Chapeau Kriek Lambic
Brouwerij De Troch

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Style:
Belgian Fruit Lambic
Ranked #183
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
84
Ranked #44,923
Avg:
3.39 | pDev: 15.63%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
89
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Brouwerij De Troch
 
Belgium
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
84
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 89
Reviews by EnojysAnyBeer:
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.33/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another tasty lambic brew.

A- very bubbly translucent purple-red grape color with a light purple small head

S- sweet black cherries and horse blanket

T- Great flavor but somewhat light for a lambic. Tastes like the cherries that are suggested with more tartness than most cherries

M- soda feeling with large carbonation and a light, slightly syrupy body feeling

D- Drinks great. A good balance of flavors

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More User Reviews:
Photo of brittanylicious
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ADR
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy reddish sienna color, slightly pink and sugary head of 1/8 of an inch after settling. Some pungent aromas, vinegar as well as cherry. So far -- better than Lindemans. Pretty good dark cherry taste with sweetness, but a slight sense of skins and a sour astringency, too. Fruity finish with some notes of coating properties. Chapeau is pretty widely distributed but I still rate this as one of the more decent and non-sickly sweet renditions of a Lambic that I can get at many stores.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy ruby color, with a small, slightly pink head, which leaves scattered lacing on the glass walls.

Aroma: Sweet cherry notes, paired with, as strange as it seems, a note of hand lotion. The aroma is more like perfume than fruit. This characteristic is rather off-putting.

Taste: Sweet cherry peel and pit notes at the open, followed by a sweet, somewhat syrupy note. Finishes with a mild sour hay and earth note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant example of a fruit lambic, not superb, but quite decent.

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

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Photo of pootz
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle:
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 sweetness...like 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 feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tiny, but bubbly head, deep cherry red color, (naturally). Straightforward aroma of cherries, both sweet and sour. Very light in body and texture, with an incredible amount of sourness on the palate, which diminishes, leading toward a sweetish finish. Very mellow and pleasant, simple and satisfying. Not an extraordinary lambic, but solid example.

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Photo of cbl2
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

9/27/2005 $3.99 12.7 oz. 3.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a moderately still murky pink with just a slight head on top that is perfectly white in color, though it settles rapidly leaving little to no lace.

Aroma:

Smells exactly like a ludens cough drop: sweet, cherry aroma with a sharp citric tang.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Mouth puckeringly tart. Not as sweet as Lindemans framboise, this also has somewhat of a wet wood flavor to it (perhaps oxidation). In general the cherry shines through along with a mild sweetness.

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Photo of marburg
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good fruit lambic. It's just a little too middling to be supremely great. It's neither the over-the-top fruitiness of Lindeman's nor the more lightly spritzed tartness of Boon.

But it's still damn good.

Pours a deep, true, Traverse City cherry red -- slightly burgandy, really. Light, small pink head. Smells like marachino cherries and tastes like a tart cherry pie -- sans crust, of course. It doesn't seem quite lively enough for a lambic, but it's a fun one.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle Inspection: Notes aging in oak cask

Aroma: Cherry pie filling intensity with a note of Sweettart® candy.

Appearance: A hazy deep ruby red with a white collar the manages some lace

Flavor: Subtle compared to the smell. Milder cherry taste, mostly cherry skin. The girls note an “Oil of Olay” flavor which I get as a general moisturizer note.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium light body.

Overall Impression: A let down from the intense smell and a bit thin overall. A fair beer for cherry lovers, or those in a cherry mood.

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

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Photo of SteveP
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chapeau beers are fun in a wind in your face, sunshine on a rainy day, flashing your undies sort of way.
The appearance is a sort of yummy melted cherry sweets. The aroma is also cherry sweets mixed with a yeasty Morello jam.
Sweetness is immediately apparent, though the edge is taken off slightly by a mild zingy tartness. Finish is gently astringent. And throughout is the flavour of cherries. Wonderful.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.82/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep red color lambic with huge foamy pink color head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet cherry syrup is totally dominating with no traces of sourness that I would usually associate with a lambic. Taste is also dominated by sweet cherry syrup which is not bad per se but overall this does not taste like traditional lambic but more like a cheap alcohol-pop. Pretty refreshing for what it is but not something I would have very often.

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Photo of TerryW
3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa! Extreme cherry.

Chapeau has a long line of these fruity (beers). They are heavy on fruit juice and light on the beer side, so be prepared for an extreme experience. Its a summer patio beer, more fruit juice than not.

Drinkable. One of the few beers I'd consider over ice. Cherry is one of those fruit flavours that work in a beer (not all do) and the fruit here comes across here as natural and not chemical in character, unlike some incarnations of their fruit beers. Sweet up front, tart finish. Nice hint of lambic throughout.

This one I liked, not so much the banana or exotic. Approach it with an open mind.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"The man for me is the cherry on the pie. But I'm the pie and my pie is good all by itself. Even if I don't have a cherry."

--Halle Berry


Dark candied cherry that could also fairly be called magenta. The cap is the usual (cherry or raspberry lambic) pale pink and has a great deal of charater despite its lack of size. Yeah, it looks like a chick beer, but I still like it.

The nose is less intensely fruity and much more oaky than I remember for the other Chapeau beers. Their oak aging has always seemed on the subtle side to me in the past. I hope it isn't this woody on the palate. There's still enough fermented cherry essence in the nose for the score to be above average.

I'm still not blown away. My favorites of this line (Banana, Framboise and Mirabelle) have been a sweet fruit explosion with each mouthful. The flavor in this case, like the nose, is far from a stick of dynamite. It's more the muted pop! from a single firecracker. As a result, the oakiness that I feared would be too prominent is exactly that. Kriek tastes like it spent more than twice as long in the barrels as the others.

It's also a fraction less sweet. I have no idea how old this bottle is compared to the others, and I have no idea how its age might have impacted what I'm tasting. All I know is, at this point in time, it's less than stellar beer.

The mouthfeel is right on the money. It's medium-full with a pleasing viscosity that doesn't cross the line into overly syrupy. Not only that, but there are just enough bubbles to give the beer some life in the mouth.

Chapeau Kriek Lambic is my least favorite of the Brouwerij De Troch fruit lambics that I've had so far. That's hard to figure since cherries are one of my favorite fruits when it comes to the brewing of beer. I suspect that my bottle is off somehow, since it's different in several ways from my memory of the others. I might be willing to give it a second chance. That is, if the $4.99 price tag doesn't dissuade me when the time comes.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.11/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pinkish red color with a pink fizzy head that disappears on short order. The aroma is exactly like a cherry lollipop with only a novel amount of tartness. The aroma follows suit, very one dimensional and sweet. Its kind of like Koolaid or any of the myriad of cherry flavored alcopops. Alcohol is non-existent, as are any substantial malt/grain flavors. The mouthfeel is surprisingly full bodied, but just short of cloying from the sweetness.

This is OK for what it is, a plambic made to appeal to non beer drinkers. Its tastey, but not beer-like.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.27/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy cloudy off amber dim peach with a thin collar. Aroma is bright and fruity which is fine but it's almost too juicy. Taste is literally cherry soda beer. All bright cherries which leaves little to the imagination. A tongue cloying brew that is too much its namesake for its own good. A gateway fruitbeer but nothing here to see (or taste)...move along.

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Photo of Billolick
3.87/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small green bottle, cork and cap. Colorful labels. Pours a nice deep plum color, very cloudy, low carbonation, min. head and some lacing. Nose is very fruity and sweet, cherries very foward. Flavor is pleasantly soft and not overly tart. Cherries, fruit, melon etc etc. This has been a style that has taken some getting used to for me, but I found this stuff to be flavorful and pleasant. Nice with desert. worth trying.

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Photo of Zorro
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red ale with a small pink colored head.

Smells of spicy cherry. Big scent of cherries and spice. Essentially it smells like cherry pie. Smells sweet and a little tart. Very fruity.

Starts out tasting of cherry and woody with a tart after taste. Distinct taste of cork. Mildly bitter but is more of an astringent bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer. On the sweet side for a Lambic.

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Photo of poundboy
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at Dunderbak's. Paid $7.50 for it, which I'm sure is overpriced, but as I had never seen it around elsewhere, I figured it was worth a try.
This is a very fruity kriek. Reminds my quite alot of New Glarus Belgian Red. However this one is more sweet and with less cherry flavor. Wonderful smells, of ripe strong cherries and a bit of sour mustiness. However, I was very disapointed by the lack of tartness. The first sip is sour, thats it. After that, its pretty much all sweet fruitiness. Hints of th oak aging emerge as it warms. Minimal head does not last, and the beer becomes flat rather quickly.
Overall, a decent brew if your in the mood for a wine cooler, but can't quite admit it. Worth a try if you like fruit brews, however I think most lambic lovers will be disapointed. I doubt I will be picking this one up again. Unless I find it for 1.75 a bottle like someone else who posted a review did.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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 allengarvin
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a deep ruby red color with a substantial though quickly dissipating head. Cherry aroma is present, but oddly, it smells more like grape juice to me than cherry juice (which I love, as long as it's unsweetened). Cherry flavor comes through strongly... reminds of fresh bing cherries. Fairly lightly sweetened, though also not too sour, and with no detectable lambic funk. Thin-bodied, par for the style.

I like it, especially that they sweetened it lightly but didn't go overboard like Liefman's or Lindemans.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
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 Ego
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

eyes...
fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, red to pinkish hue with some cloudiness, some carbonation streams up, a pretty typical looking kreik.

nose...
at first huge sweetness but underneath is a rich aroma of black cherries, also there is a definite earthiness added by wood tones, way in the back is a tartness as well, this smells tasty.

taste etc...
the wood is first, which almost has a chemical flavor, then you get the big rush of cherries and a finish of sourness/bitterness (along with some more wood), carbonation is subtle sort of "just active" enough. This is light drinking and the body is a testament to that. This is almost like drinking Hawaiian punch with a more tart twist.. and I dig it...

verdict....
not the best kreik on the block but enjoyable. not too aggressive in any category.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a bright ruby color. The head is small, and recedes within seconds into no lacing. The aroma is of cherries with a hint of sourness. The taste is like the aroma, but without any trace of sourness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with adequately low carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a decent sweet kriek lambic. It is drinkable, but would be a lot more interesting if it had some sort of classic lambic tartness, and sourness.

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Photo of Derek
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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 scruffwhor
3.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a waxy looing maroon/ fire engine red. Strong effervescant head right after the pour, but diminishes to a very thin ring of foam in less than a minute. Very thick color, not too far from opaque. Can just barely see the very small, singular bubbles. Tesmell is aunique, waxy like chery with a hint of horse blankets and leather. The taste is a upfront tartness. Then fruit, juicey cherry and light currnt. The palate is tart and acidic, but feels a little waxy. Leaves a unique coating on the tongue.

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Chapeau Kriek Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 89 ratings