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Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Reviews: 30
Hads: 134
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 26.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.19/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap in a snifter at Beelow's.

A new beer on tap means a new beer in my glass, especially in the time between the end of a shift and the impending beginning of a movie. This stuff pours a very deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild coffee, a hint of treacle, and a few bits of cocoa powder. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though from about the middle through the finish an intense roast- and coffee-based bitterness overpowers all else, literally causing a gradual recoil reaction (it takes a moment to realize what's happening in your mouth). The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid stout that just overshoots things with that unnecessarily powerful blast of bitterness.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Transparent brown pour yields a large, 3+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Sienna brown body, transparent, with a touch of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and leaves some immediate lacing. A good cap remains until the end and leaves some loose, chunky lacing. Not nearly dark enough for the style.

SMELL: A touch of smoky roasted malts and a good dose of dark fruits. Raisins, dates, plumbs and some spicy notes. A hint of cocoa as well. Nice, but a little off style.

TASTE: Follows the nose for the most part. Smoky and some roasted notes up front. Lots of dark fruit, such as raisins, grapes, dates and plumbs, with some spicy alcohol at the swallow. Finish is slightly roasted with some cocoa, peppery spicy alcohol and a good dose of hop bitterness. Not quite stout-like, but still an enjoyable and flavorful dark ale. Very Belgian in style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight and creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth with a relatively dry finish. Fine here.

OVERALL: This is definitely very Belgian, covering the Belgian strong dark ale category just as much as the imperial stout category. While this would not quench my thirst for a big imperial stout, it was certainly an enjoyable dark ale that I wouldn’t pass on if offered. Give it a chance if you see it in your area.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with super large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light sweet notes and a Belgian yeast finish. Taste is dominated by medium dry roasted malt notes with light sweet notes and with some black chocolate notes with a fruity Belgian yeast finish. Body is bit light for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not enough complexity for the style.

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Photo of janubio
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Almost black colour, with a thin diminishing head that leaves a good lace. Smell of dried fruits, tobacco, some coffee. Medium body, viscous palate. Taste of coffee, dried fruits, tobacco notes, chocolate. Not exactly the best. one, but it's OK.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, make sure you have your tetanus shot before this one because there was clearly some moisture issues somewhere along the way and the cap under the foil is super rusted and pretty nasty...

A - Pours dark brownish into my snifter with about two fingers of head, decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt, anise, dark fruits, kind of like chocolate covered cherries and yeast.

T - Roasted malts, dark fruits - cherries mostly, semi sweet chocolate, touch of anise and molasses, espresso like bitterness from start to finish.

M - Medium and over carbonated.

O - Really not overly excited by this one, it's OK I suppose, but really not worth seeking out.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Troubadour tulip. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a three finger khaki colored head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and subtle cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, subtle alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really liked the aroma on this one as it smelled like I had just walked into a chocolate store which was quite appealing. However, the flavor did not follow suit and was not quite as complex as the nose led on. It was a little more on the bitter side with the roastiness and dark chcoolate character going on. Worth trying if you get the chance however.

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Photo of Zorro
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with a all and thick brown head.

Smell is rich. Strong chocolate and toasted bread with a slight licorice scent. Coriander and spice mostly green cardamom.

Starts out moderately sweet with a lot of chocolate and a little charred malt. Tastes much like it smells except no spice flavors. This is all chocolate and char with a little toasted bread flavor. Alcohol is completely hidden as are any real hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall a tasty beer but not really what I would call a RIS. There needs to be a category for the Belgian version, call it "Belgian Stout."

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Photo of SSEngelbrecht
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours dark, dark brown with effervescent tan head, that dissipated quickly with very light lacing.

S: I suppose I need to learn more about describing the various smells. This one smells of dark molasses and fruits (I really think apricot and plum).

T: this one is tangy in general with prevalent notes of raisins and caramel. Roasted barley, chocolate and coffee are in the left lingering on the palate.

M: This feels slick and medium bodied on the tongue and really coats the mouth.

O: There is definitely a sweet spot in the serving temperature around 55-60 degrees where the flavors come across as really balanced and wonderful, like I expect in an imperial stout.

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Photo of mechtech
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this on tap.

My first impression was that it didn't look like an imperial stout. It's quite transparent, more akin to a dubbel than a stout. Head dissipated fairly quickly.

I was in a bar environment, and didn't dwell on the nose.

Taste was very surprising. It really doesn't taste like an imperial stout, it's pretty far from the style definition. The first thing that I picked up was a vinous character, sort of like a mead taste. It definitely has the characteristics of a beer brewed with belgian yeast.

General roast flavor is medium. Chocolate/coffee is quite recessed, if there at all. Mouthfeel is medium. It's not particularly dry or sweet. A nice hop bitterness briefly pops in during the finish. Carbonation was fine. Alcohol was totally hidden.

If you want a roasty dubbel, check it out. If you want a heavy, rich, imperial stout, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Folko
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this one at the Flying Saucer Houston on 1/29 on draft - served in a snifter

Appearance: Motor Oil with a little bit of caramel-colored froth on top

Nose: Dried fruit: sweet raisins, plums, figs and some booze in there too

Taste: Somewhat different from the taste in that it's almost wine-like with cherry notes coming through. Slightly acidic with a warm, boozy finish

Mouthfeel: Definitely adequate, with some smooth creaminess present

Overall: While I am generally quite fond of a variety of Belgian beer styles, I am not sure if this particular style is that compatible w/Belgian yeast strains. I tend to like "standard" Anglo-American Imperial Stouts better.

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Photo of FrostBlast
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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-

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.

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Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber at Specs in Round Rock for $3.99!!! What the hell? Was thinking it may be a bad batch, but the managers told me it just wasn't moving so the price was slashed.

Poured a very dark, nearly black pour...a big beautiful head on this one...lots of lacing. Very attractive beer.

Nice scent...but not stellar for a russian. Some smoky sweet malt, dark fruits, anise, a bit of bitter coffee. Good.

Yum, taste follows scent, but not a typical Russian Imp stout here...more like a black ale hybrid. Much more hop bitterness than you get with a typical RIS. Not that it's a bad thing, just different. A bit thin for the style, but overall, quite a treat. Wish I woulda picked up a few more at such a great price.

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Photo of seand
3.91/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in the Troubadour branded narrow tulip. Quite a big head which settles down to a surprisingly spritzy and sudsy mouthfeel.Rich yet tangy.

There is a distinct tart edge to this. Big chocolate taste and a winey, malty substance but not a bit sticky. Hoppy tasting with a bitter flavor of dark roasted coffee. Minty notes and a fruity finish of overripe nectarines. Hint of prunes and charred malt. Totally sippable.

An interesting variation on the really big stout theme. I wouldn't call it Russian; I like Belgian imperial stout. On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif.

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Photo of brandon911
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass. A buddy and I split a bottle of this to celebrate the end of the semester.

It poured a fantastically dense and fluffy tan head, possibly the densest that I've seen/had. Nothing great about the smell, nothing bad. Roasted malts and average notes of coffee, a little alcohol present as well. The taste was the same as the nose, though with an odd smokiness that wasn't unpleasant. It has a good bitter, dry and smooth finish. Quite disappointed in how mundane it tastes. The mouthfeel was perfect for the beer, nice and smooth and creamy, the way a stout like this should be.

In addition to this as our celebratory beer, we also bought some cigars ($5 Turanos) which we started on about halfway through the beer, because it was fairly boring. When we started smoking, the beer went from decent to tremendous, which makes me wonder if other beers can be improved with cigars. The nose didn't improve with the smoke, but the flavor improved dramatically, the malts popped and the coffee became front and center. Also, the odd smoky flavor became masked.

Overall, judging the beer solely by itself, the beer was decent, if disappointing (especially for the price). I wouldn't get this again, but the bottle does look pretty atop our cabinet.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Imperial stout from Belgium pored from 750ml bottle. Deep dark brown with a little black in
there. Nice thick dark tan head and amazing frothy lacing. Nose of dark chocolate, sweet
Belgian malts, dark ripe fruits like plum and sweet cherries. Flavor is very nice with chocolate
and Belgian candy coming through on all sides, a dark fruity aftertaste like dark pie cherries is
present on the aftertaste, along with a nice mild hops coming through as well. Silky mouthfeel
makes this sipper a real treat. No burnt grain flavors, all just a nice moderately sweet stout
with a Belgian twist.

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Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Opaque dark brown, with a moderate, persistent and sense tan head, which retains very well, The lacing is thick and glass-coating.

Aroma: Lots of charred malt, brown sugar, sweet alcohol, cofee, and earth.

Taste: Opens with more than a bit of charcoal, bitter cocoa, earth. As the taste progresses, the burnt flavors intensify. Throughout there is an undercurrent of sweet, spicy alcohol. Finishes with sweet alcohol, a lingering charcoal note, and bitter cocoa. Interestingly, the alcohol does not warm.

Mouth feel: Fairly full, with some biting carbonation, but pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A little biased towards charred notes, but not bad. Best if used by date of 11/08/2016.

Packaged in a 750 ml brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a Chimay chalice.

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Photo of RandomExile
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of richmof
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a conviviale (75 cl bottle).

Poured a dark black with a frothy, bubbling head that dissipated quickly. Visually not great and, naturally, limited lacing.

On the nose its dark fruits, coffee, anise - classic stouty nose.

The taste was great. A real positive surprise. I find many Belgian attempts at stout either overdo the sugar or the smoke. The Troubadour stout falls into neither trap. It is a well balanced stout. On flavours, I got the classics - coffee, mild lquorice, maybe a bit of cardamon. It has a nice bitterness that lasts all the way through the finish without being over-dominiating.

Decent mouthfeel too - not too flat, not too fizzy.

I would stick my neck out and say it is the best Belgian IR stout I have tasted. I was expecting something too sweet (like their Obscura) but this is a really good balanced stout.

Drink it Belgians!

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Photo of Ranz
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice deep, dark brown in a snifter from the bottle. Decent retention of the thick head was present, and it had a nice viscosity.

S - The aroma had a beautiful head of figs. This is where the beer really shines.

T - While full-bodied with some flavors of milk chocolate, it just didn't wow me. I'm a bit picky on my RISs. It's pretty good, but nothing spectacular. The sweeter malt profile was nice, though, and it left a lingering smoothness.

M - Thick and creamy on the tongue, this one carbonated lightly.

O - Pretty solid, and I'd try it again, but it's nothing spectacular.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, coffee and a small smokiness. In the taste, coffee, small sweet oatmeal, and a note of smoke. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasted coffee in the aftertaste. Big coffee, and dryer and a bigger roast than the standard Obscura.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark garnet body with a massive 3 finger head that forms a middle mountain of curved mounds that last throughout the glass. Sticky 3D lacing is splattered allaround the glass. Good looking stout.

S - Clean chocolate, toasted sweet bread, coffee comes through with notes of caramelized toffee, sweet cream, and loads of chocolate.

T - Awesome dairy chocolate flavors, creamy, roasted malts, sweet with a spicy bitterness that wicks away most of the the sugary sweetness, roasted malts. Some bitter dark fruit, dried prunes and pears are the main fruit players while a chocolate covered banana flavor comes through at the end. Finishes with a grassy and roasted bitterness.

M - Full body, moderate creamy carbonation, lush and full feel with a dry finish.

Awesome stout here. Very creamy and decadent while keeping excellent balance. This reminds me of my wife's Christmas hot cocoa. Very nice Impy stout. Decadent chocolate flavor with a robust and balancing roast. Pick this up if you see it.

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Photo of khmel
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This has to be the most unique imperial stout I've ever tried, and probably because it's from Belgium. It honestly doesn't conform to the standards for the style. It's a deep brown rather than black and not entirely opaque. The head is HUGE but settles out fairly quickly. The nose is half imperial stout, half dubbel. The chocolate and burnt malt notes are there, but so is some fruity sweetness and belgian yeast. Actually a really nice combo! The taste has sweet dark fruits mixed with smokey chocolate. It finishes with some oakiness and burnt malt and slight hops. The mouth is fairly light for an imperial stout, though overall medium bodied. It has a dry finish and some warmth from the alcohol. If you're looking for the standard imperial stout, avoid this. But if you're interested in an imperial stout with a Belgian twist, this is a lovely brew!

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
87 out of 100 based on 30 ratings.