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Fruit Beer Week: Chapeau Banana Lambic (Re-review)

The other day, in reviewing Wells Banana Bread Beer, I wrote: “I can’t say as I’ve had many banana beers (the only other one that comes immediately to mind is a homebrewed banana wheat years ago)”—and then I found my original review of Chapeau Banana Lambic from 2008.

It’s brewed by Belgian’s Brouwerij De Troch to 3.5% alcohol by volume.

Appearance: Pale yellow-orange—golden, almost—bubbly. White head was fizzy but didn’t last long.

Smell: Delicate notes of sweet banana, slightly clovey. There’s a musty, horsey tang of Brett yeast… very delicate.

Taste: Tart green apple thing going on with sweet, very ripe bananas playing the background. Crisp. Pretty tasty. I want to say “Jolly Rancher” but not in the annoying way that Lindemans Pomme is. Nice interplay of sweet and tart.

Mouthfeel: Light, but a tad puckery, leaves a bit of a cloying aftertaste behind, but very drinkable.

Overall: Yum! Unusual but I like it.

On BeerAdvocate, it scores an overall grade of C+. On RateBeer, it scores 2.38 out of 5, and is in their 15th overall percentile.