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Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

222 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 222
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 29
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-25-2001)
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Photo of AlexJ
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

AlexJ, Aug 12, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
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.

andjusticeforale, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
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.

GClarkage, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of cokes
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).

cokes, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of mynie
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

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!

mynie, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

connecticutpoet, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of EPseja
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

EPseja, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of ADR
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.

ADR, Feb 27, 2005
Photo of Tballz420
4.03/5  rDev +1%

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.

Tballz420, Dec 17, 2004
Photo of dauss
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

dauss, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 04, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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.

PatandDavid, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.95/5  rDev -1%

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.

GuinnessSmurf, Oct 21, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

The beer poured into the chalice a pale golden that was clear till a slug of yeast made it chunky. The head was frothy and long lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity with citrus and belgian yeast spice.

The flavor was slightly sweet maltiness with belgian yeast spice and fruit. There was also present a caramel and candy flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting pleasant spice. The body was medium light.


11.2 ounce bottle. The cap says bottled on 31/03/03

GCBrewingCo, Oct 16, 2004
Photo of NEhophead
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Bottled 8/28/02.

Creamy 1" white head with great rentention that finally fades to a thicker than expected clean sheet. Ringed and spotted lacing throughout the glass. Golden/light orange haze with some sediment.

Moderate tart apple and pear aroma along with a light phenolic spiciness.

Starts with a saffron/fennel spiciness which is cut by a heavy carbonation that leads to a light, fruity tartness. Well balanced spiciniess with a very light toasted malt character.

Medium bodied; a bit heavy and thick for an ale clocked in at 6.5% abv, but it coats the palate well.

Very quaffable even though it's a tad heavy. This is a treat to try and one I'll definitely be going back to.

NEhophead, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of oberon
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.

oberon, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

Fizzy, fluffy-headed blonde, full of yeast. Sounds like Britney Spears, but no! it's beer.

Sweet, spicy and tasty, good fruity flavor with a bit of vanilla and grapefruit citrus and a clean fizzy mouthfeel, stronger-than-I-expected hoppiness left my mouth a bit dry in the finish but also left me wanting more. Great balance of complimentary flavors, very refreshing beer. Will have to score some of these for home consumption.

PopeJonPaul, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of Sixpack595
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Voluminous white head and golden body. Head lasts forever and laces very well. Sweet malty aroma with just a touch of spicy hops. Flavor is malty and sweet with just enough bitterness to dry out the finish to acceptable levels. Hints of pepper and clove sneak in past the sweet fuitiness. Mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I expected, but it was still very nice.

Sixpack595, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

$3.79/11.2 oz bottle at Merchant's in Dearborn. Pours out to a slightly hazy pale golden, with brisk carbonation contributing to a rocky white head which grows out of the glass. Superior retention and lacing is rocky. Aroma is very nice...soft fruits, dry grain husk, pale malts, a touch of candi sugar, honey, vanilla, clove, faint green bananas. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a light body and mild sour astringency. Taste begins with grassy floral hops, green bananas and phenols, followed by an echo of the aromas. Freshly mown hay and honey throughout, with the hops in the forefront, and some herbal hops towards the finish. The finish is dry and spicy with phenols and a light semi-sweet saccharin bitterness. There is a faint touch of oak and sour milk in the aftertaste. Alcohol peppers the tongue lightly. Cleanly fermented and easy to drink.

Adding the yeast makes the brew murky and contributes to a bready character with accentuation of some fusels and metals. Think sour milk with a handful of pennies in your glass. Better enjoyed without, in my opinion.

For the price, it's hard to justify buying this again. It's a good brew, and I certainly wouldn't turn it down,but there are much better brews to be had for the price.

Mitchster, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of GreenCard
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

GreenCard, Aug 02, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

After evacuating the 11.2 ounce brown bottle the beer sets in the Belgian Ale glass a bemused light yellowish orange color with the head portly in size, semi-creamy in texture and a bright white color. After desiccation, the lace forms a thin white curtain upon the glass. The nose has a lemon like crispness, hints of biscuit dough, fresh and clean to the senses; start is sweet and nicely malted the top middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is sternly acidic, the hops mild and soothing to the palate, quite dry aftertaste, a drinkable beer, had worse, and had better.

Gusler, Jun 19, 2004
Photo of Rastacouere
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%

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.

Rastacouere, Jun 09, 2004
Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

AllThingsNinja, May 23, 2004
Photo of 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.

silenius, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of mickeymac
3.95/5  rDev -1%

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.

mickeymac, Jan 16, 2004
Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.