Chapeau Peche Lambic (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Pêche Lambic, 3.5% ABV – 37.5cl, (Ternat-Wambeek, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar, flavour, peach (20%)

  • Style: (peach) Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: apple juice sweetness -> yellow peach -> crisp sweet finish.
  • Where I got it : Liquor Depot Cambie
  • How much: $8, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: with friends
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50, it’s more for casual drinkers

Tasting notes: pours brilliant clear orangish/yellow with a nice-sized foamy head, good lacing, a bit of slow activity. Bright, fruity sweet mainly apple/light peach nose.

Attack: huge apple aroma, oncoming 7/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: mellow yellow peach, fizziness, continual sweetness

Finish: crisp, trace malts, sweet finish.

Quite simple and straightforward. Drinks pleasantly with ease though more like a cider than a beer.

Lindemans Pomme Lambic (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Lindemans Pomme Lambic (apple), 3.5% ABV – 750ml, (St Pieters Leeuw-Vlezenbeek, Belgium)

On the back label:

“Lindemans Pomme is a lambic made from local barley, unmalted wheat, and wild yeast. After spontaneous fermentation apples are added, creating a secondary fermentation and yielding a beer of exceptional flavor and compelxity.”

  • Style: Fruit Beer (apple)
  • Taste Profile: super-sweet sugars/tangy -> fruity red/sour green apple -> cloying tart finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$11, sometime in 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: good flavour, but not particularly complex

Tasting notes: pours apple juice yellow with bits of suspended sediment, good thick foamy head, lots of lacing, some slow activity. Bright, sweet and natural apple juice on the nose.

Attack: dense fruity sugars, 9/10-sweetness, medium tanginess

Mid-palate: med-high cloying, red apple, green apple, medium sourness

Finish: cloying, sweet, highly tart finish.

Drinks very much like a super-sweet and tart cider, but too sweet and cloying for my palate.

Celis White (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B-

Celis White – Brouwerij Van Steenberge, 5% ABV – 25cl, (Belgium)

On the back label:

“This wheatbeer, developed by the CELIS BREWERY (Austin, Texas), combines the 500 year old brewing art of Hoegaarden (Belgium) with the modern brewing techniques.”

interesting tidbit from ratebeer.com:

“Pierre Celis created the original Hoegaarden beer in the early 1960’s. Interbrew-Labatt bought the brand and the brewery in the 1980’s. Pierre Celis formed a new brewery in Austin Texas, brewing the same beer but under the brand name Celis White. Miller bought the Celis brewery and the Celis White brand-name in 1996. The brewery closed in 2000. In late 2002 Michigan Brewing bought the Celis White brand from Miller. Brouwerij Van Steenberge is now brewing the original Pierre Celis White under the brand-name Celis White in Europe and Ertveld’s Wit in North America.”

  • Style: Witbier (Wheat Ale)
  • Taste Profile: fizzy dry wheat -> wheat malts/lemon/sour yeast -> banana/light hopped finish.
  • Where I got it : Brewery Creek
  • How much: $4, Sometime 2010
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: nah
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure

Tasting notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange with minimal head, some lacing , thin ringed retention, some activity. A bit of sour yeast on the nose.

Attack: mildly fizzy dry wheat

Mid-palate: wheaty malts, light lemon citrus, sour yeast

Finish: mild banana with just a light hit of hops

A very clean and refreshing beer. Too bad it’s only 250ml as it drinks so darn easy.

Chapeau Kriek Lambic Beer (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Kriek Lambic – Brewery de Troch (LEFT: New label since 2012, RIGHT: Old label prior 2012), 3.5% ABV – 37.5cl, (Wambeek, Belgium)

Ingredients: water, barley malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar flavour, cherries (20%)

  • Style: Fruit Lambic (Kriek)
  • Taste Profile: Creamy/fizzy/sweet -> cherry/wood/tart -> sticky/cloying/sugar overload
  • Where I got it : Legacy
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: just once; also for non-beer drinkers/gals

Tasting notes: pours a deep vibrant blood red with a nice small lasting head, foamy CO2, lots of active streams. Aromatic shweeeeeet cherries and their juice on the nose, so sweet it’s almost candy-like.

Attack: mostly creamy/light fizzy mouthfeel, bright 9/10-sweetness

Mid-palate: fading sugars, dense fruity richness of cherries, light woodiness, med-sourness, light-med tartness

Finish: light stickiness of the sugars, mainly clean, minor sugar-overdose fading alertness

Initial blows your mind with the clean cherry coming through with a minor oaked backdrop. After a 1/3rd through, the sugars becoming cloying and the palate is no longer excited by the fruitiness or sugars. Sugar overload 1/2way through. Reminds me of a soda.

Duchesse de Bourgogne – Brasserie Verhaeghe (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: B+

Duchesse de Bourgogne – Brasserie Verhaeghe, 6.2% ABV – 330ml, (Belgium)

From Ratebeer.com:

“Duchesee de Bourgogne is the traditional top fermented reddish-brown ale from the West-Flanders region of Belgium. This refined ale also known as “The Burgundies of Belgium” is a blend of 8 and 18 months old ales following careful maturation in oak casks. 100% natural and unpasteurized.”

  • Style: Flanders Red Ale/Flemish Red Ale
  • Listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die” book
  • Taste Profile: sour pomegranate/cranberry/apple cider -> mild barnyard/balsamic vinegar/wood -> tart/sweet clean finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores (no longer listed, 1/2013)
  • How much: ~$3.50, sometime 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, it’s interesting

Tasting notes: first whiff and sip was a “wtf?! has this beer gone bad thought…” until I read up a bit on it. The yeast contains some sour bacteria and it’s aged in old wooden casks – so that’s where that funk comes from. Pours root beer brown a reddish hue, small head, thin layer of retention, some visible streams. Sour cherries/cranberries on the nose, a bit of barnyard pukishness. Initial taste of red fruit, something like pomegranate/cranberry/apple cider, 6/10-sweetness, 7/10-sweetness, fizzy/chilled mouthfeel, very mild dissipating acceptable barnyard, fruity balsamic vinegar, wood, transitions into medium tartness in the mids, finishing pleasantly gentle sweet and clean. Medium-high complexity, med depth, good transitions, very interesting drinkability. Give this one a go if you haven’t already.

Scaldis Blond Triple – Brasserie Dubuisson (Belgium)

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Scaldis Blond Triple (aka Bush Blond Triple) – Brasserie Dubuisson,10.5% ABV – 750ml, (Pipaix, Belgium)

On back label:

“Scaldis Blond Triple offers real finesse and a marvellously balanced taste. Its natural re-fermentation in the bottle gives it fizz and fullness. Brewed with : water drawn from beneath the Brewery, barleymalt, sugar, hops and yeast.”

  • Style: Blond Triple
  • My Rating: B-
  • Taste Profile: Creamy/sweet/alcohol -> malts/caramel/citrus/honey/peach -> smooth off-dry finish.
  • Where I got it : W.16th
  • How much: ~$18 (after 10% disc), November 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours translucent golden orange with suspended lees, a wonderfully thick pillowy head, very thick and sticky lacing, some visible streams. Inviting sweet floral malts on the nose. Drinks with a mainly creamy/light fizzy mouthfeel, subdued alcohol in the background mixed with building 9/10-sweetness, main flavours of malts, caramel, hints of citrus, honey, peach, with wheat and yeast overtones, finishing smooth, light malty and off-dry. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, decent drinkability. Creeper effect as you might expect from a smooth 10.5% ABV beer.

Chouffe, (Belgium)

Verdict : 1st Place – La Chouffe, 2nd) Houblon 3rd) Mc Chouffe

1) Mc Chouffe, 8% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I love it: malty rich
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours dark root beer brown, small head ,sticky lacing, micro CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. Medium malts on the nose. Tastes of malted caramel, alcohol kicks in the mids, 8/10-level heavy sweetness, a bit of roastedness, mild cinnamon/nutmeg spices, cola, silky creamy mouthfeel, finishes rich deep bitter but also alcoholic. Medium complexity, med-high depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. No wow-factor here; I prefer the La Chouffe or the Houblon.

2) La Chouffe, 8% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I love it: super smooth and crisp
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours clear dark amber, almost no head, micro CO2. Minor malts on the nose. 7/10-level sweetness, alcoholic backdrop, sweet malts, honey, chamomile, orange, cinnamon, coriander, creamy mouthfeel, tingly CO2, clean finish with only traces of bitterness. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, great drinkability. Like the Houblon but without the long lingering bitter finish.

3) Houblon Chouffe – Dobbelen IPA tripel, 9% ABV

My notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I love it: smoothly crisp
  • Where I got it: Legacy Liquor
  • How much: $4 , 330ml, 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours bright amber yellow, small head, micro CO2. Medium malts on the nose. Burst of 8/10-level sweetness up front, alcoholic malts, orange citrus, dry hops, pine, ends with a long lingering bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, good carry, good drinkability. All-around solid tripel.