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Troubadour Blond Ale - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
89
very good

224 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 224
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 29
Gots: 9 | 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 Hojaminbag
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden body witha slight white head. Leaves behind Some nice lacing on the glass.

Smells yeasty with some good pale malts.

Wow. This is an exceptional blonde. Biscuity flavors with peppery yeast. Some honey/fruit/citrus sweetness comes through. Has hop bittnerness to balance it out. A balanced, flavorful, great brew. Mouthfeel is medium body, some what creamy. Well-carbonated.

This beer is easy to drink. Great tasting, well balanced and light.

Easily the best Blonde I have ever had. Great beer.

Hojaminbag, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy white head. The aroma has vanilla notes with gentle spice and pepper. The flavor deviates with more of a subtle biscuit and a slight herbal hop flavor that grows into a big, bitter aftertaste and mouthfeel. The hops, while low in flavor, step up for the finishing bitterness to make for a unique Belgian (like so many other Belgians). Tasty and worth a try.

tempest, May 17, 2008
Photo of PhillyStyle
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was enjoyable to drink as I am a big fan of Belgian beers. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, it was a cloudy yellow/wheat color that had a good white head on it that more than took its time to dissipate (While I am not sure that the waitress pours too many beers, she actually recommended this beer). It gave off a strong wheat/grain aroma but was also sweet somehow. The taste...WOW...you could really taste the wheat, citrus and maybe honey and banana. It was also a little hoppy, which was surprising as I did not smell the hops. This beer is smooth and very easy to drink. This is going to be a beer that I am going to have to hunt down and try to add into the rotation. This is an excellent beer and hope to enjoy more of it in the future and only one of many reasons why Belgian style beers are possibly the best.

PhillyStyle, May 02, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

At least for me, this is probably the finest Belgian Blonde I know of. At least on tap, it's just terrific.

The beer pours a slighty hazy honey gold color with excellent head retention and lacing. On the nose I get more honey, with a touch of citrus. The beer smells enticing. On the palate this beer is delicious. It is moderately sweet with a solid core of hoppy bitterness. The lovely flavors of cherry, lime and honey are countered nicely with the drying bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but this beer comes across as fairly light from the relatively low abv. Never tiring or heavy, this beer finishes well and is so, so easy to drink.

This is a perfect example of what sets Belgian beers apart from so many others. Just excellent.

John_M, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of boston2bburg
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this last bottle of a four-pack in a tulip glass. Three fingers of clumpy, sticky, white head settle slowly leaving large patches of lacing on the edges of the glass. A solid thick later of large-bubble head sits atop a hazy straw body.

Smells exactly how a Belgian blonde should smell: clovey, yeasty, with a touch of banana. Also smells like yellow cake batter when it warms.

The taste is again clovey, phenolic with bready yeast and banana flavors. Spicy on the tongue and slightly sour on the finish. Lots of flavor for a modest ABV.

Mouthfeel is fairly spicy and sharp, but also leaves a bit of a silky coating on your tongue. Nevertheless, pretty light and certainly very drinkable. Recommended.

boston2bburg, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I've tried Troubadour, and it won't be the last. This is very good. Troubadour announces its presence with authority, filling the Ommegang glass with two fingers of dense white foam on a cloudy orange body--excellent. The nose offers grassy hops, lots of citrus, and sugar. The taste is wonderful--plenty of orange, apple, a hint of lemon, raisin; good sugar taste without cloying; and a grassy malt finish. Outstanding carbonation seals the deal with this gem, a truly easy beer to consume. It's actually difficult not to quaff.

I'm extremely pleased to have selected this from Friar Tuck. I'll go back for more soon enough. Outstanding.

Gehrig, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
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.

RblWthACoz, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Gmann
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.

Gmann, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of clayrock81
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.

clayrock81, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of belgianalien
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.

belgianalien, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of leweascoba
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.

leweascoba, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of BeardedSquash
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.

BeardedSquash, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of JBogan
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.

JBogan, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of henrysunset
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.

henrysunset, Sep 30, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
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.

gmcfarre, Aug 21, 2007
Photo of sleazo
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.

sleazo, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of emerge077
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...

emerge077, May 14, 2007
Photo of Hautacam
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.

Hautacam, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of lehows
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.

lehows, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of brentk56
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!

brentk56, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of Dukeofearl
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!

Dukeofearl, Oct 14, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
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.

Absumaster, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of cbl2
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.

cbl2, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
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.

rsyberg01, Aug 31, 2006
Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
89 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.