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Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
74
okay

150 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 26.42%
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 sulldaddy
2.88/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am drinking this cold in a snifter. The beer pours like fizzy champagne a clear gold color with no sediment. A fizzy bleached white head foams up 1 cm and fades to a surface layer quickly. Aroma is not surprisingly lots of banana at first and some bread notes and definite wet blanket funk come through as the glass breathes.
First sip reveals a lite body and fine fizzy carbonation that is prickly on my palate. Flavor is sweet and tangy banana and also some general tart fruit notes. The beer is generally sweet and sticky and reminds me of fizzy fruit juice. Not a favorite or one I would return to, but a beer experience nonetheless.

sulldaddy, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of pootz
2.9/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

decants with a decent hazed yelloe lambic..fair cap..good lace

Aroma; yup wet horse blsamket but the fruity notes of banana are synthetic and perfumey...spoils it

Tate is ok but the sugar and banana concentrate added kind of screw it...underneath is a decent lambic....pity the fruit flavoring wasn’t more real and less sweet.

pootz, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of EatsTacos
2.95/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured a deep yellow with a soft and bubbly head. The lacing was pretty good, I had this out of a wine glass.

Smell: Pure banana and very sweet. Not in any way spiced or resembling the kind of hefeweizen banana aroma but much more sweet smelling

Taste: Quite one dimensional with no real complexity but I don't think that was the brewer's aim here. This is pure banana and not far from what I think a banana soda might taste like.

Mouthfeel: This is maybe the best feature of the beer, and its saving grace. Medium bodied with a crisp but medium carbonation

EatsTacos, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of rob133
3/5  rDev -5.7%

rob133, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev -5.7%

mdaschaf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -5.7%

smartassboiler, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -5.7%

WynnO, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -5.7%

jaidenjb, May 09, 2012
Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -5.7%

brez8791, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -5.7%

xnicknj, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -5.7%

a77cj7, Monday at 06:53 AM
Photo of SStein
3/5  rDev -5.7%

SStein, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of Chingringo
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Chingringo, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of Unchi
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Unchi, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a hazy golden color with some floaters in it and a mild white head.

S: The nose is of banana candy, but it's not all that intense. I wish I had more to say, but that's really all there is.

T: This beer tastes like the banana flavored Runts candies. A weirdly sweet and intense banana flavor that I cannot quite decide if I like or note. Only a hint of sourness to this beer.

M: The body is on the light side of medium with a moderate carbonation.

D: Sort of a love hate relationship with this beer. I enjoyed the intense banana flavor, but it just seemed way too artificial at times.

womencantsail, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear yellow... not much head on this.

S - Yep smells like bananas.

T - Sour. Bananas. A touch of apple in the back as well. Very candy like and sweet of course.

M - Fizzy and light.

D - OK I guess. My girlfriend says it tastes like the dollar store, and that the pineapple one is better... Anyway, it is what it is. Drinkable, sweet. Not very beery.

allergictomacros, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of tobelerone
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very little in the way of a head, just a thin band despite a fairly aggressive pour. Totally clear, pale gold color; looks like a ginger ale. Lacing is extremely minimal – almost none there at all.

Aroma is sweet candied bananas, with faint Belgian yeast and spice notes underneath. Taste is also sweet but short of cloying; like a lightly alcoholic banana cider concoction; or a banana/apple soda. The faintest hint of tartness and tang is overwhelmed by the sweet banana flavor. Simple taste; nothing complex or subtle here.

Finishes fairly clean and dry; just a touch of lingering banana sweetness remains. Hard banana cider? Ultimately it’s tasty if you like soda and bananas but I can’t really say this is a “beer experience” in any way.

tobelerone, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of UncleJimbo
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a bottle at The Sunset Grill in Boston.

This "lambic" poured a clear, light yellow color with creamy, white foam that persisted fairly long. The smell was banana, followed by a sour, wild, lactic, horseblanket, brettanomyces aroma. This was a somewhat odd juxtaposition of smells. The taste was lightly sweet with the flavor of banana bread or baked bananas followed by a tart and somewhat wild sourness. A note of coconut was detected as well. The mouthfeel was tart and mildly sweet and wild all at once. The body was medium-light with moderate carbonation. This was an odd beer. It was a bit too sweet for my tastes (and I presume for most hardcore lambic fans), but yet it was not so sweet that the lambic flavors and feels did not come through. You do need to be a banana lover to like this beer.

UncleJimbo, Mar 22, 2005
Photo of sstackho
3.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

250mL bottle from LCBO. Pours a pale light straw. No head. The first taste assaults the tongue with a profile like apple juice. There's a bit of banana in the middle, but the sourness prevails. I'm actually happy this isn't the light, bland experience I was expecting. I'm certainly drinking something - I'm just not sure it's beer.

sstackho, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of adamcthomp
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

adamcthomp, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

emerge077, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of krome
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

krome, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

nmann08, May 17, 2014
Photo of bkrbdan
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bkrbdan, May 07, 2012
Photo of LambicKing
3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

LambicKing, Jan 20, 2013
Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
74 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.