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Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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73
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156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 26.98%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Ratings: 156 | Reviews: 89
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
2.04/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle purchased from Beer Mania for two euros, poured into my Belle-Vue flute glass last night, color is a golden yellow with a bit of orange in it, 1/2 inch bubbly white head that does not last long, minimal lacing, aroma has tons of bananas, sugar, other sweetness, and mild malt, smell was pretty weak and not complex, taste starts off with a big banana flavor, more sweetness with banana leading the way in the middle, finish also is full of banana flavor that does not have anything else to work off of, might as well be a fruit cocktail, not exactly a good thing when referring to a beer, very sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied, felt like it needed more carbonation, taste lasts a pretty long time, this stuff is very heavy, overly sweet, one dimensional flavor and uninteresting, would not drink again, not recommended

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
2.8/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has some banana notes but there is also some lactic tartness hidden in there. Definitely not as fruity smelling as I expected. The flavor is pretty sweet with a little bit of tartness and some syrupy banana notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, this is not a good lambic. That being said, it isn't offensive and I expected it to be worse.

Photo of ADR
2.01/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy pale gold color with a light head of 1/8 of an inch. Laces minimally. Aroma is banana, but oddly plasticky and artificial, like the banana "circus peanut" candy. And with that, say goodbye to any anticipated or sorely needed tartness. Tick, limp and tepid body. Unpleasant sweet flavor, banana reigns supreme but all over the experience...no balance, none of the astringency that dries the finish of a well-done Lambic and no hope of this fruit having a seed or stem-like counterpoint. Even a little more carbonation would help here. That's it for Chapeau for me, for the immediate future, the Lemon (?), and GAWD help us, the Pineapple, will remain on the liquor store shelf.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.27/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've never had a Chapeau, another candy like lambic from Belgium. Instead of the effervescent champagne head I'm used to with Lindeman's I barely got any bubbles even after a pretty hard pour. The Banana Lambic, I've seen the beer a hundred times over the years, and never even thought once that I need to try this, until now. Looks like a mild carbonated cider thin white head, aroma has some tartness and hints from the oak barrels along with the candy like banana natural banana flavor additions. Slightly tart underneath, with a Wonka candy, Runts like banana flavor. Very sweet more than one would give you a stomach ache, this is not true lambic but definitely good for moderation or dessert. Overall mouthfeel is cloying residual sugars build up on the palate with each sip, low carbonation doesn't carry the syrupy texture very well either. Overall an interesting take on a Belgian inspired classic style like Lambic.

Photo of chinchill
3.37/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at Lexington Beerworks (KY)

Light amber, clear and high visible carbonation - like an Amer. lager. Decent head and lacing.

Very floral and moderately fruity saison aroma with light farmhouse character, less banana than expected. Over-ripe banana.

Flavor: more banana. Also apple juice. Some tartness but still a bit sweeter than I would prefer.

Light body; medium plus carbonation. semi-dry finish.

Photo of simoen
1.08/5  rDev -65.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

niet te drinken dit, veel te zoet

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -68.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very lolly like sweetness on the nose and palate. Reminded me of those banana shaped (and hence banana flavoured) lollies that i had when i was a kid, very sugary and sweet artificial lolly-like banana flavour.

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a deep gold, somehow very bright even with quite a bit of haze in it. It develops an off-white head that reaches just a little over a finger to cap it. Retention is good, and fairly ample lacing clings mostly in spotting but with light patching as well.
At first, this beer brings the funk. When the bottle is first opened, that's the first thing that pours out of the nose. Interestingly, the barnyard/horseblanket funkiness fades to a very light note, with a pure banana sweetness pulling out strongly. There's a little bit of spiciness underlying it. The funky, yeasty notes let me know it's a lambic for sure, at least before that fades away, and the banana's definitely ample.
In the flavor, the funk only shows up very lightly underneath, though spicy and mildly phenolic notes tell the yeast's tale. The major issue becomes how cloyingly sweet the banana tends to get. Definitely a sipper, but a pleasure if you're into banana.
The body's a firm medium but on the lighter edge and carbonation is moderate, lending itself to a firm, crisp bite that's sustained well. It gets a little fluffy in the smoothness, but it doesn't detract much.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My take on banana is the exact opposite of BuckeyeNation's (please see his review): I pretty much dislike anything banana-flavored (artificial or natural), but love the fruit itself.

So I was extremely surprised to find how delicious this particular Lambic is, even if many don't consider Chapeau up there with Cantillon. But so what...I've had this three times now, and with this bottle I'm just as impressed with it as the previous times.

It pours a thin head, but leaves nice small swirls of lace as the liquid disappears (and that all too quickly). Color is of a pear/peach breakfast juice. A hazy, hypnotic gold with what appear to be pulp floaters meshing nicely with the mellow carbonation. I suppose the sediment is a banana/yeast mixture(?).

Aroma is clearly banana, but not in that acidic way you might experience artifically banana-flavored drinks or candies. This is the smell of slightly overripe real bananas...the presence of malt and especially yeast funk makes for a complex aroma.

And the taste: It's a total breakfast beer. (And I was honored to share one for breakfast with my brother Nick in Belgium last September.) I'm tasting what I'm smelling, mostly bananas, with a malt/yeast combo in the background. And it's ultra-creamy. The mouthfeel is like velvet melting on the tongue. Nice and round, luxuriously smooth...I'm in love. It's sweet, but not overly so, but interestingly whenever I ask people about this one, they wrinkle their face and say "too sweet!" Diff'rent strokes, they say...

Don't let anyone call this a girlie beer. I, a full-blooded American male, will always have time and tastebuds for this particular beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, yellow-gold body body rests lazily beneath a short head of bright white froth. The head retention is limited, but it somehow manages to retain a large-bubbled collar and leave some spots and splashes of lace about the glass. The nose offers some of the traditional lambic character (mustiness, leather, wet straw, barnyard) and a bit of just barely ripe banana character. This is actually made with real bananas. They're pressed to obtain juice just as apples are for cider. The body is light-medium and it's very fine, natural carbonation just lightly caresses the tongue. The fermentation characteristics of the lambic are less noticeable in the flavor than they are in the nose, and a sweet, even candyish, banana-washed maltiness dominates. Some other fruits come into play along the way (cherry, berries, plum), but the banana becomes distinct in the aftertaste. This is a light and sweet, very easy drinking beer that surprised me in how well the banana actually worked. It's very much like a sweet wine, and would make a good apertif or after-dinner "cordial". I'm not sure how well it would actually pair with a banana based dessert, but I think it might go exceptionally well with fresh strawberries and kiwi. Well-done (although one could barely call it a lambic as its so sweet that it's well beyond tradition), and interesting enough to warrant a try.

Photo of ElGordo
2.28/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured from the 12oz corked bottle into a Lindeman's lambic flute. Aroma of ripe bananas is overwhelming as soon as the cork comes out, developing only a slight musty character as it warms. Body is a deep, syrupy golden color with very little head or carbonation. Palate is cloyingly sweet - ripe bananas and simple syrup, with only a very slight earthy character. Finish is thick and a bit sticky. Overall, this is difficult to drink and just not a very good offering.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.65/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of suds on the top, no real head, pale straw.

Smells a bit like banana Laffy Taffy, not in a bad way.

Some mild citrus character, but obviously the banana character is dominant. It's really light and pleasant, not very tart.

Mouthfeel is pretty subdued-- it's bright but not super intense.

Pretty neat-- smell is a little artificial, but taste is nice.

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.63/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. No head.

Smell - Amazingly, it smells skunked. It has the aroma of an imported European pilsner. And some banana.

Taste - Tastes more like banana. Not sour. Quite sweet, in fact. Still has that stale pilsner tastes to it, but much lighter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Overly sweet.

Overall - Not good.

Photo of Bierschenker
4.55/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stange.

As expected from a Lambic, no head developed. Against the glass some bubbles have formed and there’s a very thin white layer on top of the beer.
The colour is a faint see-through yellow with a reasonable amount of carbonation for this genre.
The scent gives sour bananas.
Taste is very refreshing. The sourness is brought in balance by the full and slightly sweet banana taste.
As time passes these two seemingly hostile tastes merge into a strange sour and dry sensation. Strange, but tasty. It lingers on.

I can understand that this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I’m sold!

Photo of UncleFlip
4.22/5  rDev +34%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In the glass, it looks like a BMC, with a slightly darker colour.. Head is large and tight, and quickly reduces to half original size.. No sign of bubbles rising in the glass.

Smell is light and airy, with hints of spice and banana, and on odd green apple overtone. (Are we sure we're not in Ephemere land?) There's even a slight hint of olive in the aroma.

The banana flavour hits right up front with a definite lambic context- more lambic than banana. There are hints of mango and papaya deep in the flavour. It's more pungent than I expected, but pleasantly so.

Very little carbonation right up front- andthe body is slightly thicker than on some lambics I've had in the past.

I find thei one very drinkable, if you're in the mood for this sort of thing. It's a bit sweeter than some lambics, but again, not unpleasantly so. This one was better than I thought it would be.

Be well
-UF

Photo of thagr81us
2.85/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me at a past tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a bright yellow with a minimal pure white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comrprised of sweet malt, banana, earth, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, overly sweet banana, subtle wood, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this really wasn't that impressive. I had seen this one on the shelf for quite some time and always joked about trying it for the 'tick', but never got around to it. Leave it to my evil doppelganger to make sure I got the chance. And what a chance it was... Phew, this thing tasted like banana laffy taffy with some wood and funk added. WAY too sweet for me with these flavors going on as they didn't balance well at all. Worth trying though to say you have at least once, but drinker beware.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.46/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fizzy yellow amber with a fuzzy faint head that quickly dissipates like champagne. Smells like a typical lambic and tastes very sweet. To me there was not much of a banana taste or smell at all but I really enjoyed the beer. Typcial lambic funkiness and the alcohol is very well hidden. A really good beer if you like the sweetness.

Photo of TSJ4000
4/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice beer. I think the ratings on this beer are lower than they should be because the beer has low alcohol. This beer is delicious and the banana flavor clearly reminds me of the banana Runts. It's not terribly artificial tasting but has that nice candy quality to it without being overly sweet.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.14/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is of strow with a hazy gold hue. Head is an off-white thick dinse fuzz that was an inch thick. Nose is a zesty taffy banana smell. There is a hint of cork (maybe oak) on the nose also, even a bit woodsy in the back round. On first sip I had to sit back and say wow, I wasnt expecting it to be that sweet. It isnt in a bad way though. It is almost syrup sweet with strong notes of banana glaze on the mouth. Easy to drink. Really nothing not to like about this beer unless your not a fan of bananas or sweet.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange, it looks like a very tasty beer very attractive too...
It has a very thin white head that makes a perfect ring around the glass with medium lacing and partially covers a medium blonde body with some very active carbonation. The banana aroma is very strong, in fact that's about all I can smell and it reminds me of banana pudding mixed up with soy sauce. Well, thank god it doesn't taste like that, but it is sour, refreshing and crisp but it taste like Welch's grape soda and a life-savers, very sweet, a banana flavor is present but is not over powering and is mildly tangy in its aftertaste. It's good but the sweetness in this one is too strong for me, but it would go great with some desserts or be great in a dessert either which way it would be tasty.

Photo of LPorter33
2.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased single bottle for $6.95 from tiny liquor store at corner of Devonshiire and State.

Appearance = clear, bubbily, highly carbonated golden peach. big white fluffy head that dissipates quickly.

Smell = Pure shot of overpowering banana with some sweetness added in. Can't really smell much else. It smells exactly like banana bread with a tinge of sourness.

Taste = First an explosion of sweetness with a massive overdose of banana. Then an overwhelming bread like, grain like aftertaste. I think the analogy of drinking banana bread is nearly perfect.

Overall = I'm not a huge lambic fan but I do love bananas. I think this is an interesting beer to sample a bit of, but I would not want to drink more than one. It's much too sweet for my tastes and the strong yeast like aftertaste can get annoying. I did enjoy the strong banana flavor though. Mildly recommended for lambic fans.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.59/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer with breakfast this morning. Just a simple peanut butter and jam with a piece of banana cream pie. It actually worked very well I was happy with the pairings. At first I was not sure about this beer and the pie but it was awesome the sweet creamy banana pie went well with the sourness of this lambic and neither overpowered each other. The Chapeau is a hazy yellow with little head and no retention . Smells of banana ( almost like the banana shaped candy) and some other fruits. The taste is fruity banana like and sour. Not a beer to have everyday but a nice change up beer and my girlfriend enjoys it as well (witch is rare).

Photo of metter98
3.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin head that quickly faded away, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bananas in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bananas and some hints of sweetness. It isn’t cloying because there is some underlying tartness from the lambic.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a slight amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to other banana lambics because it isn’t overly sweet and doesn’t have flavors that taste artificial.

Photo of Gusler
1.66/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A local beer emporium stocks the whole line of Chapeau Lambics, and they put together a nice box with them all in it for a good price, so I bought a box.
The color as it pours from the bottle a limpid golden amber color with a minimal head, barely detectable lace, but lots of goodies to float around in the glass. As one would expect the nose simply reeks of over ripe bananas, start is sweet and sour, the top skeletal in feel, the finish modestly carbonated, sparsely hopped, overly sweet and a ripe banana aftertaste. Definitely a desert beer and some might enjoy it, but I simply do not, and I do appreciate a good lambic and this ain’t it.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

The nose feels a bit like banana compote of fruit with a slight hint of strawberry. Very sweet, very sweet and bubbly, beer has a strong flavor of the banana in the taste of beer being present. And although the finish is slightly bitter, like the banana peel and the taste of banana blends rather well, the beer is nevertheless aimed at a market of young consumers.

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Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
73 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.