left behind with each sip.

Nice apricot smell along with that funky Belgian yeast/barnyard aroma.

This has a really sugary apricot flavor, It has some of that lambic puckering sourness as well, but not as much as I like.

Despite it's sweetness, it's actually on the thin side - sort of like an apricot soda, although the carbonation is not that high.

At just 3% alcohol it might seem more like a pop than a beer, but it's still not a bad lambic. Overall I enjoyed it, but it's a little too sweet to have more than one.

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Photo of jettjon
3.09/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Highs: Bizarre flavor for a “beer”
Lows: Appearance, drinkability, narrow range of appeal

Now here’s an odd duck. Lambics are probably borderline beers in most people’s definition. Also the low ABV (3% in this case) coupled with the extreme flavor makes it hard to drink more than one at a time.

Pours reddish clear with no bubbles and the merest hint of a white head despite a vigorous pour. A tiny bit of lacing remains after the “head” has made its exit. Nose is strongly of apricots in a sugary, fruity kind of way, much like apricot rinds or fruit candy. There’s already a sweet-sour note on the nose. Taste is definitely soury-sweet, strongly fruity of (obviously) apricots or scuppernongs/muscadines. Mouth is very thick, bordering on syrup. The finish is bittersweet syrup, and something that almost tastes like dirt. Drinkability is low; besides the very low ABV, this “beer” is too strongly sweet and sour.

Overall: Three out of four friends who sampled this beer made “ugh” faces. Only the most seasoned beer aficionado appreciated it. It is definitely a “niche” beverage.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Nipitato
2.91/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Good clarity. Virtually no head. Dark golding hue.

S: Significant horse blanket aroma. Light apricot fruit aroma. Also some hard mineral scents. Not particularly pleasing overall.

T: Overly sweet cloying fruit flavor. Horse blanket comes through strongly. Only slightly tart.

MF: Not nearly enough carbonation, which would have helped take some of the cloyiness away. Cloying syrupy mouthfeel.

D, notes: Too sweet with not nearly enough tartness to balance. Not well attenuated. Cloying mouthfeel seriously impedes drinkability.

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Photo of dherling
4.29/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out a pale, cloudy light orange color, topped by a bubbly champagne like head that dissapears quickly. Lace? What lace? The nose is unmistakable apricot, but slightly tropical as well. There is some dry musty yeast notes as well. The taste offers a blend of sweet and sour, with the apricot fruityness leading the way. Again, there is some musty champagne yeast notes in the taste as well, but it is subtle and works to add complexity instead of ebing a distraction. Medium bodied with a slick oily mouthfeel. Finishes cloying and sweet.

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Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of apricots are present in the nose.
T:The taste has light to moderate flavors of apricot syrup along with a dash of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Out of all of the Chapeau beers I've tried, this beer has flavors that taste the most artificial.

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Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Tone
3.22/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and poor lacing. Smells of citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, and a hint of grain. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable tartness. Tastes of tart malt, citrus, slight sweet malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, poor appearance, decent aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Avryle
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the bottle a golden-orange. No head even with concerted effort.

S- Tart apricots. Everyone keeps stating "horse blanket." I worked at a stable for years, this doesn't smell anything like a horse blanket, it smells like Monday sweat. For those folks in physical jobs, you understand this. For others, I will explain... After drinking all weekend, the inital sweat on Monday smells like your sins of the weekend. This beer smells like tart apricots and Monday sweat.

T- Just tastes like tart apricot juice. Hmmmm. Not the demon I had expected from the previous reviewers. Granted its only 3%, but watch the kiddies around this.

M- Suprisingly thick, like apricot nectar. Very little carbonation.

D- A little slow for the heaviness of the body and the tartness of the taste, but the low alcohol makes this easy to imbine. This would be a fabulous addition to a sangria.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Onslow
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

..has a slightly funky sugary aroma, that and apricots ... has lots of sweet and tangy flavours, with some interesting back funk... a nice beer that refreshes after a hot day digging graves... a decent brew indeed that falls short of of most peoples thoughts of real lambic probably due to its sweetness..

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.97/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a small white head. In the aroma, small tart apricot sweetness. In the taste, apricot sweetness and a small tartness in the end. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel and a dry apricot sweetness to a clean aftertaste. Really nice apricot flavor, small tartness, and not overly sugary.

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Chapeau Abricot Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 65 ratings