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Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers

Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale

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very good

213 Ratings

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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of clvand0


2.58/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This Belgian blond ale pours a very cloudy orange color with a minimal head and lots of floaty stuff in the mix. The head is moderate and it is fairly strong. The aroma is very spicy with hints of malts and hops. This beer drinks somewhat smoothly, but not smooth enough for my liking. It is very spicy in the taste - something I didn't enjoy too much. Not a bad beer, but too odd tasting for my enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2003 18:21:38 | More by clvand0
Photo of hotstuff


2.6/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2003 07:57:44 | More by hotstuff
Photo of stcules


2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 18:26:52 | More by stcules
Photo of cbl2

New York

3/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

9/5/2006 $2.60 11.2 oz. 6.50% No best by date.


Pours a hazy orange brown that is riddled with intense carbonation swirling around the glass topped by an inch of lush white head that resembles cloudtops.


Sweet yeasty fresh baked bread with an undertone of rotting fruit.


Slightly coarse with some black pepper, butter, caramel as well as some weirdness that I just cannot put my finger on, but is not really pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 21:04:02 | More by cbl2
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.04/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 02:50:09 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of BeerManDan


3.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When poured it was a hazy medium golden yellow with loads of foam and lace. The smell was of a spicy nature. The taste was not what I expected. It did have a bitter/sour taste and flavor that was not really pleasant for a blond ale of this type. This was a very expensive beer ($3.99). Not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2003 11:40:57 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of mrfrancis


3.08/5  rDev -23%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 19:32:18 | More by mrfrancis
Photo of BEERchitect


3.15/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's sweet.... and then there's more sweet. And the beer is quite sweet also.

A very hazy pour brings deep golden, orange, rusty color and with a thick viscocity. Good head formation brings on a solid white head with good lacing. I might need a spoon for this one.

Heavy malts and confectionate aromas dominate the rim. A bold estery balance of peaches, pears, and appricots further emphasize the bready sweetness and yeasty scents.

A heavy sweet bread flavor is sugar soaked with a powdered sugar and sugar cookie flavor. Heavy yeasty taste gives the beer even more weight and richness to the malts and Belgian sugars. Sweetness is heavy to the extent that it easily hides the spicy phenols and moderate alcohols.

The texture is a bit heavier and richer than most Belgian Blondes, and approaching near-cloying levels. A well made beer but the the yeast and sugars prove too much for a second bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 14:22:04 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Dogbrick


3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one on a whim when I couldn't find something else I was looking for. Golden-orange color with a thick and foamy light brownish-orange head. Light citrus and hops in the aroma. Smooth flavor with medium hops, this is definitely not a hard beer to drink. Hoppy, slightly spicy finish. Somewhat subdued overall, and I have the feeling I won't remember this one in a few months because nothing really stood out.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2002 07:27:18 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled Date: 09/02/06, while the suggested expiration date is 3 years, so I guess it's not too late to consume this beer now! Served chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a murky, dark orangey amber colour with numerous chunks of yeast sediments floating in the beer along with lively carbonation, while the thick off-white puffy head lasts pretty well.
S: sweet grainy, caramely, and sugary all round, also hinting at burned sugar cane and canned marinated pineapple slices that presumably are the less pleasant face of the fruit esters; a swirl brings out reluctant orangey hints of maybe Goldings hops, along with a whiff of alc., metal, and fennel-like herbs. Overall the sweetness comes OTT and cloying.
T: sweet and sour upfront, very much like cold sweetened soy-bean soup; Chinese licorice-flavoured dried prunes manifests itself quickly in the middle along with very light orangey fruity hops, while the malts are rather subdued and show only a whiff of sweet toast. The lightly dry, spicy and chewy bitterness expands and eventually wraps up the tasting, but leaving the yeasty sourness lingering down the palate for a bit longer.
M&D: lightly fizzy but overall pretty refreshing, while the body remains medium to light and never overbearing. Fortunately the sweetness is not so unbearable as the aroma, otherwise this beer can be really messy, given an already ill-structured flavour profile. Maybe the approaching of expiry date has caused the underperformance of this beer? Or because of the aggressive yeast sediments?

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 21:46:30 | More by wl0307
Photo of sweemzander


3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a cloudy orange color. Some sediment bits made it in. A good white cap of foam. Decent retention. Lots of lace left behind.

(S)- Very dry and earthy yeast. Some banana.

(T)- Again, very dry with lots of earthy clay and yeast. Bits of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Crisp and almost tart, though very dry and earthy. Not much sign of hop characters or flavors.

(D)- A decent Belgian Pale. Relatively non-existent hop characters took this down a few notches, but it is enjoyable to drink nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 12:09:44 | More by sweemzander
Photo of pio


3.23/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

the beer wanted to get out of that bottle in a hurry, i almost lost some of it but as hurried as it was to bubble out i was faster. huge white head with big bubbles over a slightly hazy golden yellow with some orange. alot of activity with the bubbles comming up. very clingy white lace. pretty brew, almost a five from me. those scents sent me reeling too. sugar candy, gum drops, golden grapes a hint of green apple and grain. a hoppy yeasty scent tickles the nose buds. hints of spice, quite understated and faint. i couldn't identify what spices i associated with here, i'll invent one. gingamon. big flavor. alot of fruit (ripe bannana, lemon, grape and cherry) seems to be comming my way but it veers off and leaves some other flavors instead. mushrooms, dark green leafy vegetable and herbal notes. a bit of a dull bitter resonates throughout. it leaves the palate off balance. it leaves some weird wood like flavor too. decent mouthfeel, bubbly and crisp. i will probably not pick one up again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2003 21:06:03 | More by pio
Photo of Thorpe429


3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for picking this bottle up for me. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour brings a golden-bodied beer with a super large and foamy heady, although it doesn't last for too long, eventually settling into a bit of white whip atop the beer with dotted spots around the sides of the glass. The nose is light fruits with some pear and banana, followed by a dash of spice and a bit of light earth. A hint of peach in there as well.

The flavor is somewhat mellow with a bit of earthy and floral character in addition the fruit, which is more prominent. Notes of cantaloupe and melon pervade along with some extra-light toffee. The carbonation is fairly mellow and this has a pretty light body. This drinks well and is definitely complex, but it didn't all meld for me, and I didn't particularly care for the honeydew/cantaloupe-type flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 01:34:54 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sunny blond body, shining, sadly clear. Just a white film that doesn’t even last. Poor looks for a not too strong belgian ale. Aroma comes off the bat as a restrained extremely yeasty melting pot with a poorman’s apples and hay, mild tartness is noticeable. Palate is also lightly tart, which seems to come from the yeast and doesn’t make quite a strong marriage with the sharp wet hay characteristics. Lightly bitter aftertaste fails to balance the overwhelming uni-dimensional yeasty flavors. Highly carbonated medium bodied. All in all very similar to a straffe hendrik blond or many other sub-par belgian ales.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2004 04:26:38 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of Erdinger2003


3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a great head, the best I've seen for a long while. The lacing won't move at all. It's so stuck, and the head is so pillowy and thick. The color is golden and it's cloudy. The smell is very malty and sour with a sweet nose. Taste seems a little off, a little skunky and sour. Still has some good taste, but that's covered by the sour skunk of the beer. Mouthfeel is just fine, but drinkability is bad for this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 08:14:51 | More by Erdinger2003
Photo of sinstaineddemon


3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - an amber straw color, with a thick rocky head, no visible carbonation with heavy sediment

S - lightly hoppy with an indecipherable fruity esther, maybe apples, and a light spiciness in the background, like nutmeg or ginger

T - thin bodied, but sweet and hoppy, a ginger ale flavor at the end of it

M - kinda thin, smooth with a sharp finish

D - moderate, a little too much like ginger ale

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 03:07:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 22:49:32 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served at recommended temperature in a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Straw yellow to golden color. Many-sized bubbles in the active head. Slight haze. Lacing resembles LOTR elvish writing as the beer is consumed.

S - Clean, slightly yeasty and bready. Very light notes of nectarine or apricot. Nice.

T - Wild, organic unfiltered honey up front. Nothing particularly striking, but nothing detrimental for the style either. A decent Saison.

M - Decent mouthfeel; light and crisp but too carbonated and slightly sharp.

D - Not the Saison of choice for me, but a slightly better than average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2005 01:42:28 | More by EPseja
Photo of aracauna


3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not really one of the bigger or more complex examples of belgian blonde ales, but this is perhaps a more drinkable example of the style. It pours fairly pale and cloudy but doesn't have a hard to control head. The aroma is very clean for the style, but esters and spiciness are present. The flavor also is cleaner than expected, but not too clean. Flavor is soft, low bitterness and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 21:23:52 | More by aracauna
Photo of ballewblake

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly different bottle than the picture above, Its colored. Picked this up at New Beer in NYC, good by date is 9/02/09 on the cap. Poured into a Oerbier glass.

Cloudy golden pale ale, decent one finger white head with some light lacing on the glass. Spots of yeast in the head clumped together. Smell is mild hops with some pils like malts, candy sugar and yeast. Thick body on the tongue, easy to drink, not complex. Decent but I wouldn't rush to seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 21:44:16 | More by ballewblake
Photo of PatandDavid


3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Redbones this past week. The 10.5 pour when served exhibited a reddish tangerine glow. The thin white head had that petri dish look (some small circles of white floating on top). Aroma was all about the yeast and fruit (I would say more stone fruit as oposed to citrus). The beer had a rich medium body with most of the taste in the powdery/yeasty/spicey range, with some bubblegum thrown in sparingly.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2004 19:44:19 | More by PatandDavid
Photo of Brad007


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light blonde color with amble carbonation, which leads to a white, fluffy head that disappears after two minutes.

Aroma is bready with a hint of spice and hop bitterness. Very little sweetness.

Taste is somewhat spicy with some breadiness and hop bitterness upfront. Finishes somewhat sweet with almost too much carbonation. Tastes like a standard pale ale with Belgian highlights.

Mouthfeel is dry and bready and seems to be dominated by spice and the carbonation.

Drinkability is ok but I'm not too impressed with this offering. Maybe the carbonation is too much for me to handle. Either way, it's not a bad choice.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 03:13:28 | More by Brad007
Photo of Radome


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into glass. The cap had a "Best Before" date of 23/08/08, so it is approximately 2 years old. For a beer of this strength and style, that probably puts it past its prime.
A - Slightly cloudy and a dark golden color. The beer was bottle conditioned and had a large amount of thick, clumped sediment on the bottom. I accepted a little sediment in the glass in order to not leave so much beer behind in the bottle. Head is a dull white and very thin, mostly just a ring around the edge of the glass.
S - Fruit, cotton candy and bubblegum dominate. There is also some spice in the background. Surprisingly, it reminds me of the aroma of Fraoch Heather Ale.
T - Taste has malt, candi sugar sweetness and hops bitterness that is surprisingly assertive. The finish turns suddenly very dry, almost astringent, and grainy.
M - Light body, low carbonation. The body seems too thin for the amount of flavor and hop bitterness.
D - Great aroma, but the taste doesn't live up to it. Perhaps the thin body, dry finish and astringency are a result of this bottle conditioned beer aging past its prime. I'd like to try a younger version for comparison.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 05:48:24 | More by Radome
Photo of GreenCard


3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden, good clarity, voluminous pillow of white foam with bubbles that gradually get bigger and collapse, lacey

Aroma: malt and grain, coriander, canned pineapple, very light scent of herbal hops, honey

Flavor: fruity/malty sweetness at first, then a slight spice (clove, mostly) and yeast, then a mellow bitterness starts to dry it out a bit, aftertaste is fruity with a lingering herbal bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, light carbonation, slightly minerally

Other comments: A good solid Belgian blonde beer. Somewhat rough around the edges (i.e.- not "clean"), but that makes it stand apart from the usual blonde.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2004 17:30:01 | More by GreenCard
Photo of roadhouse


3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is slightly hazy, orange in color, with a one inch off-white head that sinks to a skim after a short while. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

Aroma is very sweet overall, kind of reminds me of honey. There's a bit of a biscuity tone as well. Not much else going on.

Taste is quite similar to the aroma. Lots of sweetness again but first there is a bit of spiciness going on. The honey sweetness comes in towards the end and lingers into the finish. A slight spiciness on the tip of the tongue and some light earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, not quite as good as some other Belgians - it could use some more carbonation.

It was pretty good, but I didn't really like the sweetness of this one. Other may like it more, it seems to have pretty good ratings on here - give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 05:29:30 | More by roadhouse
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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 213 ratings.