Chapeau Exotic | Brouwerij De Troch

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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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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 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 HardTarget
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 rhoadsrage
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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Photo of blitheringidiot
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 +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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Photo of allergictomacros
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -29.4%
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 Mindsquall
2.52/5  rDev -12.8%
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 -18%
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 -56.4%
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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Photo of Derek
3.26/5  rDev +12.8%
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!

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Photo of pootz
2.4/5  rDev -17%
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

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Photo of TerryW
1.18/5  rDev -59.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%
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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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
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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Photo of budgood1
3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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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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