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Chapeau Exotic - Brouwerij De Troch

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 27.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 11-06-2002

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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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of jjanega08
3.37/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= almost a strawberry blonde color with no head lacing or retention to speak of.
S= pineapple and wood. Possibly some funk.
T= sweet candy pineapple.
M= coating and very smooth. Somewhat sticky.
D= high. Decent beer but a little too smooth and stickily feeling. Interesting but I won't seek it out again.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12oz very heavy green bottle capped and corked - Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze and no head just a few white bubbles hanging out at the top of the glass. Smells mostly sweet with plenty funk present. The sweetness is reminiscent of a charms lollipop. First sip is super sweet and musty with honey and pineapple dominating. There is hardly any funk nor is there much sourness. The massive sweetness has me reaching for an insulin injection and makes this lambic not very drinkable. As it warms the pineapple takes over the honey leaving only additional sweetness.

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

Photo of stumac
4.12/5  rDev +42.6%
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

Photo of Onslow
2.69/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

smells fuckin weird, to say the very least, some socks, old water damaged oak, and some moldy yet not rotting fruit aromas ... refreshing and tart, but real funked up ... some pineapple and wood in the taste.. a weird beer but isn't as bad as most people say!.. tech itch ... had with stu and melanie.. first tasting, i think..

Photo of gkatsoris
3.96/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Darker tinted clear yellow. No head, but some fizz going on.

S: Typical lambic funky smell. There is a hint of the fruit there too.

T: Really tasty. Sweet, buttery, fruity. Finishes w/ the teeniest sour.

M: Nice and crisp, very bubbly. Very similar to a wine cooler.

D: On a nice hot day (104 degrees here today), I could drink these all day. And be able to say, "it's a beer not a wine cooler" legitimately.

Photo of AltBock
3.12/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. undated green bottle that was corked and then capped. The label is very basic with a drawing of a pineapple on it. Off to the left of the drawing is the authentic Lambic beer symbol of a barrel. The back label just has all the usual US information.

When poured into a Chimay Chalise, "Exotic" is a mix between a straw yellow and a clear lemon yellow. I'm surprised they couldn't make this beer have a pineapple color since it was brewed with pineapples. I only caught a glimpse of the head of foam and what I saw wasn't all that good anyway. The head of foam was thin, small, and was white in color. It did manage to leave behind foamy white rings and one single spot of white lace.

It smelled like it's suppose to. That means it smelled like pineapple candy with a gentle touch of oak behind it. That's it, nothing more.

The taste wasn't sour, but it was sweet with juicy pineapple and a small touch of oak at the finish. It would have been nice to see a few more flavors in here, but this is what you get when you brew a beer with pineapples and you drop it into an oak barrel. That's what I got from it.

It was a light bodied beer with a sweet aftertaste of juicy and ripe pineapples. It was so light that you can easily drink this one down without even noticing it.

Not bad for my first true Lambic beer reviews. If you like your pineapples, then you need to pick this one up right away. It's one of those Lambic beers that are for beginners to set them on the track on Lambicville.

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.

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.

Photo of thierrynantes
2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance: clear colour, foam not persistent
Smell: pineapple nose ...
Taste and mouthfeel: acid in the mouth and sweet flavors and taste of pineapple, sweet further in the final
Drinkability a very average lambic

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-22-2008.

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.

Photo of GDMFSOB
1.76/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Wow! This is not what I expected at all. My Mother and Girlfriend both like sweet lambics like Lindemman's(sp?) so since I was at a Superbowl party with both of them I thought this stuff would be appreciated. Boy was I wrong. This stuff tastes like artificial pineapple flavoring and cheap cooking sherry. We could barely finish a 12 ounce between four people.

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.

Photo of dherling
4.01/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a fairly clear golden honey color with a bubbly off white head that dissapears quickly. The nose has mango, banana, pineapple, papaya, and other tropical fruits. There is some yeastyness to it, and a dry champagne like quality. The taste is much of the same, fruit, sweetness, and a bit of sourness that balances this beer quite nicely. The finish is a bit sweet and cloying, oily slick. Folks, it's not a brown ale, it's not a typical Belgian beer. It is an exotic fruit lambic, and for what it is, I think it's made about as good as it can be made. Whether or not you like the style is naother thing. I found it enjoyable, but doubt I could have more than one.

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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.87/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Spearmint oil, pineapple and coconut. Smells like it needs an umbrella in it.

Appearance: Lightly hazed pale gold glass sports a thin cover

Flavor: Mix of spearmint and pineapple, with just a little “funk” in the background.

Mouthfeel: Slight pucker, light body, very drying

Overall Impression: Fruity beer! Very little lambic flavor, so don’t let that scare you off. Worth a shot!

Sampled as part of the “Night of Chapeau”, many thanks to Pegasus for assembling the 8 flavors.

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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Chapeau Exotic from Brouwerij De Troch
69 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.