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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 clvand0
2.61/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This Belgian blond ale pours a very cloudy orange color with a minimal head and lots of floaty stuff in the mix. The head is moderate and it is fairly strong. The aroma is very spicy with hints of malts and hops. This beer drinks somewhat smoothly, but not smooth enough for my liking. It is very spicy in the taste - something I didn't enjoy too much. Not a bad beer, but too odd tasting for my enjoyment.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow-gold body with an orange cast reveals some particles in suspension (bottle conditioned). It's capped by a short but creamy, bright-white head that holds exceptionally well as it's buoyed by an effervescent carbonation; and leaves some very nice lace as it goes. The nose delivers a peppery spiciness above a lightly sweet vanilla. It's light body combines with a very fine and effervescent carbonation to leave it zesty on the tongue. The flavor is a touch spicy (black pepper, coriander), phenolic, and yeasty over a lightly honeyish and softly vanilla malt. A thin fruitiness (apples, pear) tries its best to squeeze past the spice and mingles with the malt. The spice disappears following the swallow, and it finishes with a dollop of sweet malt that dries to reveal a mild but bone-dry bitterness. Crisp, yet somehow delicate, and refreshing! An interesting beer with a good amount of drinkability.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy orange hue, head is white and fuzzy. Aroma is lush and full with sugar at the onset, deep and lively, fresh and hoppy, citrusy and spicy. Orangey notes shine through. Hops are full on the palate, providing a delicious sensation. Body feels light, and drinkability is smooth. Lovely, tasty finish.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and give thanks to Marc77!

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Photo of frank4sail
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Floral hoppy sharp nose. Crisp fruity taste. Very lively (tickle the tongue) mouth. Clean sharp hop finish that makes you want to drink more. The floral hop presence from smelling to your final taste ends in wanting crispness. This is one of the "sharpest" beers I have had. Very rounded throughout.Medium to light mouth overall and as stated earlier quite lively. Overall the word for this brew is refreshing... The is just enough spice and hop bitterness to make it wonderful. I had this on Tap at Monk's on 2-8-03 and hope it is still there when I return... refreshing....

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

Served in a Troubadour glass (akin to a Corsendonk shape) at a good restaurant (see review of Cafe de Bruxelles).

Pours as quite a cloudy gold color. Has a great first head with good thin-to-medium lace through out the session. Lovely nose of banana, clove, and wet hay/grass - this last scent is a kicker, it really enticed me and gave some earthy-funky character to the classic banana and clove combo. Decent moutfeel, fairly active on mid-tongue, with a bitterness that starts on the back upper sides of mouth and creeps up around to top of the roof. A soft-to-moderate strength bitter. In all, a wonderful taste: hoppy with a fruity tartness and a touch of spice. Perfect amount of alcohol, and the yeast did not seem to effect the taste when added to the last pour.

It went great with my moules that were in wine-cream sauce and my frites with mayo! Truly a unique take on a belgian golden ale that is mixed with some wit characteristics. Easier to drink than a Duvel (less power in alcohol and complexities) but more robustly fruity, flowery, hoppy. Like an earlier reviewer, sincerely one of the best new generation Belgian brews. New as in brewed by university students starting in 1999! A fabulous beginning to a great new beer - skies are the limit with this one, if they continues to develop it. Now finding it is the problem...

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I guess this bier goes way back. On the label it says "Brewed since 1999". Whoa! Last century! The color was a hazy, golden/orange hue. Some tiny bits (somewhat related to "naughty bits") were detected hovering around within the bier. Head was a huge mound of white, whipped cream at the start. It eventually settled down into a creamy, thin layer, with A-1 lacing everywhere you looked. The nose had a sharpness to it; sort of a spicy, peppery twang built upon some toasty malts. The body was medium, but it had a bit too much carbonation for me. It wasn't overly picky on the tongue, just too bubbly/creamy (hard to explain). The bier seemed overall quite dry. There was a bit of malt, yet some subtle hints of fruit mixed with a yeasty, spiciness. A decent bier, though not a "keeper" in my book. Cheers!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one on a whim when I couldn't find something else I was looking for. Golden-orange color with a thick and foamy light brownish-orange head. Light citrus and hops in the aroma. Smooth flavor with medium hops, this is definitely not a hard beer to drink. Hoppy, slightly spicy finish. Somewhat subdued overall, and I have the feeling I won't remember this one in a few months because nothing really stood out.

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

Bight yellowish straw with a faint chill haze, superb lacing.

Moderate body and quite crisp. Honey like malt and modest medicinal phenols find balance, faint alcoholic esters within the fruitiness. Touch of yeast adds a dough character in the middle.

One of my all time favourites in the bottle, on tap it was pretty damn good as well.

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

This beer poured a nice light golden color and formed a white foamy head that left some lace when it quickly subsided. Some degree of carbonation. An aroma of grass and spice. A flavor of hops, spice and yeast. The finish was a bit tart, due in part to the carbonation and spice.

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Photo of doerickson
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot in the nose, but very complex taste. A bit sour at first, not to the extent of a Cantillon but in the same vein. Plenty of other nuances I couldn't easily identify, but very easy to drink, and I would have one again in a second.

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Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange hue. Thin but persistent head, tight, high carbonation. Spicy, peppery and sweet aroma. A hint of coriander and dried curacao. Slight clove notes and bubblegum esters in the taste, some notes of pear. Very akin to a more intensely estery and maltier Wit. This is a very interesting brew-- not unlike a Wit/ strong golden ale hybrid. Definitely worth a try.

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