Chapeau Exotic
Brouwerij De Troch

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Style:
Lambic - Fruit
Ranked #192
ABV:
3.5%
Score:
81
Ranked #49,184
Avg:
2.92 | pDev: 27.05%
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
94
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Year-round
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Alieniloquium from Florida

2.09/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

375 mL bottle. Clear golden body. What is that smell? It doesn't smell like pineapple. Strange grain aroma. Tastes really sweet. It has a little pineapple, but it's all sugar. Yikes. Medium body. Really sweet. Undrinkably sweet.

Aug 23, 2016
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smi69 from New York

3.59/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 07, 2020
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Jason from Massachusetts

2.08/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

375ml green bottle with no freshness date. Flavored with natural juices ... meaning sweetened.

LOOK: Clear pale golden, minimal lacing.

SMELL: Over ripened fruit, honey, pineapple, very sweet, oak, sweet wine.

TASTE: Sweet pineapple, chalky, oaky, musty cork.

Yikes!! Overly sweet, cork favor pretty much kills it for me. Not recommended.

Sep 19, 2011
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marc77 from California

3.61/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Nov 06, 2002
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budgood1 from Minnesota

3.32/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Dec 06, 2002
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Pegasus from Texas

4/5  rDev +37%
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.

Nov 20, 2006
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Shiloh from Canada

2.04/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What is that stink? A very hard beer to judge as to the taste because of the stench that assaults your nostrils every time you draw it in.
Appearance wasn't bad, just limited crown to go with the straw coloured hue.
Carbonation is limited as well.
The aroma is that of rotting vegetation and pineapple, hmm, methinks rotten pineapple vegetation.
The taste is primarily pineapple, but what have they done to it?
Not impressed.

Jan 14, 2006
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pootz from Canada

2.4/5  rDev -17.8%
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

Jul 27, 2005
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

2.77/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

Jun 04, 2003
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HardTarget from Texas

3.87/5  rDev +32.5%
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.

Oct 30, 2006
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Phyl21ca from Canada

1.5/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

Jul 11, 2005
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TerryW from Canada

1.18/5  rDev -59.6%
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.

Jul 12, 2005
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow with no head to speak of, just a light ring at best.
Smell is malt, pineapple, a waxy floral note, a wee touch of banana, cocoanut & cane sugar.
Taste is the same with slightly more cocoanut.
A smoothish drink, medium body & effervescence, sweet with a mildly sticky finish. Malty/pineapple/cocoanut aftertaste. Good but a little cloying. A dessert in a bottle especially if you have a sweet tooth.

Oct 04, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.55/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Nov 09, 2006
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

2.37/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This alcopop, I mean, lambic pours a hazy dark amber with a pathetic head and no lace. The aroma is nothing but pineapple, with maybe a faint hint of farm funk in the back (then again maybe my glass just wasnt clean enough). The taste is pure pineapple concentrate, theres no other dimensions. The mouthfeel is surprisingly syrupy and mouthcoating. At least its not distractingly sweet or artificial tasting. Just pure pineapple, wheres the lambicness?

Ive never had a beer with only 1.5% ABV before. It came in a tiny 250 ml bottle which is a good thing because I dont think I could drink more. Id say avoid unless youre a pineapple juice advocate as well.

Sep 20, 2005
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blitheringidiot from Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried this bottle on a whim.

Pours a hazy peach colored scrod chunkers filled pour into my wine glass.

Scents are a touch musty with a coconut aspect in the fore.

First swigs: Barely a lambic flavor, more like just a wild wayward fruity ale. Light slight pucker. Coconut and a smooth not acidic, orange and tangerine with the fruity aspects. Tastes like a mixed fuity drink withou the awl-kee-hawl punch. Dry finish. Just can't make up its mind to be a fruit beer or a lambic.

Last swigs: A tad fruity without the lambic pucker. Interesting, but nothing to seek. Not required reading.

Apr 13, 2006
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DrJay from Texas

1.26/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Murky golden colour with a head that rapidly disappears. The smell was quite strong, like pineapple syrup and very musty, and it was difficult to get past in order to try a sip. Same qualities in the flavour, but less pleasant. The pineapple flavour seems very manufactured and had a chemical quality, not remotely like fresh fruit (or even canned fruit). This one went down the sink rather fast.

Sep 10, 2005
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rhoadsrage from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +34.2%
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.

May 31, 2006
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allengarvin from Texas

3.77/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale gold with a rather frothy head. Huge aroma! After popping the cork in a crowded room, everyone in about 10 feet radius wanted to know what it was. Quite pineapply. Flavor is interesting: tastes a bit like a tart pina colada, with tartness increasing towards the end. Body is pretty light and thin.

I was prepared to be disgusted like with the Banana, but this is quite a tasty little concoction.

Mar 18, 2006
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GDMFSOB from Massachusetts

1.76/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Feb 07, 2007
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

2.01/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear, vaguely orange-hued bdoy with a few large, stray, unorganized bubbles, but nothing to call a head.

Smell: Oddly chemical-scented nose, as if one set fire to a bucket of various office supplies and long-expired pineapple husks.

Taste: Disturbing, eye-watering flavor of mold-infested pineapples and, as always, that signature De Troch trash can juice taste. A boatload of syrupy, cloying table sugar does what it can to quell and temper the loathsome flavors. As with the nose, there's this conspicuous chemical quality to it that coats the tongue. Sweet finish with some of that fetid character oozing through.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Woof. A ghastly, awful beer by any stretch of the imagination. If nothing else, at least this brewery is consistent.

Jan 19, 2010
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

2.08/5  rDev -28.8%
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

Jan 22, 2009
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Derek from Canada

3.26/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The L.C.B.O added a label that specified 1.5% ABV. No, that's not a typo... one point five percent!

It looks like carbonated pineapple juice. It smells like pineapple and has a VERY assertive sweet-tart smell. WOW. Is this beer?

Initial taste is sweet, which quickly moves to tartness, leaving a puckering tart aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light, very acidic, with a light-to-moderate carbonation.

A real thirst-quencher. At 1.5%, you could probably drink gallons of this stuff... if you really liked the tartness!

Aug 29, 2005
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scruffwhor from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shared a 12 oz bottle with my girlfriend in the backyard enjoying a 55 degree Chicagoland fall day.

Pours a quick head with no retention, no bubbling, and a clear light amber and golden wheat hue. The aroma made me think of past prime pineapple. Sweet fruit juices, old wheat, and a field located behind a cow barn. The taste had a little more to offer in the way of pineapple flavor. More sweet pineapple juice mixed with tart apple skins, funky yeast flavors that taste like mango and a barnyard combined. Tart and off tasting palate but interesting nonetheless. A sipper only, and I'm probably not going to by this beer again.

Nov 14, 2009
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AltBock from Ohio

3.12/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Jun 03, 2008
Chapeau Exotic from Brouwerij De Troch
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 94 ratings