Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
02-04-2013 03:36:01 | More by Phyl21ca
3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
01-09-2012 14:21:59 | More by Jeffo
3.48/5 rDev -11.7%
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.
11-18-2011 00:33:18 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
07-06-2012 14:23:56 | More by thagr81us
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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."
10-14-2012 00:53:43 | More by Zorro
3.71/5 rDev -5.8%
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.
06-29-2013 22:02:49 | More by SSEngelbrecht
Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.