Chapeau Banana Lambic
Brouwerij De Troch

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #181
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #49,604
Avg:
3.19 | pDev: 26.33%
Reviews:
92
Ratings:
164
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Brouwerij De Troch
 
Belgium
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  7
SCORE
81
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josanguapo from Spain

2/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

De Belgiuminabox. En copa Teku. En almuerzo de Navidad en casa (solos :) Con solomillo con pasas + gambas blancas + tortilla de papas de km1. Poco rastro del plátano. Lo que hay sobre todo es un perfil muy agrio, a cuero, y muy dulce, hasta el punto de resultar cargante y hartible. No esperaba mucho, pero me ha decepcionado. Al menos esperaba un toque artificial a platano y no

Dec 25, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.64/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yellow body, no discernible head from what I can see. Smell is quite skunky and sulphury but with banana essence quite clear. Taste is oily and banana, quite sweet, not much sign of this being a lambic but unlike other fruit beers from Belgium this doesn't taste too much of chemicals and is pleasant for a change. Mouthfeel is light but very sweet. Overall it's okay for a novelty drink and will be appreciated by those who like bananas. I like bananas. Do you like bananas?

Aug 10, 2020
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

375 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a small dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of ripe banana, pineapple, mango, melon, pear, red apple, honey, candi sugar, wheat, and bread; with light notes of hay, straw, grass, oak, funk, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/light funky yeast, bananas, and pale malt/sugar sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of ripe banana, pineapple, mango, melon, pear, red apple, honey, candi sugar, wheat, and bread; with light notes of hay, straw, grass, oak, funk, and yeast earthiness. Light fruit tang/tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of banana, pineapple, mango, melon, pear, red apple, honey, candi sugar, wheat, bread, hay, straw, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky yeast, bananas, and pale malt/sugar sweetness; with a good malt/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Minimal dryness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/syrupy/tangy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 3.5%. Overall this is a very good sweetened fruit lambic style. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/light funky yeast, bananas, and pale malt/sugar sweetness; very smooth and refreshing to drink, with the mildly tart/tangy/drying finish. The bananas are more pronounced in the aromas, but they don't feel overwhelming or artificial overall. Authentic fruit flavors. Very well balanced in the taste with sweetness, fruity yeast complexity, and a touch of funk. A very enjoyable offering. A lot better than I expected. Very pleasing to drink.

Oct 21, 2017
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Zorro from California

2.12/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear yellow colored beer. No real head formation, just a few large bubbles.

Smells of toasted grain and wheat brain and very slightly of banana. Additional scent of apple.

Starts out very sweet and tasting of apple juice. Faint banana flavor and some wheat bran. Doesn't taste much like lambic or bananas.

Mouthfeel is light.

Overall this is a glass full of crap. Not going to finish the glass, nasty stuff AVOID!

Dec 31, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.63/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear golden body. No head.

Smell - Amazingly, it smells skunked. It has the aroma of an imported European pilsner. And some banana.

Taste - Tastes more like banana. Not sour. Quite sweet, in fact. Still has that stale pilsner tastes to it, but much lighter.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Overly sweet.

Overall - Not good.

Jan 13, 2015
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Richardbeerlover from Texas

3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice fizzy yellow amber with a fuzzy faint head that quickly dissipates like champagne. Smells like a typical lambic and tastes very sweet. To me there was not much of a banana taste or smell at all but I really enjoyed the beer. Typcial lambic funkiness and the alcohol is very well hidden. A really good beer if you like the sweetness.

Jul 05, 2014
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dcmchew from Romania

3.4/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Banana lambic?! Hm, should be interesting.
Pours pale yellow, bit of lace.
Smell of dried banana chips, candi sugar, bit of cidery tartness and floral honey.
Not as syrupy sweet as expected it to be from the smell. Acidity hits at first, with apple cider, faint sour cherries and very faint lemon zest. Banana follows, but green and unripe, not too sweet and sticky. Nice clear Belgian sugars, again, not sticky. Good lambic funk, with mild green notes in the dry finish.
Light bodied, medium fizz, lingering fruitiness, white grape-like dryness and a bit of candi sugar.
A good fruit lambic, tasty natural banana feel, nice balance and flavours.

May 09, 2014
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.37/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle at Lexington Beerworks (KY)

Light amber, clear and high visible carbonation - like an Amer. lager. Decent head and lacing.

Very floral and moderately fruity saison aroma with light farmhouse character, less banana than expected. Over-ripe banana.

Flavor: more banana. Also apple juice. Some tartness but still a bit sweeter than I would prefer.

Light body; medium plus carbonation. semi-dry finish.

Apr 04, 2014
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scottfrie from California

2.13/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Corked 375ml green bottle into tulip.

A: Pours a clear yellow urine color with almost no head. A few white bubbles surfaced on top of the beer but they quickly faded into a faint collar. No lace.
S: Sickly sweet notes of banana syrup are cloying and dominating. I detect a very faint touch of what could be barrel funk, but overall I just get sugar banana syrup.
T: Follows the nose with the cloying sugary banana flavor dominating. In the finish there is a note or two of something that reminds me of cream, and the aftertaste is full of more banana and slight apple, grape juice and pear.
M: Very low carbonation that briefly fizzes up in my mouth over a syrupy thick body and full, viscous, mouthfeel.
O: Pretty much what I expected, I unfortunately expected this to be bad. Not undrinkable, but this tastes more like drinking straight banana syrup used in sodas than it does a lambic.

Dec 12, 2013
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

3.27/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I've never had a Chapeau, another candy like lambic from Belgium. Instead of the effervescent champagne head I'm used to with Lindeman's I barely got any bubbles even after a pretty hard pour. The Banana Lambic, I've seen the beer a hundred times over the years, and never even thought once that I need to try this, until now. Looks like a mild carbonated cider thin white head, aroma has some tartness and hints from the oak barrels along with the candy like banana natural banana flavor additions. Slightly tart underneath, with a Wonka candy, Runts like banana flavor. Very sweet more than one would give you a stomach ache, this is not true lambic but definitely good for moderation or dessert. Overall mouthfeel is cloying residual sugars build up on the palate with each sip, low carbonation doesn't carry the syrupy texture very well either. Overall an interesting take on a Belgian inspired classic style like Lambic.

Oct 27, 2013
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco from New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

375ml corked bottle, just arrived at my store today. Pouring into 3 sample cups to share with a couple employess (our cashier likes it) and get their take on it as well in addition to using this review for my Beer Club.

AP: Nice light honey-like colour and it's keeping it's head at about 1/4", which is all I can get out of a sample cup. Looks to have assertive carbonation as the bubbles are flowing bottom to top.
AR: Ripe banana and banana chips (the ones with sugar on them) with green tart apples, apple cider and pear aromas to compliment. Smells pretty tasty.
T: Decent flavour on this. Typical lambic taste of apple cider, tart green apples, pear and even white grape. The banana seems missing at first, but then makes an appearance weaving in and out with the other flavours. The base flavours are quite good. On the finish the banana is more prominent and sweeter in a slightly sugary way, which to me I'd rather have a more natural banana flavour than the sweet kind.
M: Not as carbonated as the visual would indicate, I'd say only mildly so but it does provide a little creaminess. Body is light to moderate with a crisp finish, but due to the sweetness of the banana flavour it's neither dry nor off dry and doesn't cleanse your palate.
OV: A tasty easy drinking brew. This one goes down very easy. If you like banana flavour, but aren't necessarily a Lambic fan, this still might work for you. For those who are hardcore 'true' Lambic fans, you might find this too sweet. Either way worth a try. I'd have it again.

Aug 20, 2013
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Brenden from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a deep gold, somehow very bright even with quite a bit of haze in it. It develops an off-white head that reaches just a little over a finger to cap it. Retention is good, and fairly ample lacing clings mostly in spotting but with light patching as well.
At first, this beer brings the funk. When the bottle is first opened, that's the first thing that pours out of the nose. Interestingly, the barnyard/horseblanket funkiness fades to a very light note, with a pure banana sweetness pulling out strongly. There's a little bit of spiciness underlying it. The funky, yeasty notes let me know it's a lambic for sure, at least before that fades away, and the banana's definitely ample.
In the flavor, the funk only shows up very lightly underneath, though spicy and mildly phenolic notes tell the yeast's tale. The major issue becomes how cloyingly sweet the banana tends to get. Definitely a sipper, but a pleasure if you're into banana.
The body's a firm medium but on the lighter edge and carbonation is moderate, lending itself to a firm, crisp bite that's sustained well. It gets a little fluffy in the smoothness, but it doesn't detract much.

Apr 06, 2013
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rarbring from Sweden

1.86/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A hazy straw colored beer. A low off-white head with small lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of artificial banana, sweet and disturbingly acid, a banana belch whiff.

Tasting very sweet, banana soda, no beer wibes to talk about.

Low carbonation, a sticky texture. A small body with a watery finish.

This was entirely an soda-gone-wrong experience. "Interesting".

Nov 11, 2012
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darktower from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you have a woman in your life that you want to try to get them started on craft beers, I'd recommend this. My fiancee' dislikes most traditional craft beers, even most of the fruit beers, lambics, etc. However, we were visiting some friends in Liege, Belgium and we came across this little gem. She loved it! We haven't been able to find it here in Pennsylvania yet but we continue to look. I've had multiple other 'banana beers' and this is by far-and-away the best, it literally tastes like you're drinking a fresh banana. A lovely after dinner beer.

Oct 02, 2012
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hackmann from Michigan

3.82/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: honey amber with golden highlights and a thin white head.

Aroma: you know it – banana! With a honey oak background.

Flavors: candied banana but, it is not overly sweet. A light honey oak tone underneath the banana.

Mouthfeel: smooth and slightly creamy banana feel, lingering banana and honey oak. Light, very light carbonation which helps with that slightly creamy banana feel.

I am not a lambic slappy but, this is very nice. Plan to have this at your next Hawaiian party.

May 15, 2012
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TSJ4000 from Iowa

4/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice beer. I think the ratings on this beer are lower than they should be because the beer has low alcohol. This beer is delicious and the banana flavor clearly reminds me of the banana Runts. It's not terribly artificial tasting but has that nice candy quality to it without being overly sweet.

May 11, 2012
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark golden yellow in color with an extremely thin soapy white head. The head reduces quickly to a ring at the edges of the glass. Very light lacing is observed.

S: The aroma is straight up banana - not the chemically fake banana but the really sweet fresh banana that you get when the peel is almost completely brown. There is quite a bit of sweetness present in the aroma of this one.

T: This beer has a real authentic banana flavor, not the chemically artificial banana that I have come to expect in beer, candy, etc. The beer is quite sweet but not cloying due to the underlying lambic sour notes.

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

O: This beer is pretty easy to drink but is a little too sweet to be a session beverage for me. Kind of neat to sample and definitely not something you come across from a lot of breweries... Glad I have tried, would even have it again but not something I would go out of my way to find.

Mar 31, 2012
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zaphodchak from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of suds on the top, no real head, pale straw.

Smells a bit like banana Laffy Taffy, not in a bad way.

Some mild citrus character, but obviously the banana character is dominant. It's really light and pleasant, not very tart.

Mouthfeel is pretty subdued-- it's bright but not super intense.

Pretty neat-- smell is a little artificial, but taste is nice.

Feb 25, 2012
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a small hazy orange-ish color with a small white to no head. In the aroma, it smells of banana RUNTS. In the taste, a note of tartness, but it drinks like a mouthful of banana RUNTS. A small bite and light bodied mouthfeel, with a dry to sugary banana peel. Sugary and candy bananas, with a nice mellow and small tartness.

Feb 13, 2012
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donkeyrunner from Massachusetts

2.59/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear yeller with a bubbly white cap. Fair retention for a lambic. You don't see banana lambics around these parts too often.

Smells like banana runts and off-putting wet paint. Sweeter than I anticipated. Really, really, really sweet overripe bananas. More lambic-y funk or sour to combat the excessive sweetness is in order.

When I bought this I figured it would be either really good or really bad. I'm leaning towards the latter but I had to try it.

Jan 21, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

3.17/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very little in the way of a head, just a thin band despite a fairly aggressive pour. Totally clear, pale gold color; looks like a ginger ale. Lacing is extremely minimal – almost none there at all.

Aroma is sweet candied bananas, with faint Belgian yeast and spice notes underneath. Taste is also sweet but short of cloying; like a lightly alcoholic banana cider concoction; or a banana/apple soda. The faintest hint of tartness and tang is overwhelmed by the sweet banana flavor. Simple taste; nothing complex or subtle here.

Finishes fairly clean and dry; just a touch of lingering banana sweetness remains. Hard banana cider? Ultimately it’s tasty if you like soda and bananas but I can’t really say this is a “beer experience” in any way.

Jan 18, 2012
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thagr81us from South Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks goes out to my doppelganger for sharing this one with me at a past tasting! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a bright yellow with a minimal pure white head. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comrprised of sweet malt, banana, earth, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, overly sweet banana, subtle wood, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this really wasn't that impressive. I had seen this one on the shelf for quite some time and always joked about trying it for the 'tick', but never got around to it. Leave it to my evil doppelganger to make sure I got the chance. And what a chance it was... Phew, this thing tasted like banana laffy taffy with some wood and funk added. WAY too sweet for me with these flavors going on as they didn't balance well at all. Worth trying though to say you have at least once, but drinker beware.

Jan 01, 2012
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metter98 from New York

3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a very thin head that quickly faded away, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of bananas in the nose along with some hints of sweetness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of bananas and some hints of sweetness. It isn’t cloying because there is some underlying tartness from the lambic.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate with a slight amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink compared to other banana lambics because it isn’t overly sweet and doesn’t have flavors that taste artificial.

Dec 15, 2011
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Khazadum from Illinois

1.68/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Very crisp and bubbly, lots of singular entities flowing from the bottom of my snifter. The bottle gave off the barest hint of a pop when it was decorked. The head developed was very minimal, if I can even call it a head. Some lacing, maybe decent stickiness on that.

S- Sickly banana sweet. Insanely cloying, nauseating. Behind that there is a light tart characteristic. Doesn't really come off citric, I'd put it closer to lactic.

T- BLAM! Candy banana flavor. Like runts. In fact this is the closest banana flavor I've ever had to runts that wasn't a runt. Perhaps thats the secret ingredient. Laffy taffy is another good representation of it. Minor tartness comes off the back end. Again, could be lactic, could be acetic but I lean closer to lactic. Finish is artificial banana.

M- Little bit fuller than I'd like it to be, creamy at times, bit crisp around the edges. Gentle tartness hits the cheeks. Low carbonation is not so bad because of this, although maybe it could have hidden some of the overwhelmingly sweet hits.

Like laffy taffy, runts, and white grape juice all force carbonated and topped off with a bit more sugar. Dissappointingly gross. Fiance was in love with it though.

Nov 07, 2011
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AleWatcher from Illinois

2.02/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

375 ml bottle into tulip
reviewed from notes

bright bright clear yellow. whitish head, minimal bubbles, some spotty lacing. Not too bad looking, but not super impressive. I'll give it the 4 on looks, but that's rounding up.

smells of dried banana chips with an oaky earthy funk.

The taste is PURE banana laffy taffy. I can't believe how much this tastes like banana laffy taffy. It is ridiculous. Synthetic banana flavor is huge with some oak and earthy funk as well.
Just a little bit of tartness, but a lot of artificial sweetness.

The body actually isn't too bad-- it could use a touch more carbonation, but it still works well enough as is.

Overall-- let's just say that I won't be finishing my glass... this just isn't good enough to compete with other fruit lambics that are out there-- I'll take Lindemans Cassis please!

Nov 05, 2011
Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 164 ratings