Chapeau Exotic | Brouwerij De Troch

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Chapeau ExoticChapeau Exotic

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Troch

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drunk from a Warsteiner flute. This beer resembled a champagne but the bubbles were far too large and suggested therefore a cheaper sparkling wine version of the French classic. Pale yellow with a strawberry hue and a generous white foam two finger head. Taste is a sweet and sour pineapple with a canned pineapple syrupy texture to it. Smell is candy floss and more canned pineapple but with a heavier, earthy backdrop to it.

This beer reminded me very much of a champagne spritzer or fancy dessert wine that one might serve after a meal as a light hearted gesture. Or like a real champagne, one might prefer to enjoy this before - or in lieu of - dinner. It does not however strike me as being a true lambic. I happen to like the taste of pineapple and so some imperfections fly just under my radar; try as I might to be more constuctive in my criticism, I found myself enjoying it despite the artificial nature of it.

Of the three beers of this type from this brewery that I've tried, I liked this best although I hesitate to think it's a good example of what it's supposed to be. Having said that, try one and see for yourself.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A= almost a strawberry blonde color with no head lacing or retention to speak of.
S= pineapple and wood. Possibly some funk.
T= sweet candy pineapple.
M= coating and very smooth. Somewhat sticky.
D= high. Decent beer but a little too smooth and stickily feeling. Interesting but I won't seek it out again.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.18/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12oz very heavy green bottle capped and corked - Pours a golden yellow with a slight haze and no head just a few white bubbles hanging out at the top of the glass. Smells mostly sweet with plenty funk present. The sweetness is reminiscent of a charms lollipop. First sip is super sweet and musty with honey and pineapple dominating. There is hardly any funk nor is there much sourness. The massive sweetness has me reaching for an insulin injection and makes this lambic not very drinkable. As it warms the pineapple takes over the honey leaving only additional sweetness.

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Photo of hopdog
2.08/5  rDev -27.5%
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

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Photo of stumac
4.12/5  rDev +43.6%
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 Onslow
2.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

smells fuckin weird, to say the very least, some socks, old water damaged oak, and some moldy yet not rotting fruit aromas ... refreshing and tart, but real funked up ... some pineapple and wood in the taste.. a weird beer but isn't as bad as most people say!.. tech itch ... had with stu and melanie.. first tasting, i think..

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.96/5  rDev +38%
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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Photo of AltBock
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of scottoale
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375ml. green champagne split bottle with gold neck/cap foil and a cork as well. It pours a bright yellow-gold with 1/4" of white foamy head. Mild carbonation, the head fades quickly, leaving no lace.

The smell is sweet and tangy with notes of granny smith apple and pineapple as well. A bit of yeast is also noticable and a hint of oak.

The taste is much like the smell, it almost reminds me of apple cider, the non-alcoholic type. The flavor is ok, rather sweet with an after tang, yet it finishes fairly clean. No detectable alcohol at all.

Drinks like apple juice.

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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 thierrynantes
2.3/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance: clear colour, foam not persistent
Smell: pineapple nose ...
Taste and mouthfeel: acid in the mouth and sweet flavors and taste of pineapple, sweet further in the final
Drinkability a very average lambic

Review added 11-25-2007, translated from french 2-22-2008.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.74/5  rDev +30.3%
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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Photo of GDMFSOB
1.76/5  rDev -38.7%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +39.4%
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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Photo of dherling
4.01/5  rDev +39.7%
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 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 HardTarget
3.87/5  rDev +34.8%
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 rhoadsrage
3.92/5  rDev +36.6%
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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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +31.4%
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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Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hard to say what to expect here....

A - Hazy gold. Head is barely there.

S - Fake pineapple/mango smell. Somewhat of a sharp yeasty residue smell.

T - Sour, sweet. Teensy bit coconutty. Obviously the pineapple fruit taste dominates here. Not really what I consider a beery taste (my girlfriend-of-the-pink-sugary-drinks like this one). But more sophisticated than a mixed bar drink. Kind of like a fruit wine without the astringency associated with them. The tiny abv might have something to do with that.

M - Sharp carbonated attack dissipates quickly. Reminds of me a sparkling wine. Very light feel.

D - I could see myself drinking this on occasion, but not when I feel like a drink. Exotic is right - maybe like a nice aperitif or something.

I think this one is getting a bit of a bum rap. I think the sweetness and lack of hops throws off the crowd here, but take it for what it is - a dessert beer, in the mold of an icewine or something. Not an everyday beer by any means, but it is pretty tasty.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.04/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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Photo of funkengruven
2.52/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like a macro, nothing special. Smells horrible, like stinky feet. Taste is alright, pineapple, like a beer pina colada. mouthfeel is pretty well reminiscent of fruit juice, well, more like a pina colada. This is something that i wouldn't drink everyday, but could be, in theory, something that would taste good mixed with something else. (coconut milk or whatever to make a pina colada)

In not so many words, the Pina Colada of beers.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.37/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
1.26/5  rDev -56.1%
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.

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