Chapeau Gueuze Lambic
Brouwerij De Troch

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Style:
Lambic - Gueuze
Ranked #47
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #49,082
Avg:
2.62 | pDev: 30.53%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
34
From:
Brouwerij De Troch
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by rastaman:
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rastaman from England

2.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sweetish, soft sourness, soft tartness, very smooth and light, no sharp bite, it just fades away. Bit of and oak barrell character, strange and interesting, worth a go, but won't have again.

Aug 08, 2002
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Goldorak from Canada

2.49/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sampled at Staminee de Garre in Bruges. It was advertised in the menu as Lambic de Troch.

Appearance: Golden blonde, with effervescent white head.

Smell: Huge horseblanket lemon funk. Usually in good lambics you can pick trough the horseblanket and detect subtle aromas, but in this one, nothing but a little lemon.

Taste: Big effervescence, somewhat tart, but really watery, and no particular flavour at all. It was like lemon metamucil with alka-seltzer. I've actually tasted a lambic worse than this, but I've tasted so many better that I would pass on this one without a second thought. The worst Beer I had during my whole trip to Belgium. Even Jupiler is better than this.

Sep 24, 2004
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HardTarget from Texas

3.6/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Lists Product of Belgium, water, malt, wheat, hop, yeast and water. A good list. 5.5% abv. Two dates: 25/03/07, and 13/07/07. It was Summer of 06.

Aroma: Leather, urine, sourness, and Brettanomyces.

Appearance: Hazy amber glass, collar of tan, no real lacing.

Flavor: Much milder than the smell. Sweet base with some mild malt, wet wood and some mild banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, lively carbonation.

Overall Impression: It grew on me. Not the Lambic to end all Lambics, but not a bad beer.

Aug 03, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada

2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige/orangey color lambic with a small bubbly head with no retention and no lacing. Aroma of funk is more dominant then expected with some light lingering sweet notes. Taste is also more funky and tart then expected though sweet notes are not too interesting. Body is full with limited filtration and low carbonation. More interesting then I would have expected though lacking some green apples notes and some acidity.

Mar 02, 2010
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Boilermaker88 from California

2.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark golden colored brew sporting a moderate level of carbonation and a decently sized white head that fizzled down to nothing in short order.
Nose: sharp vinegary bite with hints of acetone quickly followed by a lemony, sickly sweet aroma of slowly rotting apples and wet grains.
Taste: kinda like a Sweet-Tart, only not the good sour ones that make your cheeks implode. Nope, it's the sugary sweet one you chew up and swallow quickly. Soggy grains and mushy cooked apple flavors dominate with only a mediocre amount of the biting sourness I've come to expect from the style.
Feel: light, watery, formless.
Well, not much good to say about this brew. A listless, dull and altogether boring example of the style. Avoid.

Oct 12, 2005
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granger10 from Wisconsin

2.33/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled in 1996 I believe

Pours a semi hazy golden color but where the hell is the head. Almost no carbonation. Not many bubbles in this beer either. Aroma is of splenda and white grape juice. Not my cup of tea. Taste is light, almost watery with no dominating characteristics except for the saccarin-like flavor I'm getting and a little apple in there. Tartness and vinegar come out a bit as it warms but I'm really searching here and can't find much. Finish goes away quickly and I forget about this beer seconds after the swallow. This reminds me of apple juice. Might be good for someone who has never tried a lambic and wouldn't be ready for the sour/tart/acidic qualities most lambics offer. Otherwise, not recommended.

Aug 20, 2005
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Gueuzedude from Arizona

2.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best By February 2012; Sampled July 2010
A solid pour produces a three-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a dark amber hue that shows a brilliantly clear, amber color in the light. The aroma smells quite funky, not quite as sweet as I was expecting, and the fruitiness takes on some weird connotations of kiwi, oxidized melon, fermented raisins as well as a sort of green, unripe fruit like character that I can't quite place. Doesn't remotely smell like a Gueuze in any way shape or form, I can't even pick out any acidity in the nose.

Ouch, this is quite sweet, though it is not as sweet as the Chapeau Faro, it is sweeter than many of the other Faros I have had. Fizzy textured from the carbonation, though not enough to keep the sugars from lingering on the tongue in the finish. This has a medium body to it as well. This tastes fruity up front and reminds me mostly of sweet apple cider, though there is an oxidized fruitiness in the finish that reminds me a bit of browned pears and / or raisins. There is a light tartness here that is pretty much the only tie in that this was Lambic; though having said that, I do get the sense that the sugar is hiding a lot of funky Lambic flavors.

While I could drink this if someone made me, it is definitely the worst travesty I have ever experienced from a bottle labeled Gueuze; though I must admit that I have a bottle of Chapeau Christmas Gueuze (with added flavor, what ever that means) still coming up. These fake De Troch Lambics are made that much more interesting by the fact that they can make a good, traditional Lambic when they put there mind to it; I really hope they make more of the traditional products as I have been able to try some very good examples from this brewery.

Jul 25, 2010
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, now, if the basement at Chez Woody is not giving up some of its ghosts, then I have no explanation. This bottle followed me in the big move of 2008-'09 from my childhood home to Chez Woody. During the entire process, less transit, it has been in the BeerFrigerator, a stand-alone refirigerator (only) which houses some really OLD s**t, but all will be pulled out an drank.

From the bottle: "A craftbrewed [sic] ale, spontaneously fermented and matured in oak casks. Unfiltered and refermented in the bottle."

Wow! This baby may date to 2006 or before! I began by Pop!ping the cap. But wait! The Belgians have seen fit to jam in a cork. I have a corkscrew for you, yinz dirty Belgian bastids! Sorry. Next, I Pop!ped the cork, followed by moments of gestation as I awaited it to be ready for me. I was as gentle as possible on decanting it, but it chose its own method of insertion and speeded things up by guiding me into the glass. Fair dinkum, lass, as I am likewise ready to go! Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = > 4, < 5), but The Gelt Gang knows better than to burst in on my interludes. I was worried about the speed of entry though, I so I gave it a vigorous, in-glass swirl. This aroused a brief finger of thin, light-tan head with low retention, quickly becoming wisps. She again gave me a bored look & laid back, awaiting my second attempt at beer-to-mouth copulation. She laid like a sleepy tart upon my tongue, languishing in the moment on my dime. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was more tart than sour, akin to apple juice/cider, left to ferment in the sun. No Oooomph No drive. Just content to lay there & let me do the work. Well, kid, you are not doing it for me. I know yer cousin & she's next. Finish was ho-hum, another day at the office for some. I shan't even finish with this one. I'll sup it off & head down the street for a noted goer.

Aug 12, 2017
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -23.7%

Nov 26, 2011
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

2/5  rDev -23.7%

Nov 15, 2011
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t0rin0 from California

2.75/5  rDev +5%

Sep 02, 2012
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SaucyA from Michigan

1.32/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I think this is from 1995? At least that's when the best before date is from. Holy hell. Corked and capped. Didn't pop when I opened it. The cork is shot. Here goes.

A - Sniftered. Looks like urine. Actually, it looks like orange cough medicine that someone peed in. Clear golden/orange with floaties. Doesn't look like a beer. No carbonation.

S - Funky, moldy green apples. Hairspray. Markers. Soggy wood and cardboard. Damp, mildewy basement. Sadness. Gross.

T - I'm not sure if this is even safe to drink. What'd I get myself into? Oh well. If it's fermented, it can't be bad, right? Wrong. Oh no. This is just apple juice. That's all it is. Rancid, skanky, barrel aged apple juice. Blech. This is what I think pruno would taste like.

M - Apple juice.

D - Chapeau, meet drain.

Notes: Don't buy beer from Embassy in Roseville unless you want this experience. Holy shit. This is the fifth and last time I'm gonna try and support their business when they clearly don't care about their stock/customers.

Jan 15, 2009
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stevehagy from New York

3.72/5  rDev +42%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Apr 18, 2017
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ManforallSaisons from Belgium

3/5  rDev +14.5%

Apr 05, 2014
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gyllstromk from Belgium

4.2/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've noticed some bad reviews which may be attributable to the age of the product. This bottle was purchased at ABS drinks in Winksele, Belgium, and consumed within a month of purchase.

Pours cloudy copper, almost still. By design, or is my bottle too young in the bottle? Carbonation issues aside, the beer is nice. Nose is a blend of pineapple and elderflower with some citrus and mild funkiness. Flavor is orange, apple, strawberry, with a pucker-inducing sour finish. Certainly one of the most sour and fruitiest gueuzes I've had. If you had blindfolded me I would have guessed a framboise or kriek lambic.

Jun 18, 2010
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womencantsail from California

1.94/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is sort of dark for a gueuze, a darker amber color with an off-white/khaki colored head.

S: Oh boy, this is rough. Lots of funk, but not in a good way, tons of cheese, and an almost methane aroma. It's as though there's something decaying in the bottle.

T: Things don't improve much in terms of the flavor. Intensely sweet, which is not what I expect from a gueuze, and a strong chemical/solvent flavor. Luckily, not quite as much rotting vegetable character.

M: The body is light but sugary and grainy with a moderate carbonation.

D: This beer brings shame to the name of Gueuze. Stay away from this.

Sep 10, 2010
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davidwhatshisnam from New York

4/5  rDev +52.7%

Feb 26, 2014
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Sparky44 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 17, 2016
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BourbonStreet from Georgia

3.31/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is only my second attempt at a Gueuze Lambic. Not bad, although miles behind the first. Definitely drinkable, but there was a distinct funkiness, that make it taste more like a Faro. Something old or rotten underneath the obvious tartness and sweetness, but not overpowering. Definitely drinkable, although if another lambic was available, I'd probably choose it.

Feb 14, 2010
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour is a pale yellow with a thin white bubbly head. The nose has a faint note of dust and some light apple juice, maybe some golden fruit. Taste is the same, almost no funk, apple juice, golden grapes, a bit syrupy and fairly sour. Medium to full body, syrupy and coating, a bit viscous with a dry finish.

Feb 20, 2012
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Dentist666 from Russian Federation

2.74/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

0,25l bottle.
Pours not very clear orange, no head, only a bundle of bubbles on a top.
Smell - strange, sweet, lollipop, syrup, rotten apple, pear, candied fruits.
Taste - sweet, apple.
Light body, low carbonation. Weird and not good.

Sep 19, 2016
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

2.87/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours yellowish. This is not good Smells and tastes very sweet. Tangy and fruity and a bit cheesy. Sweeter than it needs to be. Lingering sugary feel. No real tat or sour notes. Impostor.

Apr 30, 2016
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desint from Belgium

1.25/5  rDev -52.3%

Sep 04, 2013
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fostachild from Canada

3.14/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Apr 07, 2016
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westcoastbeerlvr from California

2.75/5  rDev +5%

Jan 09, 2013
Chapeau Gueuze Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 34 ratings