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Chapeau Exotic - Brouwerij De Troch

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 90
Avg: 2.89
pDev: 27.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 11-06-2002

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Reviews: 56 | Hads: 90
Photo of DanSSwing
4.21/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know what the other reviewers have been drinking; perhaps the formula has changed over the past few years, but Chapeau's Lambic Exotic is one great tasting beverage. Really the only downside to it is that it doesn't taste like a beer. The carbonation feels more like champagne or even a soft drink, but the flavor is pineapple well balanced with a hint of lager. It is one of the smoothest tasting alcoholic beverages I have ever tried, so be careful not to overdo it. Definitely worth a try--unless you're looking for a beer, specifically.

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Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.27/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Chapeau Exotic
Brouwerij De Troch

Pours a near lifeless pale gold, some active carbonation is seen rising to the top. The head consists of large bubbles.

Aroma of sour green apple, pineapple juice, cidery and quite sweet to the senses.

In the taste, cider like, more green apple skin, pineapple juice, musty cork. In the finish there is a very small tartness that just gets dominated by fruit juice flavor.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, drinks like scantly carbonated apple/pineapple juice.

Overall, this drink is very sweet and main stream. Not a whole lot of lambic flavor at all. It is basically juice.

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Photo of Rumpleman
2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Made the mistake of including this in a cider/fruit beer tasting I hosted tonight without having tried it before-hand. Feel so sorry for the people I gave this to. I really dislike this beer. Hot garbage meets spoiled, rotten fruit. Appallingly sweet, cloying, and just plain bad. Ghastly liquid, steer clear.

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Photo of muttyd
1/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Some how I managed to never see this bottle (or brewery) in the 4 years I have been drinking craft beer. I really wish I could turn back time to 15 minutes before I bought this beer. Not only would I not buy it, I would purposely bump the shelf and break every bottle so that no one else would have to suffer through this beer.

Pours crystal clear with no head. Looks like apple juice. No beer-like quality in the appearance. Aroma is overly ripe pineapple, pineapple jolly ranchers, and stale boxed white wine. Flavor is pretty much what I expected: pinneapple juice with a stale white wine oaky character. Extremely sweet, gritty, sugary mouthfeel on the teeth, and leaves an oxidized beer/wine flavor when its gone.

Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of Jason
2.08/5  rDev -28%
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.

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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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.01/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The wife saw this and wanted to try something pineapple. As a precursor to the the actual review, her response was "How can people give this a bad grade?!?"

A - Clear yellow beer, almost miller light-like, small head that left some stick on the sides.

S - Smells a little like rotten fruit and strong ether alcohol, strange as this is supposed to be a 3.5%. Lot of sugar and juice smell in there.

T - Disgusting, somehow this tastes heavy in alcohol, which doesn't seem possible. Must be some sort of screwed up chemicals. Something which kind of tastes like pineapples and citrus fruit is present, but not good. Do not like this one bit.

M - Light, sugary, clean finish.

D - It's easy to drink because of the low ABV if you like bad beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a large plastic flute.

Now that I've found a bunch, I'm gonna go through as many of these flavors as I can. How could I not go for the pineapple first? It pours a clear golden cider topped by a few layers of large sudsy bubbles. The nose is backboned by a tart lactic-like blast, while some green apples and wet hay cross-hatch whatever space remains in the 'strils. The taste is mostly of sweet pineapple-y syrup, though some tapered lactic tartness remains on the back of the tongue and throat. Green apple-based cider notes also stand out. The body is pretty light, though I think it wants to lean toward the heavier side of light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky feel. Overall, this is unlike most lambics I've had, but I really do enjoy it. I can't wait to work my way through the other flavors now.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for this one.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose is intensely sweet pineapples. I was surprised by the level of pineapple aroma in this beer, but was hoping for a bit of tartness as well.

T: This beer essentially tastes like a pineapple flavored Lifesaver candy. Again, I wish it was more than just sweetness, but in a sick sense, I really like this.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation fitting the same description.

D: This is sort of a guilty pleasure type of beer. I liked this one, though I don't know how much I could really drink at a time. Still, strangely enjoyable.

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Photo of zoso1967
2.21/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.01/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, vaguely orange-hued bdoy with a few large, stray, unorganized bubbles, but nothing to call a head.

Smell: Oddly chemical-scented nose, as if one set fire to a bucket of various office supplies and long-expired pineapple husks.

Taste: Disturbing, eye-watering flavor of mold-infested pineapples and, as always, that signature De Troch trash can juice taste. A boatload of syrupy, cloying table sugar does what it can to quell and temper the loathsome flavors. As with the nose, there's this conspicuous chemical quality to it that coats the tongue. Sweet finish with some of that fetid character oozing through.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Woof. A ghastly, awful beer by any stretch of the imagination. If nothing else, at least this brewery is consistent.

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Photo of mrmanning
1.68/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a 12 oz bottle with my girlfriend in the backyard enjoying a 55 degree Chicagoland fall day.

Pours a quick head with no retention, no bubbling, and a clear light amber and golden wheat hue. The aroma made me think of past prime pineapple. Sweet fruit juices, old wheat, and a field located behind a cow barn. The taste had a little more to offer in the way of pineapple flavor. More sweet pineapple juice mixed with tart apple skins, funky yeast flavors that taste like mango and a barnyard combined. Tart and off tasting palate but interesting nonetheless. A sipper only, and I'm probably not going to by this beer again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.35/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with no head to speak of, just a light ring at best.
Smell is malt, pineapple, a waxy floral note, a wee touch of banana, cocoanut & cane sugar.
Taste is the same with slightly more cocoanut.
A smoothish drink, medium body & effervescence, sweet with a mildly sticky finish. Malty/pineapple/cocoanut aftertaste. Good but a little cloying. A dessert in a bottle especially if you have a sweet tooth.

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Photo of emerge077
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
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!

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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.

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Photo of mintjellie
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Floydster
2.76/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

33 cl bottle purchased last year for around four dollars at some store in LA, listead as 3.6% ABV, currently drinking from my Stone sampling glass, color is gold with some light orange tint, 1/2 inch bubbly white head that does not last long, minimal lacing, aroma has a large amount of pineapple, also guava, grass, tons of sugar, sweetness, and mild lemons, taste starts off with nothing but sweet pineapple, sweetness in the middle, finish also has pineapple dominating everything else, warms up with citrus but it still has the taste you would get from the juice left over at the bottom of a can of Dole pineapples, sweet and sugary mouthfeel, medium bodied, could use some more carbonation, taste lasts a decent amount of time, this stuff is filling, low in alcohol but could drink much more than the bottle of it, sweetness needs to be balanced by something else, pineapple is quite pronounced in here, too bad it is not sour at all, that would have been awesome with the fruit flavor, too sweet, would not drink again, not recommended

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a cloudy light orange with a small white head. Aroma of pineapple, coconut, plum, and apple. Flavor of more pineapple and coconut. Sweet and reminds me of a pina colada. Pretty tasty actually. By now I know not to trust the overall ratings for Chapeau...Anyway, decent beer and plenty drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
2.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Tarnished Krugerrand gold with minimum head but maximum clarity. This is a much better appearance than that of the last bottle I sat down with; it was abhorrently clouded and looked utterly repugnant. (People pouring beware: these little Chapeau bottles often pack a good sized portion of coagulated yeasts.) The gleam and dazzle in this sample, however, makes it look far more inviting.

The smell, on the other hand, isn't exactly what I'd call enticing. Granted, I'm not a huge fan of pineapple but that seems to matter little in terms of aroma - this boasts something oaky, a whiff of something tart and a diabetes inducing level of sugar but not much of anything easily discerned as pineapple, or even overly fruity for that matter. It's a musty, soiled scent that scratches at the inside of the nostrils.

There's one immediately obvious problem with this beer: the tooth-decaying level of sugar. This is pinching sweet to the point of really obstructing the delicacy of the pineapple flavour, of which this beer could use a little more of given the label depicts one (even if it's not included in the name). I'd think toning down the sweetness and upping the fruity tartness would be a welcomed improvement. As it is, this gets really cloying really fast.

Some flags ought to have been raised after inspecting the ingredients list: beer, pineapple, sugar, flavour. Isn't listing "beer" as one of the ingredients in a beer kind of like using a word in the definition of that same word? Hasn't anyone ever told you not to do that De Troch? And if you're going to use artificial flavouring couldn't you have chosen better than this? The beer tastes like a cheaply made pineapple syrup blended with ginger ale.

Although this time I will finish the minuscule bottle, Chapeau Exotic has been one of my very few 'drain pour' beers (amidst a scorching summer heat no less). The excess sugar and faint fruitiness might be appealing to children, but its dreadfully low carbonation and cloying syrupy character isn't something I'd think would be appealing to many adults. Even if you really love pineapple don't assume this will be a sure hit. Venture with caution.

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Photo of bobsy
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chapeau beers take a lot of criticism, but I've enjoyed the couple I've had so far, and hopefully it will be the case with the Chapeau Exotic.

Poured into a champagne flute, the beer looks great. A resplendent gold body sits below a whiter than white head that leaves sticky lace as it slowly recedes. At first the aroma is crap and plastic-like, but fortunately this changes completely as the beer warms, and wood, leather, cider and funk join in with the all-pervading pineapple aroma. Lesson learnt - let her warm up.

The taste is so pineapple heavy that at first its almost impossible to pick other elements out. However, again, as the drink warmed more depth appeared. Dealing with the pineapple first - there is no doubt that you can mistake this flavour, and it dominates from start to finish, though without the tartness that can sometimes accompany it. Oddly, banana turns up for the party and creates a pleasant aromatic mix in the mouth. At the very bottom of the flavour, and hidden under layers of fruit, you'll find some weak lambic elements crying out. A touch of leather, some oak, and a west country cider funk.

The body is sticky and quite heavy, but this is countered by a spritzy carbonation that just prevents the drink from erring toward a syrup texture. There's definitely a hell of a lot of residual sugar bulking this beer up though, so if you don't like sweet things stay away!

Overall, its obvious that De Troch do not make the best lambic beers in the world, but they do make some decent fruit beverages, in which the beer elements aren't always obvious. If you can adjust your mindset and expectations around what a beer is you may well enjoy Chapeau Exotic, but if you want malts and hops to be at the forefront do yourself a favour and give this beer a miss.

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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drunk from a Warsteiner flute. This beer resembled a champagne but the bubbles were far too large and suggested therefore a cheaper sparkling wine version of the French classic. Pale yellow with a strawberry hue and a generous white foam two finger head. Taste is a sweet and sour pineapple with a canned pineapple syrupy texture to it. Smell is candy floss and more canned pineapple but with a heavier, earthy backdrop to it.

This beer reminded me very much of a champagne spritzer or fancy dessert wine that one might serve after a meal as a light hearted gesture. Or like a real champagne, one might prefer to enjoy this before - or in lieu of - dinner. It does not however strike me as being a true lambic. I happen to like the taste of pineapple and so some imperfections fly just under my radar; try as I might to be more constuctive in my criticism, I found myself enjoying it despite the artificial nature of it.

Of the three beers of this type from this brewery that I've tried, I liked this best although I hesitate to think it's a good example of what it's supposed to be. Having said that, try one and see for yourself.

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Chapeau Exotic from Brouwerij De Troch
70 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.