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Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale

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very good

151 Reviews

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Reviews: 151
Hads: 239
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 36
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 mdcrouser
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swiped from my father-in-law's fridge - hey, he bought it a couple of months ago and hasn't touched it - this one deserves it.

Hazy yellow, topped by spiderwebs of head that die down to nothing. A hearty swirl of yeast comes from the bottom, dripping brown into the white head. I don't see any carbonation ...

Definitely Belgian, with some banana, spices, and a hint of astingency. I'm not picking up the "pale" hoppiness like I thought I might.

Given that my father-in-law bought this two months ago and it's been in his fridge ever since, I cannot vouch for its freshness. Especially being an import. Take that into consideration as you read on:
Very little carbonation - just a hint that carries with it the same Belgian characteristics that were on the nose. They come through very subtley though. Hoppiness comes through with the banana esters, growing as it comes to tempterature.

This one dries out the mouth pretty steadily, holding what hoppiness is there on the tongue for quite awhile.

Until I know I'm getting a fresh beer, this has to remain in the unknown/average category.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration or bottling date. Sampled on July 29, 2011. It pours golden yellow with a huige, puffy, fluffy, white head that reminds me of a root beer float.On the nose there's a considerable element of candied malts, yeast, and I think pear would be the fruit of choice. Nice body that remains resolute in my mouth while swirling. The flavor starts out mildly malted but then there's this peppery sensation that creeps up and it evolves into this expansive bitterness that lingers. Nice.

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

Look: the beer pours a golden-amber color with a nice head.
Smell: Malty, fruity and spicy hops
Taste: Malts, bitter spicy hops, some caramel and a dry finish.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Nice refreshing beer, will drink this one again

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Photo of grotonmarketguy
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troubadour Blond is a craft beer from a small brewery called Brouwerij De Musketiers started by 4 brewing engineers in the year 2000. The brewery is located in the town of Ursel in Belgium. Troubadour is a lighter styled blonde or pale colored ale with a fluffy white head. The beer comes in at 6.5% ABV making this wonderfully drinkable. The aroma is very intriguing. Light yeasty esters are delicately herbaceous on the nose. The flavor is great and very complex and expansive. Weight is medium bodied at best with soft red apple and pear fruitiness complimented by a very faint and mellow hop bitterness, cut grass, and honey. The mouthfeel is really creamy, soft, and smooth to drink. A good beer to introduce people to Belgian ales with. Low alcohol, low bitterness, very flavorful and would work with most foods or on its own. A great beer all around.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a rich gold/orange color with a nice thick head. There is a ridiculous amount of sediment floating in the beer, and it doesn't settle even after prolonged time in the glass.

The nose is spicy with white pepper, honey, and bread.

The taste is sweet and fruity with a lot of honey flavor and a slight booziness. Though not bitter, it has a nice hoppy finish. It is well balanced, though not overly complex. Very smooth with little carbonation in the mouth.

Overall a very pleasant beer that's fun to drink, though not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.19/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of pauljmccain
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden tawny yellow, as expected from a good blonde. Very fine, foamy head, and great lacing. Settles quickly.

Yeast aroma, kind of a sour smell but not in a bad way, malty.

Very strong spiced fruit taste and malts. Not too much of a hoppy flavor. Complex and sweet once you wait a moment. Very nice.

Excellent, superb mouthfeel. Sits nicely as the flavors progress. Right what I'd wish from a blonde. Perhaps a bit less carbonation, though.

Overall, a very nice blonde ale, with many good characteristics, though nothing stands out in particular.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of sdkuhn
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Beatiful hazy caramel color with large thick white foamy head.

Smells delicious. Toasted malt and a little nutty with a touch of yeast.

Taste - Perfect balance of maltiness and just enough bitterness. Hides the 6.50% well.

The best BPA I've had to date - not saying much yet since I'm a novice, but I really enjoyed and will definitely drink again.

Only downside is cost - about $4 for the single bottle at local Binny's.

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

Expiration date on cap top of 7/7/12. Pours clear gold with a thick mashed 'tater head. Dollops of retention leave lacey caulking down the grass.

Light grain, rustic yeasty spice and green, freshly peeled banana aroma. Apricot fuzz and tropical fruit sweetness. A little musty.
Tastes similarly of green banana, light grain, pepper and a palette cleansing dryness. Good stuff. Not that complex, just darn tasty.

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Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a tremendously hazy golden, with a thick long lasting clumpy, rocky head. Precisely what pale ales should look like. Hard for me to imagine better.
S- A bit sweet on the noese with some lingering pepper.
T- Somewhat spicy (clove) mixed with fruity flavors (peach is immediate response). Some earthy yeastyness in finish.
M- Not as creamy as many belgians. would have liked perhaps a bit more substance. Bubbly.
D- hides alcohol well. Very drinkable and very delicious. Belgium wins again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Antwerp into a Troubadour glass....Pours a dark honey gold with a big fluffy white head. Thick but spotty lacing...An aroma of lemons and yeast, not bad but a tad boring after a bit...The taste is more yeast and lemons, again not bad, actually after awhile I begin to dig it. However, there is an aftertaste that is half chalk half medicinal that grates on me after awhile.

A flavorful but commonish blonde that I did enjoy. I would drink this again.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

This beer poured a golden orange color with a very frothy white head on it. It was tough to really see what this beer was going to be all about because of the blizzard of sediment. I didn't know whether to drink it or spoon it out.

It smelled sweet and floral. Had hints of yeast and wheat in it.

The taste was about what it smelled like. Sweet up front and kind of malty but it was smooth and consistent throughout.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and didn't have any bite to it.

This was a relatively easy drinker but definitely one of those that I wish my glass was a black glass as to not see the floodwater effect that I was consuming. I'd be interested in trying this on tap or out of another bottle sans-sediment. I think without the imparted yeast flavor that this beer would be a lot better.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wacky stuff. I'll just say that right off the bat. Clear orange-ish amber, great lacing and a nice, creamy head. Spicy aromas dominated by caramel and banana but tempered with some cinnamon and clove. Basically banana nut bread. Flavor profile is enormous, and the carbonation increases the spicy characteristics. Lots of beautiful Belgian-y goodness, and some added craziness with the banana nut-bread flavor carrying throughout. Will be a little sweet for many, and the finish is a tad thin, but I like it. Slightly pricey at $3.49/11.2oz. bottle, so drinkability suffers. Worth tracking down, though.

What I like Most: The crazy banan nut bread flavor.

What I like Least: The price, mostly.

Verdict: Worth trying for its unique qualities, but not elite by any means.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with about half an inch of fluffy head which sticks around a while before fading away leaving some very nice lacing.

S: Very yeasty smelling with some apple or pear. The yeasty smell is very much on the forefront.

T: Candied fruit and lots of it. Malty, sweet and really excellent. Some hops on the finish keeps it from being overwhelming sweet. really remarkable.

M: Heavy, rich, and so thick that you can almost chew it. Very substantial, but still manages to appear balanced.

D: Amazingly drinkable. This might become my new favorite Belgian ale. Just incredible.

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Photo of trbergman
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Translucent amber-gold with two fingers of white, meringue-like head - nice lace. Some suspended particulate matter detracts a bit.

S - Bready, crusty pilsner malt aroma with a touch of lemon zest. The yeast adds some white pepper spice and also a subtle suggestion of nuts. It's pleasant enough and inviting, so let's check out the taste.

T - Troubadour Blond is quite bready on the palate, too, but there's a lovely touch of fruit. In addition to lemon zest, I get some apple and pear, with perhaps a hint of apricot. Malt and spicy yeast combine to dry out the finish, and some restrained hop bitterness contributes to the effect. An understated but stately Belgian pale ale.

M - Bottle-conditioned effervescence explodes on the tongue, but after an initial, creamy, rush, it loses a sense of fullness. Rather light on the whole, but not in a bad way.

D - Despite a minor cosmetic flaw, this is an enjoyable beer. After a long stretch of blazing heat and humidity, the weather has taken a milder turn here in Chicago, and Troubadour Blond is a welcome accompaniment. Pair it with some fruit and cheese, or maybe some moules frites, and you have a winner.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very cold from 11.2 ounce bottle to glass beer challis

A) Glowing gold, cloudy and thick with white billowy head. No floaties or yeasties -- very smooth and consistent

S) Citrus with apple and pear. Sweet bread, pastry, sour dough

T) Sweet stewed fruits, raisons, pear, orange juice. Very smooth

M) Ample carbonation/bottle conditioned fizz, very little alcohol -- well balanced, emphysis on smooth

D) Retains its body and carbonation. Alcohol is moderate. Tastes wonderful. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Xul
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod with some amber hues, capped by a foamy two finger white head. Retention is good and some light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Freshly toasted whole wheat bread is the first and strongest aroma, followed by some green apple, lemon zest, pepper and vanilla. It smells very good, but the bready base is a bit too dominant.

T: Light bready malts up front with fruits - banana, green apple and a bit of citrus - along with peppery spice and a touch of clove. Finishes with toasted wheat bread much like the nose began, but with more sweetness. Tastes more balanced than it smells, although both are very good.

M: Light to medium body with lowish carbonation, very smooth but could be a bit more lively on the tongue.

D: Very easy drinking, and with enough going on to keep it interesting. I'll definitely be revisiting this beer.

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Photo of Radome
3.54/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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