Chapeau Lemon Lambic
Brouwerij De Troch

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Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #157
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3.19 | pDev: 18.18%
Brouwerij De Troch
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +25.4%

A: Copper with light haze, little carbonation, an instantly fading head of white.

S: Cider, candied lemon, Belgian tripel like yeasts, light and not overly striking in any given direction.

T: Sour, a light sweet and lemon quality, followed by acidic sour, mostly acidic and sour. Little fruit or lemon quality in particular, though lightly present. Sourness reminds me of Boulevard’s Love Child, really lemon juice sour.

M: Medium thick acidic body, little carbonation, over the top acidic finish.

O: Love this beer. So not what I expected. Over the top sour, acidic, light sweetness but so sour I get the impression they were not out to please anyone, just making an art of a beer. Will give it 8.5. Why not 10? A few incongruentcies. Reminds me slightly of a shanty, but I don’t think that’s what they were going for? The actual lemon scent and taste are not really coming through, though the sourness of lambic and or lemon surely are. A piece of art. Got at Beer Terminals, Chiang Mai, Drank Dec 15th, 2014.

Dec 15, 2014
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womencantsail from California

3.04/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is a light yellow color with a lively carbonation and a white head.

S: Certainly lemon forward, but it's got a definite Lemon Pledge (or whatever other lemon scented cleaner you prefer) thing going on. Syrupy and yet still somewhat tart, but I guess that's a given with this being lemon flavored.

T: Luckily, the flavor is a bit better and not quite as solventy and cleaner based. Quite sour like you expect from a lemon with a sort of lemon drop candy thing going on too. Some slightly bitter lemon rinds.

M: The body is medium with a fairly aggressive level of carbonation.

D: This is kind of all over the place. I liked the flavor a fair amount, but the nose is just really off-putting.

Sep 12, 2010
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pootz from Canada

2.68/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed gold, smallish cap, overpowering citrus aroma with a bit of muskiness.

Tastes like lemonade with a funky back taste to it.

I always maintained that lemons and beer don't mix well, this confirms it. Not one of my favorite lambic blends.

Apr 22, 2010
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mrmanning from Canada

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle- Pours a clear gold liquid, with an average white foamy cap. The aroma is funky yeast with lemon zest, wet hay, and a metallic note. Contrary to what I was expecting, this is not a sugary cloying mess. The flavour profile is a smack of tart lemons and funky brett like flavours, with a bit of balancing sugar. Like real lemon juice and funky lambic. This is actually pretty good. The finish is quite tart and very astringent. I wouldn't be able to drink a lot of these, but this is certainly an enjoyable summer beer.

Nov 16, 2009
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seand from California

1.56/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A: Pours a light yellow amber, with a small amount of white head that disappears quickly except for a small ring around the edge of the glass. A very small amount of lacing.

S: Smells like metal and vinegar. Not very inviting.

T: Holy crap. Intense lemon. It overpowers whatever other flavors are there.

M: Light carbonation, but it's close enough to drinking lemon juice that the other qualities aren't so noticeable.

D: I don't find it drinkable at all. Couldn't make it through more than a third of the 25CL bottle.

Maybe I just don't get this beer - if you want a cross between beer and lemon juice, closer to the lemon juice side of things, I guess this could be good.

May 30, 2009
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bobsy from Canada

3.79/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A maligned and misjudged lambic. Pours a burnished gold with globs of yeast and lemon pulp in suspension. Very little head or retention. Aroma of pure lemon juice, mixed in with a bit of candied lemon peel and funk. Puckering lemonade flavour, but with complexity lurking beneath it in the guise of cider and caramel. Tart and refreshing, this certainly is a unique beer, and perhaps why it is so misjudged. Mouthfeel is medium-light with light carbonation, which I judge to be a great fit for the beer's refreshing qualities.

I liked it. Heck, I'd even consider buying a couple more and sticking them away for a bit. It reminds me very much of a palate cleanser, and I'm glad they made it. People will disagree with me though...

Apr 08, 2009
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Derek from Canada

3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Gold with clumps of yeast floating about, thin white head, no retention, leaves a hint of leg.

S: Horsey, barnyard, grass, lemon & toffee.

T: Very tart (puckering), plenty of lemon, slight funk, tropical fruit, marmalade, toffee.

M: Light body has some residual sweetness, though it's quite tart.

D: It could quench a summer thirst.

Mar 22, 2009
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ThatWineGuy from Canada

2.32/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer was pouring a copper colour until several large chunks of yeast near the end of the pour sullied the whole glass with a lot of suspended jellyfish-like pulp. After allowing some time for the whole mess to settle, the beer took on a more tangerine or pink grapefruit hue while remaining quite murky with funky pulp.

Smell was intense sour fruit, suggestive of citric acid. That carried over to the taste which can only be described as very tart with unpleasant sourness. Very harsh and abrupt, no sign of bitter or malt, this is all sour overripe lemon and not a very good job of it. As for mouthfeel, "sucking a lemon" would be a compliment. After carefully tippling the top half of the glass, I couldn't finish the rest. I'm sure the rest of the Chapeau series is better than this.

Mar 06, 2009
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GodOfBeer from Canada

2.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dirty golden with almost no head, sort of looks like cider?

Smells like lemons-who would of geussed?

Tastes extremely sour, sort of winey, yeasty and some other dried fruits also. It also seems a bit chemically.

A mouthfeel that has bite, that's for sure.

Not a very drinkable beer at all, in fact I could barely finish it, way too sour.

Aug 20, 2008
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Phyl21ca from Canada

2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color beer with a small bubby head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma of tart notes with huge lemon syrup which I don't really know what to make of. Taste consists of huge lemony syrup which is nothing close to actual lemon with some light tart notes. Zit is a weird experiment after all and one that could have provided worse results. Totally untraditional but somewhat drinkable afterall.

Jul 17, 2008
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allergictomacros from Canada

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Slight haze in a yellow liquid. Head is small on a hard pour.

S - Very odd aroma. Lemons, weird chemically smell, herbs, and some funk.

T - Wow. now THAT is sour. Guess that's what you get when you put lemons in a lambic... My god. Slightly sweet I think, and lemons up the wazoo. Hint of chalk/earthiness in the back end.

M - Uh.. Sour. Is that a mouthfeel.

D - If you like lemons this is for you. I for one couldn't really taste much beyond that. OTOH, the label says lemons and lemons are delivered. I won't be drinking this again though.

Jun 17, 2008
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TerryW from Canada

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chapeau has a long line of these fruity (beers), some work some don't.

This one is decent enough, but its almost worth considering drinking over ice as its got a extreme lemon bite and could stand to be cut some. Fruit comes through powerfully, the beer is there in the background, but it almost overwhelmed by the tartness of lemon.

A summer patio beer, approach with an open mind.

Jun 12, 2008
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Antilochus from Canada

3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chapeau Kriek vs. Chapeau Lemon. Both into wine glasses. Fridge temp. Kriek - 3.50% abv, 250mL bottles.

The lemon looks like a lager. Decent lacing, collar, straw body.

Smells like real lemon juice. Sour lemonade. I like how the lambicy sourness goes well with the lemon note. A hint of funk.

Same is true for the palate. Feel is more restrained than the kriek. Awesomely sour palate. Restrained sweetness. Rather extreme. Funk comes back and is a bit weird in this one.

Better than the kriek!

Jun 12, 2008
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

2.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep straw color with no head and just a tiny ring of lace. The aroma is overwhelmingly lemony with sides of biscuity malt and light funkyness. There's a bit of musty, chemical lemon pledge character in there. The taste is like lemonade with some BMC mixed into it. Very sour but not bone dry like a traditional lambic. The sweetness is almost cloying. Funk is washed away by the barrage of lemonaid flavors. Crackers are noticeable in the background. The finish is puckering. The mouthfeel is thin and smoothly carbonated.

This beer has little in the way of lambic complexity and a tonne of lemon acidity. I won't be getting it again. Its like Mike's Hard Lemonade with more sourness.

Jun 11, 2008
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wheelinshirt from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz bottle, corked and capped. Saw this at the Blue Dog in Lansdale for $6.25 or something like that and just had to pick it up. I've never even heard of using lemons in a lambic. I just hope it isn't so tart and sour that it is undrinkable. Poured into two straight-walled glasses, shared with a friend.

Appearance is like a copper gold color, what little head develops almost vanishes immediately, leaving only a few white foamy bubbles around the edge of the glass. Some big carbonation bubbles float up from the bottom. No sediment on the first pour, but some on the second and quite a bit left at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is very lemony, almost medicinal, very clean though. Not a lot of funk. Unusual.

Taste is very tart, lots of lemon. Not too sour, actually, and the earthy and funky flavors that usually come with a traditional lambic are mostly absent or maybe just covered up (read: obliterated) by the lemon. Unusual and certainly unique.

Mouthfeel is light, puckering, good dose of carbonation. Nice.

Drinkability is pretty good for a lambic, especially one made with lemons. My friend, who had never had a lambic before had a tough time with his, but i think he liked it, at least as a bit of an experiment. I liked it, but i don't see the point in picking this one up again.

Mar 31, 2008
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biegaman from Canada

3.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Michelle's Beachouse in the Beaches, Toronto on a lovely, sunny Summer afternoon. ABV listed as 3.5%. You gotta love fruit lambics (even mediocre ones) on hot, Summer days!

The waitress would pour into the pilsner style flute glass almost upright. This would generate no head and set in motion a storm of yeast particles. A rather unattractive appearance, I wish she had poured a little more carefully. The colour alone was dull, murky - strongly resembling marmalade. The yeast 'floaties' were some as thick as pennies and with no head to crown, it really wasn't all that sightly.

The aroma was a burst of citrus. Not far from a cleaning product in many regards, it was a sharp and acidic smell of lemon. Very sharp and very acidic with an almost medicinal character. There's some lambic distinction but not all that much.

The flavour carried a cough drop quality, with strong notes of menthol and again a medicinal, sharp (maybe even a little artificial) lemon flavour. I had a glass of lemon water alongside this and the two tasted really nothing alike. The lambic was much more assertive with that strong medicinal, acidic 'cough drop' lemon flavour.

The body was considerably flat (which contributed to the medicinal character, I'm sure). Even for the style this was very under carbonated. It showcased only a minimal amount of lambic "funk". It did, however, stay quite refreshing - like a lemonade with extra "zing".

Nearing the end the beer it took on a real puckering tartness, sour almost. Every sip seemed to finish on a puckering, tart note that was a welcome dimension to an otherwise simple beer. While I won't say Brouwerij De Troch lambics are of very good quality because even among sweetened lambics there are better examples out there, but I still must admit I can enjoy them - given the temperature's right!

Jun 13, 2007
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Junked-up apricot with a ton of fine particles and some huge dark chunks that I mistakenly let slip into the glass. They seem to be settling to the bottom, so I'll wait them out. Anybody have a strainer? The cap is pale ecru in color and is flecked with what looks like cinnamon. Very little lace is making its way to the glass.

The nose, while passable, isn't up to snuff. It smells like lemon, but like Lemon Pledge more than fresh fruit or even like a funky lemon lambic. I liked the way the other Brouwerij De Troch lambics smelled, but this one isn't near what I'd hoped it would be.

Much better on the palate. Some semblance of lemon disinfectant/table wax is still present, but it's minor now and is easily overlooked. The flavor is more along the lines of the other beers from this brewery in terms of a sweet-tart fruitiness coupled with a modest about of funk. There are definite overtones of oak as well. For some reason, this one doesn't seem quite as sticky sweet as the others.

The mouthfeel isn't as full either, which isn't all bad. I don't mind sweet, full-bodied fruit beer as long as it isn't overly syrupy. Dessert beers such as these are better sipped than gulped anyway, despite the incredibly low ABV, so a little fruit pulpy stickiness isn't a big deal, at least for me.

I love all things lemon and was expecting great things from Lemon Lambic. It might have been a little better if I hadn't overpoured initially, but then it might not have. I'm still a fan of the Chapeau line, even if this one isn't the stuff of my lemon lovin' dreams.

Nov 08, 2006
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Gaisgeil from Michigan

3.11/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting... very interesting, this is undoubtedly a unique brew. It reminds me of lemoncello, that's about all I can relate it to. Pours a medom gold in color, with yellow highlights. There was something floating around in the bottle, not really sure what it was... Nose was very sour, almost stale to be honest, not very appealing. Taste was explosive though! Sweet and sour at the same time. Very dynamic, and mouth jarring, yikes!

This isn't something I'll be looking to very often, but pretty interesting to try.


Jun 07, 2005
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bditty187 from Nebraska

3.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, gold in hue with a thin amber highlight. This was not the color I was expecting. A tiny white head formed, at the apex it reached a half finger before it quickly faded to a thin collar, very thin in the middle. There was no subsequent lacing. The nose is very sour… tart, the lemon aromas are not very strong and they blend perfectly with typical lambic funkiness and notes of wood. The aroma is intriguing and oddly inviting, yet I’m leery to take a drink. The potency is moderate. The first sip was shocking it is massive tart, lemony flavors. I really didn’t like it. Still I took a second and third sip, you know what? It really grew on me. The flavors, god help me for saying this, kind of reminded me of a Gueuze. I’m not talking about Cantillon so don’t get your panties in a wad. Anyway, the big acidic flavors are very refreshing and clean. I don’t really taste “lemon,” maybe I was expecting a fruity puree added like Lindemans. Well, even if that is how this lambic is created I can’t taste it, whatever, the end result is good. There are moderate hints of wood, white wine, and grapes. I am surprised that this beer works. The beer is so acidic that once the beer enters my throat my tongue puckers and my mouth waters. The aftertaste is somewhat sweet, sugary but also lemony. This is really the only time I can taste plain lemon. Medium-light in body, sugary/creamy mouthfeel, the carbonation is low. This beer really hit the spot. I am shocked. The big, lemony tartness is refreshing. I will go back to this beer again this summer. I purchased a bottle in Lincoln, NE for $7.00.

Jun 30, 2004
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, pale, dull orange color, with a small, disappearing head.
Aroma: sour, citric, all-out lemony, plus orange peels, hard candy, jolly ranchers, and sugar, sugar, sugar.
Bracingly sour at first, puckering to the extreme, slowly cooling down. Great texture, light body, and low in most beery qualities.
But, as a light, tasty aperitif, it does the trick. If you love lemons, and feel like something tasty to settle you after a rich repast, go no further.

Jun 04, 2003
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours fizzy to a dark golden color with an orange tinge. Has a thick had that dissipates, but leave a good lacing. Aroma is all lemon, very strong as soon as you uncork it. The mouthfeel is wine-like, souring, and dry in the finish. The flavor is sour, tart and like fresh squeezed lemonade. A bit of oakiness was also detected. This is my first sampling of a lambic, and overall it was pretty good. It is definitely a beer to have with desserts, like vanilla ice cream.

Jan 22, 2003
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Gusler from Arizona

2.7/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The pour is a murky lemon yellow color, the head adequate and the lace fair to middling. Lemon aromas dominate with malt and a sweet and sour undertone. Massive sweetness hits you immediately and the top slim in feel, the finish moderately acidic, negative on the hops and the cloying sticky sweetness carries through to the aftertaste. "Chunks" of sediment in the bottom of the glass, didn't pour this one right, I would recommend it only as an after dinner “Dessert”.

Dec 11, 2002
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12.7 oz green mini magnum bottle that is corked and capped. No freshness date.

Appearance: Huge bubbles speed to the top through the tarnished golden colour brew with the occasional obstacle of loose suspended sediment. Thin white lace disappears quickly.

Smell: Thick pushy aroma of lemon tartness with a side near to vinegar. Tart encroaching on sour. Lemon ranges from juice to puckering rind.

Taste: Extremely tart, like sucking on a lemon wedge that was pulled out of a beer. Big splash of lemon juice and some zest to boot. Hop bitterness is very low to the point of not being noticed, this is a good thing being that it would be out of place. Lemon, lemon and lemon. Bit of barn yard and earthiness underneath the tartness. Some soft grain in the back especially when the lemon fades. Tartness is long and drawn-out to the point of puckering until the finish. The finish happily cleans up and leave little for the taste buds to deal with after the huge wake of lemon tartness.

Notes: Taste like homemade lemonade with a kick, fortunately the kick in this one is of the lambic kind and runs the gamete with the usual complexities of the style.

Apr 16, 2002
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