Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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3.96/5
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Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium
troubadourbieren.be

Style: Belgian Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Bierman9 on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#11,865
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
272
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
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46
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Photo of biboergosum
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - nice to see that there is now actual recognition for this style of old-world brew, and we don't have to shoehorn this kind of thing into the broad Belgian Pale Ale category.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and caked bone-white head, which leaves some scattered snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of bready and doughy cereal malt, some musty yeastiness, muddled pome fruity notes, and some understated earthy, herbal, and floral hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, some apple/pear and white grape fruitiness, estery yeast, and more tame leafy, musty, and gently perfumed floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly laid-back in its insouciant-seeming frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and mostly smooth, but for a hint of alcohol ingress as this particular juncture. It finishes trending dry, the yeast and fading graininess presiding.

Overall - this is a pleasant enough version of the style, with a nice warming sensation from the extra point and a half of the ol' wowee sauce. Crisp, and easy to put back on another cozy weekend afternoon, watching the late summer snow fall outside. Yeah, I'm not kidding.

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Photo of BenBreeg
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of The_Bujon
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As my quest at sticking to reviewing Belgian Beer sourced in France or here on the Emerald Isle had significantly dried up, I stumbled upon this at an M&S food store for the stupendous price of £1.65.

Thankfully I have a fresh crate arriving from Belgium in time for Christmas review.

Back to the beer in hand.......

Poured into a Karmeliet tulip glass to give the head a chance to stick, and it did not disappoint.
This beer looks great, lovely slightly hazed golden body, decent head (on the foamy rather than creamy side, to be expected with a blonde)

Aroma is pleasing, lightly spiced, with a hint of floral. All mixed with a subtle smidgen of malt and apple/pear notes.

Taste is pretty good, but a touch disappointing, given its scent and appearance. It is quite dry on the tongue, and the flavour is a little weak, only really picking out the malt. Quite boozy, even though only 6.5%

Aftertaste is quite caramel, and does invite you to grab the glass for another slug.

Overall, almost a great find!!......if only the taste had a bit of guts and carried through a few of that lovely aroma.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maxist
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OlaB
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: pours a slight hazy golden color, with a nice big top of creamy head, nice sticky lacings on the sides of the glass.

A: banana,red apples,pears,apricot,peppers,cloves and honey

T: Starts off sweet with a fruitys notes, then the flavours gets more notes off herbs and spices before it ends with a dry finish and a good lenght inn the aftertaste

F: medium body with medium carbonation. Fizzy and creamy mouthfeel. maybe a little bit to dry feel inn the mouth.

O: All inn all a quite pleasant blonde, very easy drinking and refreshing, maybe a little bit weak inn the flavour, but i would not mind drink this one again.

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Photo of bark
4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The colour is deep yellow, the liquid clear. The very high head is compact, uneven and off-white; it sinks very slowly to a thick lid leaving lots of thick lacing on the glass.

The smell is dry and spicy with notes of white pepper, nutmeg, dried bitter orange peel and coriander seeds. Sweet fruity notes of apricots and pineapple. Some banana peel/green bananas.

The taste is very smooth with smooth fruity flavours (pear, unripe banana, kiwi and red apples). Bread/dough-like notes of wheat flour and hints of vanilla and cloves. Medium body. The aftertaste is even smoother with fresh baked French loaf, banana and vanilla ice cream. Quickly passing clean alcohol. The long finish reminds of vanilla shortbread.

The carbonation is medium strong; the large bubbles fresh and long-lived. The liquid is semi-thick and smooth.

A solid blond, highly drinkable.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wer34truh
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Silke_Neryn
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Viaduck
3.82/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opens with a barely audible pop, pour a hazy amber with a minimal head. Smells pretty, like a sweet bread, yeast, grains, sweet fruits & a bit of hoppy spiceyness. But the flavor is subdued,it tastes a bit watered down. And flat. But after it vacates the mouth, that's when the flavor comes out & it's very long lasting & pleasant. Even the missing carbonation feels like it's there. Very strange, a disappointment while drinking & yet, very nice after consumed.

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Photo of Determined419
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dzu
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of logicalparadox
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTuomi
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mlore012
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HVH
3.32/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of qcghost
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tone77
3.62/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, dark golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, malts. Taste is malts, fruits, yeast, slightly sour, touch of hops. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Av10
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 272 ratings