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Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

218 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 6 | 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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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

A top-class, high-level authetntic Belgian brew, great depiction of the style, full-bodied, creamy, rich, with a beautiful foamy, frothy head lingering atop a cloudy, hazy dark yellow appearance... aroma full of bananas, fruits, esters, pine, with a wonderful, thick, flavorful taste - full of citrus, lemon, creamy aftertones, with an apple flavor swarming around... Great mouthfeel, creamy, thick, rich and delicate, with a good drinkability for a 6.5% ABV... taste and mouthfeel are both ultra-rich, and there is certainly a granny smith apple flavor evident in the flavor... Very good beer, definitely recommended as an awesome example of the style...

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 23:37:19 | More by dsa7783
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 23:20:22 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gmann

New York

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

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with a nice white head that left a nice wall of lace around the glass. The smell is of musty Belgian yeast with a slight hint of granny smith apples and candi sugar. The taste is of pale malt and Belgian yeast with a hint of the candi sugar sweetness. The brew has an aged hop presence which gives it a earthly quality. The feel is fairly light with fizzy carbonation; finishes very well balanced. The aroma and flavor are not exceptional but this is a very balanced brew and with the 6.5% ABV makes this beer very drinkable in my book. Could drink this all day.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 19:34:08 | More by Gmann
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clayrock81

Virginia

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

Perhaps the only reason my score isn't higher is that my personal tastes aren't geared towards Pale Ales. Now, I don't hold that against the beer at all, it is just that maybe I would've rated the taste and drinkability higher if I did. Sorry.
Bought a 12 oz. bottle w/ a guy drinking the beer out of a tulip glass on a blue label. Drink by date on cap - 02/09/09. It didn't make it more than 2 hours in my house, yet alone 14 months.
Poured into a tulip glass (power of suggestion?) and it left a one-finger head that SLOWWLLLY died down. There was some film left on the glass as it receeded, and it maintained its carbonation, bubbling up for over a few minutes. It was a dark gold hue that maintained its texture when held to the light (the opposite of an American macro brew).
I took a whiff and caught some citrus in there, but more importantly did not catch a strong sense of alcohol. They have hid that well, as the first taste is not overpowered by alcohol or hops.
While there is a tad bit of spice, maybe pepperish one might find,
it goes down smoothly, and does not leave much of an aftertaste at all, so your mouth isn't dried out nor left bitter after a glass.
Nothing catches the pallete extremely, so I can't say it has a major taste characteristic, but the body holds.
The recurring carbonation makes sure the last drop maintains its quality, and I will have to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 00:37:51 | More by clayrock81
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belgianalien

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is BY FAR my absolute favorite Belgian Beer. It is one of those micro-brews which definitely can rival the big names like Duvel, Corsendonck, etc. When poured correctly into the pear-shaped Troubadour glass, this golden ale has a thick rich collar of about 1.5 inches. The fragrance is somewhat sweet, with a sour undertone, but not yeasty at all. What I like most about this beer is that it does not have all the bitterness most slightly heavier ales tend to have. It drinks very smooth and finishes clean.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 15:41:16 | More by belgianalien
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leweascoba

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed Troubadour Blond from a 1/4 keg. Very enjoyable Ale with slight hints of fruit that finished very well. The alcohol is present but very well blended and taste is wonderful.

Keg tapped well and each glass had nice head of foam. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2007 04:31:21 | More by leweascoba
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BeardedSquash

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a peachy red and orange with a dull brass backdrop. A rocky white head delivers a rush of dried straw and sugar to the nose. Tastes of light citrusy fruits with a touch of salt and sweet malts. A mid-to-full mouthfeel catches me by surprise. The head holds tight while coating the inside of the glass throughout the drink. Although there are no discernible hop aromas, the flavor has a subtle bitter back. The smell turns to slightly darker fruits and alcohol as the glass warms. All in all, a very pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 03:48:59 | More by BeardedSquash
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JBogan

Nevada

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

Poured a hazy light golden color with a big foamy white head. The head at first seemed as if it was going to leave but then made a comeback, even larger than before. Excellent lacing left in the glass.

A fresh grassy scent, hints of citrus. Alcohol was well hidden but present enough to know it was there.

Fruits and grains, and again the alcohol is there but very well blended in. A nice bright hoppy bite at the finish.

Smooth with a medium to slightly thick and sticky body. Great carbonation to tickle the tongue.

This was a fine beer to sit back and enjoy slowly. Very easy to drink, I could see having at least a few of these at one sitting. I'm drinking it for the first time here as winter approaches but it would make a very good summer refresher too.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 01:36:31 | More by JBogan
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henrysunset

Washington

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

~12oz bottle from k's brewing going out of business.

pretty clear pour of a bottle that had visible sediment in the bottom. decent head of gauzy big white foam.

smells, well, belgian. a bit sour, a bit tart and a light maltiness.

taste is really pleasent. sweet but not sticky, tart but not unpleasently so. a late flavor of light grains.

fairly smooth, a little gritty perhaps. very drinkable and enjoyable, but not quire perfectly balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 05:58:25 | More by henrysunset
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a cloudy sunset yellow/orange color. Head is good at about 3/4 inch and an off white color, but its not quite as frothy or rocky as I might expect. A decent amount of yeasties float near the bottom of this beer. Moderate lacing.

S - Strong grassy, citrus scent with loads of yeast spiciness. Clean smelling with an interesting take on the style in its grassiness. Light touch of grain and a nice sweet sugar accompaniment

T - Similar to the smell, although the candied sugar hits your tongue first. Transitions to a light hoppy bitterness with strong grassy flavor and a touch of lemony citrus. Very nice. A touch dry in the aftertaste and still a little sweet.

M - Medium body with a good carbonation effect. Lightly bitter in the aftertaste, with residual sugar and spice floating around your tastebuds.

D - A nice version of this style, which I have surprisingly reviewed very few of. Moderate alcohol makes this enjoyable for any occasion. Definitely worth a try if you can pick one up.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 02:38:11 | More by gmcfarre
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sleazo

New York

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

Found this as a single 33cl bottle at the Garden in Greenpoint.

A_I know I love Belgian Pales and Tripels but they are beautiful beers. This is no exception. In two pours I get the whole thing into my tulip glass. It is a yellowish light brown clouody liquid with particles floating about. A nice fluffy foam like white head with a sort of reverse crater floats on top. Tremendous lace clings to the side.

S-Candi sugar lightly carmelized with a great yeasty character. A slightly sour musty scent lingers in the end.

T-Lightly caramelized sugar, much like the top of a Creme Brulee are the first things you notice. The sourness in the smell doesnt come through in the taste which is slightly dissapointing. There is a really nice bitterness that plays a key but small role in balancing out the sweetness. The yeast produces a certain fruity quality, pineapple and a bit of pepper/clove.

M-Nice and thick with a high carbonation that cuts through everything and makes this pleasantly refreshing.

D-This is an excellent beer, perhaps a bit too sweet which really is my only complaint. However it hits on a lot of good notes and is really beautiful to look at. I will pick this up again despite being $3.59 for one.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 00:45:58 | More by sleazo
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emerge077

Illinois

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

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 03:11:23 | More by emerge077
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Hautacam

Connecticut

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

Picked up a single to try....got it home and noticed the brew date of 10/04...mmm, what will this be like ?....it was out on the shelf....not something I would choose to age.
Anyway, it pours out a nice orange-gold, with a big white head that laces down the Duvel chalice.
Smells pretty earthy, doughy and ,some bubblegum is there too.
Tastes pretty good....Sweet doughy malt, lots of honey...banana and bubblegum...yeasty, with some apple and pear flavors...a bit of lemon-lime near the finish , which is pretty dry and clean. Not bad at all.
Mouthfeel is medium- full and carbonation is light and creamy.
This one aged better than I thought....I was expecting a drain pour.
A very nice Belgian Pale.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2007 01:12:57 | More by Hautacam
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lehows

New York

4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellow color with a coarse white head, sticky lacing. Wonderful aromas of citrus and spice. Absolutely delicious flavors of citrus, banana, spice, honey, and a very mild hop bouquet. Wonderfully complex. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. All around a delcious brew, sure to have again when I see it.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2007 21:22:47 | More by lehows
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 20:14:05 | More by brentk56
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Dukeofearl

California

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

Freshly tasted from Hollinghead Deli in Orange, CA.- $3.99 for a 11.2 oz. bottle. Best by 02-09-09.

Pours a medium golden with a huge head of big bubbles. An initial strong aroma of bananas, butterscotch, and maybe some artifical popcorn butter hit me immediately after pouring. Lots of stickiness on the glass.

Mild spicy notes take over the aroma after the first blush. Much gentler after a few minutes.

Flavor is tasty. Bready, slightly sweet malts, with a lack of overpowering flavors (a little lemon, a little pepper, a little yeastiness). Nothing standing out. Pleasant, drinkable, solidly built, worth drinking.

Moderate to full mouthfeel, moderately creamy, moderately astringent end. I guess that makes this a moderate blond!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 23:59:30 | More by Dukeofearl
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Absumaster

Netherlands

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

Pours an orange color with a thick, stabile head that sticks to the glass and leaves a nice lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is malty and the use of light colored specialty malts is noticable. A light bitter and a herbal and spicy touch, this might come from either spices or hops.

Taste is bitter and malty, with the light caramalts, they give the beer a slight honey/vanilla taste. Some spiciness of a nice spice, that I can't determine. The amount of carbonation is a bit too much.
This is a pretty good beer, but could use a little more character.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 19:14:18 | More by Absumaster
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cbl2

New York

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

9/5/2006 $2.60 11.2 oz. 6.50% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a hazy orange brown that is riddled with intense carbonation swirling around the glass topped by an inch of lush white head that resembles cloudtops.

Aroma:

Sweet yeasty fresh baked bread with an undertone of rotting fruit.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Slightly coarse with some black pepper, butter, caramel as well as some weirdness that I just cannot put my finger on, but is not really pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 21:04:02 | More by cbl2
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rsyberg01

California

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S - Laughing fella on the front of bottle. Beige label. Bottle on date: 07/08/03

A - Pours a dark amber with suspended sediment floating around the beer. Head starts out chunky and almost alive and levels out to a 1/2 inch blanket on the liquid.

S - Honey, Honey, Honey, and More Honey. Pure and simple, its all honey with a little clove and spice and a little fruity note. Honey jumps and kicks you in the nose, then the spice and fruit.

T - I might as well drink carbonated honey. The flavor of this gem is extraordinary. The cirtus cuts thorugh and adds a little twinge, then the hop is evident but not strong. A little caramel note as well. A very good beer.

M - Creamy and sweet. Touches every area of the tongue and pleases every part as well. A very good finish because the taste lingers from sip to sip.

D - As easy drinking as any beer I've ever had. A top notch beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2006 03:43:22 | More by rsyberg01
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trep

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 07:14:36 | More by trep
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

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

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 03:07:42 | More by sinstaineddemon
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pweis909

Wisconsin

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?

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 00:51:53 | More by pweis909
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sinistrsam

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2006 04:52:59 | More by sinistrsam
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 08:14:51 | More by Erdinger2003
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 02:51:15 | More by Sammy
Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.