Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 157
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -68.8%
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. (211 characters)

Photo of tjd25
1.18/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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... (632 characters)

Photo of dauss
1.65/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Gusler
1.66/5  rDev -48.1%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
1.68/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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. (1,204 characters)

Photo of rarbring
1.86/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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". (367 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.99/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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. (790 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.01/5  rDev -37.2%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.02/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

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! (832 characters)

Photo of Floydster
2.04/5  rDev -36.3%
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 (829 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
2.13/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (893 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.17/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

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... (834 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
2.18/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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. (312 characters)

Photo of Andreji
2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of ElGordo
2.28/5  rDev -28.8%
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. (469 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
2.33/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Fairly clear amber color, good initial head, though it falls quickly. Aroma is very banana-ish, no lambic-specific tartness detectable. On first taste... Banana flavor hits you smack in the face like a sack of, er, bananas. Overwhelming, very sweet, bananas. Only slightly acidic, with lambic character not much in evidence. Nice amount of carbonation, with a light, tingly mouthfeel.

I'm a huge fan of lambics, but this beer holds none of the delights that draw me toward the style. Bleagh, not recommended unless you're crazy about banana. (544 characters)

Photo of lstokes
2.44/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a glass, it has an appealing caramel color and no head, just a few white bubbles on top.

It smelled unpleasantly chemical to my nose--very artificial banana flavoring--and that's also what I got from the taste. Weirdly artificial, tangy, metallic, almost a waxy mouthfeel.

I'm generally a fan of the lambic style, but this was not a good example of that style to my tongue. Wouldn't drink again. (409 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.45/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Okay for what it is - a summer patio beer spritzer. Completely ginger ale-like in its manner from its appearance to its mouthfeel. Candy-like banana nose, sweet soda pop tatse and mouthfeel. Just a short bottle, but becomes cloyingly sweet as you go. Girly-beer. (262 characters)

Photo of crwills
2.52/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've been sitting on a bunch of reviews, waiting to drink something really cool to put in for my 400th on BA. However, since it hasn't happened in the last few weeks and I'm racking up the untyped reviews, I decided to go ahead and review something really crappy and weird for my 400th instead. So here it is - #400!

Purchased a 250mL bottle of this odd little beer from the LCBO. Poured an ugly, muddy brown into a white wine glass - reminds me of rotten fruit, which is not a good thing for a fruit beer. Decent-sized white head, and lots of lacing. Aroma is mild banana, some bubblegum or other artificial sugary flavours, and a hint of sourness. The sourness comes out a lot more in the flavour, "balanced" by icky medicinal banana flavours and overripe fruits. Above-average carbonation and fairly light body. Sugary sweet candy aftertaste. I finished this, but just barely - would not buy again. (902 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

LCBO bottle tasting-Pours sparkling light yellow with a thin fizzy white head that diminishes quickly. Funky banana aroma, barnyard, mixed tropical fruits and a touch of yeast. The flavour profile is pretty sweet banana, with some other fruity components, sugary syrup, yeasty funk and a touch of hoppy sharpness. FInishes fizzy and acidic, sweet as hell. One per week is my max. (379 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

375ml corked and capped bottle (i hate that) picked up as an impulse buy. drank out of my duvel tulip.

A- this beer pours out a bright yellow colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head. the head fades fast and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- as expected, this smells strongly of banana. a very weird odor to be coming out of a glass of beer. very sweet smelling. a slightly earthy scent as well.

T- overly sweet and somehow artificial tasting banana, and lots of it. think banana popsicle. very lightly tart. slight earthy funk.

M- light bodied with a high level of carbonation.

D- i wont be picking this up again. more of a novelty than anything. i guess check it out if you LOVE bananas. (721 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.59/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yeller with a bubbly white cap. Fair retention for a lambic. You don't see banana lambics around these parts too often.

Smells like banana runts and off-putting wet paint. Sweeter than I anticipated. Really, really, really sweet overripe bananas. More lambic-y funk or sour to combat the excessive sweetness is in order.

When I bought this I figured it would be either really good or really bad. I'm leaning towards the latter but I had to try it. (456 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.68/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Ingredients: Beer, bananas, sugar, flavor".

I wish they were more specific about 'flavor'. Artificial flavor? Natural flavor?

Anyways, this plambic pours a pale light copper with a frothy smallish head and a few streaks of lace. The aroma is full of sweet banana flavor extract with a banana bread feel. Some green banana notes are also noticeable. The taste follows suit with lots of banana flavors, though not really natural tasting. The finish has some Runt candy flavor (the banana ones of course) and a slight ascerbic acid tartness. The mouthfeel is not light, it has a coating sweetness.

This is pretty much an alcopop. It lacks pretty much any beer or lambic flavor, except for a faint tatness. Pass. (719 characters)

Photo of LPorter33
2.72/5  rDev -15%
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. (902 characters)

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Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
75 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.