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Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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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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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

t0rin0, Sep 02, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

nmann08, May 17, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

metter98, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like banana <everything>. You name it: banana cream pie, banana cake, banana pudding, banana bread, banana candy, banana schnapps; it if tastes like banana, I can't get enough. Oddly though, I don't care for the actual fruit. It stands to reason, then, that I would like banana beer, right? Only one way to find out...

Rather than being banana peel yellow, like I was expecting, the beer is actually a fetching shade of 24-karat gold. It's much classier this way. The eggshell colored crown is large and frothy, with delicate, pearl-like bubbles on its upper surface. With a slight adjustment of the color and contrast knobs, Banana Lambic would look pretty close to banana cream pie in a glass.

I caught a huge whiff of fresh banana upon extracting the cork, but it now appears to be gone for good. In its place, when I actually get beer and nose in close proximity, is a much more beer-like aroma that I don't like nearly as well. For some reason, the mild Belgian yeasty funkspice doesn't blend well with banana, at least in this case. It's okay, but the nose needs to be more bananarific and less yeasty.

Rarely have I tasted a beer that goes through so many flavor gyrations from the start of each mouthful to the finish. The first third is the best: sweet, sugary, candyish banana. It doesn't taste like fresh bananas and it doesn't taste artificial, but like an impressively sweet banana dessert made with the fresh fruit. The final third is more lambic-like, although dyed in the wool lambic lovers will likely scoff at that notion.

The sweetness doesn't fade entirely, but is met on more or less equal terms by a less frivolous, more earthy, more oaky, more sour, more funky flavor. The middle third, not surprisingly, is a combination of the outer thirds. As I get deeper into the bottle, and as my taste buds become better acclimated, the flavor becomes more of an organic whole. I would have been disappointed if this had been simply a sweet, sticky banana popsicle of a beer.

The mouthfeel is medium-full thanks to all the sugar. Thankfully, it isn't as overpoweringly sweet as the Melbourn Bros. fruit lambics. I don't have to sip this one nearly as slowly as I do those. Since I happen to love fuller-bodied beer and something less than chaotic carbonation (as in this case), I like the mouthfeel just fine.

I know that Chapeau Banana Lambic won't be everyone's cup of tea and that it has no hope of being taken seriously by those who consider themselves arbiters of all that is pure and right and just when it comes to the lambic style, but I couldn't care less. I really do like banana <everything>. Including this original, fun-loving beer from Brouwerij De Troch.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 15, 2005
Photo of womencantsail
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
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 kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev -13.8%

kylehay2004, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
1.98/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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

largadeer, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of emerge077
3.25/5  rDev +1.9%

emerge077, Dec 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.98/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

NeroFiddled, Mar 21, 2004
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3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear yellow. Nose is like apple skins and bananas. Flavor is the same: apples and bananas. If I didn't know any better, I'd say this was a cider. Slick feel and a biting carbonation. This was a surprise as I didn't expect to have such a nice drinking experience with it. Is it a traditional lambic? No. Is it worth trying? I am glad I did.

RblWthACoz, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed in a Chapeau Lambic De Troch glass, festooned with a cornucopia of fruit, cherry, raspberry, apricot, peach, pineapple, and, yes, banana. But they left out lemon and plum!
Clear, pale banana-peel yellow color, with a fine, fluffy, fizzy snow-white head. Aroma is full of banana flavor, with a decent helping of sour notes right up front. Sweet and sour, hand and hand, side by side, fast friends, despite vast diffences. How do they do it, these two chums? There's a certain candyish element to the overall profile, and perhaps that's what helps them stick together, those stalwart pals.
Spritzy, soda-ish carbonation hits the palate. Notes of lemon find their way into the profile and persists throughout. Body is light, alcohol low, elements we often try discern and dissect in beer are minimal and invisible.
But this is a different creation, and should be judged and considered as such. It's a dessert beer, look at it as you would a sweet liqueur, like Grand Marnier, or one of those ice cream drinks everyone has to have after they dine at a steak house (Grasshopper, Pink Squirrel). They're cute, fun, and meant to be sipped and savored slowly while digesting, burping, discussing world events and personal pet peeves, all those things you do after dinner. What this uniquely flavored lambic may lack, it makes up for with flavor and texture.
So I like it, crucify me!
I've been serving this (as well as other Chapeau flavors) at the Ethiopian restaurant whose bar I manage for 2 1/2 years now. It was suggested by a salesrep who originally just wanted to sell me on a Zimbabwean lager, but wouldn't banana beer be a natural at an African place? Sure, they make homemade banana beer in Africa, and I'd love to try some if I could. Me, I love the flavor of bananas, but the actual fruit sometimes makes me gag. A Belgian-loving friend has the same problem, and when she tasted this, declared it her favorite...(until she tried Aventinus, that is.)
My first activity on this site was defending this beer from it's vocal detractors, and it was suggested that I review it to provide contrast. 362 reviews later, I finally got around to it. Damned procrastination!

feloniousmonk, Apr 09, 2003
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2.78/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Mora2000, Sep 15, 2010
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4/5  rDev +25.4%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
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...

lacqueredmouse, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color with an extremely thin soapy white head. The head reduces quickly to a ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is straight up banana - not the chemically fake banana but the really sweet fresh banana that you get when the peel is almost completely brown. There is quite a bit of sweetness present in the aroma of this one.

T: This beer has a real authentic banana flavor, not the chemically artificial banana that I have come to expect in beer, candy, etc. The beer is quite sweet but not cloying due to the underlying lambic sour notes.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink but is a little too sweet to be a session beverage for me. Kind of neat to sample and definitely not something you come across from a lot of breweries... Glad I have tried, would even have it again but not something I would go out of my way to find.

dbrauneis, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The bottle states it is an Authentic Lambic Beer. 12.7oz into a flute. One of the lightest hued beers I've ever seen, has a dirty water appearance with a very small wisp of head.

Smell: Banana runt candy. Fruity and sweet smelling.

Taste: Interesting. Lots of banana flavor. Somewhat sweet like most of the Chapeau line, but has a hint of sour and mild tartness about it. Just a touch of oaky dryness finishes it out, but mostly sweet bananas. The flavor mimics banana candies, banana wine or syrup, though sour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonation is low. It comes off a little syrupy, and has a small lingering tartness and notes of banana.

Overall: A unique concept that succeeds in its design. A banana lambic beer, very bright, fruity flavor and alittle sourness to redeem it as beer. Would go great with waffles.

Stinkypuss, Oct 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6%

mdaschaf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of biegaman
3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After spending my afternoon researching the travel costs and numerous, historic beer bars of Belgium, hoping that a trip may be in the near future, I was enthused enough to drink the Chapeau Banana.

Another muggy July afternoon in 2007. A small bottle graphic disclaims "authentic lambic beer" and the back list a best before date of 22/03/09, which is a long life span for a beer of only 3.5% but a short one for a lambic.

The beer would be completely flat with absolutely no sign of carbonation. This is, at least somewhat impart, to the angle at which I carefully and very slowly poured the beer (there are often plenty of yeasties in the De Troch beers that I opted to keep out this time around). Clear bodied, the colour is very pale and especially if the slow, sparse streams of bubbles would pick up pace the appearance would resemble identically that of champagne.

The aroma is well received; very clean and unmistakably banana. The smell shapes up to be like a banana cream custard. Not in any way too sweet. It takes very little to imagine what I'm describing, it quite simply is like holding a fresh cut banana to your nose. I don't think that's what most beer drinkers want, but should it be, they've done a good job at providing it.

The mouthfeel is quite spritzy with a low - but sharp - carbonation hitting instantly. The sweetness now also sets in very quickly. A dry finish. The qualities of the lambic (which with the Chapeau's is a low, timid level of the) 'barnyard funk' character seems to blend nicely with the banana flavour. The funky, wild yeast and sweet, fruity banana flavour blend well.

The lambic flavour hits the palate first but it is the taste of bananas that settles there. It is in no sense overwhelming. The balance between sweet/fruity, and light/refreshing is there. The taste of banana cream/pudding is always present. The beer has a very slight tart character that doesn't quite go unnoticed.

I found this to be arguably the best made offering of the Chapeau series. Among the many different fruit flavoured lambics I've tried I certainly wouldn't say banana was the tastiest, nor a flavour I'd insist on trying more of. It was, however, certainly one of the most interesting. I might actually recommend this one. It has a very light and easy-drinking demeanor (with only a trace of flavour) that swill tries (or at least advertises) to have.

biegaman, Jul 11, 2007
Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

chinchill, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight hop, slight yeast, citrus, tart malt, and acidity. Fits the style of a Lambic - Fruit. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tart malt, citrus, sweet malt, slight yeast, and hint of hop. Overall, barely an average example of a lambic -fruit beer.

Tone, Oct 06, 2010
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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.