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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium
troubadourbieren.be

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by richmof on 05-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
505
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has lots of large yeast particles visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin white head that never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of sweet caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts and yeast along with hints of orange citrus.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Neither alcohol warming nor crispness detectable.
O: The heavier mouthfeel and malty caramel flavors definitely make this feel like it’s a strong IPA but any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy golden orange in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation and a significant amount of yeast particles in suspension (mostly white and fairly large). The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts with fairly strong flavors of yeast and just a touch of earthy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready and caramel malts with some yeast and orange peel (not unlike a witbier). Very light notes of earthiness which I attribute to hops and very light amounts of bitterness which fade quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not the greatest smell to this beer but not sure if that has something to do with the age of the beer or if that is just how it is... The flavor is still quite enjoyable and the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus hops, citrus, sweet malt, and slight tart notes. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. Even though there is a high ABV, it is well blended and not too strong in body.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Troubadour tulip (proper!). Poured red-orange with a two and a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, spice, and big sweetness. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. First off, the sweetness on the flavor of this one was almost too much as my score will attest to. Luckily there were some citrus notes that helped to bring it back to an average brew for the style, but there was really no real balance going on here which was very saddening to me. Glad I got the chance to try it, but doubt I would order a glass again if there were other options available.

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Photo of ADZA
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the label it states a strong amber ale with dry hopping sounds right up my alley and pours a hazy golden amber hue which leaves a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is marzipan,mandarins,boiled candy,grapefruit and fruitcake,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of lemon sherbet,mandarins,grapefruit,heather honey,lemon tea and finished with a toffee bittersweetness and overall i like it and would drink again anyday of the year cheers.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale amber a very slight haze and an extremely long lasting, cream off-white head.

S: The initial aromas are of moderate hops and fruity esters, mostly orange. There is a moderately-light sweet malt aroma with notes of honey and caramel. The alcohol aroma is moderately strong.

T: A muted citrus and light pine hops flavor with a solid hops bitterness. There is some malt support but the balance is solidly on the bitter side. There is some citrus esters and a moderate spiciness, mostly pepper and clove.

M: Smooth and cream with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation followed by a very warming alcohol heat.

O: The hops flavor is dull but I'm sure this wasn't a fresh example. The alcohol isn't very restrained and is a touch on the boozy side but overall a pretty good beer with a substantial bitterness.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Acquired ages ago from a Belgian webshop. The label describes it as an amber ale with dry hopping and secondary fermentation (not explicitly stated as an IPA).

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with good carbonation and chunky sediment. Produces a huge head of creamy off-white foam with excellent retention; this lasts for ages before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet malt with notes of spicy aromatic hops, sugar, caramel, dried fruit and yeast esters. A warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of sweet malt with a fruity yeast character. Notes of earthy yeast, dried fruit, candy sugar, caramel, subtle aromatic hops, fruity yeast esters and stewed hops. Dry, with a spicy, astringent quality. Faint bitterness and a hint of solvent/alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet malt, yeast and stewed hops.

Pretty good - a tasty brew. Not sure if it really qualifies as a Belgian IPA, but then I don't know the brewer's intentions. Also, I suspect the bottle is rather old and therefore the hop character has probably faded. Sweet, fruity malt and lots of yeast notes in the flavour. The hops are present in the aroma but less so when tasting. Quite boozy. A tasty beer; worth sampling if you have the chance.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip- pours hazy dark copper color with lots of sediment, lots of creamy head (three fingers), exceptional retention, and nice lacing.

Nose is full and round- pale Belgian malts, earthy yeast, candi sugar, and a little pine hops. Very enticing.

Taste is perhaps a little disappointing but still very good. Pale malt and candi sugar up front, punctuated by a little pine hoppiness, which melds with the yeast to finish pretty sweet but a little dry. A little alcohol warming on the way down.

Mouthfeel is fine- medium body with light carbonation. Definitely could use some more bubbles on this one. Undeniably a good brew but for the style I think Houblon Chouffe is preferable.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle served at 42 degrees in glass beer challis

A) Murky glowing brass soup with lots of suspended yeasties and tiny bubbles. Short white head dissapates quickly leaving a quarter inch cover

S) Sweet citrus fruit, sour dough, mild ginger bread spice, alchohol esthers all in perfect proportion. Yummy.

T) Outstanding. Orange, apricot, sweet caramel. Alcohol? Yes, but I can't taste it

M) Ample carbonation, thick and sticky. Effervescent fizz.

O) An excellent triple. I will run, not walk, back to wence I came and buy more.

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Photo of RappAttack
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very pretty almost orange in color with a think white head that sticks to the glass
S: smells of citrusy hops and Belgium yeast
T: citrusy hps come through in the taste along wiht some sour esters and sweet finish
M: carbonation makes this very enjoyable and refreshing med- body
O: a solid brew but a four pack runs prety steep go with the 750. One of the nicer looking beers out there

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Photo of martja
4.47/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice belgian that poured a cloudy orange with a one-finger lacing head. Its got a nice citris, malty, spicy aroma. The hoppy taste came in right behind a sweet citris intro, but was perfect to cut what could have been an overly sweet taste. The beer is on the thicker side, but the hopps really come to life as you drink this one. Overall, this is a pretty good Belgian beer with a failrly unique blend of sweet citris and hoppiness.

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Photo of MightyMonk
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian is world class IMO. I have not had a bad beer yet from Troubadour.
The aroma is of citrus notes, floral, spicy, clean. Pours a nice orange hue with a large frothy head that stays in the glass to the end with nice lacing.
The taste hits with citrus and some malt, biscuit, bready, yeasty notes with the signature Belgian spice bite. Wonderful taste overall. Warming alcohol in the stomach.
Overall a world class Belgian. Enjoy one today!

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Photo of Holland
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy amber orange color with a thick, foamy off-white head that lasts for a long time. I see a lot of floating matter.

S: citrus, fruity esters, thick malt smell, and some yeast

T: bitter and citrus hops with light malt and fruity esters and yeast flavors

M: very smooth, highly carbonated, and creamy/foamy with a medium-heavy body

O: This beer is heavier and creamier than other belgian IPAs I have tried. It's good, but not incredibly drinkable. I'll have it again in a few years when my preferences change again.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-amber color with a very thick frothy off-white head, very good retention.

The scent is very sweet, with presence of citrus and other sweet fruits, floral hops, and some notes of spice.

The taste is of sweet belgian sugars, citrus, notes of pineapple, bread, mildly bitter floral hops, and peppery notes.

Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, all of the flavors were very prominent except for the alcohol. This is something I would definitely look for again.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.67/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Never saw such a murky IPA before, there is a lot of yeast in my glass and I didn't shook it up. The fluid looks orange brown and there is no visible carbonation. The orange/yellow head is massive and steady. All of a sudden the head collapses into a fluffy, creamy layer. The lacing is nice however. The yeast blizzard is slowing down and coming to a rest on the bottom of my Struise glass.

S - Mango ,grass and pineapple some sweetness and old oranges.

T - WOW, a superb sipper, my beer is still cold but all ready the taste is all there. I had this on my shelf for a while (approximately half a year), but this is still a good beer. I don't really know it the aging made it better. I had this beer fresh before and I threw it down the sink, but back than my palate wasn't developed enough. - Mango, grass, candy sugar, oranges, pineapple.

M - A medium carbonation and surprisingly enough the bitterness stops rather quickly after being swallowed. The body is creamy and slightly sticky. No real signs of alcohol, only a slight warming effect after swallowing.

O - I like this imperial Belgian IPA and I will surely have it again. I am very glad more and more brewers on the European main land are having a try to brew this beer style.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting sample pours a pale orange with some frothy head and wet lace.

Nose has a big, bready pale malt with some estery apricots and a big, noble hop earthiness. Some other, more delicate hop aromas of lean orange, flowers and herbs contribute also.

Palate is full bodied with a very dense, bready malt and a sizable earthy hop bitterness. This beer seems very big, and though it's an IPA, I think I'd prefer it aged. Any fruit is minimal and the spice and eventually very big alcohol take over on the finish- a lingering dryness at the very end with some more delicate notes of earth, flowers and citrus blossom.

Not bad but I don't think I'm a fan of this Double Belgian IPA style as it would seem to be at 9%, at least not fresh maybe. It's just a little out of whack and needs some time to come together.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. Two and a half finges of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and moderate amounts of irregular lacing is left behind.

5.0 S: Smells absolutely wonderful. Very sugary and fruity. Candied pineapple, candied mango, candied orange, candied papaya. Lemongrass, flowers, hay, clove and pepper spice. Even the slightest tinge of grassy funkiness. Easily on par with the best of the US.

4.0 T: Taste is very good as well, but fails to live up to the masterful nose. The taste is Belgian to the core. Peppery yeast spiciness with clove undertones. Hay, peach fruitiness, bready yeastiness. The fruits of the nose are here, but orders of magnitude less potent. Barely any bitterness initially, but some does manifest in the finish. Woody funkiness. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess. Nice.

4.0 D: Surprisingly a very good beer. Incredible nose and solid everywhere else.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark gold with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like sugary lemon and candied apricot, with some Belgian yeast and candi sugar, and a bit of waxy hops.
T: It tasted like sweet orange and candied apricot, with lots of earthy caramel and some Belgian yeast and bready malt. It had a bittersweet and fairly clean aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was like orange and apricot jam on white bread, liquified. It was a pretty enjoyable scent and taste, with a nice body. The finish was a bit rough though, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. A generally nice Belgian IPA, but not the best of the style.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lion's Pride.

In a tulip the beer was a hazy dark orange color. It had a medium-sized off-white head that left a good deal of lace.

Kind of a spicy caramel aroma, some brown sugar. Piney and eearthy, with a little bit of citrus.

This IPA seemed to be more malt forward, with a hint of spice. The hops were mostly pine with a little bit of grapefruit.

Medium-bodied and smooth. Not very resinous.

Nice beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid B-IPA, but triple? Hmmm...maybe the abv, which is quite well hidden.

Hazy golden pour, some amber and light ruby. Two finger head, white and foamy. Nice lacing.

Some spice in the aroma. More of a candied malt and citrus zest hop essence. Some floral and green stems. A bit boozy

The bit of spice comes through at first in the flavor. Coriander and maybe some slight clove. Sweet malt, candied sugar. Some mint. Hops are there representing the citrus and green pine needles.

Nice bite to it, not the resinous I was expecting. Low abv and easy to drink. Not 'triple' hoppy, but solid

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Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark apricot with half inch cream colored head that dissipates into a thick layer of foam on the surface.

Caramel malt, herbal tea, pine, fresh cut grass, and alcohol comprise the aroma. Orange and grapefruit are subtle in the background. A nuttiness from the specialty malts becomes evident.

Flavor is much more toasted malt than expected. Caramel and burnt sugar make up the backbone, with grapefruit and pine contributing later, and a fairly bitter earthiness at the finish. Belgian yeast nuances become more noticeable as it warms.

Body is moderate to heavy, with medium to low carbonation. There's a slight alcohol warmth and a bit of astringency that detract a little from the experience.

Overall, a very interesting brew. I guess I expected something more along the lines of houblon. Much more bitter finish and less belgian yeast character, from what I recall. Wish the belgian yeast was more prominent and that the hops were a bit more complex...not mostly bitter.

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Photo of HopNelius
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass.
Appearance-orange hue with a slight head. Not overly carbonated.
Smell-strong notes of citrus and yeast coming through, smells very nice.
Taste-Strong citrus notes coming through with a slight yeast note. Nice finish.
Mouthfell-pleasant, with a bitter citurs hop flavor that is lovely.
Overall-First time having this beer and I was quite impressed, I usually go for American IPA's but was at my local Belgium beer bar and thought I would give it a try, I was not disapointed. Nice hop flavor coming through, tasted somewhat like an americna Imperial IPA, which makes sense considering the IBU and ABV corresponds with a similar flavor profile.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Muddy orange with a gorgeous one-finger head that lingers
S: Raw grains, citrus, toffee. A bit of what I would describe as a cheese aroma comes through as it warms up. Pleasant & complex.
T: Sweet, with yeast, bread, citrus juice, then a brief hop kick at the end. Interesting, but disjointed.
M: Thick & not super easy to drink.
O: Love the nose, not so much a fan of the rest of it. Interesting to try, but would not be a repeat purchase.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – amber color, mostly clear, with about two and a half fingers’ worth of light-khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – light but very present smell of hops and crisp malts. Also, there seems to be a fruitier aspect underneath.

Taste – the malts and the hops do a pretty closely tied dance, but in the end the hops win out, but just ever so slightly. There’s a underlying muskiness that reveals itself in the middle of the tasting and then recedes.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, from the looks of it, it appeared to be waterier than I would have thought, but upon tasting, it turned out to be well-balanced.

Overall – Although not terribly interesting to think about while tasting, it’s still a good-tasting brew.

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Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - sipped out of a wine glass :) Dirty amber/orange pour with tannish head that lasts for a bit, leaving a lasting lace behind

s - spices, dirty fruits, earthy, bready malts...

t - taste is milder than other belgians I've recently had, but still pleasent.. essentially following the path that the nose sets forth..

m - medium to heavier in body, reasonably drinkable..

o - a pretty good Belgian IPA...

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