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Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rastaman on 08-08-2002

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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 Tone
3.37/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-yellow with only a little white head, but it leaves some lace.

S: Big banana aroma (a bit like those spongy banana candies) with noticable tartness as well.

T: There's plenty of sugar here, so it's not really tart at all. Pleasantly balanced and refreshing. The banana flavour is nice, and doesn't seem as artificial as the aroma.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: Good introduction to the style (though it's not very representative, borders on a malternative flavour). Very drinkable.

Photo of tobelerone
3.17/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

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 scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber yellow with some very heavy sediment on a couple of pours. Light ring of foam with very lazy to no bubbling. The aroma is like a German heat beer on banana steroids. Tart smelling malt along with the tart bananas makesofr a very unique smelling fruit lambic. The taste is citrusy tart bananas with a more natural banana favor and feel at the finish. The palate is just a tart, not at all acidic fruit flavor. Very litle funk. The banana covers up any lambic funkiness.

Photo of dcmchew
3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Banana lambic?! Hm, should be interesting.
Pours pale yellow, bit of lace.
Smell of dried banana chips, candi sugar, bit of cidery tartness and floral honey.
Not as syrupy sweet as expected it to be from the smell. Acidity hits at first, with apple cider, faint sour cherries and very faint lemon zest. Banana follows, but green and unripe, not too sweet and sticky. Nice clear Belgian sugars, again, not sticky. Good lambic funk, with mild green notes in the dry finish.
Light bodied, medium fizz, lingering fruitiness, white grape-like dryness and a bit of candi sugar.
A good fruit lambic, tasty natural banana feel, nice balance and flavours.

Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -4.8%

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 OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a small hazy orange-ish color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, it smells of banana RUNTS. In the taste, a note of tartness, but it drinks like a mouthful of banana RUNTS. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to sugary banana peel. Sugary and candy bananas, with a nice mellow and small tartness.

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 smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bigred89
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of IdrinkGas
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of deapokid
3.71/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of scottfrie
2.13/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Photo of a77cj7
3/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of Exiled
2/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear golden straw with a lasting white head which laced the glass.

The aroma was ripe bananas and banana peels. The aroma contained a banana sweetness up front and a bit of lactic sour behind.

The flavor was sweet with an artificial flavor to both the sweetness and the banana flavor. The flavor of banana was light, yet present, but coupled with the sweetnes and the tartness of the original lambic, the flavor became more of a muted cherry on the palate. The flavor also seemed to have a bit of an apple fruit as well and the tartness was very low.

The finish was even yet heading toward dry with a lasting bit of apple flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation level seemed fine for the style. The beer was easy to consume, although a bit sweet and with little banana flavor past the aroma.

12.7 ounce corked and capped bottle.

Photo of allengarvin
2.33/5  rDev -26%
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.

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.

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