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Chapeau Exotic - Brouwerij De Troch

Not Rated.
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56 Reviews

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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 pootz
2.4/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

So this is the commercial effort displaying the tradition of mixing young lambics with fruit juice? I don't think so. This really could have been a nice ale coctail for the summer but it is just too cloying to make it. The very smell is soo sickeningly sweet it smells like bubble gum and confectioner's sugar with a slight mustiness to it...looks like a faded orange in the glass...cap vanishes quickly. Slick moith feel. Tastes like an over sweetened fruit drink ( pineapple) with some slight mustiness...certainly no lambic horse blankent tastes are destinct...not bad but not good either ...should be relegated to the "summer patio drinks for ladies" category. Not to my liking because of the cloying effect...if it were not as sweet it might have made a nice lambic cocktail

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Photo of TerryW
1.18/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I come from Ontario. Our beer and liquor stores are overseen by industry or government monopolies, so it's not really a free marketplace situation where consumer choice drives what appears on the shelves. That means that the scariest thing about this beer is that some nitwit functionary somewhere decided it was tasty and belonged up on the shelf beside the decent stuff.

First bad sign is that it pours up fizzy like a can of soda pop. No head, no lace. Aroma is overwhelmingly of cheap or chemically derived pineapple juice. Taste is very tart artificial pineapple with a big butterscotch bite.

I don't see how this could be remotedly described as any kind of beer. Possibly passable as a summer cooler poured over a ton of ice. Would also like serve as a semi-decent base for a wing or rib sauce.

Note that the original label has a sticky saying the alcohol content is not 3.5%, but a mere 1.5%

Buy it to try if you need a notch on your belt, otherwise pass.

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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 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 budgood1
3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

deep copper color, lots of carbonation that produces a huge head that doesn't die. lots of big, flaky, dark specks rolling around in the carbonation...looks pretty cool. a very fruity, musty, sourish aroma. tastes of mixed fruit; pineapple being the most obvious one. starts tart and sour, then smooths out and finishes with a pineapple-orange juice flavor. with every sip i find this more agreeable and refreshing. a nice afternoon quencher to wash down dinner with. to be honest, the musty aroma is a little offputting at first...(i'm guessing that's what the adjective "horse blanket" means), and it's going to take me some time to get used to it in the future when i try more lambics. but for now i found this to be a nice little "juicy" treat.

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Photo of marc77
3.61/5  rDev +24.9%
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.

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