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Chapeau Banana  
Posted: 26 August 2015  Beer Republic 4.0 
Chapeau Banana from Belgium Where the Chapeau brand deserves due credit is in their variety.   Try to imagine the sour background tastes caused by the wild yeasts of a lambic mixed with a faint banana flavor.  A sour banana if you will.  Is that something you'd be dying to try?  
Avg price/liter: USD 10.80   ABV %: 3.0  Type: Lambic-Fruit  Belgium 
       


De Troch, the craft brewery in Belgium behind the Chapeau line of beers, is probably a brewery and brand you never heard of before.  Like many other breweries around the world, De Troch tries to stretch out, with very loose interpretation, just how old they are.  They cite a 19th century land-use plan which mentions a brewery owned by a female De Troch, then go further and mention how a generation before, there was a brewery on the same site owned by the father.  There are holes in the story I won't waste my time unearthing here.          

As far as you need be concerned, no De Trochs are running the show now.  Jos Raes and his wife ran the brewery from 1974 to 2012.  Their son Pauwel took control in 2012.    

Where the Chapeau brand deserves due credit is in their variety.  Like this Chapeau Banana lambic beer. With a plethora of breweries sprouting up all over the place and lambic becoming a more acceptable style outside Belgium, fruits from other universes will, I am sure, be utilized for future lambics.  For now, banana isn't one of the primary lambic fruits.  Peach, strawberry, cherry, and raspberry are.         

There's probably a reason for it, too.  Some fruits impart their fruit flavors better to drinks than others.  It's easier to juice a cherry, strrawberry, raspberry, or a peach than a banana.  Bananas work texturally in cocktails and smoothies.       

How well does banana work in their lambic?     

Based on this one, not exceptionally well.  Try to imagine the sour background tastes caused by the wild yeasts mixed with a faint banana flavor.  A sour banana if you will.  Is that something you'd be dying to try?     

I've yet to try a banana fruit beer, but I think that would be an easier task to pull off because you could control the yeast used to get the flavor profile you want.   

Banana splits are fantastic.  Have one of those. No need to get consume your bananas via a Chapeau Banana.            

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