Troubadour Westkust - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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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
3.44/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-18-2013 01:59:19 | More by Phyl21ca
4.26/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2013 04:13:56 | More by carlitos92
4.38/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2013 04:09:36 | More by superspak
3.96/5 rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2013 02:12:09 | More by Darkmagus82
4.45/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.
Serving type: on-tap
05-18-2013 02:31:05 | More by DoubleJ
Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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