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Chapeau Exotic - Brouwerij De Troch

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BA SCORE
69
poor

88 Ratings
THE BROS
51
awful

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 27.68%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 11-06-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a snifter. pours a clear golden color with a soapy rim that lasts minutes and leaves no lacings.

aroma is rich, sweet pineapples and a very light funk note right under the fruit. the pineapple is reminiscent of candy-like pineapple flavoring, or overripened pineapples.

taste is more of the same with an overly sweetened profile. the pineapple carries a bit of uniqueness since it is rarely used in brewing, but this could easily be placed next to any number of overly sweetened lambics and it would blend right in.

mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sweet and sticky texture and a semi dry finish of residual fruit.

drinkability is good, but it ends up too sweet. many fruit lambics fit into the overly-sweet category, but this one has a bit of novelty on its side. still, it does fit into that category.

botham, Sep 09, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

375ml green bottle with no freshness date. Flavored with natural juices ... meaning sweetened.

LOOK: Clear pale golden, minimal lacing.

SMELL: Over ripened fruit, honey, pineapple, very sweet, oak, sweet wine.

TASTE: Sweet pineapple, chalky, oaky, musty cork.

Yikes!! Overly sweet, cork favor pretty much kills it for me. Not recommended.

Jason, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall flute)

A- This beer has a clear light golden orange body with a thick mousey white head. There is a rigorous carbonation of large bubbles that keeps the head going.

S- The notes of fresh uncut pineapple are not sugary sweet but very pleasant. The have note of wild yeast and musty wood that gives it a nice Lambic quality and really blends with the pineapple.

T- The slightly sweet note of pineapple has a very soft tartness that is almost dry but not quite. The finish is a slightly sweet taste with a dry carbonic acid finish which helps to keep the flavors very light.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a big fizz texture at the finish.

D- This is a good combo with the sweet fruit and the tart Lambic but both flavors are kept pretty neutral. I was wondering if the pineapple would be to sugary and it was not but I would like to taste a bit more wild ale characteristics.

rhoadsrage, May 31, 2006
Photo of mintjellie
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a champagne flute. Crystal clear golden body. The ample and well retained head leaves behind sheets of lace as it slowly recedes. Carbonation is apparent, but fine. The appearance reminds me of sparkling wine. It smells of strongly of canned pineapple and artificially flavoured pineapple candy with a slight hint of barnyard funk in the background. It tastes like sweet carbonated pineapple juice with a slight medicinal note in the background. Noticeably tart, but the sugar it's sweetened with overpowers the acidity. It doesn't smell or taste bad, I just think it would be better if the sugar was toned down a bit. My teeth are tingling. Medium bodied in a sticky, syrupy kind of way. The carbonation is active and fine. It's easily drinkable in the same way as soda pop, but the sweetness of it combined with the unnatural flavours is a little bit cloying after the first few mouthfuls.

I say try it, if you have a serious sweet tooth.

mintjellie, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

mdaschaf, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of PaBeerLover
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

PaBeerLover, Sep 06, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.05/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"They took a lambic, and then they ruined it." -jalaffler

That comment about sums up Chapeau Exotic. "Lambic" ruined with loads of saccharine pineapple candy syrup. Thanks Don (I guess) ;)

High clarity orange color, little to no head. It looks like a lambic, but that's where the similarity ends. Musty cork and iodine smell, honey and sweet-n-low packets. Sugary juice. It tastes like overly sweetened iced tea stirred with a fistful of pineapple dum-dum suckers. Very one dimensional, with less character than a wine cooler. I'd believe this was a kiddie drink in Belgium. Had to water the garden with this, couldn't force myself to finish it. Avoid!

emerge077, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a chemical-like yellow color beer with no head and faint carbonation. Aroma of fake pineapple is all over this. Taste is entirely covered by the pineapple syrup and leave little place to lambic. Can’t really say I care for this one but boy am I curious to taste the unblended lambic from De Troch.

Phyl21ca, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of ThirstyTorpy
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

ThirstyTorpy, May 08, 2012
Photo of matjack85
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

matjack85, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of scottoale
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml. green champagne split bottle with gold neck/cap foil and a cork as well. It pours a bright yellow-gold with 1/4" of white foamy head. Mild carbonation, the head fades quickly, leaving no lace.

The smell is sweet and tangy with notes of granny smith apple and pineapple as well. A bit of yeast is also noticable and a hint of oak.

The taste is much like the smell, it almost reminds me of apple cider, the non-alcoholic type. The flavor is ok, rather sweet with an after tang, yet it finishes fairly clean. No detectable alcohol at all.

Drinks like apple juice.

scottoale, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -30.8%

largadeer, Apr 10, 2014
Photo of st9647v3
3/5  rDev +3.8%

st9647v3, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with minimal head and left some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of pineapples in the aroma, although these seem to be of an artificial variety.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by pineapple flavors. There is a bit of sweetness but no tartness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has pleasant flavors. It’s an interesting take on the style because not many pineapple beers are available.

metter98, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish yellow color with a soap-bubbly white head. No lacing and low retention.

Nose is a funky cornucopia of peach/pineapple syrup laden upside-down cake. Mixtures of bleu cheese and pineapple come to mind...for some strange reason, I like it.

Taste is much cleaner than it smells. Pineapple flavors abound, just sweet enough with a surprising amount of tartness. What a perfect breakfast beverage! Tasty.

twiggamortis420, Dec 19, 2010
Photo of zoso1967
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours very pale yellow with no head, just a little foam around the edges, but with nice bubbles making their way up my glass. If Michelob Ultra and Champagne had a baby, this is what it would look like. Smell is very funky sweet with a lot of phenolic plastic aromas that are making me feel apprehensive about the taste. I am really not getting any fruity aromas, perhaps a little bit of apple. It actually smells kind of like whiskey and apple juice served in a brand new plastic cup. The flavor is quite surprising. There is a definite lambic tartness up front but not as much as I was expecting. Overall this beer has a lot of sweetness. Pineapple and banana like flavors really don't break through till the very end as you swallow. Only a rumor of the mustiness that I enjoy so much in lambics. A pretty thin mouthfeel keeps it from being cloyingly sweet. I have to say though that as far as drinkability goes, this is probably the one and only bottle I will ever have. What a bizarre beer.

zoso1967, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Medium golden color, with a touch of haze, and a scattering of white foam.

Aroma: Pronounced aroma of candied pineapple, with an odd hint of fresh mint, and a subtle note of mustiness.

Taste: Very sweet, almost candy-like; this characteristic dominates the taste from start to finish. Late in the taste, the pineapple note comes into its own, and surprisingly enough, there are coconut notes as well, for a surprising, and altogether pleasant pina colada effect.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, full in body.

Drinkability/notes: A quite pleasant, although rather unconventional fruit lambic, the "pina colada" character of this beer suggests the result if a Belgian brewer decided to make a malternative beverage.

Sampled as a part of the "Night of Chapeau", with my friend and fellow BA HardTarget.

Pegasus, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of stumac
4.18/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rated as the worst beer ever in one of these popular beer mags....

pours a pale golden color with barely any white head. the nose is fruity, some pineapple, a musty scent, soggy oak. the taste is pineapple, very tart, musty, oaky, yeasty. medium to full bodied, low carbo, sweet finish, very sticky mouthfeel

stumac, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of marc77
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange / amber hue, with a meager ring of bubbles around the glass. Copious specks of yeast in suspension. The aroma is initially of luscious tropical fruit, dominated by ripe, fermented pineapple, then pleasant lactic tartness and mild wet horse like Brettanomyces quickly follow. Trace diacetyl is present in aroma as well. Sugary, fruity sweetness upfront in flavor is partially countered by light lactic tartness. Fruitness reemegers in the complex mid palate combination of juicy, acidic pineapple and kiwi, along with notes of buttery coconut from the combination of diacetyl and contributions from the oak. Light in body, w/ a low carbonation for style. Finishes w/ a lingering combination of yeast must and sweetness akin to overripe fruit, in a good way. This beer seriously grew on me as I drank it. Chapeau Exotic does an excellent job of treading the ground between tart and sweeter lambics. There's plenty of complexity in this brew. With a more pronounced tart counterpoint to its fruity sweetness this would be outstanding. Its sweetness precludes quaffability.

marc77, Nov 06, 2002
Photo of Casey10
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was looking for something different definately found it with this one. I found it to be above average and while I enjoyed don't think it will ever be a regular.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow wispy head smell and tast are borderline dole miniture cans, just happens that this is a beer.

While I can see why people either love or hate it, I would say give it a try at least once as it is very interesting.

Casey10, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Shiloh
2.1/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What is that stink? A very hard beer to judge as to the taste because of the stench that assaults your nostrils every time you draw it in.
Appearance wasn't bad, just limited crown to go with the straw coloured hue.
Carbonation is limited as well.
The aroma is that of rotting vegetation and pineapple, hmm, methinks rotten pineapple vegetation.
The taste is primarily pineapple, but what have they done to it?
Not impressed.

Shiloh, Jan 14, 2006
Photo of mrmanning
1.65/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a cloudy yellow body with a very bubbly off white head. Aromas are fruity, pineapple, some citrus. Taste is sweet, pineapple, no traces of hops or malt, though I am sure they are here. Won't be getting again. More of a cooler to me. Marker at only 1.5% ABV.

mrmanning, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of AndyEdgar
2/5  rDev -30.8%

AndyEdgar, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of alelover
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

alelover, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a very minimal head of large bubbles when poured which dissipates to absolutely nothing but a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pineapple - stronger amounts of artificial pineapple with some hints of real pineapple.

T: Very sweet with strong pineapple flavors - very authentic pineapple flavor.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Too sweet to be easy to drink but it is enjoyable. Definitely the most interesting of the Chapeau Lambics that I have tried.

dbrauneis, Jul 08, 2012
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Chapeau Exotic from Brouwerij De Troch
69 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.