Troubadour Blond Ale
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé

Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
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Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #2
Ranked #8,047
3.99 | pDev: 11.28%
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
Very Good
Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
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biboergosum from Canada

3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Sep 15, 2018
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The_Bujon from Ireland

3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Dec 02, 2017
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OlaB from Norway

3.91/5  rDev -2%
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.

May 21, 2017
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bark from Sweden

4.43/5  rDev +11%
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.

May 18, 2017
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Viaduck from California

3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Jan 21, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Apr 04, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another small, interesting Belgian brewery that gets some distribution in the U.S. (I bought this at Total in California as I never saw it in Chicago.)
While brewing the standard Belgian styles, De Musketeers also adds IPAs and stouts for the American market.
And they seem to be above average in those ratings.
As for the taste of this Belgian Blond, I think it is substantially above average. The hops are aromatic and let the malts work on the palate.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" reviews this as "a good hop character in aroma and finish, and a big, vanilla-like, maltiness in between."

Mar 10, 2016
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josanguapo from Spain

3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching True Detective 1x04. Fruity, tropical, herbal, reminds me their "magma" ipa and Feuillien blonde but i enjoyed this more. May be getting used to this flavor profile. BB next month.

Mar 08, 2016
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Andrewharemza from Australia

4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a hazey golden yellow with an off white head that disapates to a thin patchy layer. Aroma sweet, malt, fruit. Taste sweet, biscuit, caramel, yeast, nutty, light spices, fruits. Very nice.

Feb 15, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This blond is more spicy than floral, but still has the slick, buttery mouthfeel. Cloudy golden in color with a tight, creamy off-white head. Aroma is peppery, pungent, spicy. Taste is much more mellow than the aroma suggests, malts come through.

Feb 05, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, fruit, white grape juice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, fruit, white grape juice, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing some age with the cardboard qualities that I am getting.

Serving type: bottle.

May 21, 2015
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T100Mark from California

4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A rusty orange color. Big lumpy head made up of very fine bubbles.

Smell - Sour. Fruity.

Taste - Big sour flavor. Grapefruit. Taffy. A slightly bitter, dry finish.

Mouth - Fizzy. Alive.

Overall - This beer is big and complex. If you're into Belgian sour ales, this is a must have!

Dec 27, 2014
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interzen from England

4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour glass

Look: Golden straw yelllow, slightly hazy, with immense amounts of head kept going by some fairly wild carbonation. Major head retention with some fairly dense lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A mixture of citrus and honey with definite hints of yeast. Some floral, spice and alcohol notes as it warms up.

Taste: Follows the smell - definite yeast and citrus up front with malt, hops and honey in the finish. Despite being quite sweet, it's not at all heavy. Although some alcohol is noticeable in the finish, it doesn't taste at all boozy.

Feel: Good, rounded feel - not at heavy and a good balance between yeast, malt and hops. Fairly vigorous carbonation to begin (hence the head) but settles down and avoids being unnecessarily fizzy.

Overall: A good example of why Belgian beers are just so damned good - it doesn't taste like something with 6.5% alcohol and the flavours that are present are exquisitely balanced. Definitely one of my go-to blonde/pale ales.

Dec 22, 2014
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superspak from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 2/7/2016. Pours lightly cloudy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, light honey, light bread, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, banana, clove, pepper, floral, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, banana, clove, pepper, wheat, light honey, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Excellent balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian blonde ale. All around great balance and complexity of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Aug 20, 2013
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Mavigo from Michigan

4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the world of beer in milwaukee. served in a tulip.

A: is a golden yellow color, cloudy with a short off white head and good amounts of lacing.

S: smells sweet and fruity, bananas, plums, malts, yeast, hops, citrus

T: tastes sweet, wheat, fruits, malts, yeast, hint of hops

M: medium bodied with good amounts of carbonation, fairly balanced

O: overall this was damn good, a bit pricey but it was well worth it. would recommend it to anyone.

Aug 04, 2013
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stcules from Italy

2.92/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Blonde-greenish color, slightly opalescent, wih a creamy and abundant foam.
Nose of ripe fruit, peach, yeast and sugar, withount being too heavy.
Simila taste, full, but again, not too heavy.
Average aftertaste, again with fuity and tropical notes.
Belgian blond, decent, average. Drinkable.

Aug 02, 2013
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metter98 from New York

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear and a darker shade of golden yellow in color with a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high bright white head that has excellent retention properties, taking a very long time to died down and consistently left a short head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of Belgian yeast are present in the nose along with hints of spices and sweet malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste is quite malty and has bits of sweetness along with notes of Belgian yeast and hints of spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has the maltiness and a similar flavor profile to that of a triple, but isn't nearly as sweet and seems to be more drinkable.

Mar 18, 2013
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CrazyDavros from Australia

3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber with a fading white head.
Nose shows doughy Belgian yeast, soft wheat, faint lemon and orange marmalade. Very doughy.
In terms of flavours there's more lemon, orange marmalade, doughy yeast and overly sweet malt.
Too much carbonation.

Mar 15, 2013
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Murrhey from Washington

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a wine glass. Purchased from Brix Bottleshop in Kalispell, Mont. Drank in Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white head with large bubbles and a moderate retention. Spots of lacing. A honeyed-golden color with high clarity and nice carbonation.

S- Some warm malty character, sweet and spicy.

T- Slightly bitter in the finish, with a sweet beginning. Complex beer, spiced with subtle hops, delicious malts and powerful yeasts. Tasty brew.

M- Slightly syrupy with heavy carbonation.

O- Well above average beer. Maybe one of my favorites in the style I've had.

Jan 03, 2013
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JMad from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a light golden murky color with a huge foamy white head that stayed consistent. The aroma has lots of banana and a slightly tangy grass taste along with some wheat and clove. It tastes balanced with a bit of grassy hops, clove, and more banana. It's not light or heavy, kind of in the middle with lots of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This is a very nice beer, one of the better blonds I've tried.

Nov 03, 2012
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a hazy golden amber. A gentle pours produces a massive white head with good persistence and tons of lacing. Great aroma of caramel malt, light cider fruit with a mild sour element. Flavor dominated by sweet caramel malt and Belgian yeast. Light fruit juice and Belgian spices with a somewhat pleasant dry finish. Light to medium bodied but active carbonation gives a pleasant mouth feel. A very nicely made Belgian pale ale.

Oct 13, 2012
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Pours an orange amber color, hazy, with a sudsy white head that retains as a lacing.

Smells of honey, coriander and bretty yeast and bananas.

Tastes of honey, corander, bananas, medium sweet malt, and mildly dry bitter hops.

Medium to full body with a soft carbonation.

Pretty tasty ale, good flavors and decent body, although not as good as some of the other Belgian ales I like. The hoppiness is an uncharacteristic but welcome addition. Overall, there are better offerings out there, but this one is still worth a try.

Sep 19, 2012
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MaximalC from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours translucent amber in color with a minimal white head that sits in clumps across the surface after receding. Visible yeast sediment is also present. Aroma is generally mild and smells of apple, pear, some caramel, and a trace of alcohol. Caramel sweetness is far more present in the palate than in the nose, bordering on Viennese lager in terms of the malt presence. This sweetness lingers in the back of the mouth after the finish, affording it an almost dessert-like essence that works surprisingly well. Hops are used very modestly--just enough to lend some balance without being obtrusive. The carbonation is spot-on, yielding a nice crispness. Some warming spices emerge as the beer warms, perhaps nutmeg or clove, with a dusting of coriander. Others have astutely noted a vanilla presence that seems obvious in retrospect.

I've had a number of Belgian blondes/pales, and this one certainly stands out as something different from the rest. It's not necessarily my favorite beer in this style, but the characterful sweetness and complex flavor profile make it unique and memorable.

Sep 18, 2012
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Durge from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to snag a growler of this imported brew at DeCicco's in Brewster, NY, this one is a clear bright golden color with a slight haze, a decent white cloud on top with stubborn lacing in retreat. Looks good. The aroma brings light banana clove over crisp wheat and a pleasant herbal/floral overtone. Neat. The taste includes big sweet wheat grain and vegetable clove with its expected banana element. This also has a little hop bite, along the lines of a citrus swamp flavor. The body is medium-plus with modest carbonation and a politely syrupy feel. Very solid Belgian styled brew and recommended for sure.

Sep 12, 2012
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OtherShoe2 from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a big rocky dense off-white head. I poured the remainder in the glass, and watched the head grow again. Lace clings to the glass as the head collapses a bit.

I want more nose, and maybe it is a result of the dense head. I get grain, alcohol, some fruit, wood, and a little vanilla.

Yum. That pretty much says it all. Nice complexity. Bitter alcohol up front, with the bitterness just allowing a hint of tropical fruit to shine thru before shoving it aside. You get some yeast, some woody vanilla, a tiny spicy bite as well. Finishes dry and moderately bitter. This brew has a dried out element that is needed. Funny that it is only 6.5%, although it seems boozier than it is.

Medium body, just right carbonation.

Overall, the more you sip this, the more you enjoy, and the more the beer evolves. Very very enjoyable.

Jul 13, 2012
Troubadour Blond Ale from The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 275 ratings