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Chapeau Banana Lambic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
74
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 87
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 26.65%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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RunForYourBeer

Indiana

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2011 22:13:59 | More by RunForYourBeer
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Tone

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 14:48:53 | More by Tone
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Mora2000

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 02:08:01 | More by Mora2000
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womencantsail

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 04:40:56 | More by womencantsail
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Tballz420

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 03:30:27 | More by Tballz420
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ThaCreep

Belgium

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 15:02:55 | More by ThaCreep
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jwinship83

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 15:56:49 | More by jwinship83
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DrinkingAleToday

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 01:53:47 | More by DrinkingAleToday
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 18:38:16 | More by mrmanning
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Floydster

California

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

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 00:22:25 | More by Floydster
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

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

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2009 11:35:42 | More by EatsTacos
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shroompod

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 01:57:58 | More by shroompod
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Patrick999

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 18:55:23 | More by Patrick999
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lstokes

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 18:36:59 | More by lstokes
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mullenite

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2008 18:07:50 | More by mullenite
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vickersspitfire

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 06:25:49 | More by vickersspitfire
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Bierschenker

Belgium

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!

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 20:41:20 | More by Bierschenker
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 04:44:59 | More by scruffwhor
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 19:17:18 | More by RblWthACoz
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 20:59:25 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Atlas1

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:34:22 | More by Atlas1
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thierrynantes

France

2.15/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 08:16:17 | More by thierrynantes
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

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...

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2007 00:11:25 | More by lacqueredmouse
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

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 wasn’t more real and less sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2007 01:47:16 | More by pootz
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've been sitting on a bunch of reviews, waiting to drink something really cool to put in for my 400th on BA. However, since it hasn't happened in the last few weeks and I'm racking up the untyped reviews, I decided to go ahead and review something really crappy and weird for my 400th instead. So here it is - #400!

Purchased a 250mL bottle of this odd little beer from the LCBO. Poured an ugly, muddy brown into a white wine glass - reminds me of rotten fruit, which is not a good thing for a fruit beer. Decent-sized white head, and lots of lacing. Aroma is mild banana, some bubblegum or other artificial sugary flavours, and a hint of sourness. The sourness comes out a lot more in the flavour, "balanced" by icky medicinal banana flavours and overripe fruits. Above-average carbonation and fairly light body. Sugary sweet candy aftertaste. I finished this, but just barely - would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 19:33:11 | More by crwills
Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
74 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.