Troubadour Westkust - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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3.44/5 rDev -15.7%
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.
10-18-2013 01:59:19 | More by Phyl21ca
4.11/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
10-31-2013 01:00:12 | More by biboergosum
United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
02-12-2014 09:47:26 | More by BlackHaddock
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
Not listed on the draft menu at Gollem, the bartender recommended that I give this Imperial Black Ale a whirl. Trusting him this time reaped a major reward. On to the beer:
The color is black as ink and topped with a long lasting head which leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. One smell had me feeling for good things to come. The aroma is very strong and brings burnt chocolate, brownies, and plenty of resin. Bring it on!
This is Belgian ale, but it tastes very American. The taste is powerful, leading off with semi-sweet chocolate and a big hoppy flavor. The hops bring a tea-like flavor. It also brings burnt leaves, yet despite all this, the big malt and big hops manage to work together instead of trying to one-up each other. It's full bodied and smooth, with the final touch being an ABV level which is hidden very well.
Now that's what I call being impressed! This is not your usual Belgian ale in terms of beauty, finess, or character. This is a beast of an ale, and well excecuted. An absolute must try if you find it.
05-18-2013 02:31:05 | More by DoubleJ
4.38/5 rDev +7.4%
750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 9/6/2015. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that last. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, light char, pine, floral, toast, grass, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a fantastic balance of roasted malt/hop flavors with balanced bitterness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a fairly creamy, slick, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial black IPA! Awesome balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely delicious offering.
05-24-2013 04:09:36 | More by superspak
4.45/5 rDev +9.1%
On tap at Max's yesterday. First time I've ever seen this beer.
The beer pours a very dark brown amber color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is complex and terrific in this beer, as i pick up caramel, chocolate, smoke, light dry citrus and a hint of burnt toast. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the dry citrus and burnt toast flavor balancing the moderate sweet choclate, brown sugar and caramel beautifully. The beer dries out fairly well on the long finish, and mouthfeel is fairly full otherwise. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkabiltiy is pretty good.
Another excellent beer from these guys. I'm beginning to think they can't miss.
11-04-2012 15:36:54 | More by John_M
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
07-27-2012 09:25:58 | More by tdm168
4/5 rDev -2%
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.
02-03-2013 00:44:30 | More by thagr81us
4.5/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
02-11-2013 11:05:18 | More by CrazyDavros
3.96/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – Pours a dark brown color bordering on chestnut with a thick and billowy cream colored head. The head has a fantastic level of retention slowly fading to give a fantastic level of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet mix of dark roasted aromas and dark fruit aromas. Chocolate and coffee are mixed with some cherry and prune producing a dark and sweet smell. Combined with these are aromas of vanilla along with a hop profile of some citrus and some pine.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet roasted malt and dark fruit flavor mixed with other flavors of a light citrus hop. It tastes much more porter like upfront with the roasted malts being quite strong. The chocolate flavors are rather potent and are mixed with dark fruit of cherry and plum The chocolate and bready flavors seem to dwindle as the taste moves on however, allowing a more coffee flavor to come to the tongue. Along with this transition, other hop flavors beyond the initial citrus greet the tongue. The hops are largely of a pine and some lighter herbal flavors. In the end the flavors leave a roasted sweet coffee and chocolate, lightly hoped more like porter flavor, to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is rather light for one for 9.4% abv with a carbonation level that is on the lighter side. The lower carbonation is great for the more porter like and lighter hoped qualities of the brew while the body being light ,made it dangerously drinkable.
Overall – I was expecting something much more hoppy and much less sweet and chocolaty, but was pleasantly surprised by the smoothness in its drinking as well as the rich flavor profile of the brew. A very nice on to try if you get the chance.
05-24-2013 02:12:09 | More by Darkmagus82
4.44/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
06-29-2014 10:10:01 | More by dcmchew
Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.