Troubadour Blond Ale
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé

Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
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Blonde Ale - Belgian
Ranked #2
Ranked #8,201
3.99 | pDev: 11.28%
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
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Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
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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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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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harpus from Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Mar 18, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-orange color with a two-finger, khaki-colored head of foam. The long lasting head had many tiny bubbles and receded to leave thin rings of sticky lace.

S - It smelled fruity and slightly phenolic. Strong yeasty notes with some caramel, too.

T - It tasted fruity, spicy and yeasty wild some mild bitterness from the hop presence. It had a sweet caramel backbone, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry Belgian ale with a medium body.

D - This is really a great Belgian Pale Ale. One of the best of this style.

Dec 20, 2010
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lehows from New York

4.77/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellow color with a coarse white head, sticky lacing. Wonderful aromas of citrus and spice. Absolutely delicious flavors of citrus, banana, spice, honey, and a very mild hop bouquet. Wonderfully complex. Creamy and smooth mouthfeel. All around a delcious brew, sure to have again when I see it.

Feb 17, 2007
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sinstaineddemon from Connecticut

3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - an amber straw color, with a thick rocky head, no visible carbonation with heavy sediment

S - lightly hoppy with an indecipherable fruity esther, maybe apples, and a light spiciness in the background, like nutmeg or ginger

T - thin bodied, but sweet and hoppy, a ginger ale flavor at the end of it

M - kinda thin, smooth with a sharp finish

D - moderate, a little too much like ginger ale

May 10, 2006
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Stoutsman from Kansas

3/5  rDev -24.8%

Oct 15, 2012
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The new bottle is a bit more classy looking than the picture shown. 750 ML synthentic cork w/ cage. Poured into Stella Artois 16 oz. glass.

This pours out looking like a blond bombshell, a yellow gold, only slightly hazy with a classic, lively Belgian carbonation that creates and maintains a bubbly, light white head with a soft, high, creamy crown. dissipation is very slow thanks to the activivty of the rushing bubbles to the top. Right on.

The aroma is avery authenticaly Belgian and very unique, it's a very natural-world smell, earthy with dried hay fields in the middle of summer, assorted cold cuts and veggies, Cream 'o corn scented malt, thick and sweet. The hops provide a spicey, peppery edge along with the yeast strain.

This Belgian Pale ale is packed with flavor, for a light ale, this one is full of good stuff, the malt is very impressive and taste's just like canned Cream 'o corn with a delightful dried wheat flavor. The yeast packs a punch, it's peppery, earthy and gives off a serious complexity of flavor's that include: garden veggies and subtle fruity flavor's, mostly wild berries. The hops are earthy with a dry-bitter finish. This complex but light and refreshing brew is VERY easy to drink, but it's soo complex I found myself savorring and sipping this one. This would be the Brew I would suggest for a nice introduction in the world of Belgian Pale ale's, very authentic.

Do NOT pass Go without trying this delightful Belgian Pale ale.

Nov 07, 2008
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BlackHaddock from England

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 30 Mar 2013, poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged stemmed tulip on 25 Nov 2011.

Huge white head, slightly hazy body of gold sat below.

Belgian yeast esters came up to greet my nose, wave after wave of them, lovely.

The taste was also of yeastiness, the beer being hoppy, dry and crisp in the mouth. Really liked it, as I do most Belgian brews.

Well worth finding.

Nov 28, 2011
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Gmann from New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy pale golden orange color with a nice white head that left a nice wall of lace around the glass. The smell is of musty Belgian yeast with a slight hint of granny smith apples and candi sugar. The taste is of pale malt and Belgian yeast with a hint of the candi sugar sweetness. The brew has an aged hop presence which gives it a earthly quality. The feel is fairly light with fizzy carbonation; finishes very well balanced. The aroma and flavor are not exceptional but this is a very balanced brew and with the 6.5% ABV makes this beer very drinkable in my book. Could drink this all day.

Dec 29, 2007
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden brown with minimal head. Nose is somewhat like apricots I think. Flavor is robust with an edge that seems like plastic. Weird. Tasty though. Nice level of yeast and a slight touch of sugar. Hearty flavor overall. Feel is nice. Great level of bubble on the tongue and a nice liquid feel. Definitely drinkable.

Dec 30, 2007
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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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ballewblake from New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slightly different bottle than the picture above, Its colored. Picked this up at New Beer in NYC, good by date is 9/02/09 on the cap. Poured into a Oerbier glass.

Cloudy golden pale ale, decent one finger white head with some light lacing on the glass. Spots of yeast in the head clumped together. Smell is mild hops with some pils like malts, candy sugar and yeast. Thick body on the tongue, easy to drink, not complex. Decent but I wouldn't rush to seek it out again.

Sep 20, 2008
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trbergman from England

4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Translucent amber-gold with two fingers of white, meringue-like head - nice lace. Some suspended particulate matter detracts a bit.

S - Bready, crusty pilsner malt aroma with a touch of lemon zest. The yeast adds some white pepper spice and also a subtle suggestion of nuts. It's pleasant enough and inviting, so let's check out the taste.

T - Troubadour Blond is quite bready on the palate, too, but there's a lovely touch of fruit. In addition to lemon zest, I get some apple and pear, with perhaps a hint of apricot. Malt and spicy yeast combine to dry out the finish, and some restrained hop bitterness contributes to the effect. An understated but stately Belgian pale ale.

M - Bottle-conditioned effervescence explodes on the tongue, but after an initial, creamy, rush, it loses a sense of fullness. Rather light on the whole, but not in a bad way.

D - Despite a minor cosmetic flaw, this is an enjoyable beer. After a long stretch of blazing heat and humidity, the weather has taken a milder turn here in Chicago, and Troubadour Blond is a welcome accompaniment. Pair it with some fruit and cheese, or maybe some moules frites, and you have a winner.

Aug 17, 2010
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LostHighway from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Nov 29, 2011
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light blonde color with amble carbonation, which leads to a white, fluffy head that disappears after two minutes.

Aroma is bready with a hint of spice and hop bitterness. Very little sweetness.

Taste is somewhat spicy with some breadiness and hop bitterness upfront. Finishes somewhat sweet with almost too much carbonation. Tastes like a standard pale ale with Belgian highlights.

Mouthfeel is dry and bready and seems to be dominated by spice and the carbonation.

Drinkability is ok but I'm not too impressed with this offering. Maybe the carbonation is too much for me to handle. Either way, it's not a bad choice.

Sep 01, 2008
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Griffith from Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Jan 09, 2014
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OWSLEY069 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

POurs a small hazy golden/ yellow color with a nice white head. In the aroma, citrus, corriander, and a small candi sugar. In the taste, corriander, and mellow yeastiness, and a small candi sugar. A small spice bite, and a medium mouthfeel, with a semi dry yeasty and corriander aftertaste. Mellow and not overbarring, quite smooth and quite nice.

Sep 23, 2008
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praufs01 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head

Aroma - Vanilla cream and honey with a hint of clove.

Mouthfeel - Moderately carbonated ale with dense small bubble carbonation that is not rough on the palate. A medium bodied ale that is creamy but not heavy.

Taste - Light honey taste and sweetness makes way to a tart and peppery middle that smoothes out nicely. The finish is dry and peppery and the flavors are a blend of mixed tropical fruits with nothing really dominating.

Overall - I think I found my new favorite Belgian Ale. This one does not sacrifice on flavor. The flavors of honey, pepper, and fruit are piquant but not overwhelming. I really enjoyed this one!!!

Mar 01, 2009
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augustgarage from California

4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330mL bottle into my Troubadour tulip glass. I've seen three label designs for this beer, this one is the full color version of the troubadour sticking his tongue out. An older bottle, it has a "best before" date of 8/23/2008 (over a year ago). I've had this several times though, and this sample hasn't really suffered from the age.

Liquid is between goldenrod and ochre with amber highlights and a towering ricotta colored head, receding to a tall hunchbacked cap, with intricate copper-stained (from the bottle-bottom yeast) streaks of lacing. If you had to drive through it, expect poor visibility thanks to the large quantity of yeast globules surging throughout the glass (brings to mind Fantastic Voyage).

Malt and esters in the nose, just as you would expect from the style. Banana, strawberry, vanilla, ginger, with rising bread dough and hints of champagne vinegar and young sourdough starter combine into a well integrated whole.

Slightly sweet toasted bread, fruit again (same as in the nose), and a pleasant array of spices (black pepper, clove, cardamom, and so on) on the palate. A little citrus, and mild yeast. Peppery, slightly dry finish, though the sweetness from malt persists. Well balanced - potent yet restrained all at once.

Medium-light bodied with medium-light carbonation, very middle of the road just as you would expect.

Gone in a flash.

With the slightly higher ABV than usual for the style, the poor clarity (unfiltered ale, after all) and the flavor profile, this beer transcends the style without going so far as to require a re-classification as a specialty. One of the "sleeper" ales that quietly gets everything right.

Sep 05, 2009
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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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Kahlerbock from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -6%

Apr 28, 2014
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JBogan from California

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light golden color with a big foamy white head. The head at first seemed as if it was going to leave but then made a comeback, even larger than before. Excellent lacing left in the glass.

A fresh grassy scent, hints of citrus. Alcohol was well hidden but present enough to know it was there.

Fruits and grains, and again the alcohol is there but very well blended in. A nice bright hoppy bite at the finish.

Smooth with a medium to slightly thick and sticky body. Great carbonation to tickle the tongue.

This was a fine beer to sit back and enjoy slowly. Very easy to drink, I could see having at least a few of these at one sitting. I'm drinking it for the first time here as winter approaches but it would make a very good summer refresher too.

Nov 20, 2007
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rtepiak from Poland

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a mild blond ale both in sweet and bitter. a tad fruit with a wonderful golden tarnish murk. a beautiful head that contracts into a dense doughy mass. very soft nose of honey malt, grass, lemon, candy, and dough. the palate is just about that but not as robust as expected. not as much malt character. not as hop foward. a bit sweet. may be a poorly circulated bottle. nice spices with a dry coriander, clove finish. still has the finish of a blonde that sat around for too long. will have to try again.

Jun 17, 2009
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beerpadawan from California

4/5  rDev +0.3%

Aug 27, 2012
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