Batch Chapeau, something of an annual release now, is one of the most beautiful looking beers I’ve ever seen.
In the glass it looks phenomenal. It’s a pure rose colour: pinky red like rosé wine. I’ve never seen a beer sparkle and pop with colour quite so much.
The sight of the beer alone is enough to get your mouth watering and that’s exactly what a good beer should do. So much emphasis is placed on the appearance and presentation of food in fine dining and the same thing applies here. You eat and drink with your eyes. It seems as if the Batch brewers know that.
Sweet And Tart Berries
Chapeau has the most gorgeous smell. There’s a complex, sweet composition of floral fruit, cherries, macerated raspberries and cranberries with an underlying tart aroma.
On the palate it fizzes lightly like sherbet or crackling candy across your tongue. It’s possesses a subtle tartness which blends in perfectly with the fruity character, like decaying berries or cranberry sauce.
It doesn’t taste anything like a 6.2% beer and, to my palate, the alcohol was barely noticeable when drinking it but the warmth was felt after a bottle.
The finish is dry like cranberry juice and even with the growing warmth in your chest and your cheeks, it makes you long for another glass, even if just to look at it one more time.
It’s an enchanting and enticing beer. There’s something magical about it that excites and intrigues.
The fresh, clean tartness and the sweetness blend together and swirl around each other. It’d be interesting to see, if given time, whether the tartness in this beer evolves into something more out and out sour. Perhaps as the punchy berry flavours start to fade the sour notes would assert themselves as the dominant characteristic.
You could pair Chapeau with a dessert featuring a mixed berry compote; perhaps a crème brûlée, a cheesecake or a fruit pudding. Something combining both the sweet and the tart character is going to play with the flavours in the beer wonderfully.
It’s a shame this is only an annual release. It’s the kind of beer I’d love to drink all year round. Chapeau to the Batch boys for an excellent beer.
From: Marrickville, NSW
Beer style: Sour Ale
Pair with: Crème brûlée with a fruit compote