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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 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 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.

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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 BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vigorously bubbled gold beneath a bone white head that is currently filling the top half of my genuine Chapeau Lambic De Troch glass. Too bad the beer isn't gaudy pineapple yellow, but then it wouldn't be a serious beer, would it? (it isn't a serious lambic, that's for sure). I wish there was a little lace, even though the appearance, thanks to my colorful little glass, is just fine without it.

It isn't difficult to tell that Exotic is made with pineapple juice. Still though, it could be a lot more pineappley. More than most of the Chapeau line, this one smells like oak barrels. I'd like to see that woodiness scaled back and the fruit and/or funk move in to take its place.

Same problem on the palate. The beer has the characteristic Brouwerij De Troch sweetness that tastes like the featured fruit soaked in sugar syrup. There's way too much oak though and it keeps me from liking this beer as much as I liked the banana and plum versions.

Again, just like the nose, there's very little that makes me think fruit lambic rather than simply fruit beer. It also tastes like Exotic spent too much time in contact with the cork (I stored it upright so don't blame me). Given all that, it's amazing that I like it as much as I do. The cloying sweetness isn't too limiting, as long as I take it slowly.

How one feels about the mouthfeel is probably directly related to how one feels about syrupy fruit beers. I happen to enjoy full, sticky mouthfeels as long as they're adequately carbonated. This one is. I realize, of course, that adding a few cane fields' worth of sugar is an effective way to get a full-bodied beer and has very little to do with brewing skill.

I wonder why the brewery chose to call this one Exotic instead of Pineapple? Odd that. If I was in charge, I'd add more pineapple juice and less sugar, then cut the barrel aging time in half. In the end, this an okay fruit beer, but it sure isn't a cheap one ($4.99). I'd love to find a really good pineapple beer some day. This isn't it.

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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 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 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 Slatetank
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Zeno's Bottle shop, just getting around to review it. Poured cold from the corked and capped green bottle into a white wine glass, allowed to warm gradually.

A - A hazed golden w/ a thin white head. The appearance is that of white tea w/ suspended particles of yeast I attempted to keep in the bottle.There is a speckling of lace on the glass.

S - Sweet pineapple jam aroma w/ a slightly pineapple soda-like scent. Sugary and hints of woody and yeasty odors.

M - Mild, light and sweet w/ a slight sour note, finishes w/ a touch of wood in the feel w/ light carbonation.

T - A faint pineapple flavor w/ sweet essence mixes w/ notes of woody oak that is mellow. The sour taste is barely there w/ more of a pineapple candy tasteor upside down cake. Very subdued w/ out any real malt or tartness. Less tart than actual pineapple juice, the oak really mellows the flavor overall. Pretty average and sweeter than a lambic should be IMHO.

D - Not terrible, but lacks any real depth. The oak saves the drinkability, maybe. Not even close to most Lambics, more of a pineapple cooler. Maybe if you don't want to feel any buzz or want a summer quencher, but this is poor as an excuse for a lambic. I would avoid this in the future - below average.

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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 feloniousmonk
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: clear, pale orange color, highly carbonated, short, fizzy head.
Aroma: intensely powerful, bubblegum, and pineapple, a candied sweetness, and a touch of sour.
On first sip, treacly sweet, thick and chewy, pineapple is felt, but only underneath all the sugar. Tastes rather flat and gummy.
Light body, sticky mouthfeel, and short, though slightly cloying finish.
Flavor, just to start with, lacks quite a bit. Sadly, one of the lesser offering from De Troch.They could have pulled this one off, but lost it somewhere.
Yup, I'm still searching for that stellar pineapple lambic!

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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 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 rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +35.6%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.26/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The L.C.B.O added a label that specified 1.5% ABV. No, that's not a typo... one point five percent!

It looks like carbonated pineapple juice. It smells like pineapple and has a VERY assertive sweet-tart smell. WOW. Is this beer?

Initial taste is sweet, which quickly moves to tartness, leaving a puckering tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light, very acidic, with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

A real thirst-quencher. At 1.5%, you could probably drink gallons of this stuff... if you really liked the tartness!

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Photo of DrJay
1.26/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Murky golden colour with a head that rapidly disappears. The smell was quite strong, like pineapple syrup and very musty, and it was difficult to get past in order to try a sip. Same qualities in the flavour, but less pleasant. The pineapple flavour seems very manufactured and had a chemical quality, not remotely like fresh fruit (or even canned fruit). This one went down the sink rather fast.

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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 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 OWSLEY069
3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with no head, and little carbonation to boot. Aromas of a sugary, sour pinneapple. In the taste, sweet pinneapple and even mango, which led to a small sourness. Crisp and fruity, with a small dry aftertaste. Very different for a lambic, and nice for the summer by the pool.

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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 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 hopdog
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle labeled best before '07.

Poured a lighter and clear yellow color with a small sized white head. Aromas and tastes of, drum roll please, pineapples. I found this to be on the one dimensional side and didn't really care for the pineapples. Cloyingly sweet.

Notes from: 12/12/05

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Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale gold with a rather frothy head. Huge aroma! After popping the cork in a crowded room, everyone in about 10 feet radius wanted to know what it was. Quite pineapply. Flavor is interesting: tastes a bit like a tart pina colada, with tartness increasing towards the end. Body is pretty light and thin.

I was prepared to be disgusted like with the Banana, but this is quite a tasty little concoction.

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