Troubadour Westkust - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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Reviews by farrago:
4.59/5 rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
An average pour easily fills half the glass with tan foam, mostly smaller bubbles but not a dense microfoam, excellent retention and as it slowly dissolves starts to dimple and take on a more delicate wispiness, once it leaves enough room to assess things, thin but ultra-sticky lacing is revealed, random broad blotches across the insides of the glass. Extremely murky brown liquid with a yellow tinged glow to it, too opaque to see if there’s any bubbles around. The nose has an explosive quality to it, a hand grenade of cocoa, coffee, rye bread, burnt caramel, dried cherries and raisins, pine needles and charcoal, softens some into oats and other cereal grains, what’s interesting is how it lacks ostentation and no one element shouts above the others, hard to achieve this kind of integration at its size and volume. It’s medium-bodied and has an overall dryness which lessens its weight, much more roast here and crisp snap. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean, leafy herbaceousness and cracked pepper, only after some time will it let out the sweeter caramel to butterscotch notes. Some cherry and dark berry but the fruit is light and close to zero citrus presence. The carbonation has some gears in reserve and keeps it kicking forward. At the end you get a good dose of black licorice and sour breadiness. Both texturally as it vibrates and in terms of flavor intensity, long finish. Intelligently impressive.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2013 04:26:01 | More by farrago
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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
Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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