Chapeau Kriek Lambic | Brouwerij De Troch

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Chapeau Kriek LambicChapeau Kriek Lambic

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Brouwerij De Troch

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 85
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish color with minimal pinkish head. Cherries, oak, and some light funk on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with a little sweetness, nice cherry flavor, and some oak wood.

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Photo of Marius
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at THT June tasting. Hazy purple with no head. Cherries in the nose, cherries and some cabbage in the taste. Tons of sugar. Medium body with no carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
2.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Orange/ruby in color with tiny head. Aroma of sour cherries and malt. Nothing special, but not bad either. Just average. Sugary sweetness stays on the palate.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is beautiful, ruby red, clear.
Foam, no, just a few mid-sized bubbles.
The aroma is reminiscent of delicate cherry liqueur, strawberry and feel slightly like a touch of cinnamon
Taste: stewed cherries but also very delicate notes of strawberry, raspberry and cinnamon which is this time quite clear.
Bitterness is minimal, delicate and stone. The loading medium, in this case a suitable
In conclusion Kriekenlambik of De Troch is very delicious beer, slightly tart and slightly seasoned perfectly suited to the heat of the day

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Photo of patre_tim
2.41/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

A: Red with a brown tinge, cloudy with yeast sediment on the bottom of my glass. Topped with a pinkish brown tinged white head.

S: Cherries, red fruit, raspberries, malt, sour raspberry vinegar, sweet and artificial sweetener qualities.

T: Light sour lemon notes, light fresh cherries, a sort of stale closet moth ball effect.

M: Way more watery than I’d expected and less carbonated too. Flat with almost no fine carbonation. Lemon water in consistency. A hint of mustard.

O: Unique, watery and I think this one, which has no BBD, is really old. If its supposed to taste like this, it’s a little lacking in substance. Got in Chiang Mai at Beer Terminals, drank in Kunming March 28th, 2015.

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Photo of machalel
3.57/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Murky and hazy ruby/rose with a minimal white head. No lacing down the glass.

Aroma: Glace cherries, strawberries, and a slight sweet flowery note. Not a huge amount else going on.

Taste: The cherry is really at the forefront of this, but in a glace / candied way, rather than fresh tasting. A little "cherry medicinal" on the aftertaste, but also some hints of strawberry and raspberry. A nice sour tartness to it, however it tastes a little too sweet. There is a little bit of the Lambic style rustic character, but only in the background.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light, spritzy, and refreshing. A good amount of carbonation, and quite clean.

Overall: Quite nice if you are ready for a tart, sweet, fruity Lambic. That being said, it was slightly too sweet (and I like sweet drinks!), and could do with a little more sourness & funk. It will never win awards, but not too bad for a 'cheapy'. The bottle that I tried was very close to its Best-Before, and judging from the other reviews, I think that it may have helped. It also didn't come with a cork (normal bottle cap only), and had almost no wood aging flavours.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy dark rosé in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down leaving delicate lacing on the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of cherries in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, flavors of cherries dominate the taste; these are somewhat tart and no sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a very light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink and has a good balance between fruity flavors and tartness. It’s a good representation of the style.

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Photo of Bendurgin
1.44/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Bottle poured into a challice. This one pours a dark ruby with two fingers of light pink head that settles down almost immediatly to nothing.

Smells bad. Sweet cherry cough drops is really what it comes down to. I'm afraid to taste is now. Really sweet flavor. Cherry cough drops again with a lot of sweetness. Maybe some honey in there. Tastes like someone made Kool-Aid and dumped a whole bag of sugar in it and got some bubbles.

Light feel with lots of carbonation. I hate that I have nothing good to say about this. Maybe I don't get this one but I figured it would be like some of the other fruit lambics Ive had. Unfortunatley this is a sugary mess. I snagged this on a whim because it was cheap and the BA average wasn't bad. However this was a drainpour for me.

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Photo of gyllstromk
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice bright red, with a relatively light carbonation. Aromas of a cranapple juice blend. Taste has more sweetness than an old lambic and makes this lambic more reflective of the commercial styles. There is a slight tartness on the finish. Not my favorite kriek but certainly worth trying, and can be refreshing given the right mood.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a flute)

A- This beer pours a deep slightly dense clear cranberry body with a fizzy white head that has a slight pale pink hue to it. There is a sea of microbubbles that glide to the surface.

S- The aroma has an earthy cherry nose with some fresh cut cherry wood branches to follow that impart a green quality and a cherry blossom floral finish that grows as the beer warms.

T- The taste is a bit different than the aroma with a strong cherry throat lozenge favor taking me back to when I was a kid, that coats the mouth. There is a medicinal finish that is a bit acidic and the cherry flavored cough syrup lingers.

M- This beer has a thick mouthfeel with no alcohol heat but a very light pucker to the medicinal mouthfeel.

D- The pleasant aroma is quickly shot down with the cherry medicine in the taste and mouthfeel. It wasn't a drain pour but one is all I will need to drink. I will just resolve to sniff this beer from now on.

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Photo of Bung
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very red pour, lighter red head. Doesn't really last too long or lace.

Aroma is yeasty cherry.

Taste is fruitcake, cherry. Not really sure what else there is supposed to be to these simple beers.

Goes down fine, obviously no alcohol. I can't imagine why anyone would want more than one of these though.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Nose are reminiscent of cherries compote Materne even fruit yoghurts. The texture also makes them think. Big fruity presence with cherries close-up, certainly not too cloying like many other models because not a lot of sugar but too fruity for a lambic. A few very slight acidity in the finish with this always grainy texture of fibers that is reminiscent of stewed fruit. Even better than the Belle-Vue or sudden deaths found in the trade.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice red color with a white head. This is a pretty nice looking beer. The aroma is very sweet cherries with a little bit of funk in there. So far so good. The flavor is very sweet. I get a ton of cherry syrup notes with just a tad bit of funk. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. As a fruit beer, this is not too bad - but also not near as good as the Lindemans Kriek. As a lambic, it falls way short.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a cloudy reddish color with a small pinkish head.

S: Sweet cherry candy on the nose along with the certain musty character that all these beers seem to have. Only a hint of acid, which is par for the course.

T: A very appropriate descriptor for this beer is Luden's Cough Drops (those sugary "cough drops" that are really just glorified candy). Heavily sweetened dark cherry flavor. While it's quite sweet, I actually enjoy it.

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

D: I hate to say it, but this was actually pretty good. I would not mind having this one again.

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Photo of pootz
2.77/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ruby-brown in the glass, smallish pink cap some lace.

Aroma is a decent bouquet of cherry and mustines with grainy malts but a tad too much cherry jello made with beer.

Some tartness in the taste, some lambic mustiness but mostly cloying cherry sweetness, Chapeau is not my idea of a drinkable fruit lambic...too shallow and sweet.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.69/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Shared by schen9303. Poured from a 12oz. corked bottle into a Blue Point snifter.

A: Gentle pour yields a 1 finger coarse white head with no retention. Beer itself is a cloudy bright red. Lacing is stringy and spotty with decent cling.

S: Nose is strong cherry and rotting wood. Tickles the nose and is quite aggressive and abrasive.

T: This is a sweet lambic and boy is it sweeet! Cherry syrup throughout and nothing else. Very simple and even though I appreciate simplicity, this is one has a strange cork flavor that is present throughout that bothers me.

M: Light to medium bodied with little carbonation though its not particularly smooth. Slightly watery in the mouth and partially dry with a finish that sticky and slightly spicy.

D: I've appreciated sweet lambics in the past but this one is really not for me. Flavor is weird and the feel doesn't help here. I can't get over the rotten cork flavor in the nose and taste. Pass on this one.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 11-'09. Consumed 2-'10 from a pint glass.

A - Absolutely zero head. Not that uncommon for a lambic but still psychologically it has an effect. Color was interesting. A cloudy strawberry puree / jam color. The cloudiness implies to me they let some of the pectin from the cherries get into the beer. Maybe it was cooked a bit hot. Only the faintest of lacing.

S - Sour, dark cherry smell. Smells a lot like juice. Yeast and malt are hard to pick out. It's sweet and very simple.

T - Some of that sour cherry smell comes back, but this is basically juice. Touches of acidity.

M - Syrupy. Juicy, like a strawberry-orange juice cocktail.

D - Fine for a lambic. The low alcohol and high sugar content mean you could drink this until you have diabetes.

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Photo of seand
2.38/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A: Pours a dark reddish purple, with a finger of pink head that diminishes quickly, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass. Very little lacing.

S: Smells like hard fruit candy - Jolly Ranchers-like.

T: Much like the smell. Candy like, very sweet with fruit flavors very similar to slightly sour hard candies.

M: Quite carbonated, medium to light bodied.

D: I didn't really enjoy this, but it might be drinkable if you like the candy flavor. I only made it through half the 25cl bottle.

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Photo of tempest
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12-pack of 375 bottles from Shangy's for about $55. You might not expect much at first with such a juicy, candy-like cherry aroma, but there's a big sour tang once you gulp down your first sip. The flavor is of sweet cherry juice with a mildy earthy lambic tang in the finish. It's not on par with a good oude kriek, but for a fruit beer, this is respectable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, appropriately cherry red body with a smallish, pink-hued head.

Smell: Expected aroma of melted cherry-flavored candy. Also, there's always the stink of over-cooked cabbage and noxious weeds within their lambics, but, thankfully, it's light when compared to my previous experiences with this place.

Taste: Simple, very sweet taste of blanched Luden's Wild Cherry throat drops. There's the mild foulness from the nose pushing its way through the taste, but it never manages to eclipse the liquefied cherry lollipop flavor. Hint of cork. Blended mix of fetid and sweet cherry flavors on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: So far, this has been my best Brouwerij De Troch experience, meaning that it's been the least rancid bag of sorrow to date. For me, the Chapeau offerings are waaay down, in fact right at the very bottom of the lambic totem poll. Not recommended -- do yourself a favor and grab something from either the Cantillon or 3 Fonteinen line-up, or, if you really must insist on a sweetened lambic, then something from Lindemans.

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Photo of Derek
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Red with a pink head which fades to a ring of big bubbles that leaves a little leg/lace.

S: Cough-syrup is my first thought. Even though they actually use cherries, the aroma is seems artificial. A sweet & sour cherry aroma.

T: Cherry candies, slight tartness, some residual sweetness, cotton-candy with only hints of funk.

M: Light body has a light tartness with an off-dry finish.

D: Approachable & fairly drinkable. Almost a malternative.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful clear reddish/copper color with a quickly dissipating head. Smells only of cherries, cherries, and more cherries. First sip is all black cherries and not much else. There is no funk. There is no sourness. It is all sweet cherries only. Where is my friend, Wild Yeast to eat all the sweetness for me? Still tasty but just not the funk I wanted. Fermented Cough Syrup in a bottle.

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Photo of TheHammer
3.49/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Came in a brown pry off bottle with a suggested drink date on it. 3,5% alcohol. I just find the comma kinda funny. Poured with a finger and a half of head, which does lace but could retain a little better. The beer itself is a dark cherry crimson red but it has a whole lot of dark particles in it, which I am hoping are parts of cherry skin. Carbonation looks a bit lax, as I'm not seeing many signs of it.

Smell - No surprise here that sour cherry is by far the dominant smell backed by a medicinal/gelatin like smell which gives it a smell somewhere between cherry pie and cherry cough syrup. I'm also catching a little bit of an almost hay like undertone.

Taste - Wow, I almost puckered on the first drink. Pretty much the entire drink tastes your mouth was hit by a sledgehammer made out of sour cherries up until the very end, when you get a bit of syrupy, medicine like aftertaste that quickly evaporates. I could not note any typical beer characteristics in this one, which isn't surprising, given the style. It's good, but the flavor needs to be tempered and the medicine needs to go.

Mouthfeel - Like I said, it tastes like you are getting hit by a sour cherry sledgehammer, which will throw you off at first. It surprisingly carbonated but the syrupy feeling at the end I could do without. Thankfully that feeling doesn't linger as the beer does leave a bit of a pleasant cherry aftertaste.

Drinkability - Well, I see why they only gave me 250ml in the bottle. This stuff is a desert drink, nothing more. It's far too sweet/sour to be anything but that. It's not refreshing enough that I'd drink it after a long day of work and definitely not something I'd have with the boys. It is what it is I suppose, but I wouldn't want more then one as the cherry flavor is simply too sour and strong. I do have to give it points for going down smoothly and being very easy on the gut though.

Final Thoughts - If you like sour cherries, this beer is for you. I was hoping for something a bit sweeter, but such is life. This is clearly something that you don't buy more then one of. All in all, I was pleased and didn't feel cheated, it just isn't my thing.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured crimson, murky scarlet with a half finger dusty rose head. I'm happy to report none of the yeast problem I had with the lemon. Smell is cherries but there is a syrupy backdrop. Sour cherry taste, dry, cleansing mouthfeel with acidity. In a bright light, one can see quite active small bubble carbonation that contributed to a fizzy mouthfeel and lacing remained to the end of the glass. Overall, a huge improvement over the Chapaeu lemon; the finish was a lot softer with a sweet and sour fruitiness that was tart without offending, appreciated while sipping slowly.

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Photo of biegaman
3.59/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Its colour reminds me more of a raspberry puree than cherry juice; it is murky and appears thick and jam-like. Up to the light, of course, reveals a different side of the beer. Now with a distorted clarity and much more brightness it blushes with vivid cherry red luminescence. Despite not having a head, the tiny bubbles which comprise the beer's modest silhouette are surprisingly strong enough to even grapple the glass, at least for some period of time.

The nose is more medicinal and more candy-like than it is lambic tart. Artificial? Somewhat. Appealing? Sure! Besides, it reminds me of a wonderful meal I had in Brussels, duck breast in kriek sauce, and so I can't be too hard on it. It does, after all, smell of sun-ripened cherry skins and stiff, juicy cherry pits. Although I may be reminded of duck, I think for most this aroma would conjure up the thought of a freshly baked, summertime cherry pie.

It tastes of lightly tart black cherries. I'm happy to of avoided the medicinal, cough drop red maraschino cherry flavouring, but granted, this isn't far from it. It still tastes more like something you'd find in a throat lozenge or a candy store than what would be served in a traditional Brussels bar. Few would argue it's not tasty but anyone with the acquired taste for real lambics knows this fails to offer the complexity and distinctiveness of the style.

The problem with kitschy, artificially sweetened lambics isn't their taste (anyone who likes candy or fruit should love them), their shortcoming regards texture. They lack the tartness, if not sourness, that a real lambic and authentically fruit flavoured beer will posses. This is overly (and obviously artificially) sweet and furthermore lacks the base malt (which should include wheat) that makes real lambics so refreshing. It can quickly become cloying.

Beers like this have their place but it's important we not confuse them with the few true lambics that are still in existence. I'll admit to enjoying artificially sweetened fruit beers like those offered by Brouwerij De Troch - then again I'm also big into fruit juices and I tend to get thirsty in hot summer weather. Traditional Lambic or "alco-pop" arguments aside, this isn't Chapeau's best offering - I'd recommend raspberry or banana if you decided to try one.

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