Chapeau Exotic | Brouwerij De Troch

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by UncleJimbo on 11-06-2002

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4.5/5  rDev +55.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of DanSSwing
4.21/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't know what the other reviewers have been drinking; perhaps the formula has changed over the past few years, but Chapeau's Lambic Exotic is one great tasting beverage. Really the only downside to it is that it doesn't taste like a beer. The carbonation feels more like champagne or even a soft drink, but the flavor is pineapple well balanced with a hint of lager. It is one of the smoothest tasting alcoholic beverages I have ever tried, so be careful not to overdo it. Definitely worth a try--unless you're looking for a beer, specifically.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
4.12/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rated as the worst beer ever in one of these popular beer mags....

pours a pale golden color with barely any white head. the nose is fruity, some pineapple, a musty scent, soggy oak. the taste is pineapple, very tart, musty, oaky, yeasty. medium to full bodied, low carbo, sweet finish, very sticky mouthfeel

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Photo of dherling
4.01/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a fairly clear golden honey color with a bubbly off white head that dissapears quickly. The nose has mango, banana, pineapple, papaya, and other tropical fruits. There is some yeastyness to it, and a dry champagne like quality. The taste is much of the same, fruit, sweetness, and a bit of sourness that balances this beer quite nicely. The finish is a bit sweet and cloying, oily slick. Folks, it's not a brown ale, it's not a typical Belgian beer. It is an exotic fruit lambic, and for what it is, I think it's made about as good as it can be made. Whether or not you like the style is naother thing. I found it enjoyable, but doubt I could have more than one.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

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4/5  rDev +38.4%

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3.96/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Darker tinted clear yellow. No head, but some fizz going on.

S: Typical lambic funky smell. There is a hint of the fruit there too.

T: Really tasty. Sweet, buttery, fruity. Finishes w/ the teeniest sour.

M: Nice and crisp, very bubbly. Very similar to a wine cooler.

D: On a nice hot day (104 degrees here today), I could drink these all day. And be able to say, "it's a beer not a wine cooler" legitimately.

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3.92/5  rDev +35.6%
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.

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3.87/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clearish yellow color with a soap-bubbly white head. No lacing and low retention.

Nose is a funky cornucopia of peach/pineapple syrup laden upside-down cake. Mixtures of bleu cheese and pineapple come to mind...for some strange reason, I like it.

Taste is much cleaner than it smells. Pineapple flavors abound, just sweet enough with a surprising amount of tartness. What a perfect breakfast beverage! Tasty.

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3.77/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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3.74/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with no head, and little carbonation to boot. Aromas of a sugary, sour pinneapple. In the taste, sweet pinneapple and even mango, which led to a small sourness. Crisp and fruity, with a small dry aftertaste. Very different for a lambic, and nice for the summer by the pool.

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3.7/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bobby for this one.

A: The pour is a clear golden color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: The nose is intensely sweet pineapples. I was surprised by the level of pineapple aroma in this beer, but was hoping for a bit of tartness as well.

T: This beer essentially tastes like a pineapple flavored Lifesaver candy. Again, I wish it was more than just sweetness, but in a sick sense, I really like this.

M: The body is medium with the carbonation fitting the same description.

D: This is sort of a guilty pleasure type of beer. I liked this one, though I don't know how much I could really drink at a time. Still, strangely enjoyable.

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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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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a large plastic flute.

Now that I've found a bunch, I'm gonna go through as many of these flavors as I can. How could I not go for the pineapple first? It pours a clear golden cider topped by a few layers of large sudsy bubbles. The nose is backboned by a tart lactic-like blast, while some green apples and wet hay cross-hatch whatever space remains in the 'strils. The taste is mostly of sweet pineapple-y syrup, though some tapered lactic tartness remains on the back of the tongue and throat. Green apple-based cider notes also stand out. The body is pretty light, though I think it wants to lean toward the heavier side of light, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda sticky feel. Overall, this is unlike most lambics I've had, but I really do enjoy it. I can't wait to work my way through the other flavors now.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
3.53/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chapeau beers take a lot of criticism, but I've enjoyed the couple I've had so far, and hopefully it will be the case with the Chapeau Exotic.

Poured into a champagne flute, the beer looks great. A resplendent gold body sits below a whiter than white head that leaves sticky lace as it slowly recedes. At first the aroma is crap and plastic-like, but fortunately this changes completely as the beer warms, and wood, leather, cider and funk join in with the all-pervading pineapple aroma. Lesson learnt - let her warm up.

The taste is so pineapple heavy that at first its almost impossible to pick other elements out. However, again, as the drink warmed more depth appeared. Dealing with the pineapple first - there is no doubt that you can mistake this flavour, and it dominates from start to finish, though without the tartness that can sometimes accompany it. Oddly, banana turns up for the party and creates a pleasant aromatic mix in the mouth. At the very bottom of the flavour, and hidden under layers of fruit, you'll find some weak lambic elements crying out. A touch of leather, some oak, and a west country cider funk.

The body is sticky and quite heavy, but this is countered by a spritzy carbonation that just prevents the drink from erring toward a syrup texture. There's definitely a hell of a lot of residual sugar bulking this beer up though, so if you don't like sweet things stay away!

Overall, its obvious that De Troch do not make the best lambic beers in the world, but they do make some decent fruit beverages, in which the beer elements aren't always obvious. If you can adjust your mindset and expectations around what a beer is you may well enjoy Chapeau Exotic, but if you want malts and hops to be at the forefront do yourself a favour and give this beer a miss.

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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Casey10
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was looking for something different definately found it with this one. I found it to be above average and while I enjoyed don't think it will ever be a regular.

Pours a hazy orange/yellow wispy head smell and tast are borderline dole miniture cans, just happens that this is a beer.

While I can see why people either love or hate it, I would say give it a try at least once as it is very interesting.

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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

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