Troubadour Blond Ale
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé

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From:
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
 
Belgium
Style:
Belgian Blonde Ale
Ranked #7
ABV:
6.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #13,113
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.36%
Reviews:
164
Ratings:
116
Status:
Active
Rated:
Aug 01, 2022
Added:
Jan 25, 2001
Wants:
  48
Gots:
  24
SCORE
89
Very Good
Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
Notes: None
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Rated: 4.29 by Shiredave from New York

Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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Aug 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation

May 04, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name/style and brewery/country...
L- Pale gold, almost clear (minor sediment left in bottle), pours with an eager 5Cm white head so I suggest taking the pour unusually slooooowly just in case or the pour might take a few minutes... ps forms vast lacing on the way down.
S- Very much estery Belgian yeast notes, timber, some leather, likely some spice notes.
T- Quite bright hops right off, then straight into some meaty malts. I don't sense the ester notes standing out to be ID'd, it's like the Taste blends into a coherent whole with no aspect over-prominent. ps. There's a nice restrained little hoppy-zing right at the finish.
F- It's a solid Feel to this, solid malts. IDK the ABV% yet but it feels notably pungent... ooooh... about 8.2? Great CO2 in the mouth.
O- This is a superb beer. The way the taste and feel come together is something outstanding, it comes over as an effortless whole, but it's actually down to darn good brewing. A superb beer, really, and I'd love to get some more of it.
Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! It's only 6.5%! Wow, it's astonishly 'meaty' for just that. It's bottle conditioned, and that's all of note to add.
330ml bottle BB: 08/07/2022 £2.50 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.
Feb 13, 2021
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Split two ways - first half crystal clear golden yellow, second got the particulate so a bit of haze -2 fingers tight white head.
Aroma cereal malt, fruity with notes of apple, grape and a bit of Belgian yeast.
Tastes refreshingly crisp - slightly sweet malt, apple, green grape, floral hop and a little bit of spicy Belgian yeast.
Smooth clean light to medium mouthfeel - hiding 6.5% quite well - moderate carbonation - slightly sweet finish.
Jan 07, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by Catalinmunteanu from Romania

Oct 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4.63 by igl from Russian Federation

Dec 27, 2018
 
Rated: 3.94 by DylanBrkhff from Netherlands

Dec 12, 2018
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

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.
Sep 15, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jan 27, 2018
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Reviewed by The_Bujon from Ireland

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.
Dec 02, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Aug 02, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Jul 17, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by paulish from New York

Jul 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by maxist from Russian Federation

Jun 25, 2017
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Reviewed by OlaB from Norway

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.
May 21, 2017
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Reviewed by bark from Sweden

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.
May 18, 2017
 
Rated: 2.5 by ThisSeasonsWaifu from Sweden

Mar 12, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by aztraz from Sweden

Mar 11, 2017
 
Rated: 3.48 by Wer34truh from Minnesota

Mar 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.19 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden

Mar 04, 2017
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

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.
Jan 21, 2017
 
Rated: 3.67 by Determined419 from Ohio

Jan 01, 2017
 
Rated: 4.06 by Dzu from Russian Federation

Dec 12, 2016
 
Rated: 3.95 by logicalparadox from New York

Nov 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.01 by JTuomi from Finland

Nov 19, 2016
 
Rated: 3.96 by Mlore012 from Canada (ON)

Oct 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.32 by HVH from Belgium

Sep 21, 2016
 
Rated: 3.87 by qcghost from North Carolina

Sep 05, 2016
 
Rated: 4.44 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas

Apr 25, 2016
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

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.
Apr 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.75 by Av10 from Lebanon

Mar 31, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by YvesB from Belgium

Mar 17, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
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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Reviewed by Andrewharemza from Australia

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
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
 
Rated: 3.5 by Kerrie from Michigan

Jan 18, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by Mattias from Sweden

Dec 23, 2015
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