Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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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
3.25/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
12-03-2010 01:34:54 | More by Thorpe429
4.01/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-18-2013 02:06:14 | More by metter98
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
Murky, yeast-laden yellowish gold with numerous vigorous strands of bubbles racing upward to a characteristically large head. The cap is presently occupying the top half of the glass and doesn't look as if it will abate anytime soon. Rich cream in color and more densely creamy than most Belgian beer lids, it displays a perfect cobbled mesa of foam as it falls, leaving abstract squiggles of feathery lace behind.
The luscious nose is redolent of spiced, sour fruit and is unmistakably Belgian. It's also one of the better BPA noses that I've run across. Very little, if any, letdown on the palate. The first thing that I notice is a medium-full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel that contains a peppy amount of carbonation.
It seems to me that yeast is such a dominant part of Belgian beer that it supplants the flavor of the malt and the hops to a large degree. Once my palate is more refined with regard to flavor differences among the various strains of Belgian yeast, I'll be better able to appreciate beer from this country. 'Drink more beer' is always an acceptable answer, no matter the question.
Clove spice is dominant and I also get a hint of cardamom and white pepper. One layer down is fermented golden fruit dipped in candi sugar syrup. The flavor profile is spicy, tangy, fruity and slightly sweet. A modicum of bitterness and a lasting dryness appear on the coda as the troubadours wind up this lilting song of a Continental pale ale.
The 'Brewery of Musketeers' have done themselves proud with this beer. The more quality Belgian beers that I drink, the more I come to appreciate the brewing excellence inherent in their creation.
12-04-2004 15:49:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.65/5 rDev +16.5%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a rocky head that leaves a coating of lace just above the head line
Smell: Floral honey with a hint of citrus
Taste: Starts with a Belgian candi sugar and yeast profile that is delightful; after the swallow, some earthy spicy/woody flavors slip in to keep the sweetness in check; the finish is dry and slightly warming
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat effervescent
Drinkability: Normally, I like my Belgians dark; but this is one extraordinary Belgian Pale. Seek it out!
10-25-2006 20:14:05 | More by brentk56
3.63/5 rDev -9%
Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly spicy yeast with notes of medium sweet malt backbone is interesting. Taste is a good mix between some spicy yeast with notes of bready Belgian malt with a well balanced level of sweetness. Body is quite full with low level of filtration and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Nothing extraordinary but well brewed nonetheless.
10-18-2010 02:33:13 | More by Phyl21ca
3.15/5 rDev -21.1%
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.
10-13-2009 14:22:04 | More by BEERchitect
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
This Blond Ale pours out a really nice golden yellow color that difficult to see through. The head is quite impressive. It's got some great retention and some good lacing as well. The aroma is sweet smelling and kind of floral, it's very inviting. The taste is a mix of yeast, honey, wild flowers and some malts. This brews mouthfeel is quite soft almost like a wheat ale. It's enjoyable but I personally like the Stout they make much more.
04-16-2011 05:06:44 | More by Knapp85
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
3.95/5 rDev -1%
Trying this one a second time based on it's reviews. Served at cellar temperature .
Deep golden amber with a half-inch of foam. Suspended particles haze the liquid somewhat.
Aroma of honey, mineral water, and vague spice.
Honey figures big in the taste, although it's not overly sweet. Pretty yeasty, with a bready malt character. Not very spicy. Similar in taste to some Euro or Czech Lagers, but more refined and balanced.
Prickly mouthfeel due to it's effervescent carbonation.
Nice follow-up in an evening of Belgian Pales...
05-14-2007 03:11:23 | More by emerge077
4.43/5 rDev +11%
A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. The long lasting head had many tiny bubbles and receded to leave thin rings of sticky lace.
S - It smelled fruity and slightly phenolic. Strong yeasty notes with some caramel, too.
T - It tasted fruity, spicy and yeasty wild some mild bitterness from the hop presence. It had a sweet caramel backbone, too.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry Belgian ale with a medium body.
D - This is really a great Belgian Pale Ale. One of the best of this style.
12-20-2010 03:40:32 | More by zeff80
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
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Pours a hazed golden brown with minimal head. Nose is somewhat like apricots I think. Flavor is robust with an edge that seems like plastic. Weird. Tasty though. Nice level of yeast and a slight touch of sugar. Hearty flavor overall. Feel is nice. Great level of bubble on the tongue and a nice liquid feel. Definitely drinkable.
12-30-2007 23:20:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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%
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
4.3/5 rDev +7.8%
Color is a hazy orange hue, head is white and fuzzy. Aroma is lush and full with sugar at the onset, deep and lively, fresh and hoppy, citrusy and spicy. Orangey notes shine through. Hops are full on the palate, providing a delicious sensation. Body feels light, and drinkability is smooth. Lovely, tasty finish.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and give thanks to Marc77!
03-26-2003 23:41:58 | More by feloniousmonk
4.38/5 rDev +9.8%
Fresh bottle, this beer reminded me a lot of Duvel. It's quite good.
Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head that that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate, looks good.
Beer smells bready and estery with mild bitterness.
Beer is medium to light in body and smooth and thin and mildly sweet. The midpalate is populated with esters and the finish is light and airy. Its moderately bitter and overall quite nice. I'd have it again.
11-21-2010 00:03:58 | More by drabmuh
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Foamy head that settles slowly, leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass.
Mildly sour aroma. Yeasty. Pale malts predominate with hop only being a suggestion.
A smooth beer with plenty of pale malt base. Letting the beer rest on my tongue brings out two things: 1. the mild sourness shows up. 2. lots of spritziness. The body is rich enough to handle the high carbonation. The aftertaste starts with a touch of bitterness, but a light sourness starts to emerge. Overall, a very nice complexity.
03-12-2011 22:47:48 | More by smcolw
United Kingdom (England)
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-28-2011 18:45:18 | More by BlackHaddock
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
07/16/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Born on dating on the bottle cap top. Poured into my Stone IPA tulip.
Appearance- Cloudy golden pour with a tad of yeast sediment. Solid large head which was very creamy. Above average lacing.
Smell- Not alot of stuff going on here. Maybe a bit of malty sweetness with a bit of spices as well. You have to sniff long and hard to get much.
Taste- Nice mellow sweetness with a light citrus background. I get some lemon rind as well as some apple tastes. Maybe a touch of corriander and definite pepper as well.
Mouthfeel- Moderate and carbonation with an ultra creamy mouthfeel.
Drinkability- Compares somewhat to the last brew I just had (Witkap Pater Singel). This one is the better one though. Flavor lasts through the entire beer even as it warms (which a good beer should). Solid and refreshing brew that worked well with my spicy italian sausages.
07-17-2005 04:53:54 | More by GClarkage
Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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