Chapeau Pêche
Brouwerij De Troch

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #182
ABV:
3%
Score:
85
Ranked #48,345
Avg:
3.08 | pDev: 22.73%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
50
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85
Very Good
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Gusler from Arizona

2.38/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, here goes bottle two from a box of six, the beer pours a sediment filled lightly hazy amber color and the head visible, after it decays, it leaves patches of lace. Very ripe peach nose, the top cadaverous and the finish tart, with a quite sweet aftertaste. Acidity tolerable, the hops sparse.

Dec 19, 2002
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +51%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the depths of the BeerFrigerator in the cellar here at Chez Woody comes an ancient bottle that also made the trip from Mom-Za's in early-2009. I was recently asked how I can produce so many vintage beers, but the answer is simple - I traveled extensively while continuing to procure. Once the tipping point was met & broached, I soon had more beer that I could deal with. Circumstances now dictate some catching-up.

From the Bottle: "Belgium Lambic spontaneously fermented beer flavored with natural juice of Peach and matured in Oak Casks".

The opening was a two-step process, beginning with prising off a heavy crown cap. Following that, I utilized a combination corkscrew/bottle opener & other devices to Pop! out the deeply-set cork! I recently scored that device at the local church's monthly rummage sale & it turned out to be quite a heavy-duty appliance. The pour was as slow as could manage, but it really did not matter as the lees were now firmly ensconced in/on the punt/kick. Color was a gorgeous solid-Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like peach preserves! If there was any question as to the inclusion of peaches in this beer's recipe, this nullified any & all doubt! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was only lightly tart, causing a minimal amount of lip-smacking on my part, but it tasted like peach jam/preserves/butter. OMFG! This was SOOO good. It begged to be spread on toast. My aging had not done it any harm and it had actually mellowed it out as I remember it as being SUPER-tart 15-+ years ago. Finish was dry, but VERY peachy. I am going to savor this one for a bit.

Jun 29, 2018
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Jason from Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

375ml green bottle with no freshness date. Sweetened with natural juice.

LOOK: Flat, golden peach.

SMELL: Cloying sweet, simple syrup, peach juice, oak.

TASTE: Intensely sweet, flat, peach hard candy, musty, dried grass, yeast, faint cork.

Damn ... sooo sweet. Did someone dump a kiddy juice box into my glass? Pretty far from what a beer is let alone a lambic ... a stretch for sure.

Sep 19, 2011
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Pegasus from Texas

3.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with a moderate white head, and scattered, beaded lacing.

Aroma: Slight barnyard and sour hay aroma, quite understated, the peaches manifest themselves more as peach rind, rather than the flesh.

Taste: Very sweet, juicy peach note, with slight hints of peach skin, late in the taste, a sour hay and barnyard note appears, as well as a slight medicinal note, which lingers on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft on the palate, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, understated example of a lambic with fruit.

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

Nov 20, 2006
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 oz. green bottle, corked and capped.
Appearance: clear, pale orange color, with a fine, fluffy head, that dwindles away with marked urgency.
Aroma: sour peaches and candy sugar.
Big sourness on first sip, which leaves almost immediately. Nice texture, though, good lip-smacking tang, long-lasting tartness, decent finish.
Light body, light everything, but this is no hefty brew, nor a swigger or a gulper.
Peach flavor is adequate, if unspectacular.
For the price, it's an okay after-dinner sipper, to slowly while away the digesting time. Later on, we'll move on to a barleywine, or Imperial stout...
Forgetting the financial factor, no contender for Lindemans, at the least.

Jun 08, 2003
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canucklehead from Canada

3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank out of a 7-11 coffee cup in downtown Vancouver in the summer sun.

Ok, this is no competition to Boon or any other serious Lambic producer. What this is is a sweetish very fruity beer that happens to have a lambic back note. The beer is quite drinkable with a slightly funky lambic kick to the finish. The main body is mainly peach but I enjoyed the fruity ride to the finish. A fun beer not to be taken too seriously

Aug 08, 2008
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HardTarget from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mild Belgian yeast note with some citric flowers

Appearance: Murky orange amber glass holds a collar that leaves some mild lacing

Flavor: Light honey, mild orange rind, hint of peach nectar, almost a lager flavor overall. Tasted very “mainstream” which struck me as odd.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, medium light body

Overall Impression: Easy drinking beer. Comes across as a lightly fruited lager, not very lambic at all! Guess that’s a pro and a con.

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

Oct 30, 2006
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.19/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served from a very thick green corked bottle. No head, even on the initial pour. Interestingly, there is a slight ring of tight bubbles on the rim that leaves the slightest of lace. Orange color and cloudy.

Sweet plum-like aromas. Reminds me of Japanese Plum wine.

Tastes like Japanese Plum wine! Very sweet, with none of the typical sourness from most peches. Very rich body and light carbonation.

In many ways, this is an extreme beer--I cannot remember a sweeter offering. Probably closer to a soft drink than a beer.

Sep 15, 2007
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allengarvin from Texas

3.45/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Muddy brown color, with a surprisingly long-lasting frothy, lace-white head. Smell reminds me of freshly-skinned apples and pears, as well as dusty, dry dirt just as rain starts to fall on it. Flavor, though, is not as interesting: artificially sweet beer with little real pear flavor and little lambic funkiness. One-dimensional. Chalky mouthfeel, somewhat thin.

Jul 06, 2006
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

1.93/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours out a an orange-gold body with a smattering of scattered, distraught bubbles.

Smell: Smells of the corpse of somebody who died from drinking far too much peach schnapps. Not a bad way to go, really.

Taste: Jarringly sweet from the get-go and with a jolt of peach flavoring. Plenty of moldy, musty, rotted wood. Far, far too much sugar dumped into a poor lambic. Unclemattie asked if I was crying afterwards. I definitely choked up when he asked that.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Trust me, there are plenty of other far better lambics out there today. This, however, is an undrinkable mess. Why do I continue to engage in this ridiculousness?

Jan 28, 2010
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hero27 from Minnesota

3.14/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Bottle is pretty cheesy looking..nothing too appealing. Relatively clear-orange color with nearly no head to speak of.

Smell: Smells pretty darn good. Smells stronger than expected leading me to believe it's probably pretty flavorful.

Taste: Tastes of peach-flavored jolly ranchers rolled in sugar. Definitely strong initial fruity-peach taste.

Mouthfeel. Aftertaste is sweet and the overall mouthfeel is good enough. Light in body but tart flavor is appealing..at least for the first couple bottles..

Drinkability:I really don't think I could drink too many in succession...or whether I'd want to at that. The fruity flavor is nice if you like that sort of thing, but this is not something I'm going to run out and buy again in the forseeable future.

Oct 22, 2004
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BenZ from Virginia

3.79/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Peach-colored

Smell: Smelled like peaches(!)

Taste: Just too syrupy...lambic was overpowered by the taste of Del Monte canned peaches in heavy syrup. Lambic tastes come forward if you let it relax in your mouth for awhile. Quite metallic.

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy; little carbonation.

Drinkability: Would have been even easier to drink had it not been so sweet.

Sep 24, 2007
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kaimcm from California

3.37/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tart tang in the nose, though I cant really find peach. Interesting acidity and yeast character in the aroma. Body is full and rich, pretty sweet. Nose is pretty deceptive as the acidity doesnt present on the tongue. Just a bit of tart on the finish but sweet all over. Soft. Peach flavor is not quite ripe. Lindemans-esque lambic, little to no authentic lambic funk. Decent.

Interesting as long as I dont have to drink more than 3-4 ounces.

Apr 14, 2006
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12.7 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch white head that didn't stay around for very long. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is peach syrup, bready malt, and a bit of earthy aromas, too. It tastes mostly like canned peaches syrup, sugar, and a bit of grainy malt. It's very sweet tasting. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and syrupy with low carbonation. This is a one and done for me, I wouldn't buy it again. It was getting hard to finish this brew after a while! Worth a try if you've never had it before, but this is certainly one of the sweeter lambics I've had recently, too sweet for me. $5.99 a bottle.

Jul 28, 2012
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biegaman from Canada

2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on a beautiful June afternoon at Michelle's Beachouse, in the Toronto Beaches. While my expectations were low, this selection was in part inspired by the advice of a close friend: "when life gives you lemons... #$%* it - eat peaches". Touching words.

Pours completely flat with a sullied appearance, which resembled a marmalade or pear jam. The aroma was less than favourable, boasting a 'funk' that, while not unusual for lambics, simply didn't carry any charm or intrigue that others do. Hardly any fruity notes either. Mouthfeel carries a cloying sweetness as the body (although refreshing) borders being syrupy due to a low carbonation. The taste is a 'guess that fruit' game, with hints of pear, apricot, mango, orange, and perhaps least of all - some peach. It certainly was not an artificial flavour (I may of been expecting something of a "fuzzy peach" candy, like I've tasted with other beers). Especially with the low level of both alcohol and carbonation, this was received more as a juice.
There are far better fruit lambics out there, even from the De Troch family...

Jun 19, 2007
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Rochefort10nh from New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -35.1%

Nov 26, 2011
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Dubbercody from Washington

2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Golden hazy orange with no head to speak of. Aroma brings fruity, and a bit of funk.

Tastes like a mixed drink, but not necessarily like a beer. Not that I expected 'beer', but it doesn't have more than just a touch of tang to it.

My lady liked it...and since I bought it for her I got the rating as a bonus.

Aug 24, 2008
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metter98 from New York

3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a thin collar around the edge and some lacing on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peaches are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors of peaches, although they don't seem fresh and seem a bit syrupy.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a low amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink, but seems like it could use some more carbonation.

Dec 21, 2013
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t0rin0 from California

3/5  rDev -2.6%

Sep 02, 2012
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tbeq00 from California

4/5  rDev +29.9%

Dec 12, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

2.6/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is very strong on the peaches. There may be a little bit of funk hidden in the background, but it is stomped on by the sweet peaches. The flavor is more of the same. The beer tastes like the syrup that you get with canned peaches. It is way too sweet and hard to drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This was the worst of the three Chapeau beers we had recently, with the other two being the Kriek and the Banana.

Sep 15, 2010
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Brenden from Ohio

2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's the color of peach if not tilting a little to the lighter side. It's got complete calrity...in fact, it looks a little flat. The bottle has instructions on how to tilt the glass and pour slowly to control and create a healthy head. Not a problem, as it goes down as quickly as it came up. All that remains is a thin and wispy bit at the edges. Very little lacing is left in tiny spots.
It actually doesn't smell too sweet, but they're definitely off-track on what they think a Lambic ashould be. Instead of tartness and funk, it's wild, uncontrolled and less coordinated funk that also smells of cork. What's going on here, exactly? It's not the worst, but it's just not right.
In the taste, the cork funk returns and the main difference is that it's quite sweet. I don't ind it to be cloying, as some do, but it's up there as far as sweetness goes. It's kind of a sugary peach. It's actually pretty pleasant as pure, fresh peach juice taste comes in.
There's a little crispness starting it off, but it doesn't last. It's quite syrupy and sticky and a little thin in the body. Eh.

Jul 19, 2013
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spycow from Illinois

3/5  rDev -2.6%

Nov 02, 2014
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Chapeau Peche
Brouwerij De Troch

Appearance: Clear golden in color, lots of active carbonation showing. Small white fizzy bubbly head forms.

Smell: Very peachy, sweet, some grains, unripe apple. Cidery.

Taste: In the taste, peach preserves upfront, followed by a mild vinegary acidity. Mostly sweet peach juice, with a little tart. A very faint note of musty oak.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low-medium carbonation, in the finish, sweet peach and muted funk.

Overall: This peach lambic is somewhat tasty, though not as lambic like as some other great examples of the style. An excellent drink to enjoy with an early brunch, not really a complex sipper.

Jan 28, 2012
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womencantsail from California

1.88/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is a dark golden-orange color with a few haphazard bubbles popping up.

S: The nose is uninspiring if nothing else. Not really much, if any, peach aroma, but plenty of cork and an earthy, mushroom mustiness.

T: Like on the nose, there is a lot of just moldy, musty, earthy character to this beer that is not at all pleasing or enjoyable. Rotting peaches and sugary sweet with hardly any acidity or any bright spots at all.

M: The body is light to medium with a limp sort of carbonation that does not do this beer any favors.

D: This was pretty bad, even by Chapeau standards. No thanks.

Sep 12, 2010
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Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 50 ratings