Chapeau Banana Lambic | Brouwerij De Troch

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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
161
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
26.5%
 
 
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Ratings: 161 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of sulldaddy
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am drinking this cold in a snifter. The beer pours like fizzy champagne a clear gold color with no sediment. A fizzy bleached white head foams up 1 cm and fades to a surface layer quickly. Aroma is not surprisingly lots of banana at first and some bread notes and definite wet blanket funk come through as the glass breathes.
First sip reveals a lite body and fine fizzy carbonation that is prickly on my palate. Flavor is sweet and tangy banana and also some general tart fruit notes. The beer is generally sweet and sticky and reminds me of fizzy fruit juice. Not a favorite or one I would return to, but a beer experience nonetheless.

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Photo of deapokid
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a bottle at The Sunset Grill in Boston.

This "lambic" poured a clear, light yellow color with creamy, white foam that persisted fairly long. The smell was banana, followed by a sour, wild, lactic, horseblanket, brettanomyces aroma. This was a somewhat odd juxtaposition of smells. The taste was lightly sweet with the flavor of banana bread or baked bananas followed by a tart and somewhat wild sourness. A note of coconut was detected as well. The mouthfeel was tart and mildly sweet and wild all at once. The body was medium-light with moderate carbonation. This was an odd beer. It was a bit too sweet for my tastes (and I presume for most hardcore lambic fans), but yet it was not so sweet that the lambic flavors and feels did not come through. You do need to be a banana lover to like this beer.

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Photo of devilfluff
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of allengarvin
2.33/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Fairly clear amber color, good initial head, though it falls quickly. Aroma is very banana-ish, no lambic-specific tartness detectable. On first taste... Banana flavor hits you smack in the face like a sack of, er, bananas. Overwhelming, very sweet, bananas. Only slightly acidic, with lambic character not much in evidence. Nice amount of carbonation, with a light, tingly mouthfeel.

I'm a huge fan of lambics, but this beer holds none of the delights that draw me toward the style. Bleagh, not recommended unless you're crazy about banana.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.95/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy light golden color, with a slight dusting of foam, and scattered, patchy lacing.

Aroma; Massive aroma of over-ripe bananas, with only a slight note of typical lambic mustiness. The banana aroma seems absolutely authentic and natural.

Taste: Rich banana note at the open, followed by a faintly musty taste, and a quite syrupy sweetness. Finishes with a slight barnyard tang, characteristic of the style.

Mouth feel: A bit thin, with a slight sting of carbonation, and a somewhat light body.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant and rather off-beat example of a fruit lambic. The brewery should be applauded for offering such a unique interpretation of the style.

Sampled as a part of the "Night of Chapeau", with my friend and fellow BA HardTarget.

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Photo of Exiled
2/5  rDev -36.9%

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.59/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass clear golden straw with a lasting white head which laced the glass.

The aroma was ripe bananas and banana peels. The aroma contained a banana sweetness up front and a bit of lactic sour behind.

The flavor was sweet with an artificial flavor to both the sweetness and the banana flavor. The flavor of banana was light, yet present, but coupled with the sweetnes and the tartness of the original lambic, the flavor became more of a muted cherry on the palate. The flavor also seemed to have a bit of an apple fruit as well and the tartness was very low.

The finish was even yet heading toward dry with a lasting bit of apple flavor into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the carbonation level seemed fine for the style. The beer was easy to consume, although a bit sweet and with little banana flavor past the aroma.

12.7 ounce corked and capped bottle.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.42/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My take on banana is the exact opposite of BuckeyeNation's (please see his review): I pretty much dislike anything banana-flavored (artificial or natural), but love the fruit itself.

So I was extremely surprised to find how delicious this particular Lambic is, even if many don't consider Chapeau up there with Cantillon. But so what...I've had this three times now, and with this bottle I'm just as impressed with it as the previous times.

It pours a thin head, but leaves nice small swirls of lace as the liquid disappears (and that all too quickly). Color is of a pear/peach breakfast juice. A hazy, hypnotic gold with what appear to be pulp floaters meshing nicely with the mellow carbonation. I suppose the sediment is a banana/yeast mixture(?).

Aroma is clearly banana, but not in that acidic way you might experience artifically banana-flavored drinks or candies. This is the smell of slightly overripe real bananas...the presence of malt and especially yeast funk makes for a complex aroma.

And the taste: It's a total breakfast beer. (And I was honored to share one for breakfast with my brother Nick in Belgium last September.) I'm tasting what I'm smelling, mostly bananas, with a malt/yeast combo in the background. And it's ultra-creamy. The mouthfeel is like velvet melting on the tongue. Nice and round, luxuriously smooth...I'm in love. It's sweet, but not overly so, but interestingly whenever I ask people about this one, they wrinkle their face and say "too sweet!" Diff'rent strokes, they say...

Don't let anyone call this a girlie beer. I, a full-blooded American male, will always have time and tastebuds for this particular beer.

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Photo of Floydster
2.04/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

33 cl bottle purchased from Beer Mania for two euros, poured into my Belle-Vue flute glass last night, color is a golden yellow with a bit of orange in it, 1/2 inch bubbly white head that does not last long, minimal lacing, aroma has tons of bananas, sugar, other sweetness, and mild malt, smell was pretty weak and not complex, taste starts off with a big banana flavor, more sweetness with banana leading the way in the middle, finish also is full of banana flavor that does not have anything else to work off of, might as well be a fruit cocktail, not exactly a good thing when referring to a beer, very sweet mouthfeel, medium bodied, felt like it needed more carbonation, taste lasts a pretty long time, this stuff is very heavy, overly sweet, one dimensional flavor and uninteresting, would not drink again, not recommended

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been so intrigued by this beer since I knew it existed, I had to get it when I saw it. It pours a light straw color with a billowing head that falls to a finger over top. The nose is musty and funkey from the lambic and banana sweet. This is pretty much what I expected from the beer. It is after all a banana lambic. The flavor is full of banana initially, moving to a rind-like flavor, almost a banana peel, on the finish. I would like to see a bit more of the funky sour carry through to balance with the big sweet banana on the start and the rind character on the finish. It is interesting to say the least. The feel is moderate with a moderate carbonation. The beer is okay. The somewhat cloying sweetness on the initial sip is a bit overwhelming. I don't particularly like the harhsness on the finish. Still, it is what was exected from a banana beer. I respect them for taking the chance on making a beer like this.

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Photo of ADR
2.01/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hazy pale gold color with a light head of 1/8 of an inch. Laces minimally. Aroma is banana, but oddly plasticky and artificial, like the banana "circus peanut" candy. And with that, say goodbye to any anticipated or sorely needed tartness. Tick, limp and tepid body. Unpleasant sweet flavor, banana reigns supreme but all over the experience...no balance, none of the astringency that dries the finish of a well-done Lambic and no hope of this fruit having a seed or stem-like counterpoint. Even a little more carbonation would help here. That's it for Chapeau for me, for the immediate future, the Lemon (?), and GAWD help us, the Pineapple, will remain on the liquor store shelf.

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Photo of rarbring
1.86/5  rDev -41.3%
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".

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Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of RedneckBeerz
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Photo of HardTarget
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: Notes aging in oak cask

Aroma: Very ripe banana, banana bread actually.

Appearance: Light haze, deep golden color, a thin collar gives some lacing.

Flavor: Surprise! Banana. Taste a bit like peel with some sweet syrup that gives a very slight artificial edge.

Mouthfeel: Full carbonation, medium-light body

Overall Impression: Exotic! Points for originality. Easily the best banana beer I’ve ever tasted! :)

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

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Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thierrynantes
2.18/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2001
Appearance: clear colour, white foam not persistant
Smell: banana nose
Taste and mouthfeel: in the mouth an acid taste, sweet is quickly replaced by the aroma of banana omnipresent
Drinkability : a very average lambic

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-16-2008.

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Photo of rastaman
1/5  rDev -68.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Very lolly like sweetness on the nose and palate. Reminded me of those banana shaped (and hence banana flavoured) lollies that i had when i was a kid, very sugary and sweet artificial lolly-like banana flavour.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.14/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is of strow with a hazy gold hue. Head is an off-white thick dinse fuzz that was an inch thick. Nose is a zesty taffy banana smell. There is a hint of cork (maybe oak) on the nose also, even a bit woodsy in the back round. On first sip I had to sit back and say wow, I wasnt expecting it to be that sweet. It isnt in a bad way though. It is almost syrup sweet with strong notes of banana glaze on the mouth. Easy to drink. Really nothing not to like about this beer unless your not a fan of bananas or sweet.

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Photo of TerryW
2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Okay for what it is - a summer patio beer spritzer. Completely ginger ale-like in its manner from its appearance to its mouthfeel. Candy-like banana nose, sweet soda pop tatse and mouthfeel. Just a short bottle, but becomes cloyingly sweet as you go. Girly-beer.

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Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of clvand0
4.17/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a tall head and nice retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has tons of bananas with a little bit of spice and a little bit of funk. The flavor is very interesting. Tons of banana flavors with just a hint of funkiness. Lots of creamyness with the banana. The mouthfeel on this one is moderate to thick and the drinkability is really good. It seems that most people really don't like this beer, but I love the banana flavors and think this is a very good shot at something new to most people. There are a few things that could be improved, but I really think this is an interesting and an on-the-edge brew.

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Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

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