Chapeau Framboise Lambic

The 12 oz, mini champagne bottle with dimpled bottom and capped and corked presentation (along with the somewhat cheesy label), is impressive. This bottle came from Camp Creek Beverage near the Airport, Atlanta, GA, USA. Pour is quite well carbonated and gives a brownish, red body with a decent amount of carbonation, retention and lace. Looks promising. The nose on this beer is AMAZING. It takes me back to my childhood where the aroma of Hartley's raspberry jam come FLOODING back. Strong,...

Chapeau Peche

Oh gosh, not at all good. Like the "Exotic" version in this series, the pop on opening is disappointing, and the beer remains suspiciously flat. Pour gives a dark golden or amber body with just about ZERO head, retention or lace. Like the pineapple version, it looks dead. The nose has a really musty, old aroma. No freshness date though. Good grief, a sharp, acidity meets the palate and coupled with some sweetness and the earthy, old notes we have a mess. Some metal coinage lingers on various...

Chapeau Exotic

12 oz, champagne style, dimpled bottomed bottle. Capped and corked. Pop on opening is disappointing, suspiciously flat. Pour gives a golden body with just about ZERO head, retention or lace. Looks dead. The nose has a strange mixed fruit note with bananas and pineapple apparently present. The tastes are strangely solvent like (despite the low ABV) and it lingers to give a touch of plastic amongst the pineapple. I love pineapple but to be honest this is pretty nasty. It has a strong solvent...

Chapeau Banana Lambic

12 oz, mini champagne, corked and capped affair from Camp Creek Beverage, Atlanta, GA, USA. Dimpled bottom. Pour is a nasty looking, malt liquor colored, golden hue with minimal head and a LOT of dark golden floaties. Unattractive. Nose gives off an artificial sweetness, detectable as "fruity" but not especially banana based. The taste reflects this mystery fruit, although it is more banana-like than the nose. Musty, cardboard enters the equation as well. Cloyingly sweet and not much else. Odd...

Chapeau Kriek Lambic

OK, interesting. Bought this one with four others from Camp Creek Beverage back in March of this year. At the time I knew that they had been around for quite a while, so I expect that these a quite old, BUT with no freshness dating of any description on the beer it simply isn't possible to know. If brewers don't put dates then I think it's entirely legitimate to review their beers. 12 oz mini-champagne, capped and corked. The cork is tight but it does not leave the bottle with much pop. Body...

Chapeau Faro Lambic

12.7 oz green, dimpled-bottomed bottle. Cap is interesting, do you have one of these pghlee?? Out of the the capped and corked bottle (with no freshness date), it sits in the Brasserie l'Abbaye des Rocs chalice with a fairly ordinary presence with a brown body and some nice head. The head fades to give a collar and some film with minimal lace. Not really making itself known. The nose offers some pretty strong fruit, with plums being the most obvious. Densely fruity with a touch of acidity. The...

Chapeau X’mas Gueuze

Surprised to see this on my recent visit to the Charleston Beer Exchange, Charleston, SC, USA. $6.99 for the 12.7 fl oz, dimpled, green, corked and capped champagne type bottle. The guys at CBX were a little surprised that I bought this (and so was I), but although I have seen some of the De Troch lambics in ATL, this is one that has not been here yet. Poured into the Brasserie de l'Abbaye des Rocs chalice, the body is copper colored with very little head, lace of retntion. A few floaties....