Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch
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2.6/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
01-21-2012 20:47:25 | More by donkeyrunner
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.
11-25-2007 08:16:17 | More by thierrynantes
3.95/5 rDev +23.8%
Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with a slight dusting of foam, and scattered, patchy lacing.
Aroma; Massive aroma of over-ripe bananas, with only a slight note of typical lambic mustiness. The banana aroma seems absolutely authentic and natural.
Taste: Rich banana note at the open, followed by a faintly musty taste, and a quite syrupy sweetness. Finishes with a slight barnyard tang, characteristic of the style.
Mouth feel: A bit thin, with a slight sting of carbonation, and a somewhat light body.
Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and rather off-beat example of a fruit lambic. The brewery should be applauded for offering such a unique interpretation of the style.
Sampled as a part of the "Night of Chapeau", with my friend and fellow BA HardTarget.
11-20-2006 02:22:07 | More by Pegasus
4.15/5 rDev +30.1%
Pours a light amber color with a tall head and nice retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has tons of bananas with a little bit of spice and a little bit of funk. The flavor is very interesting. Tons of banana flavors with just a hint of funkiness. Lots of creamyness with the banana. The mouthfeel on this one is moderate to thick and the drinkability is really good. It seems that most people really don't like this beer, but I love the banana flavors and think this is a very good shot at something new to most people. There are a few things that could be improved, but I really think this is an interesting and an on-the-edge brew.
06-05-2005 04:46:32 | More by clvand0
3.73/5 rDev +16.9%
Bottle Inspection: Notes aging in oak cask
Aroma: Very ripe banana, banana bread actually.
Appearance: Light haze, deep golden color, a thin collar gives some lacing.
Flavor: Surprise! Banana. Taste a bit like peel with some sweet syrup that gives a very slight artificial edge.
Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, medium-light body
Overall Impression: Exotic! Points for originality. Easily the best banana beer Ive ever tasted! :)
Sampled as part of the Night of Chapeau, many thanks to Pegasus for assembling the 8 flavors.
10-30-2006 17:57:08 | More by HardTarget
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!
11-05-2011 18:10:32 | More by AleWatcher
2.9/5 rDev -9.1%
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 wasnt more real and less sweet.
11-09-2007 01:47:16 | More by pootz
3.13/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-26-2007 00:50:45 | More by allergictomacros
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.
05-03-2007 05:19:58 | More by ElGordo
2.48/5 rDev -22.3%
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.
01-13-2010 15:56:49 | More by jwinship83
2.65/5 rDev -16.9%
"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.
07-08-2007 01:44:54 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.35/5 rDev +5%
Okay, this is a new style of lambic for me, that is for sure. This beer poured a pale clear yellow color and formed a very small bubbly white head that left trace lace as it subsided. No carbonation present outside of the small head. An aroma like lambics with the barnyard/grass elements with of course the banana that this one contains. The flavor is similar with lambic style with a medium light taste of banana. The finish was tart and a touch astrigent. Really not my style for a lambic but just had to try it.
02-17-2005 02:37:05 | More by Wildman
2.45/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
07-19-2007 20:33:54 | More by TerryW
3.95/5 rDev +23.8%
appearance: fizzy and light brown beer with absolutely no beery yellow touches. a color i can honestly say i've never seen in a beer. carbonation is high and generates alot of billowing, empty foam.
aroma: bananaey, but not quite. like fruit without its sweetness or starch. smells like a banana slim fast or banana now and later. interesting. maybe its the lambic sourness cancelling sweet.
taste: wow. banana sweetness sure is there, and paired with an appley tartness and champagne carb, this beer approaches soft drink territory. tasty and odd. is it what i expected? i dont know. it tastes good and i have nothing to compare it to. i'm going high on the numbers because i enjoyed it completely, especially its khaki color. i will lower this review if someone gives me more banana lambics to stand this up against.
dont know why people hate this beer.
06-06-2005 22:21:09 | More by goodbyeohio
3.58/5 rDev +12.2%
Had this beer with breakfast this morning. Just a simple peanut butter and jam with a piece of banana cream pie. It actually worked very well I was happy with the pairings. At first I was not sure about this beer and the pie but it was awesome the sweet creamy banana pie went well with the sourness of this lambic and neither overpowered each other. The Chapeau is a hazy yellow with little head and no retention . Smells of banana ( almost like the banana shaped candy) and some other fruits. The taste is fruity banana like and sour. Not a beer to have everyday but a nice change up beer and my girlfriend enjoys it as well (witch is rare).
07-19-2007 18:05:19 | More by irishkyle21
Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
74 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.