De Boomgaard Tropicale | Brouwerij Liefmans

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De Boomgaard TropicaleDe Boomgaard Tropicale

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Brouwerij Liefmans

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by hopsaplenty on 03-19-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of ccrida
3.76/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml champagne nip poured into my Meantime snifter, Tropicale is a clear gold with big chunks of sediment and a large, fizzy white head, pretty long lasting, decent lace. Cork dated 2005, served around 65F, it opened with a loud pop but didn't overflow.

Smell is rich, sweet tropical fruits, a bit putrid with a mineral spritz.

Taste is heavy on the fruitness, and saccarine I think as well, some adjunct sugar at least that has a sharp, artificial taste, reminding me of an old fashioned hard candy. Very juice like, with a distinct tartness from the mango, but I'm not sure what role the base lambic is playing at this point, save the bit of funk on the nose. Still not as scary and unpleasant as I though, it's going down rather easily, although I wouldn't want a second. For my money, because fruit flavors are not something I find sessionable, I prefer my fruit beers with a higher ABV. And of course my lambics funky and not artificially sweetened!

Mouthfeel is light and slick. In spite of the turbid appearance, I can't feel the floaties, just the soft prickly carbonation.

Drinkability is pretty good, for the style. Not a bad beverage, but if I wanted juice, I should just drink that. When I want beer, or lambic in particular, I don't want it to taste like juice! That said, I knew this was a pasteruized/sweetened fruit lambic going in, even though I much prefer pure fruit lambics. And for the style, it's pretty good, perhaps a bit drier then most, and I appreciate the unusual fruits.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2005 is printed on the cork. Label states that mango juice and spices are added.

Hazy orange, pulpy sediment hangs in suspension. Small white head that dwindles to a ring and skim across the surface.

Fruity and earthy aroma, nothing past the seemingly natural sweetness of the fruit juice.

Sweet with some low level tartness. Mango is obvious in the taste, the juice blend seems dominant, but there's still an adequate level of carbonation to it. Peachy. Similar sweetness level to that of Frambozenbier from Liefmans. Mango "lambic" lite...check it out!

Pairing this with Green & Black vanilla ice cream, it transforms into an orange creamsicle concoction.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the palate properly conditioned by a Pyramid apricot, I'm sticking with the fruity style for another go here.

Appearance - this is a green bottle, corked and caged, and a slightly hazy brew is easily detected. Free floating chunks at the bottom rest around the punt. The muselet is rather stuck on the bottle, having worked its way into the cork a bit. A satisfactory pop and we're underway. Pours a hazy orange/yellow. Despite some care to decant, this has lots of stuff in suspension. Thin white head with some decent hold for its small size. As the particulate attempts to settle, carbonation pushes it right back up again in lava lamp form. A beer and a show...

Aroma - A very intense mango juice aroma. It is similar in nature to tomato juice but sweeter. I swear, blindfolded you might think it's a V8. Know your mango, this smells pretty good, but nothing like beer.

Taste - pure, sweet mango juice. A spicy tickle on the tongue early, and some token graininess around mid-palate and swallow. Some late mustiness (fishiness even), very light, serves to flatten out the sweetness just a tad. This is even sweeter than a wine cooler, a definite dessert beer. I am impressed by the craftsmanship of how the flavors interplay and with how this uber sweet thing is not feeling syrupy. It's not a chore to drink necessarily, I'm just not the biggest fan despite my love of mango. FWIW, I didn't catch any spices in the beer, but the cork smells like pepper, tobacco, and allspice.

Mouthfeel - smooth but not too heavy or sticky. Probably should be a sipper but to its credit this is going quickly.

Drinkability - I'd buy it for a beer tasting with the right folks to appreciate, but this isn't one I'd stock.

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Photo of CU570M
2.76/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer poured a foggy amber color with a hint of rose on the edges. Could see carbonation rolling all around the edge of this brew, like a champagne or something. Head was a thick fizzy foam that was gone after a few minutes. Smell was a sweet and sour mango glaze. Taste wasn't far off. A little on the sweet side for a beer. Tasted more like a beer cooler. Not bad, just needed a little more bite. Would recommend to someone who may like wine coolers. Mouthfeel was a mild carbonation with nothing ore than the feel of liquid in my mouth. Felt like drinking mildly fizzy juice. Drinkability on this one was a little less than average. The only reason i am giving it less than average is because the taste was a little syrupy and sweet.

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Photo of ism
3.26/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375mL caged bottle uncorks with a happy pop, pours a fairly clear apricot color, topped with a slightly peach-tinted, frothy white head. The nose is mango, apricot, and peach. The uncorking is matched by a pleasantly active carbonation, slowed only by the mango juice-like density of the body. Sweet fruit dominates in the flavor profile, if one can call its one-dimensionality that. There is a touch of savoriness accompanying it -- I can't quite call it "spice" -- like a freshly-peeled musk, that offers a bit more depth. It's sweet without being sticky, a luxuriant mouthfeel befitting that of a dessert drink in small quantities. I did finish the bottle myself, but I had been hankering for a Goya mango nectar. There is a very specific scenario or two for this beer, and in that niche, functions well. Next summer I'll conclude a salmon with mango chutney outdoor dinner party with the happy pop of this cork.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright mango topped by a good-sized head of pearl colored froth. The cap is much thicker and whipped creamier than one usually sees on a fruit beer. It's also nicely bubbled and leaves quarter-moons and curlicues of sticky lace on the glass.

Even though the label will only admit to mango juice, it's my understanding that apricot and passionfruit juice are present as well. As far as my nose is concerned, apricot is the one present. It's accompanied by a muskiness that makes me think of the unpeeled fresh fruit rather than the cut flesh. As I continue to give it a good sniff before each upending of the glass, I have to concede that it is pretty mango-like.

Tropicale is along the lines of the other De Boomgaard ('The Orchard') fruit beers. I saved it for last since I expected to like it more than Framboise, Kriek and Peche. If it tasted more like pineapple and passionfruit, I might have. Truth be told, it tastes like apricot and peach; not my favorites when it comes to fruit, fruit juice or fruit beer. I do like mangos, though.

There's only a hint of the 'brewed with spices'. Which spices... is hard to say. This is pretty much a 'by the numbers', fruit nectar-like, sticky-sweet, low-ABV sipper that happens to feature something other than the classic flavors of raspberry and cherry. It might even be considered a panty stripper if it came in 750 ml bottles.

The mouthfeel manages to find that fruit beer sweet spot, in that it's full and lush without being heavy or syrupy. All that sugar smooths things out nicely. A well-buried, gentle carbonation is a positive as well.

Brouwerij Liefmans' De Boomgaard Tropicale is a pretty good little dessert beer that helps itself by being somewhat original in the types of fruit used. While it isn't a beer that I care to drink again, I can see how it would go well with certain tropical-themed meals.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

De Boomgaard is a sweet "lambic" with a mixed fruit character. Nothing really stands out in the nose, although there is a hint of horse sweat to it, and a bit of an apricot/peach/mango slant in its fruitiness. And there's not that much more in the flavor... again, some peach, apricot, and perhaps a bit of tangerine or mild and sweet pineapple, papaya, and/or melon... mango, I guess. Lambic character is only hinted at, and doesn't do anything to either help or hinder the beer. It could just as easily be made without it. It's an unusual beer in the world of beers, but a sub-par player in the world of lambics. Liefman's has better offerings.

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Photo of dbalsock
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured an hazy orange similar to many wheat beers. The head was pretty big and very white.

Smell: Bready with apricot and mango and a buttery aroma.

Taste: Buttery apricto and mango, a little too buttery actually. Less of the buttery character would allow the cherries to come out a little more and balance the brew out.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied with a clean finish, and good carbonation throughout.

Drinkability: This is definitely a dessert beer and would probably pair well some flan.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Glowing pale amber appearance. Head isn't as violent as some of the other Belgians I've had.

Smell is odd. Slightly skunky with a dry, musky spice smell. Not very sweet. The taste is much better. Mango is over empahsized, not much spice. Very sweet and un-beer like.

Sometimes comes off as a bit too sweet and sugary, but over all a very tasty beer.

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Photo of JasonA
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12.7 from Corridor Wine and Spirits.

This is a review from my wife. She doesnt frequent many beers, so she will use my slot for now.

Appears fairly clear. Dark peach, slightly cloudy. Poured a solid finger head with lacing to be shown.

Smells a flowery mango. Light, but there. Almost peach, definatly citrus, but not much to compare to.

Tastes sweet. Not much depth. Dont really taste mentioned spices. The mango taste is deep, just not long lasting.

Very nice carbonation in the mouth, nice and tingley. Smooth, nothing biting.

Tasty, but I would like to assume there other lambic's out there with more depth.

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Photo of ciderfaerie
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: a pretty mango peachy color with incredible carbonation and frothy head.

s: fruity with that tang of something special... beer? nah!

t: first sip was a sweet honey taste, and noticably fruitiness - mango / peach. im sensing a hoppiness, but im told it could be from the wheat and yeast.

m: soft and well balanced. somewhat syrupy - in a good way - like the juice from canned peaches, but not as overwhelmingly sweet or dense.

d: very drinkable. if this is what all beer tasted like, id drink more beer. i like it. two thumbs up.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.43/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich cooper color with a slight haze and plenty of carbonation to keep the thick white fluffy head alive.
The smell was fruity but not overpoweringly so. It had a smooth slightly subdued scent. The taste was very nice smooth like the scent not too sweet. I didnt detect spice like the label says. It was still a very nice finishing beer. Mouthfeel was good nice amount of carbonation. I enjoyed it since it didnt come across as ultra sweet.

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Photo of Nesued
4.12/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Rich apricot color, cloudy with a lasting head. Pours with a vibrant carbonation that feeds a dense head.

Smell - Wow, very pronounced fruity/peach aroma. A very aromatic beer that fills the immediate area with the scent of peaches.

Taste - As with many lambics you often forget that this is a beer. A very nice dessert beer based upon the peachy spice taste. I added the "spice" component to my review, since my previous experiences with other fruit lambics were missing the spice component.

Mouthfeel - Nice feel with the carbonation taking the beer to wonderful corners of your mouth. A lively feel that would pair well with chocolate or other sweets.

Drinkability - Yeah, I would have another, however with any fruit lambics the use would be specific to the need. This isn't something that you would down two or three as part of a dinner offering. Well savored for special occasions.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden with a low white wheat which was small bubbled and short lived while trying to lace the glass.

The aroma was earthy and fruity. The aroma was tart and acidic and had a bit of spice to it. The spice was peppery and the fruity character was also a bit floral in nature.

The flavor was sweet with a peach character. The flavor had just a very, very slight spice then a lightly sweet peach. The label stated mango, but with the light tartness the flavor did not come through as the original fruit, juice, or flavoring.

The finish was even, drying in the finale of the aftertaste, and carried with it some fruit impressions. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation. A lambic devoid of complexity with a bit of funk in the aroma and not much character.

12.7 ounce corked and bailed bottle. The label states "Brewed with spices and mango juice".

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Photo of RBorsato
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light peach color with a big pillowy white head and nice active constant carbonation. Moderately strong mango aroma. Very nice sweet mango fruit flavors with the slightest touch of Belgian Oud Bruin/Lambic sourness on the finish. Light bodied, airy, and refreshing.

An interesting unique find - a noce appertif.

Label states: "Brewed With Spices and Mango Juice"

'2.005' on cork (?)
Tasted: 06/01/06

($5.99 / 12.7 oz / 375 ml small sized green champagne style bottle - corked and caged)

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Photo of DogFood11
2.49/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

decent appearance. Fizzy, pinkish head that leaves spider like lacing. Peach color to it, thin, mildly carbonated body.

The smell requires some fortitude to get through, really odd musky fruits, and a wierd combo of fruits as well.

Tasted like a mix between Mango, Grapes, Peach. Very light on the palate and I have to admit the taste comes together a bit better than the smell, leaving behind that musky wet towel. As it warmed some of the extract like flaws and oversweetness show their true colors.

Notes: I should have known better as I hesitated to by the whole de boomgaard lineup without at least sampling one. Hey its not the worst thing in the world and all told a brew thats below average is still worth sampling in my book. No more from this line.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden yellow, with a white head. The head fades quickly, leaving no laces. Little bubbles of carbonation are present.

This beer has a fruity aroma. I detect pear, strawberry, mango, pineapple, and a little apple aroma. No malt aroma is present. Also, no hop aroma is detectable.

This beer tastes like a carbonated apple juice. Behind that, I taste some pineapple. A little pear and mango are present also. As with the aroma, I get no malt or hop flavor. It tastes more like a cider than a lambic.

This beer leaves a very sweet fruity aftertaste. It is highly carbonated. It goes down smooth.

This beer might make a decent session beer if you could handly the sweet fruit flavor. I perfer a beer with a more beer like flavor. I am happy to have tried this one, but I doubt I will have it again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

03/28/06- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 375ml bottle, caged and corked. Cork says year 2005 on it. Poured into my smaller Paulaner weisbier glass.

Appearance- Golden, light amber in color. Millions of effervescent bubbles rise to the surface. Full inch head, which a good amount remains until the finish. Medium lacing to be had.

Smell- A mixture of tropical scent. I notice a bit of pear with maybe some papaya? Also some other berries in the mix (stawberries), maybe some passion fruit as well.

Taste- Sryupy sweet tropical flavors. Taste kinda like a cheap wine cooler. The flavors are a bit to sweet and artificial tasting. They don't meld as well together as they should. Maybe even like an off flavor of a pear cider.

Mouthfeel- Ultra carbonation. Caking sugary mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Not really to keen on the flavor makeup on this one. Reminds one of a sub par cider or wine cooler. Hope the peche is better or at least as good as the Kriek was.

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De Boomgaard Tropicale from Brouwerij Liefmans
3.48 out of 5 based on 18 ratings.
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