Troubadour Westkust - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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4.44/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours very dark brown, almost completely black, one finger head that recedes just a bit and lasts a very long time.
Smells incredible. Caramel and roasted malts, sweet citrus (like over-ripe oranges), chocolate, marzipan, faint coffee, toffee, raisin, plums, faint spruce, leafy hops, vanilla, and i think i could go on for quite a while.
First thing i find out tasting it is that it's incredibly smooth. As for the taste itself: nice mix of roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee in the start, burnt sugar, faint dark bread crust. Some fruitiness underneath, nice figs, raisin, some dried (bit smoked) plums, touch of sour cherries. Not so spicy, just some woody dark spices, like cinnamon, faint vanilla, dried orange peel and a bit of nutmeg. Some nice clean herbal notes in the finish, nice hops, like black and strong green tea combined, giving off a nice bitterness along with the roast.
As i said, really smooth, medium body and fizz, feels.. fluffy. The big abv is hidden nicely and reminds of coffee liquor.
These guys know how to brew beer. Sure, the Belgian twist overpowers the hops, but you get a big tasty ration of both.
Serving type: on-tap
06-29-2014 10:10:01 | More by dcmchew
United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
33cl Bottle: BBD 25th Apr 2016. Drank on 30th Jan 2014 in 't Brugs Beertje.
Pours almost a true black, but it's really dark, dark brown with a deep red hue: lightly tanned head.
Burnt malts rule the nose, they also take over the taste but not as much as in the aroma.
In the mouth dark fruit flavours within a chocolate bar and a bittering hop undertone stop the beer becoming one dimensional and help to hide the 9.2% ABV which is always hanging around in the background.
Different and most enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
02-12-2014 09:47:26 | More by BlackHaddock
3.93/5 rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & chopes, and tasted in 2013.
Appearance : dark red brown colour with tan foamy head, with nice lacing.
Smell : roasted malt and caramel aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : fruity and hoppy flavors with a bitter long duration.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Black IPA.
Serving type: bottle
12-06-2013 17:33:22 | More by thierrynantes
4.11/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
750ml, white foil, capped bottle. Thanks to hoppypocket for the trade. Wow, there's a hop varietal called 'West Coast' in Belgium? Heh, imitation, and all that.
This beer pours a hazy, very dark russet brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, slick, and bulbous beige head, which leaves some stellar distant storm system lace around the glass as it slowly dissolves.
It smells of well roasted caramel malt, aged orange and grapefruit juice, earthy yeast, dark chocolate-covered cherries, subtle dry coffee, plum wine, and leafy, faintly piney hops. The taste is more lightly toasted caramel malt, salted toffee, astringent black fruit - prunes, cherry, and raisin - yeasty whole wheat bread, long-unraked leaves, bittersweet chocolate, weak coffee, strong herbal tea, and more leafy, citrusy, and pinecone hops.
The carbonation is fairly active, in a low-key, almost soothing manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and as smooth as can be, given the invasive nature of the citrus and pine hop notes. It finishes off-dry, the roasted bready caramel malt, dwindling yeast, dark fruit, and bitter citrus and pine hops all still in play.
A rather well-wrought Cascadian ale, the roasted character not interfering, or worse, detracting from the hoppy and fruity side of things. Instead, a gentle balance is achieved, wherein the big ABV is obfuscated, and the itinerant flavours melded. Cool that the hops here are all Belgian, because I could have sworn otherwise - old world, this is certainly not, however, a bit of that region's brewing ethos does seem to gradually seep in.
Serving type: bottle
10-31-2013 01:00:12 | More by biboergosum
Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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