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Troubadour Westkust - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

95 Ratings
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 4
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tdm168 on 07-27-2012)
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Reviews by carlitos92:
Photo of carlitos92
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 750ml bottle, foil on cap marked "Best Before 25APR2015." Served in a Marriott Residence Inn wine glass (don't ask...)

Appearance is a murky, cloudy brown. Like an unfiltered wheat beer that has mud mixed in it. Huge buff head (at least in this inappropriate glass) and lacing out the yin-yang.

Smell is gorgeous. Prunes and malt unabashedly in your face. And it you don't like that, there's raisins. And more malt.

Taste is like three beers for the price of one. First taste follows the nose, like a typical Belgian ale. Second wave is chocolatey like a stout. Third wave transitions from chocolatey to roast to a bitter hop finish. Not a clean finish - this beer is too sticky for that. But it's a fascinating ride.

Kolby at Spec's in Temple, Texas apparently recommended this (so said the signs) - and I have to give him the nod. I would not have tried it otherwise, and it's quite interesting and worth seeking out if you like the multi-faceted approach this brew brings.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry earthy hops with some dry roasted malt notes. Taste is a mxi between some roasted malt with dry bitter notes with some earth hops with and almost astringent finish. Body is light with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too much astringency to be truly enjoyable.

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light black in color with a murkiness when held up to light. A quarter inch of beige head is on the top. Sweet aroma of dark malt and molasses permeates the top of the glass. Thick lacing is present. The flavor is on the sweeter side with loads of sweet malt,molasses,and black licorice. There are some hops present but they are definitely in the background and give it a spruce note. The mouth is chewy and viscous. Not what I expected,but a Belgian take on this style is still a treat.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass black with a HUGE white head. The head retention is AWESOME. The Lacing . . . seriously, I don't think I've ever seen lacing down the glass like this. The retention and lacing alone deserves the 5, it's literally a "hey, look at this" moment.

I have a lack of scent, and really can't point anything out on the scent of this beer.

The taste has alot of coffee, cocoa, and carmel. There's alot of dark roasted flavors in the palette. Not much Belgian yeast flavor that I would expect.

I agree with the previous review, this really is more like an Imperial Export Stout. Mouthfeel has about that much body, not thick like an IRS, but not like a IPA either. Carbonation is good.

Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of DStoked
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of DruC4
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -24.7%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a snifter.

A - dark brown with a thin white head that has great retention

S - coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts

T - chocolate, roasted malts, charcoal, coffee, bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really solid offering. It's labeled a Belgian Style Black IPA, but this drinks like a really smooth Imperial Stout. It has great flavor, it's complex, it's balanced, it is definitely worth trying.

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Lucho
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jheezee
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Dduquette
2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of connor4835
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dwtucker90
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into Troubadour tulip. Poured a massively dark brown (almost black) with a three finger light tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly . Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, earth, dark chocolate, earth hop, and subtle spice. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, wood, earth, earth hop, and subtle spice. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. The roastiness you would expect from the style was definitely there. The dark chocolate aspect going on was a nice addition to the other aspects going on in this one. For te style this one definitely stands out from some of the other examples with a really good balance. Glad I got the chance to try this one and suggest you do the same.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours brown with a lasting head.
Nose shows complex roasted malt with chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee and oatmeal notes along with very soft spicy and resinous hops. Lovely.
The complex roasted malt follows as a flavour with more coffee. Some booze follows, lending a coffee liqueur character. Not all that much hops but there's some definite resinous and piny notes. Well-balanced bitterness in the finish.
Nice soft carbonation, but it could be upped a little.

Photo of Coren
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is awesomely captivating as you pour it out, dark fruits, some spices and mild roasted malts mixed in with some light coffee smells all collaborate together to work up your appetite for this ale. It looks like a great ale, thick fluffy head filled to the max with billowy bubbles, very creamy and all rounded together by a thick wall of lacing. Did I mention it’s a tan color! The body of the beer is very dark; I can’t even get any other hues when held up to the sunlight, its simply dark brown mixed in with some reds creating an almost black body. Crisp and sharp at first, it reminds me more of a stout at this point. It’s slightly creamy and the mouth feel is medium to thin, leaning on the thin side. Its mildly tart overall and the dark fruits and spices come out as it hits the center of your tongue, the roasted malts and coffee flavors come out right before the aftertaste kicks in. As it warms up, the mouth feel become a little thicker and is definitely a medium bodied beer, the aftertaste remains the same, slightly bitter with dark chocolate and tart berries.

Photo of desint
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
90 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.