Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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3.98
pDev:
14.82%
 
 
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Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 01-25-2001

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Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, malts. Taste is malts, fruits, yeast, slightly sour, touch of hops. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another small, interesting Belgian brewery that gets some distribution in the U.S. (I bought this at Total in California as I never saw it in Chicago.)
While brewing the standard Belgian styles, De Musketeers also adds IPAs and stouts for the American market.
And they seem to be above average in those ratings.
As for the taste of this Belgian Blond, I think it is substantially above average. The hops are aromatic and let the malts work on the palate.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" reviews this as "a good hop character in aroma and finish, and a big, vanilla-like, maltiness in between."

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Photo of josanguapo
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching True Detective 1x04. Fruity, tropical, herbal, reminds me their "magma" ipa and Feuillien blonde but i enjoyed this more. May be getting used to this flavor profile. BB next month.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a hazey golden yellow with an off white head that disapates to a thin patchy layer. Aroma sweet, malt, fruit. Taste sweet, biscuit, caramel, yeast, nutty, light spices, fruits. Very nice.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This blond is more spicy than floral, but still has the slick, buttery mouthfeel. Cloudy golden in color with a tight, creamy off-white head. Aroma is peppery, pungent, spicy. Taste is much more mellow than the aroma suggests, malts come through.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, fruit, white grape juice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, fruit, white grape juice, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing some age with the cardboard qualities that I am getting.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of T100Mark
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A rusty orange color. Big lumpy head made up of very fine bubbles.

Smell - Sour. Fruity.

Taste - Big sour flavor. Grapefruit. Taffy. A slightly bitter, dry finish.

Mouth - Fizzy. Alive.

Overall - This beer is big and complex. If you're into Belgian sour ales, this is a must have!

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Photo of interzen
4.84/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour glass

Look: Golden straw yelllow, slightly hazy, with immense amounts of head kept going by some fairly wild carbonation. Major head retention with some fairly dense lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A mixture of citrus and honey with definite hints of yeast. Some floral, spice and alcohol notes as it warms up.

Taste: Follows the smell - definite yeast and citrus up front with malt, hops and honey in the finish. Despite being quite sweet, it's not at all heavy. Although some alcohol is noticeable in the finish, it doesn't taste at all boozy.

Feel: Good, rounded feel - not at heavy and a good balance between yeast, malt and hops. Fairly vigorous carbonation to begin (hence the head) but settles down and avoids being unnecessarily fizzy.

Overall: A good example of why Belgian beers are just so damned good - it doesn't taste like something with 6.5% alcohol and the flavours that are present are exquisitely balanced. Definitely one of my go-to blonde/pale ales.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 2/7/2016. Pours lightly cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, light bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, wheat, light honey, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian blonde ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Mavigo
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the world of beer in milwaukee. served in a tulip.

A: is a golden yellow color, cloudy with a short off white head and good amounts of lacing.

S: smells sweet and fruity, bananas, plums, malts, yeast, hops, citrus

T: tastes sweet, wheat, fruits, malts, yeast, hint of hops

M: medium bodied with good amounts of carbonation, fairly balanced

O: overall this was damn good, a bit pricey but it was well worth it. would recommend it to anyone.

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Photo of stcules
2.92/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Blonde-greenish color, slightly opalescent, wih a creamy and abundant foam.
Nose of ripe fruit, peach, yeast and sugar, withount being too heavy.
Simila taste, full, but again, not too heavy.
Average aftertaste, again with fuity and tropical notes.
Belgian blond, decent, average. Drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and a darker shade of golden yellow in color with a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that has excellent retention properties, taking a very long time to died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of spices and sweet malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has bits of sweetness along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has the maltiness and a similar flavor profile to that of a triple, but isn't nearly as sweet and seems to be more drinkable.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast, soft wheat, faint lemon and orange marmalade. Very doughy.
In terms of flavours there's more lemon, orange marmalade, doughy yeast and overly sweet malt.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a wine glass. Purchased from Brix Bottleshop in Kalispell, Mont. Drank in Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white head with large bubbles and a moderate retention. Spots of lacing. A honeyed-golden color with high clarity and nice carbonation.

S- Some warm malty character, sweet and spicy.

T- Slightly bitter in the finish, with a sweet beginning. Complex beer, spiced with subtle hops, delicious malts and powerful yeasts. Tasty brew.

M- Slightly syrupy with heavy carbonation.

O- Well above average beer. Maybe one of my favorites in the style I've had.

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Photo of JMad
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a light golden murky color with a huge foamy white head that stayed consistent. The aroma has lots of banana and a slightly tangy grass taste along with some wheat and clove. It tastes balanced with a bit of grassy hops, clove, and more banana. It's not light or heavy, kind of in the middle with lots of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This is a very nice beer, one of the better blonds I've tried.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber. A gentle pours produces a massive white head with good persistence and tons of lacing. Great aroma of caramel malt, light cider fruit with a mild sour element. Flavor dominated by sweet caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Light fruit juice and Belgian spices with a somewhat pleasant dry finish. Light to medium bodied but active carbonation gives a pleasant mouth feel. A very nicely made Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pours an orange amber color, hazy, with a sudsy white head that retains as a lacing.

Smells of honey, coriander and bretty yeast and bananas.

Tastes of honey, corander, bananas, medium sweet malt, and mildly dry bitter hops.

Medium to full body with a soft carbonation.

Pretty tasty ale, good flavors and decent body, although not as good as some of the other Belgian ales I like. The hoppiness is an uncharacteristic but welcome addition. Overall, there are better offerings out there, but this one is still worth a try.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent amber in color with a minimal white head that sits in clumps across the surface after receding. Visible yeast sediment is also present. Aroma is generally mild and smells of apple, pear, some caramel, and a trace of alcohol. Caramel sweetness is far more present in the palate than in the nose, bordering on Viennese lager in terms of the malt presence. This sweetness lingers in the back of the mouth after the finish, affording it an almost dessert-like essence that works surprisingly well. Hops are used very modestly--just enough to lend some balance without being obtrusive. The carbonation is spot-on, yielding a nice crispness. Some warming spices emerge as the beer warms, perhaps nutmeg or clove, with a dusting of coriander. Others have astutely noted a vanilla presence that seems obvious in retrospect.

I've had a number of Belgian blondes/pales, and this one certainly stands out as something different from the rest. It's not necessarily my favorite beer in this style, but the characterful sweetness and complex flavor profile make it unique and memorable.

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Photo of Durge
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to snag a growler of this imported brew at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY, this one is a clear bright golden color with a slight haze, a decent white cloud on top with stubborn lacing in retreat. Looks good. The aroma brings light banana clove over crisp wheat and a pleasant herbal/floral overtone. Neat. The taste includes big sweet wheat grain and vegetable clove with its expected banana element. This also has a little hop bite, along the lines of a citrus swamp flavor. The body is medium-plus with modest carbonation and a politely syrupy feel. Very solid Belgian styled brew and recommended for sure.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a big rocky dense off-white head. I poured the remainder in the glass, and watched the head grow again. Lace clings to the glass as the head collapses a bit.

I want more nose, and maybe it is a result of the dense head. I get grain, alcohol, some fruit, wood, and a little vanilla.

Yum. That pretty much says it all. Nice complexity. Bitter alcohol up front, with the bitterness just allowing a hint of tropical fruit to shine thru before shoving it aside. You get some yeast, some woody vanilla, a tiny spicy bite as well. Finishes dry and moderately bitter. This brew has a dried out element that is needed. Funny that it is only 6.5%, although it seems boozier than it is.

Medium body, just right carbonation.

Overall, the more you sip this, the more you enjoy, and the more the beer evolves. Very very enjoyable.

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Photo of sergio1va
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a pale orange color with an off white creamy head.

Smells of grapefruit, sour fruits and mild vanilla smells.

Taste is definitely of a highly fermented beer- strong alcohol flavor in the front balanced out by the sweet grapefruit taste.

Bitterness is definitely on the strong side but not too harsh on the palate to completely wreck the future sips of this beer.

Clearly a high class beer worthy of enjoying every sip.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A good shocking white head, made off the pour and FROZEN in place, supper sticky. Body color is a real simple orange to yellow opaque body, and this nice crawling white bubbles on the edges of the glass. Some clumps of lace hit the edges, real impressive.

This is a Belgian Pale Ale? It smells like a doppelbock. Huge caramel and sticky toffee, and a real nice honey sense with it as well. Clove like honey and brown spices, malty. Very interesting.

Taste is all Belgian goodness. Light crisp honey body, hints of clove and sweet sugars. Malt rich density with a light effervescent mouthfeel. Apple crispness comes in the aftertaste with a mix of yeasty Belgian goodness and maybe even some vanilla.

Wow, this thing is real unique, real impressive, very great Belgian beer here.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 30 Mar 2013, poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged stemmed tulip on 25 Nov 2011.

Huge white head, slightly hazy body of gold sat below.

Belgian yeast esters came up to greet my nose, wave after wave of them, lovely.

The taste was also of yeastiness, the beer being hoppy, dry and crisp in the mouth. Really liked it, as I do most Belgian brews.

Well worth finding.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin white mousse. Much darker than many other Belgian pales. The look alone sets it apart.

S: Aromas of butterscotch, caramel, spice, candy sugar, and biscuits are present on the nose. Hop character is not readily noticeable, which is sort of disappointing.

T: Opens malty and sweet with notes of candy sugar, biscuits, cream, vanilla, butterscotch, spice, and orange. The finish is short, sweet, and smooth with cream, vanilla, butterscotch, and sugar flavors. Too confected for my tastes.

M: Relatively light-bodied, slick, and smooth. Dries out a little on the finish. Fairly drinkable.

O: I'm kind of disappointed by this beer. I find it to be too sweet and completely lacking in hop flavor. Not my favorite Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of BBF 2011. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pours a thick, creamy 3 finger white head with excellent retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. Fantastic!

Nose is robust clove, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, and sweet pineapples. Aromatic but I'm craving a bit more fruitiness and a little less spice here.

Opens biscuity. Clove and sugar upfront with a fair bit of spiciness and floral notes. Some sweet citrus and tropical fruit lingers in the background with some powderiness showing up right before the end. Finish is sweet straw with a sweet, pineapple peel aftertaste. Nice and subtle.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and prickly in the mouth and goes down abrasive and bubbly. Finish is messy with a long, lingering, filmy aftertaste. A bit too much at the end.

This offering is solid but a lacks a bit of character in the taste. Also, while I waited for this one to smooth out just a bit as it warmed, it never quite got there. Real sessionable though.

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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.