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Troubadour Westkust - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

88 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 88
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 4
Gots: 11 | 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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Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

Darkmagus82, May 24, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
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.

DoubleJ, May 18, 2013
Photo of DStoked
4/5  rDev -2%

DStoked, May 17, 2013
Photo of mitlinks
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mitlinks, May 03, 2013
Photo of Lucho
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Lucho, May 01, 2013
Photo of randylangford
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

randylangford, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of vcoggins
4/5  rDev -2%

vcoggins, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of BelgianBeerPope
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

BelgianBeerPope, Apr 06, 2013
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

TrickkyGangsta, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of vickersspitfire
4.71/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

vickersspitfire, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +22.5%

tfsimpkins, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -2%

dmorgan310, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of TheConnMan
4/5  rDev -2%

TheConnMan, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of farrago
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

farrago, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

mendvicdog, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
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.

CrazyDavros, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of Dwtucker90
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Dwtucker90, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of samEBC
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

samEBC, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of thagr81us
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.

thagr81us, Feb 03, 2013
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

georgiaboy8686, Feb 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

WesM63, Jan 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2%

Chrily, Jan 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

TastingRoomCharNtony, Jan 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

jheezee, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of SlickestWilly
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

SlickestWilly, Nov 11, 2012
Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
90 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.