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.

Chapeau Abricot Lambic Beer (Belgium)

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  • My Rating: C+

Chapeau Abricot Lambic – Brouwerij De Troch, 3.5% ABV – 375ml, (Belgium)

Ingredients on the back label: water, malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar, flavour, apricot (20%)

  • Style: Fruit Lambic
  • Taste Profile: fruity sweetness -> apricot/light tart/sour/cork -> light cloying finish.
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $6 (after 10% off), May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: sure if it’s on sale
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: more for non-beer drinkers

Tasting notes: pours transluscent dull orange with almost no head and no retention, sedimentation that looked like tiny bugs, or husks of some sort (??). Very fragrant fruity apricot on the nose.

Attack: light fruity 8/10-sweetness, very mild fizz

Mid-palate: apricot, light tartness, light sourness/tang, woodiness, cork

Finish: clean finish, light cloying

Quite basic and straightforward. Drinks much like smooth soda.

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.