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Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers

Troubadour Imperial StoutTroubadour Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%


Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011)
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Reviews by FrostBlast:
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Very dark brown almost turning black with a generous fluffy light brown head. Does last quite long, though.

SMELL : First nose shows some chocolate, roasted malts, vegetal molasses. Second nose introduces some dark dried fruits to the chocolate/molasses side. Third nose almost has a liquorice side along with further expansion of previous aromas.

TASTES : Much more vegetal than expected. Hops are very present - mostly resins. Dark dried fruits are very upfront as well, but the main element is definitely molasses.

MOUTHFEEL : A little bit thin to my liking for an imperial stout. Still very well done, well balanced. Carbonation is fine.

OVERALL : Although it's not the best imperial stout I've had, it's definitely one I'd willingly buy again, given the chance. Wouldn't go out of my way for one, though.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 00:36:59 | More by FrostBlast
More User Reviews:
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Thanx4AllDaFish

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-02-2014 17:31:42 | More by Thanx4AllDaFish
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4/5  rDev +1.8%

04-01-2014 01:12:06 | More by BarryMFBurton
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JDice20

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-20-2014 17:56:58 | More by JDice20
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sunofneurot

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

03-15-2014 23:49:53 | More by sunofneurot
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TypsiYpsi

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-10-2014 20:31:44 | More by TypsiYpsi
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pknyc

New York

1.25/5  rDev -68.2%

02-05-2014 03:54:39 | More by pknyc
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Raziel313

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-30-2014 07:06:02 | More by Raziel313
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Griffith

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-09-2014 19:43:31 | More by Griffith
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -30%

01-05-2014 03:35:47 | More by AlaskanYoung
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Richardbeerlover

Texas

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge huge head. Nice lacing throughout. Very dark brown black. Nice slightly sweet creamy chocolate taste. Very smooth beer and lots of flavor. Just love the creaminess. I had no problem drinking this as it goes down very smoothly. Would definitely drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 16:09:35 | More by Richardbeerlover
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wizo

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-31-2013 00:53:45 | More by wizo
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tom10101

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-24-2013 13:48:52 | More by tom10101
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-05-2013 03:22:09 | More by lupercmda
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

11-03-2013 15:15:17 | More by jaydoc
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Scamboogery

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-22-2013 19:40:51 | More by Scamboogery
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sneth019

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%

10-21-2013 18:15:41 | More by sneth019
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superspak

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/5/2012. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, pear, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, raisin, fig, toast, toffee, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with lush robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent Belgian imperial stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 05:17:48 | More by superspak
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RandomExile

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Imperial stouts aren't really my thing, but I think this an excellent example.

A: amber, slight spotty lacing
B: sweet, chocolate, coffee
T: per smell, but maybe a light raspberry note, sweet but not sickly
M: smooth, creamy, but not thick
O: Still wouldn't want a full pint, but 12oz or is a full experience without being sated

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2013 01:31:21 | More by RandomExile
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seand

California

3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark nearly opaque brown, with lots and lots of bubbly tan head. Lots of clumps retain, leaving significant clumps of lacing.

S: Sweet roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and sweet syrup.

T: Full bodied roasted sweetness, and a slight milky flavor, along with a slightly bitter slightly nutty note. There's almost none of the bitter roasted flavor that is common in American imperial stouts. Aftertaste lingers for a long time.

M: Full bodied, extremely smooth; it fills your mouth and coats it. Low carbonation. Really nice.

Overall, this is a very pleasant beer. It's understated as far as RISs go, but well balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 02:01:59 | More by seand
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Body is black, just... black. No light getting through, even at the edges (although the stream during the pour reveals some deep ruby colors). A massive foamy light-brown head eagerly forms even from a smoothish pour, leaving thick but non-sticky lacing.

S: Chocolate, roasted malt, sourly bitter. Somehow has a clean herbal fragrance totally unexpected from a RIS; leave it to the Belgians. I don't mind it, but don't think it fits the style.

T: Bitter chocolate, dark almost-burnt malts. Simple but big, straightforward but balanced. Finish combines black coffee, more bitter chocolate, alcohol, and even some tobacco flavors for a delicious aftertaste- I'm hoping it has enough carbonation to provide some burps.

M: Thick and smooth, just a dash of carbonation. Coats my mouth. Fantastic.

O: I thought I was spending my money on simply a fun experiment: a Belgian RIS (??). But what I got was a serious submission for the style. Amazing body/head, big flavors, a full but non-oily mouthfeel, and even a few curveballs. Definitely a RIS to try at least once.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 06:59:41 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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Anatole

Belgium

4/5  rDev +1.8%

09-19-2013 11:10:42 | More by Anatole
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MattSweatshirt

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-28-2013 04:15:43 | More by MattSweatshirt
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-13-2013 14:58:14 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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remitrom

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.8%

08-07-2013 03:41:25 | More by remitrom
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Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.