Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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Reviews by silenius:
4.63/5 rDev +16%
This is my standby favorite at the Hopleaf. When I can't decide what to have next, I always go back to this one.
The menu says "Launched by 4 Ghent brewing engineering students in June 2000, Brouwerij de Musketiers brews this deep golden, fruity, spicy, and densely malty ale. Fewer than 2000 cases brewed per year. Has become a connosieur's choice in Belgium."
I paid $6 at the bar.
On the label is a drawing of a man's head opening his mouth sticking out his tongue to apparently catch a drop of beer. Behind the man are the Dutch lyrics to what is either a song or poem that roughly translates into something about dying in/for beer and angels weeping and God taking mercy on the man for his behavior. I don't speak Dutch and the on-line translation was iffy.
The beer starts with a huge head in the Troubadour branded tulip glass. There was substantial lacing as well. The smell is light and herbally pleasant.
This is a nicely balanced beer. Not an in-your-face monster. A long pleasant finish makes this my #1 session beer.
02-15-2004 18:47:32 | More by silenius
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4.35/5 rDev +9%
A nice find at the Total Wine store here in Greensboro,pours a slightly hazy golden with a touch of orange tint with a big blooming rocky head and leaves a sheet of foam down my glass.Aromas of ripe oranges and big honey notes with a touch of spice to round it out nice.Taste is hugely fruity orange and pineapple wich I dont get in many beers thats for sure but sweet ripe pinapple is very appetizing to go along with a touch of sweeter spice and smoke.Wow a real nice Belgian here a great find if anyone else finds it take its solid.
09-03-2004 20:34:16 | More by oberon
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Appearance Cloudy light yellow body with a decent head that laced pretty well.
Smell Malt and bread mix with big fruit (banana, peach, orange, kiwi, to name a few) along with spices that are hard to pinpoint. Very entertaining.
Taste The orange and peach come more in the flavor. The spices arent hot or peppery, theyre more like cinnamon or paprika. Theres also some yeast in there along with alcohol, but mostly the big fruit.
Mouthfeel Theres a nice carbonation to this one and its rather chewy.
Drinkability I thought this was a little too citrusy to go down well, and the complex mix of flavors didnt blend well.
08-20-2003 01:58:45 | More by RoyalT
4.35/5 rDev +9%
Served this last bottle of a four-pack in a tulip glass. Three fingers of clumpy, sticky, white head settle slowly leaving large patches of lacing on the edges of the glass. A solid thick later of large-bubble head sits atop a hazy straw body.
Smells exactly how a Belgian blonde should smell: clovey, yeasty, with a touch of banana. Also smells like yellow cake batter when it warms.
The taste is again clovey, phenolic with bready yeast and banana flavors. Spicy on the tongue and slightly sour on the finish. Lots of flavor for a modest ABV.
Mouthfeel is fairly spicy and sharp, but also leaves a bit of a silky coating on your tongue. Nevertheless, pretty light and certainly very drinkable. Recommended.
04-06-2008 22:02:56 | More by boston2bburg
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
Bight yellowish straw with a faint chill haze, superb lacing.
Moderate body and quite crisp. Honey like malt and modest medicinal phenols find balance, faint alcoholic esters within the fruitiness. Touch of yeast adds a dough character in the middle.
One of my all time favourites in the bottle, on tap it was pretty damn good as well.
11-11-2002 07:35:51 | More by Jason
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
On tap at The Muddy Pig, St. Paul, MN...
Slightly hazy medium gold appearance, nice tight-bubbled head of 1/2 an inch and good duration. Laces thickly in fine crystalline sheets. Yeasty aroma, light honey. Mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is a good match, plenty but not overdone. Starts out straw-like, but in the vein of Chinese bird's nest soup, sweet but with a sense of mustiness. Countering this rich experience is a lemony citrus element that's not strident and mellows to a sweet sugary sense. Finishes with lots of aftertaste, a little cloying in the long run. No real hops detectable. Not a lot of beers have struck me as similar, but its heavy for a Saison and not really up my alley.
02-27-2005 19:28:44 | More by ADR
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
Pours a clouded golden apricot color with a big thicket of creamy white head foaming thick at least 3 to 4 fingers worth. Into my Chimay chalice with fine even layerd Belgian lacing. Tropical fruit mild citrus layers with a biscuit malt undertone carrying out sweetness with some Belgian candi sugar. Herbal hops are expressed here as well. Flavor is semi sweet pretty balanced effervescent subtle biscuit malt sweetness with grassy/herbal/citric hop additions. A bit of bubblegum/nuttiness from the spicy yeast notes. Mouthfeel is light effervescent medium bodied, highly quaffable great with food since it's so balanced. Overall one of the better balanced Belgians I've come across their typically super sweet without much balance in the flavors this pulls off hoppy, light malt, and spicy yeast with ease...a really nice beer will come again.
04-10-2011 00:25:50 | More by WVbeergeek
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
The new bottle is a bit more classy looking than the picture shown. 750 ML synthentic cork w/ cage. Poured into Stella Artois 16 oz. glass.
This pours out looking like a blond bombshell, a yellow gold, only slightly hazy with a classic, lively Belgian carbonation that creates and maintains a bubbly, light white head with a soft, high, creamy crown. dissipation is very slow thanks to the activivty of the rushing bubbles to the top. Right on.
The aroma is avery authenticaly Belgian and very unique, it's a very natural-world smell, earthy with dried hay fields in the middle of summer, assorted cold cuts and veggies, Cream 'o corn scented malt, thick and sweet. The hops provide a spicey, peppery edge along with the yeast strain.
This Belgian Pale ale is packed with flavor, for a light ale, this one is full of good stuff, the malt is very impressive and taste's just like canned Cream 'o corn with a delightful dried wheat flavor. The yeast packs a punch, it's peppery, earthy and gives off a serious complexity of flavor's that include: garden veggies and subtle fruity flavor's, mostly wild berries. The hops are earthy with a dry-bitter finish. This complex but light and refreshing brew is VERY easy to drink, but it's soo complex I found myself savorring and sipping this one. This would be the Brew I would suggest for a nice introduction in the world of Belgian Pale ale's, very authentic.
Do NOT pass Go without trying this delightful Belgian Pale ale.
11-07-2008 16:24:52 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
Matte sandstorm tan topped with a modest fluff of soiled ivory.
Wheat hull nose spiced with apple butter, cinnamon pears, lemon rinds, and clover.
Begins with a wheat graininess augmented with cotton candy. Remains sugary (but not heavy) sweet, as fruits enter, each in their candied form. Apples, lemons and lime (but not in sour form), pears, pineapple, strawberry, and fried plantains. For a second, the vast sweetness might have people reaching to check their blood sugars, but the yeast quells it, the the hops slaughter any remnants. The middle is ripe with bread dough and white pepper, then the end is all dried lemongrass and brown hay. A minor trace of spun sugar lingers through the close.
It balances a medium-thick (but not soupy) body atop a pinhead of effervescent (but not fizzy) bead. This has the levity and the liveliness to pull off the accomplished oversweetness. Despite what it should be, this is miles from cloying, or even mildly hindered with the unattached sugars.
And thus, a quaffer is born. It's all fruit punch and hay, but it works well here.
Impressive (but not euphoric).
07-11-2005 04:31:53 | More by cokes
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
Very creamy and promising. However alcohol was detectable in aroma and in the drink itself. It is a nice one, though sourish yeast not for all. Spices are OK, bit not really up for cloves and pepper. Lemon acidity. Creamy middle mouthfeel. Did not go well with lunch, which is a good test for me for a beer I would have again.
02-12-2006 02:51:15 | More by Sammy
4.35/5 rDev +9%
Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. I've seen three label designs for this beer, this one is the full color version of the troubadour sticking his tongue out. An older bottle, it has a "best before" date of 8/23/2008 (over a year ago). I've had this several times though, and this sample hasn't really suffered from the age.
Liquid is between goldenrod and ochre with amber highlights and a towering ricotta colored head, receding to a tall hunchbacked cap, with intricate copper-stained (from the bottle-bottom yeast) streaks of lacing. If you had to drive through it, expect poor visibility thanks to the large quantity of yeast globules surging throughout the glass (brings to mind Fantastic Voyage).
Malt and esters in the nose, just as you would expect from the style. Banana, strawberry, vanilla, ginger, with rising bread dough and hints of champagne vinegar and young sourdough starter combine into a well integrated whole.
Slightly sweet toasted bread, fruit again (same as in the nose), and a pleasant array of spices (black pepper, clove, cardamom, and so on) on the palate. A little citrus, and mild yeast. Peppery, slightly dry finish, though the sweetness from malt persists. Well balanced - potent yet restrained all at once.
Medium-light bodied with medium-light carbonation, very middle of the road just as you would expect.
Gone in a flash.
With the slightly higher ABV than usual for the style, the poor clarity (unfiltered ale, after all) and the flavor profile, this beer transcends the style without going so far as to require a re-classification as a specialty. One of the "sleeper" ales that quietly gets everything right.
09-05-2009 22:14:14 | More by augustgarage
4.43/5 rDev +11%
A hazy yellow-gold body with an orange cast reveals some particles in suspension (bottle conditioned). It's capped by a short but creamy, bright-white head that holds exceptionally well as it's buoyed by an effervescent carbonation; and leaves some very nice lace as it goes. The nose delivers a peppery spiciness above a lightly sweet vanilla. It's light body combines with a very fine and effervescent carbonation to leave it zesty on the tongue. The flavor is a touch spicy (black pepper, coriander), phenolic, and yeasty over a lightly honeyish and softly vanilla malt. A thin fruitiness (apples, pear) tries its best to squeeze past the spice and mingles with the malt. The spice disappears following the swallow, and it finishes with a dollop of sweet malt that dries to reveal a mild but bone-dry bitterness. Crisp, yet somehow delicate, and refreshing! An interesting beer with a good amount of drinkability.
04-08-2003 17:51:45 | More by NeroFiddled
3.43/5 rDev -14%
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.
10-14-2011 22:49:32 | More by SpeedwayJim
3.83/5 rDev -4%
Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy white head. The aroma has vanilla notes with gentle spice and pepper. The flavor deviates with more of a subtle biscuit and a slight herbal hop flavor that grows into a big, bitter aftertaste and mouthfeel. The hops, while low in flavor, step up for the finishing bitterness to make for a unique Belgian (like so many other Belgians). Tasty and worth a try.
05-17-2008 14:23:35 | More by tempest
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
This beer poured a golden orange color with a very frothy white head on it. It was tough to really see what this beer was going to be all about because of the blizzard of sediment. I didn't know whether to drink it or spoon it out.
It smelled sweet and floral. Had hints of yeast and wheat in it.
The taste was about what it smelled like. Sweet up front and kind of malty but it was smooth and consistent throughout.
The mouthfeel was very smooth and didn't have any bite to it.
This was a relatively easy drinker but definitely one of those that I wish my glass was a black glass as to not see the floodwater effect that I was consuming. I'd be interested in trying this on tap or out of another bottle sans-sediment. I think without the imparted yeast flavor that this beer would be a lot better.
10-19-2010 13:45:07 | More by cjacobsen
4.6/5 rDev +15.3%
I had a bottle of this last night, as I did the night before. An 11.2 oz bottle with the guy on the front sticking his tongue out for the last drip. It said bottled 7/03" on it so it was 2 years old. I paid $3.49 for it, against my better judgment, because I know one other place that carries it for $1.99 /bottle. At this price, or roughly $12/six pack, that is a good deal. As it is summer, and exceedingly hot, I have been drinking Belgian golden/strong pale ale lately. I stumbled on this bottle and thought, lets give it a try.
I poured it into a Duvel glass in one motion. It slides out of the bottle into the glass in a greasy manner, with a foamy but not overly carbonated head. This has a hazy golden-orange look to it. There is no appreciable sediment, but there is a heavy-mass feel and look to this beer. As you swirl the glass, the head reappears, as foam, and streaks the glass unevenly.
The nose is sweet with a touch of yeasty/breadiness,clove and sugar keeps coming to mind. There is an orange peel flavor that becomes apparent but only through a combination of taste and smell.
The first sip of this makes you realize how substantial the mouthfeel is. There is a huge apple juice and orange soda beginning, with a sweet middle, and a slightly hoppy finish which leaves a pleasant bitterness. Perhaps there is not enough bitterness for some people, maybe not enough to balance the immense malty-sweetness up front. Perhaps another year or two before drinking this, or pairing it with a spicy food wood make it seem less sweet. I personally like it sweet like it is. It is an after dinner swirling drink, to smell repeatedly and sip for about an hour. The citrus and sweet honey quality make this an awesome choice for that type of scenario.
Recommended if you like: Duvel; Delirium Tremens, Affligem Blond; La Fin du Monde. Similar to all these but refreshingly different. With an ABV of 6.5%, its not inferior to those listed, and its definitely worth a try.
08-02-2005 11:57:42 | More by andjusticeforale
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with a nice white head that left a nice wall of lace around the glass. The smell is of musty Belgian yeast with a slight hint of granny smith apples and candi sugar. The taste is of pale malt and Belgian yeast with a hint of the candi sugar sweetness. The brew has an aged hop presence which gives it a earthly quality. The feel is fairly light with fizzy carbonation; finishes very well balanced. The aroma and flavor are not exceptional but this is a very balanced brew and with the 6.5% ABV makes this beer very drinkable in my book. Could drink this all day.
12-29-2007 19:34:08 | More by Gmann
2.6/5 rDev -34.8%
This is a beer that I did not especially care for as Saison's are not a style of beer that I really enjoy drinking, but oh well. It poured an average sized frothy off-white head with fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was cloudy with carbonation observed and a yellow-gold hue. The nose consisted of citrus, clove and fruitiness. The taste was bitter and somewhat sour along with a tingly, smooth, thin and watery texture. It was light bodied and had a fair amount of lacing.
10-31-2003 07:57:44 | More by hotstuff
Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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