Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
Darkest brown but not quite black, healthy head of fluffy tan foam that stays around in big clumps. Smooooth chocolate. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and hot cocoa. Subtle coffee and smoke with a mild but balanced earthy hop bitterness. Not overly sweet. Light caramel and vanilla accentuates the chocolate flavor. Really a nice imperial stout and I can't believe the bargain at $5/750ml. The most chocolate forward beer I can remember that doesn't actually contain chocolate. A nice surprise.
A few weeks later the same store had changed the price to $13/750ml - I guess I should have stocked up.
09-01-2012 01:37:48 | More by bump8628
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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.
08-22-2012 02:35:25 | More by Ranz
4.48/5 rDev +13.7%
Wow that is what a said when I tasted it. Dark appearance with a heavy dark foam head. a slight cocoa coffee which is very nice. The taste is creamy smooth and not too bitter ( mild stout). A slight cocoa after taste. Overall great beer for taste smell and apprence.
08-07-2012 19:33:26 | More by Pgstarr
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
07-20-2012 00:39:29 | More by Pegasus
3.88/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
07-14-2012 22:09:49 | More by obrike
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
4.08/5 rDev +3.6%
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!
05-09-2012 12:54:21 | More by richmof
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
02-10-2012 16:16:30 | More by Folko
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
Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.