Chapeau Banana Lambic | Brouwerij De Troch

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch
Belgium
detroch.be

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by rastaman on 08-08-2002

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Ratings:
161
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
26.5%
 
 
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Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -5.4%

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3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of tobelerone
3.17/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has some banana notes but there is also some lactic tartness hidden in there. Definitely not as fruity smelling as I expected. The flavor is pretty sweet with a little bit of tartness and some syrupy banana notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Overall, this is not a good lambic. That being said, it isn't offensive and I expected it to be worse.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The bottle states it is an Authentic Lambic Beer. 12.7oz into a flute. One of the lightest hued beers I've ever seen, has a dirty water appearance with a very small wisp of head.

Smell: Banana runt candy. Fruity and sweet smelling.

Taste: Interesting. Lots of banana flavor. Somewhat sweet like most of the Chapeau line, but has a hint of sour and mild tartness about it. Just a touch of oaky dryness finishes it out, but mostly sweet bananas. The flavor mimics banana candies, banana wine or syrup, though sour.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, carbonation is low. It comes off a little syrupy, and has a small lingering tartness and notes of banana.

Overall: A unique concept that succeeds in its design. A banana lambic beer, very bright, fruity flavor and alittle sourness to redeem it as beer. Would go great with waffles.

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Photo of Derek
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-yellow with only a little white head, but it leaves some lace.

S: Big banana aroma (a bit like those spongy banana candies) with noticable tartness as well.

T: There's plenty of sugar here, so it's not really tart at all. Pleasantly balanced and refreshing. The banana flavour is nice, and doesn't seem as artificial as the aroma.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, dry finish.

D: Good introduction to the style (though it's not very representative, borders on a malternative flavour). Very drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After spending my afternoon researching the travel costs and numerous, historic beer bars of Belgium, hoping that a trip may be in the near future, I was enthused enough to drink the Chapeau Banana.

Another muggy July afternoon in 2007. A small bottle graphic disclaims "authentic lambic beer" and the back list a best before date of 22/03/09, which is a long life span for a beer of only 3.5% but a short one for a lambic.

The beer would be completely flat with absolutely no sign of carbonation. This is, at least somewhat impart, to the angle at which I carefully and very slowly poured the beer (there are often plenty of yeasties in the De Troch beers that I opted to keep out this time around). Clear bodied, the colour is very pale and especially if the slow, sparse streams of bubbles would pick up pace the appearance would resemble identically that of champagne.

The aroma is well received; very clean and unmistakably banana. The smell shapes up to be like a banana cream custard. Not in any way too sweet. It takes very little to imagine what I'm describing, it quite simply is like holding a fresh cut banana to your nose. I don't think that's what most beer drinkers want, but should it be, they've done a good job at providing it.

The mouthfeel is quite spritzy with a low - but sharp - carbonation hitting instantly. The sweetness now also sets in very quickly. A dry finish. The qualities of the lambic (which with the Chapeau's is a low, timid level of the) 'barnyard funk' character seems to blend nicely with the banana flavour. The funky, wild yeast and sweet, fruity banana flavour blend well.

The lambic flavour hits the palate first but it is the taste of bananas that settles there. It is in no sense overwhelming. The balance between sweet/fruity, and light/refreshing is there. The taste of banana cream/pudding is always present. The beer has a very slight tart character that doesn't quite go unnoticed.

I found this to be arguably the best made offering of the Chapeau series. Among the many different fruit flavoured lambics I've tried I certainly wouldn't say banana was the tastiest, nor a flavour I'd insist on trying more of. It was, however, certainly one of the most interesting. I might actually recommend this one. It has a very light and easy-drinking demeanor (with only a trace of flavour) that swill tries (or at least advertises) to have.

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Photo of Zorro
2.12/5  rDev -33.1%
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!

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Photo of bigred89
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.17/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty standard amber-gold colour, with a thin ring of white. Minimal carbonation and a vague hint of floaties that should probably be contributing a haze, but they're just floating there in clumps.

Unsurprisingly, the nose is predominantly banana - but an almost artificial banana character, like banana lollies. A bit of brown-sugar sweetness as well. It smells artificial and chemicalised. Far too overpowering.

A vaguely cidery base on the palate, layered with sickly sweet banana character, and a vague lambic sourness. It tastes almost nothing like beer - even the most fruity lambics I've had in the past had a vague malty resemblance. Mouthfeel is clean and fresh, at least.

Eh. It's sickly and pretty unpleasant to finish. It's unique, but there's probably a reason why there are so few banana flavoured beers out there...

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Photo of harpus
2.25/5  rDev -29%

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2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.87/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber yellow with some very heavy sediment on a couple of pours. Light ring of foam with very lazy to no bubbling. The aroma is like a German heat beer on banana steroids. Tart smelling malt along with the tart bananas makesofr a very unique smelling fruit lambic. The taste is citrusy tart bananas with a more natural banana favor and feel at the finish. The palate is just a tart, not at all acidic fruit flavor. Very litle funk. The banana covers up any lambic funkiness.

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Photo of Resuin
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of Gusler
1.66/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A local beer emporium stocks the whole line of Chapeau Lambics, and they put together a nice box with them all in it for a good price, so I bought a box.
The color as it pours from the bottle a limpid golden amber color with a minimal head, barely detectable lace, but lots of goodies to float around in the glass. As one would expect the nose simply reeks of over ripe bananas, start is sweet and sour, the top skeletal in feel, the finish modestly carbonated, sparsely hopped, overly sweet and a ripe banana aftertaste. Definitely a desert beer and some might enjoy it, but I simply do not, and I do appreciate a good lambic and this ain’t it.

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Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.13/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of mportnoy
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of thagr81us
2.85/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

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Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of waiting4lunch
5/5  rDev +57.7%

Chapeau Banana Lambic from Brouwerij De Troch
3.17 out of 5 based on 161 ratings.
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