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Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | 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%

tom10101, Nov 24, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

lupercmda, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

jaydoc, Nov 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Scamboogery, Oct 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

sneth019, Oct 21, 2013
Photo of superspak
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.

superspak, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of RandomExile
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

RandomExile, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of seand
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.

seand, Oct 13, 2013
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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.

1000lbgrizzly, Oct 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Anatole, Sep 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

MattSweatshirt, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

remitrom, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Supergenious, Aug 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

jkoogler, Jul 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

kylehay2004, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of SSEngelbrecht
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

SSEngelbrecht, Jun 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Zaphog, Jun 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

vcoggins, Jun 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

djre4orm, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

TheBeerAlmanac, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

brotherloco, May 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

randylangford, Apr 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Gagnonsux, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of mechtech
3.8/5  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.

mechtech, Apr 20, 2013
Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.