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Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
74
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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:
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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 Khazadum
1.65/5  rDev -48.3%
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.

Khazadum, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of AleWatcher
1.98/5  rDev -37.9%
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!

AleWatcher, Nov 05, 2011
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
Photo of jneiswender
3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer at the Belgian Beer Festival in Boston. Poured from a bottle into a two ounce tasting glass.

A. Light yellow body with a egg white head.

S.banana

T. Banana and some faint sourness

M.light

D.as advertised. Banana with a touch of lambic sourness to let you know its beer. Cute to try once. Don't know what else I would want out of this.

jneiswender, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange with a very thin white head. Shows lots of bubbles.

S: Banana with a bit of tartness.

T: Lots of banana to start out. Gives in to a bit of tartness and more banana on the aftertaste.

M: Light with medium carbonation.

D: Medium to low.

This is very unique. It doesn't taste bad but the sweetness really hurts drinkability.

RunForYourBeer, Mar 12, 2011
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
Photo of Mora2000
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
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 Tballz420
4.45/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Lot's o' little carb bubbles rise up and disappear in this orange colored brew. No head after the original pour. The main scent is that sour lambic nose, banana as well. Mmmm. Very sweet tasting. Seems like there are more flavors in play than just the banana. Sourness is there but not as pronounced as the others in this style that i've had. Thin to medium mouth, somewhat acidic. Overall dank-a-lank.

Tballz420, May 06, 2010
Photo of ThaCreep
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

The nose feels a bit like banana compote of fruit with a slight hint of strawberry. Very sweet, very sweet and bubbly, beer has a strong flavor of the banana in the taste of beer being present. And although the finish is slightly bitter, like the banana peel and the taste of banana blends rather well, the beer is nevertheless aimed at a market of young consumers.

ThaCreep, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of jwinship83
2.48/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

jwinship83, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of DrinkingAleToday
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden straw color with little head, some lacing.

S: Banana and some funk, slight sherry maybe.

T: Heavy banana flavor, some vanilla and funk, slightly tart and cloyingly sweet.

D: Thin body but the banana is very assertive on the taste buds, champagne like carbonation.

D: You have to love banana to like this one, too sweet for me but a nice enough flavor to make it worth trying.

DrinkingAleToday, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
2.53/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

mrmanning, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Floydster
2.05/5  rDev -35.7%
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

Floydster, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of EatsTacos
2.95/5  rDev -7.5%
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 shroompod
3.58/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow. no head or lacing.

Aroma of bananas.

Taste of bananas. Apple cider sweetness. Slight hint of tartness.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, low in carbonation.

Overall I feel this brew is worth trying once, not sure I'll ever want another.

shroompod, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
3.95/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a champagne flute. Clearish gold, sticky white head.

S - As you'd expect, aroma is strong banana bread.

T - Banana, sweet and strong. Some light tartness underneath.

F - Highly, highly carbonated, more than a bit burpy....but come on, you have to love those banana burps. At least I do.

D - Like other Chapeau offerings, sweet...but also enjoyable. A guilty pleasure for me, I will never trash beers like this. I love Cantillon as much as the next BA, but there's a place for this non-traditional interpretation of lambic, too.

Patrick999, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of lstokes
2.45/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

lstokes, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of mullenite
4.8/5  rDev +50.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have a bit different perspective than some others on here...

Poured in to a stange a yellowish color with a fluffy white head that lasted for a bit and left a nice lacing.

Smell was of bananas (yes real ones) that were soured. It's an interesting thing to smell being that bananas don't sour but that's the only way I can describe it. Taste was the same, sour bananas. It was also absolutely delicious. I got this at Stubbie's in Gainesville after being intrigued by seeing it on their menu and decided to suck it up and go for it. Everyone who tasted it also bought one, it was really that good.

Mouthfeel was excellent for the style and had a clean acidic finish. I love lambics and can drink them all the time, this was a perfect example of a great one.

mullenite, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of vickersspitfire
3.28/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange, it looks like a very tasty beer very attractive too...
It has a very thin white head that makes a perfect ring around the glass with medium lacing and partially covers a medium blonde body with some very active carbonation. The banana aroma is very strong, in fact that's about all I can smell and it reminds me of banana pudding mixed up with soy sauce. Well, thank god it doesn't taste like that, but it is sour, refreshing and crisp but it taste like Welch's grape soda and a life-savers, very sweet, a banana flavor is present but is not over powering and is mildly tangy in its aftertaste. It's good but the sweetness in this one is too strong for me, but it would go great with some desserts or be great in a dessert either which way it would be tasty.

vickersspitfire, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of Bierschenker
4.6/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a stange.

As expected from a Lambic, no head developed. Against the glass some bubbles have formed and there’s a very thin white layer on top of the beer.
The colour is a faint see-through yellow with a reasonable amount of carbonation for this genre.
The scent gives sour bananas.
Taste is very refreshing. The sourness is brought in balance by the full and slightly sweet banana taste.
As time passes these two seemingly hostile tastes merge into a strange sour and dry sensation. Strange, but tasty. It lingers on.

I can understand that this isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I’m sold!

Bierschenker, Jul 14, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

scruffwhor, May 11, 2008
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 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 Atlas1
2.73/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Banana lambic. Hmmm...

Poured into a jelly jar (most of my beer glasses are in storage after a long haul move from DC to San Antonio, TX, so my glassware is limited). Appears a dirty blond color with a light fizzy head. No lace. Very un-Belgian looking. The nose is fruity. Lots of banana, as expected, but also some decent generic lambic scents. Not bad. Not great, but not bad. The taste, however, is where things begin to go south. Way too pungent, it delivers a tart and tangy acid-banana flavor. Not exactly tasty. It could be worse, I suppose, but this would be a lot better off if it were a bit more subtle. Mouthfeel is okay, but everything is offset by the strength of the taste.

Chapeau Banana is not the worst beer I've ever had. But I really like lambics, and this one is just a bit too over the top for me. If the brewery dumbed down the tartness just a bit and made the whole thing a tad less stringent, it might actually work. But as it is, it's just too much to really enjoy.

Atlas1, Mar 29, 2008
Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
74 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.