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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:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website
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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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -3%
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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