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Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

151 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 239
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 34
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-25-2001

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Reviews: 151 | Hads: 239
Photo of Rastacouere
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle poured a rather hazy gold and built some fair lace, despite wasting a fair amount of carbonation and foam as it was uncapped. This troubadour sang a sweet song. With a sugar and dark fruit aroma, I was intrigued. While the beer was thin in body, it offered a variety of fruit, malt, and sugar flavors. Fig and coriander were dominant with a brown sugar body. It's drinkable, respectable, and seems like a nice beer to turn people onto Belgian imports that aren't tainted by Interbrew. (496 characters)

Photo of silenius
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of mickeymac
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This comes in the typical 11.2 oz Belgian bottle that covers "Belgian Beer" in several languages: Biere belge, Cerveza belga, and Belgisch bier. The crown is stamped "Bottled 31/03/03." It pours a slightly hazy gold with some small bits of yeast floating about. It has a thick white head that leaves lace all over the glass. The smell is citrusy with just a bit of barnyard funk. Although labeled a Strong Ale, it drinks more like a Saison. It's a nice beer from a novice by Belgian standards. (493 characters)

Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A damn good drink-solid GOOD! And the drinkability is even higher. I could sip this stuff all night and all day. Honey colored with a light, stiff Dupont Saison like head. Ample stick and lace throughout. Aromatics are a of mildly ripe fruit, some citrus and spice-almost a vanillan ginger like aroma. Flavors are complex with layers of butterscotch, banana, bittersweet tropical fruit and toasty malt. Somewhere between a single and a triple? The finish is rather hoppy and quite long. A very unique brew well worth sampling. (526 characters)

Photo of pio
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
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. (1,002 characters)

Photo of crookedhalo
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden yellow with orange highlights. Highly carbonated with a thick white head. Clean aroma, somewhat musty hop aromas not unlike Duvel. Light, crisp, and slightly malty sweet. Again musty hop aromas show up in the taste. Very effervescent. I'd seek this one out again. I'm a fan of Duvel, and this blond seems to have some similar qualities. (353 characters)

Photo of hotstuff
2.61/5  rDev -34.9%
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. (503 characters)

Photo of SeanChouffe
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle

The foam was rolling out of the bottle. Appearance is a orange/amber color, hazy, with lots of effervescence. A wonderful rocky head with nice retention and beautiful lacing. The aroma is malty, tart, fruity (citrus), with some bread background. Taste is slightly sweet with a tart middle and slow bite. Mouth feel is medium/light bodied, creamy, and effervescent, with a residual tart/crispness. A pleasant beer with nice characteristics and a nice warming quality (a little tart for me). (504 characters)

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow with moderate haze and a persistent tight head. Pleasant sweet/tart flavors, with a bit more emphasis on the sweet. Vague fruity yeast flavors and the barest touch of some medicinal notes, but not enough to detract from the flavor. Quite smooth and drinkable. (273 characters)

Photo of Admiraldinty
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale orange starting with a nice white head that dissipates into a white lace. Nose is fairly yeasty and somewhat medicinal, yet there is a touch of honey. Medium-bodied, spicey and citric taste. Maltiness mixes well with the hop bitterness, yet still manages to stay fairly tart. The aftertaste kind of reminds of the kind you'd have with a dry white wine. All in all a pretty good strong pale. Reminds of La Fin Du Monde. (431 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 aren’t hot or peppery, they’re more like cinnamon or paprika. There’s also some yeast in there along with alcohol, but mostly the big fruit.

Mouthfeel – There’s a nice carbonation to this one and it’s rather chewy.

Drinkability – I thought this was a little too citrusy to go down well, and the complex mix of flavors didn’t blend well. (656 characters)

Photo of AaronRed
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at The Ginger Man in NYC. Great bar, great beer. This beer in particular was excellent. Nice golden color, with scents of ripe fruit and yeast. Taste was exceptional- smooth and rich, with a nice fruity sweetness as well as a slight spicey tang from the yeast. This beer goes down well, you really cannot taste the alcohol, which can be concerning if you need to drive anywhere. Overall and wondeful refreshing and tasy brew. (443 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
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. (306 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.47/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.61/5  rDev -34.9%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (916 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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! (371 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Floral hoppy sharp nose. Crisp fruity taste. Very lively (tickle the tongue) mouth. Clean sharp hop finish that makes you want to drink more. The floral hop presence from smelling to your final taste ends in wanting crispness. This is one of the "sharpest" beers I have had. Very rounded throughout.Medium to light mouth overall and as stated earlier quite lively. Overall the word for this brew is refreshing... The is just enough spice and hop bitterness to make it wonderful. I had this on Tap at Monk's on 2-8-03 and hope it is still there when I return... refreshing.... (575 characters)

Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Troubadour glass (akin to a Corsendonk shape) at a good restaurant (see review of Cafe de Bruxelles).

Pours as quite a cloudy gold color. Has a great first head with good thin-to-medium lace through out the session. Lovely nose of banana, clove, and wet hay/grass - this last scent is a kicker, it really enticed me and gave some earthy-funky character to the classic banana and clove combo. Decent moutfeel, fairly active on mid-tongue, with a bitterness that starts on the back upper sides of mouth and creeps up around to top of the roof. A soft-to-moderate strength bitter. In all, a wonderful taste: hoppy with a fruity tartness and a touch of spice. Perfect amount of alcohol, and the yeast did not seem to effect the taste when added to the last pour.

It went great with my moules that were in wine-cream sauce and my frites with mayo! Truly a unique take on a belgian golden ale that is mixed with some wit characteristics. Easier to drink than a Duvel (less power in alcohol and complexities) but more robustly fruity, flowery, hoppy. Like an earlier reviewer, sincerely one of the best new generation Belgian brews. New as in brewed by university students starting in 1999! A fabulous beginning to a great new beer - skies are the limit with this one, if they continues to develop it. Now finding it is the problem... (1,346 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I guess this bier goes way back. On the label it says "Brewed since 1999". Whoa! Last century! The color was a hazy, golden/orange hue. Some tiny bits (somewhat related to "naughty bits") were detected hovering around within the bier. Head was a huge mound of white, whipped cream at the start. It eventually settled down into a creamy, thin layer, with A-1 lacing everywhere you looked. The nose had a sharpness to it; sort of a spicy, peppery twang built upon some toasty malts. The body was medium, but it had a bit too much carbonation for me. It wasn't overly picky on the tongue, just too bubbly/creamy (hard to explain). The bier seemed overall quite dry. There was a bit of malt, yet some subtle hints of fruit mixed with a yeasty, spiciness. A decent bier, though not a "keeper" in my book. Cheers!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (341 characters)

Photo of Wildman
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice light golden color and formed a white foamy head that left some lace when it quickly subsided. Some degree of carbonation. An aroma of grass and spice. A flavor of hops, spice and yeast. The finish was a bit tart, due in part to the carbonation and spice. (283 characters)

Photo of doerickson
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot in the nose, but very complex taste. A bit sour at first, not to the extent of a Cantillon but in the same vein. Plenty of other nuances I couldn't easily identify, but very easy to drink, and I would have one again in a second. (238 characters)

Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.