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Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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Chapeau Banana LambicChapeau Banana Lambic

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BA SCORE
74
okay

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 26.33%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rastaman on 08-08-2002)
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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -68.7%

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.

rastaman, Aug 08, 2002
Photo of PtypeNtype
1/5  rDev -68.7%

PtypeNtype, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of tjd25
1.15/5  rDev -63.9%

This beer was a real disappointment for me and the friends I tasted it with. The color of the beer is golden, with absolutely no head. The carbonation was very weak. The beer just tasted like artificial candies and was way to sweet for me. Even the smell was artificial. The smell and the taste had nothing in common with "real" banana aroma.
The low abv made the beer taste like a bad banana syrup.
The aftertaste was very unpleasant, I just wanted to eat or drink something else to lose the taste of that beer.
None of us could finish the bottle. Too bad I had bought a Chapeau Lemon and a Chapeau Strawberry the same day...

tjd25, Feb 08, 2004
Photo of Gusler
1.6/5  rDev -49.8%

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.

Gusler, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of dauss
1.6/5  rDev -49.8%

Presentation: Small 25cl bottle. Plain label with a banana on the cover. Best before date printed on the back. August 23, 2005. Ingredients: Water, malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar, flavour, juice of banana(min 4%). Didn't know there was banana juice.

Appearance: No head formation, even after a very hard pour. Large bubbles disappeared quickly. Very clear light golden yellow.

Smell: Definitely belgian sour funkyness going on. Barnardy smell. Strong ripe banana smell, but not like an estery banana. More like the banana flavor found in candy, Runts or Laffy Taffy.

Taste: Starts very sweet. Easily overpowers any acidity this beer might have. Light carbonation(but it may be because of the hard pour), very strong and sweet banana taste. A hint of acidity reveals itself in the finish. This must be sweeter than regular soda.

Notes: Gross, is this beer? I like drinking soda, but this is even too sweet for me. I like bananas, but it shouldn't be in a beer. Leaves that filmy mouthfeel you get after eating a banana.

dauss, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of Khazadum
1.65/5  rDev -48.3%

A- Very crisp and bubbly, lots of singular entities flowing from the bottom of my snifter. The bottle gave off the barest hint of a pop when it was decorked. The head developed was very minimal, if I can even call it a head. Some lacing, maybe decent stickiness on that.

S- Sickly banana sweet. Insanely cloying, nauseating. Behind that there is a light tart characteristic. Doesn't really come off citric, I'd put it closer to lactic.

T- BLAM! Candy banana flavor. Like runts. In fact this is the closest banana flavor I've ever had to runts that wasn't a runt. Perhaps thats the secret ingredient. Laffy taffy is another good representation of it. Minor tartness comes off the back end. Again, could be lactic, could be acetic but I lean closer to lactic. Finish is artificial banana.

M- Little bit fuller than I'd like it to be, creamy at times, bit crisp around the edges. Gentle tartness hits the cheeks. Low carbonation is not so bad because of this, although maybe it could have hidden some of the overwhelmingly sweet hits.

Like laffy taffy, runts, and white grape juice all force carbonated and topped off with a bit more sugar. Dissappointingly gross. Fiance was in love with it though.

Khazadum, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of selator
1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

selator, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of HardyGeneraL
1.75/5  rDev -45.1%

HardyGeneraL, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of rarbring
1.85/5  rDev -42%

A hazy straw colored beer. A low off-white head with small lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of artificial banana, sweet and disturbingly acid, a banana belch whiff.

Tasting very sweet, banana soda, no beer wibes to talk about.

Low carbonation, a sticky texture. A small body with a watery finish.

This was entirely an soda-gone-wrong experience. "Interesting".

rarbring, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
1.98/5  rDev -37.9%

375 ml bottle into tulip
reviewed from notes

bright bright clear yellow. whitish head, minimal bubbles, some spotty lacing. Not too bad looking, but not super impressive. I'll give it the 4 on looks, but that's rounding up.

smells of dried banana chips with an oaky earthy funk.

The taste is PURE banana laffy taffy. I can't believe how much this tastes like banana laffy taffy. It is ridiculous. Synthetic banana flavor is huge with some oak and earthy funk as well.
Just a little bit of tartness, but a lot of artificial sweetness.

The body actually isn't too bad-- it could use a touch more carbonation, but it still works well enough as is.

Overall-- let's just say that I won't be finishing my glass... this just isn't good enough to compete with other fruit lambics that are out there-- I'll take Lindemans Cassis please!

AleWatcher, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.98/5  rDev -37.9%

I have been tricked into coming along on a "Tour of Chapeau" by unclemattie, the increasingly despicable curator of this Museum of the Damned.

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a wispy, white head.

Smell: A synthetic banana aroma one might find in cheap banana-flavored candy. Splash of green bell pepper vinegar.

Taste: Synthetic bananas accompanied by a liquified candy sweetness. Some vinegar. A couple bay leaves. Nothing here to make you think "ah, now there's a good lambic", but there's plenty present to displease you.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Grab a Cantillon, get yourself a 3 Fonteinen, but do steer clear of this mess. Those breweries show you what a lambic can be, while Chapeau horrifies you with what a beer should never be.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of leinie13
2/5  rDev -37.3%

leinie13, Feb 18, 2012
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

IdrinkGas, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -37.3%

largadeer, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of bigred89
2/5  rDev -37.3%

bigred89, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Exiled
2/5  rDev -37.3%

Exiled, Nov 24, 2011
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2/5  rDev -37.3%

Jack_Tripper86, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of ADR
2.03/5  rDev -36.4%

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.

ADR, Apr 09, 2003
Photo of Floydster
2.05/5  rDev -35.7%

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

Floydster, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of scottfrie
2.14/5  rDev -32.9%

Corked 375ml green bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a clear yellow urine color with almost no head. A few white bubbles surfaced on top of the beer but they quickly faded into a faint collar. No lace.
S: Sickly sweet notes of banana syrup are cloying and dominating. I detect a very faint touch of what could be barrel funk, but overall I just get sugar banana syrup.
T: Follows the nose with the cloying sugary banana flavor dominating. In the finish there is a note or two of something that reminds me of cream, and the aftertaste is full of more banana and slight apple, grape juice and pear.
M: Very low carbonation that briefly fizzes up in my mouth over a syrupy thick body and full, viscous, mouthfeel.
O: Pretty much what I expected, I unfortunately expected this to be bad. Not undrinkable, but this tastes more like drinking straight banana syrup used in sodas than it does a lambic.

scottfrie, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.15/5  rDev -32.6%

Pretty standard amber-gold colour, with a thin ring of white. Minimal carbonation and a vague hint of floaties that should probably be contributing a haze, but they're just floating there in clumps.

Unsurprisingly, the nose is predominantly banana - but an almost artificial banana character, like banana lollies. A bit of brown-sugar sweetness as well. It smells artificial and chemicalised. Far too overpowering.

A vaguely cidery base on the palate, layered with sickly sweet banana character, and a vague lambic sourness. It tastes almost nothing like beer - even the most fruity lambics I've had in the past had a vague malty resemblance. Mouthfeel is clean and fresh, at least.

Eh. It's sickly and pretty unpleasant to finish. It's unique, but there's probably a reason why there are so few banana flavoured beers out there...

lacqueredmouse, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of thierrynantes
2.15/5  rDev -32.6%

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001
Appearance: clear colour, white foam not persistant
Smell: banana nose
Taste and mouthfeel: in the mouth an acid taste, sweet is quickly replaced by the aroma of banana omnipresent
Drinkability : a very average lambic

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-16-2008.

thierrynantes, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of Andreji
2.17/5  rDev -32%

Ok, reflect with me now. you can handle a beer that tastes like cherry, that's alright for a kriek for example. But do you really want a beer that's gonna have a banana flavour? they're not that good on their own, so they're bound to rather spoil the beer than be enhanced by it. the bad stuff is always dominant in a mixture.

The pour is oh-so unexciting if you expect somthing bright and original to pop out of this 'chapeau'. Lager like appearance in terms of the translucid straw colour, but the headlessness makes you rather think about some sort of soft drink...

...And so does the smell (and taste). Unexcitingly scented in what I'd rather say seemed like an artificial fashion (even if it's probably untrue), with an evident banana scent negatively mixed with hops and malt- yuck. The taste, although not bad for one of those fruit soft drinks, certainly drives the whole sense of 'beer' away from its careless sweetness and rather excessive carbonation, proper for a coca-cola sort of competition.

Get this one away from my face now.

Andreji, Feb 22, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
2.23/5  rDev -30.1%

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.

ElGordo, May 03, 2007
Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -29.5%

harpus, Mar 27, 2013
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Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
74 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.