Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 157
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 19.06%
Wants: 8
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Photo of Skidz
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz champagne mini bottle, corked and capped.

Pours out bright pale straw and sits a light gold, tinted peach in the glass with a frothy white head being fed by a thick stream of bubbles. Head fades slowly to a light skim a few lacings fall around the glass.

Aroma is nice and musty with a thick oak presence. Chalky banana flesh mingles with a ligh, soured aroma of lemons, grapes and crab apples. Very mild leathery aroma, dry and dusty.

Tastes sugary sweet up front but is balanced off with an even sourness. I'm reminded of a particular flavor of Jelly Bellies, Butter Popcorn (one of my favorites), this just seems a little odd. Soft notes of bananas meld with sweetened fruity flavors of apples and grapes, holding bits of skin-induced sourness. Dry wooden flavors hide in the background, offering a bit of old-world, musky flavor. Finish holds on to the fruity sweetness, rather candylike sweetness and is partially dry, but lacking in depth.

Smooth yet crisp in the mouth, lightly effervescent. Quite easy to handle and a suitable feel for what it holds.

I couldn't have imagined this to taste any different. As far as getting a good banana flavor into a lambic, they've done quite well. I actually enjoyed this, maybe it's because of my sweet tooth, but I can't find much fault with it. I'll say that it lacks a lot in terms of the traditional lambic mustiness, but it has it's own place and is well made as a banana flavored beer. This would make for a great dessert beer. (1,499 characters)

Photo of dauss
1.65/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: Small 25cl bottle. Plain label with a banana on the cover. Best before date printed on the back. August 23, 2005. Ingredients: Water, malt, wheat, hop, yeast, sugar, flavour, juice of banana(min 4%). Didn't know there was banana juice.

Appearance: No head formation, even after a very hard pour. Large bubbles disappeared quickly. Very clear light golden yellow.

Smell: Definitely belgian sour funkyness going on. Barnardy smell. Strong ripe banana smell, but not like an estery banana. More like the banana flavor found in candy, Runts or Laffy Taffy.

Taste: Starts very sweet. Easily overpowers any acidity this beer might have. Light carbonation(but it may be because of the hard pour), very strong and sweet banana taste. A hint of acidity reveals itself in the finish. This must be sweeter than regular soda.

Notes: Gross, is this beer? I like drinking soda, but this is even too sweet for me. I like bananas, but it shouldn't be in a beer. Leaves that filmy mouthfeel you get after eating a banana. (1,030 characters)

Photo of Wildman
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (515 characters)

Photo of stingo
4.3/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It looks like I'm going to go against many previous posts and say I actually like this beer. An appealing clear golden yellow, with a small head that dissipated fairly quickly. As it was passed around the table, some noses were upturned at what to me was what a lambic's nose should have - dryness, mustiness, wet wool, When tasted at service temperature, the flavors were muted (of banana of course) were muted, but once allowed to warm, the taste got richer and fuller - definitely tangier too. While I'm not sure I could have many due to the sweetness, it is a very enjoyable drink, esp for warmer climes/seasons. Well worth a try. (634 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (1,371 characters)

Photo of Andreji
2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ok, reflect with me now. you can handle a beer that tastes like cherry, that's alright for a kriek for example. But do you really want a beer that's gonna have a banana flavour? they're not that good on their own, so they're bound to rather spoil the beer than be enhanced by it. the bad stuff is always dominant in a mixture.

The pour is oh-so unexciting if you expect somthing bright and original to pop out of this 'chapeau'. Lager like appearance in terms of the translucid straw colour, but the headlessness makes you rather think about some sort of soft drink...

...And so does the smell (and taste). Unexcitingly scented in what I'd rather say seemed like an artificial fashion (even if it's probably untrue), with an evident banana scent negatively mixed with hops and malt- yuck. The taste, although not bad for one of those fruit soft drinks, certainly drives the whole sense of 'beer' away from its careless sweetness and rather excessive carbonation, proper for a coca-cola sort of competition.

Get this one away from my face now. (1,051 characters)

Photo of tjd25
1.18/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer was a real disappointment for me and the friends I tasted it with. The color of the beer is golden, with absolutely no head. The carbonation was very weak. The beer just tasted like artificial candies and was way to sweet for me. Even the smell was artificial. The smell and the taste had nothing in common with "real" banana aroma.
The low abv made the beer taste like a bad banana syrup.
The aftertaste was very unpleasant, I just wanted to eat or drink something else to lose the taste of that beer.
None of us could finish the bottle. Too bad I had bought a Chapeau Lemon and a Chapeau Strawberry the same day... (632 characters)

Photo of dmarch
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Of course I tried it. How often do you see a bannana lambic? My first impression was pleasant. Beautiful golden color with a white head that stays. The traditional lambic aroma is presant, but is secondary to the bannana. The taste isn't as much bannana as it is those little bannana candies you see in those machines you see outside the grocery stores. Tastey, but way sweeter than a bannana should be. The more I drink it, the more the sweetness gets unpleasant. The mouthfeel could use some improvement. With something this sweet and light, a little carbonation could help. (576 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +22.5%
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! (2,183 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.01/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy pale gold color with a light head of 1/8 of an inch. Laces minimally. Aroma is banana, but oddly plasticky and artificial, like the banana "circus peanut" candy. And with that, say goodbye to any anticipated or sorely needed tartness. Tick, limp and tepid body. Unpleasant sweet flavor, banana reigns supreme but all over the experience...no balance, none of the astringency that dries the finish of a well-done Lambic and no hope of this fruit having a seed or stem-like counterpoint. Even a little more carbonation would help here. That's it for Chapeau for me, for the immediate future, the Lemon (?), and GAWD help us, the Pineapple, will remain on the liquor store shelf. (681 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden in color with a white head that dissipates rather quickly. It is a very fresh, clean smelling beer, with fruity banana aromas. It is very fresh tasting with a bit of the banana in the flavor, but not as much banana as in the aroma. It has a more apple-like flavor, which flows to a slight banana flavored dry finish. It has a clean, wine-like mouthfeel. It is a definite after dinner, dessert beer. Not too bad, but I couldn’t have more than one in a sitting. (472 characters)

Photo of Gusler
1.66/5  rDev -48.1%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -68.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very lolly like sweetness on the nose and palate. Reminded me of those banana shaped (and hence banana flavoured) lollies that i had when i was a kid, very sugary and sweet artificial lolly-like banana flavour. (211 characters)

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Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
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