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Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

234 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 150
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 31
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of trep
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little bottle with some dude sticking his tongue out for the last drop.

Nearly perfectly clear. Fizzy and yellow, creamy white head with tons, and I mean TONS, of lacing. A lot of carbonation. Lacing and head are consistent throughout the beer.

Wheaty, rich, and honey. A little sugar. Some barnyard hay.

Toffey, honey, sweet malt, and some corn syrup aftertaste. Actually a very drinkable beer that I guess would be the best Budweiser ever. If only this was available everyday like Bud is. A little metallic "penny in your mouth" taste, but isn't offensive. Very smooth and highly drinkable.

Very carbonated but is appropriate for the tastes. Super easy drinking too. This is the first blonde I've actually liked.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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

Photo of pweis909
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

seems like there are two Troubadour Blonds and both come with the same bottle picture but differnt brew locations? Not entirely sure which brewery my bottle came from, so I guess I'll assume they are the same. For being an old bottle, the beer has a young tradition. Says brewed since 199. Also, the bottle says something in another language. Duthc? Wonder what?

11.3 oz, bottling dated March, 2003! I noticed this at the store, but bought it anyhow. Don't know when I'll have another chance to try it, and who knows, I may like it. Yep.

Pours a golden translucent, with much bubbling (but not true foam) and lots of sediments.

Smells toasty and malty.

The taste is lightly sweet with faint bitter balancing act. There might be a little barnyard or sourish taste. Not offensive, but different. Wondering if it belongs or if it is a sign of age. Tasted something similar in an old Czech pils once, which makes me think it is age related. There is also a light clovey spiciness. Hop taste is just noticeable. What kind of hops, I wonder?

Photo of sinistrsam
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow with a huge white foamy head, excellent retention and lacing. The smell was of bananas, candi sugars, sweet and sour fruits, bubble gum? alcohol, citrus and wheat. I was suprised and impressed. The taste was grassy and had strong sour fruit presence, somewhat disappointing after such a great aroma. Alcohol, wheat and citrus rounded things out.
The mouthfeel was very very bitter and sour, with mild carbonation, and otherwise pretty bland. It finished very dry.
I could do a few of these before I've had enough or swallowed my own face from the bitter sourness. In all seriouness though, this was a decent interpretation of a Belgian Pale Ale, and I think I should really experience more of this genre before really dismissing this one.

Photo of Erdinger2003
3.43/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) brown glass bottle sealed with a brass crown cap that has a “Best Before 23/08/08” date inked on it. Mustard colored neck label has the words “Troubadour Blond Ale”. Full color label has a singing minstrel (or Troubadour) holding up a glass of brew, which seems to be a recent development, older labels tend to be two-color yellow & brown affairs like the ones shown in the BA Avatar.
Listed at 6.5% ABV. Recommended serving temperature 38°F to 45°F.

Appearance: Hazed yellow body filled with streamers. Stiff white head is firm and feisty. Thick lacing and a resilient coating on the glass sides. High conditioning and fantastic looks.

Nose: Spicy pepper-hop nose with a fruity grassy aspect. Zesty lemons and a tangy citric acidity.

Taste: Low key sweet biscuit malts soon make way for a tingling spicy bitterness in the middle. Crisp and clean. Sharp ending with some skinned fruits. As you work your way through the fruity angles twist and turn, apples, pears, lemons and oranges all contributing at various times. Hints of banana slake the alcohol and the yeasty spicy hop ending. A treat of fruity flavors all wrapped up in a Duvelian like delivery packet.

Mouthfeel: Big contribution from the conditioning, often prickly at times, but a creamy smooth feel nonetheless. The alcohol is extremely well hidden in and deep amongst the fruit components. Big feel from the body and lots of foundation from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and enjoyable at first, but the tangy spicy hops and citric acidity can become a slight detraction as you work through it, tasty as they are. I’m used to that though, and I enjoy acidic fruity Belgians so I actually turned on to this one half way through once my palate had adjusted. This would definitely go well with freshly prepared Seafood.

Overall: I had tried older samples of this, and to say that I was disappointed was an understatement. Seems like I may well have had some aged cardboard examples though! The new colorful label and 08 freshness date gave me the confidence to try this one again, and I am so glad that I did. A solid brew that is crisp, clean, acidic, fruity and quite punchy.

Photo of filabrazilia
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a small off white head. There is nice lace on the glass.

There is a grassy, earthy aroma that is joined by a faint presence of sweet malt and spice.

There is a slight citrus flavor matched by a touch of tartness. There is a gentle sweetness that is balanced by a slight biter finish.

This is a very light bodied beer that is easy to drink. A light creamy carbonation makes an effective delivery system. Very nice to drink.

This is a great beer that I would be happy to quaf after a long bike ride ir hike. Fantastic.

Photo of wobblynoggin
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy gold, visible bubbles, thick head that lingers, and slight lacing. Looks appetizing.

Smell: Lemony and yeasty as a Belgian Blond Pale should, a little buttery too. A nice thickness to the odor for a Belgian.

Taste: Yeast hits the nose, a muskiness follows, grassy, and finishes with a Duvel like bitterness, but less alcohol. A sessionable Belgian ale? Perhaps?

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, even silky, tiny bubbles on the tongue. Refreshing. I would think this is a great selection for those that have not tried many diferent ales and are looking to have their first Belgian.

Drinkability: Taken in context with other Belgians this is top notch drinkability.

Photo of HogHill
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this as a single from Wine Society in Tyngsborough, MA for $3.99. There was a bottled day on the cap, but it was unreadable.

Appearance: Poured into a St.Bernardus chalice, an ulfiltered orange color with an off white creamy head.

Smell: sweet phenols and yeast, like a belgian ale should smell.

Taste: a mildly sweet maltiness, kind of fruity, accented by a little spice. Has a very mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, decently carbonated.

Drinkability: The moderate amount of alcohol in the brew is ideal for an extended session as it doesn't have the impact that perhaps a Duvel would have, but is almost as tasty.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into Watou brewery chalice. Purchased at Plumpjacks in CA on 9/1/05.

Appearance: Dark orange, kind of hazy, beautiful thick white head.

Smell: I first had this about 3 months ago, and looked forward to trying it again. Malty aroma, kind of faintly smells like an old world ale or barley wine.

Taste: Awesome, addictive malty taste. I don't know about complexity, but the flavor is lasting.

Notes: Drink it if you find it.

Photo of DogFood11
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a corne of a whole foods market. Looked like it was lost as it had no other beers around it. I love these finds. Inspecting the bottle I could see a thick layer of yeast on the bottom which doesnt bother me just lets me know what i'm in for. It pours perfectly into a tulip light tan color with a tusk white head that leaves no lacing. I tried to let this brew settle as the yeast was floating around due to the high carbonation. Eventually it did and I quaffed. Big caramel smell and taste. sweet but it does have a fruity finish that I can't decide what it is. seems like a bit of chocolate as well. I've never had a beer called a blond taste anything like this. I see it is a Saison according to BA and it fits in alot of categories. tart and definately finishes very dry.

Would love to have this thing across the pond on tap.

Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will start by noting that this beer is under-rated. I have had it many times over the years, and it is always good, fantastic when fresh.

Pours out a hazy, pale yellow with an INSANE head that is dense, rocky-topped, and retains like nothing I've seen before. Lace? Are you kidding! The "lace" is more like a 1/8th inch crust that coats the inside of my goblet.

Aromas are sweet and mellow, highlighting golden harvest fruits, spicey yeast, banana, pepper, and spice.

Flavor better than the nose lets on. It blends semi-sweet fruit, banana, apple, and pear, with clove, coriander, yeast, and white pepper. Finish is dry and appely. My fiancee thinks it tastes like an apple Ephimere, but I do not, although apple is a dominant flavor.

Body is medium, smooth, and creamy textured. Great drinkability. It pairs beautifully with the seared Mahi-mahi with peach-ginger compote I made for dinner. Do yourself a favor, give this beer another shot, it deserves it.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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).

Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Duvel golden only slightly darker. Sparkles like the stars with a fluffy meringue head.

Lots of citrus in the nose, touches of honey moving into more ripe, juicy fruits.

Tastes like spice. Lemon zest and sweet malt, bread dough yeastyness. That's just the start. It get spicier as it moves along, less fruity, and ends on a very dry note of white pepper. Nice.

What a great beer!

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was a clear yellow brew with a one-finger head that left lots of lace. I didn't know it was a saison until after I reviewed it... sorry, guys, I know some of you love these, but it's just not my thing. I've only had a few, so I will try to review compared to them.

Aroma was grassy, with some hop bite. It was peppery and yeasty.

Taste was sweet, with a touch of honey. It was yeasty and bready, with some spiciness, and a hint of bitterness. Not a bad combination.

Mouthfeel was thinner than what I would have liked. Drinkability is better than I would have expected from a saison, considering my personal tastes.

Photo of EPseja
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of ADR
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a hazy orange color, sizeable cream-colored head on the top. Good lace. Lemony nose with some sweet malts as well. This beer has a fairly spicy taste to it, over light sweet malts. Bitter hops also present. Some fruity notes due to the yeast as well. Pretty creamy mouth. Got that belgian goodness.

Photo of dauss
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 33cl slender belgian looking style bottle. Yellow label with what appears to be a friar laughing quite heartily. No best by date or anything.

Appearance: A cloudy yellowish orange with lots of yeast chunks. Very large bone white head even with the most gentle pour. Amazing head retention and lacing.

Smell: Spicy phenolic with a touch of alcohol, honey, and mustyness. Smells saison like.

Taste: Very strong carbonation. Phenolic maltiness, quite a strong hop bitterness, and a tart citrusy finish, with a very odd aftertaste that I cannot put my finger on. Starts off with a sweet maltiness and finishes really dry.

Notes: This is another complex belgian that I am having great difficulty picking out flavors. Fairly tasty and drinkable, but the carbonation might be too strong. Its not really that special or outstanding, but I could see myself drinking this regularly.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of PatandDavid
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice golden blonde color with noticable sediment and small ring of pale head. Actually, there is a ton of sediment in my beer...its sort of creepy.

Smell: Has an odor that reminds me of peaches, apples and grapes combined with big wheaty, salty pretzels.

Taste: Flavor begins rather mild with hints of honey for sweetness. Begins to dry up towards the end in a clean finish.

Mouthfeel: The body is light and airy at first but its weight is shown by how long it sits on the tongue.

Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.