Chapeau Exotic | Brouwerij De Troch

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72
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93 Ratings
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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by UncleJimbo on 11-06-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
93
Reviews:
57
Avg:
2.87
pDev:
27.53%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
3
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 57
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3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -39%

Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a very slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with minimal head and left some lacing on the surface and a thick ring of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of pineapples in the aroma, although these seem to be of an artificial variety.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by pineapple flavors. There is a bit of sweetness but no tartness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has pleasant flavors. It’s an interesting take on the style because not many pineapple beers are available.

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Photo of emerge077
2.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

"They took a lambic, and then they ruined it." -jalaffler

That comment about sums up Chapeau Exotic. "Lambic" ruined with loads of saccharine pineapple candy syrup. Thanks Don (I guess) ;)

High clarity orange color, little to no head. It looks like a lambic, but that's where the similarity ends. Musty cork and iodine smell, honey and sweet-n-low packets. Sugary juice. It tastes like overly sweetened iced tea stirred with a fistful of pineapple dum-dum suckers. Very one dimensional, with less character than a wine cooler. I'd believe this was a kiddie drink in Belgium. Had to water the garden with this, couldn't force myself to finish it. Avoid!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -47.7%
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.

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2/5  rDev -30.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a very minimal head of large bubbles when poured which dissipates to absolutely nothing but a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pineapple - stronger amounts of artificial pineapple with some hints of real pineapple.

T: Very sweet with strong pineapple flavors - very authentic pineapple flavor.

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

O: Too sweet to be easy to drink but it is enjoyable. Definitely the most interesting of the Chapeau Lambics that I have tried.

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3/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.01/5  rDev -30%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
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 Jason
2.08/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased at Zeno's Bottle shop, just getting around to review it. Poured cold from the corked and capped green bottle into a white wine glass, allowed to warm gradually.

A - A hazed golden w/ a thin white head. The appearance is that of white tea w/ suspended particles of yeast I attempted to keep in the bottle.There is a speckling of lace on the glass.

S - Sweet pineapple jam aroma w/ a slightly pineapple soda-like scent. Sugary and hints of woody and yeasty odors.

M - Mild, light and sweet w/ a slight sour note, finishes w/ a touch of wood in the feel w/ light carbonation.

T - A faint pineapple flavor w/ sweet essence mixes w/ notes of woody oak that is mellow. The sour taste is barely there w/ more of a pineapple candy tasteor upside down cake. Very subdued w/ out any real malt or tartness. Less tart than actual pineapple juice, the oak really mellows the flavor overall. Pretty average and sweeter than a lambic should be IMHO.

D - Not terrible, but lacks any real depth. The oak saves the drinkability, maybe. Not even close to most Lambics, more of a pineapple cooler. Maybe if you don't want to feel any buzz or want a summer quencher, but this is poor as an excuse for a lambic. I would avoid this in the future - below average.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
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 Alieniloquium
2.09/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
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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2/5  rDev -30.3%

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4/5  rDev +39.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

Photo of SadMachine
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
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!

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2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

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2/5  rDev -30.3%

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Chapeau Exotic from Brouwerij De Troch
2.87 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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