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Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Sudbuster, Jan 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

akinsja, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%

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.

Jeffo, Jan 09, 2012
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3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

brandon911, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

jacknsally5148, Dec 06, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

StoneBrewFanatic, Nov 18, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

OWSLEY069, Sep 30, 2011
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Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.