Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-25-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
156
Ratings:
252
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
14.82%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very creamy and promising. However alcohol was detectable in aroma and in the drink itself. It is a nice one, though sourish yeast not for all. Spices are OK, bit not really up for cloves and pepper. Lemon acidity. Creamy middle mouthfeel. Did not go well with lunch, which is a good test for me for a beer I would have again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Blond Ale pours out a really nice golden yellow color that difficult to see through. The head is quite impressive. It's got some great retention and some good lacing as well. The aroma is sweet smelling and kind of floral, it's very inviting. The taste is a mix of yeast, honey, wild flowers and some malts. This brews mouthfeel is quite soft almost like a wheat ale. It's enjoyable but I personally like the Stout they make much more.

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Photo of metter98
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's sweet.... and then there's more sweet. And the beer is quite sweet also.

A very hazy pour brings deep golden, orange, rusty color and with a thick viscocity. Good head formation brings on a solid white head with good lacing. I might need a spoon for this one.

Heavy malts and confectionate aromas dominate the rim. A bold estery balance of peaches, pears, and appricots further emphasize the bready sweetness and yeasty scents.

A heavy sweet bread flavor is sugar soaked with a powdered sugar and sugar cookie flavor. Heavy yeasty taste gives the beer even more weight and richness to the malts and Belgian sugars. Sweetness is heavy to the extent that it easily hides the spicy phenols and moderate alcohols.

The texture is a bit heavier and richer than most Belgian Blondes, and approaching near-cloying levels. A well made beer but the the yeast and sugars prove too much for a second bottle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a rocky head that leaves a coating of lace just above the head line

Smell: Floral honey with a hint of citrus

Taste: Starts with a Belgian candi sugar and yeast profile that is delightful; after the swallow, some earthy spicy/woody flavors slip in to keep the sweetness in check; the finish is dry and slightly warming

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and somewhat effervescent

Drinkability: Normally, I like my Belgians dark; but this is one extraordinary Belgian Pale. Seek it out!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of lightly spicy yeast with notes of medium sweet malt backbone is interesting. Taste is a good mix between some spicy yeast with notes of bready Belgian malt with a well balanced level of sweetness. Body is quite full with low level of filtration and great carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Nothing extraordinary but well brewed nonetheless.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Trying this one a second time based on it's reviews. Served at cellar temperature .

Deep golden amber with a half-inch of foam. Suspended particles haze the liquid somewhat.

Aroma of honey, mineral water, and vague spice.

Honey figures big in the taste, although it's not overly sweet. Pretty yeasty, with a bready malt character. Not very spicy. Similar in taste to some Euro or Czech Lagers, but more refined and balanced.

Prickly mouthfeel due to it's effervescent carbonation.
Nice follow-up in an evening of Belgian Pales...

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.26/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drabmuh for picking this bottle up for me. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour brings a golden-bodied beer with a super large and foamy heady, although it doesn't last for too long, eventually settling into a bit of white whip atop the beer with dotted spots around the sides of the glass. The nose is light fruits with some pear and banana, followed by a dash of spice and a bit of light earth. A hint of peach in there as well.

The flavor is somewhat mellow with a bit of earthy and floral character in addition the fruit, which is more prominent. Notes of cantaloupe and melon pervade along with some extra-light toffee. The carbonation is fairly mellow and this has a pretty light body. This drinks well and is definitely complex, but it didn't all meld for me, and I didn't particularly care for the honeydew/cantaloupe-type flavors.

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Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice find at the Total Wine store here in Greensboro,pours a slightly hazy golden with a touch of orange tint with a big blooming rocky head and leaves a sheet of foam down my glass.Aromas of ripe oranges and big honey notes with a touch of spice to round it out nice.Taste is hugely fruity orange and pineapple wich I dont get in many beers thats for sure but sweet ripe pinapple is very appetizing to go along with a touch of sweeter spice and smoke.Wow a real nice Belgian here a great find if anyone else finds it take its solid.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, yeast-laden yellowish gold with numerous vigorous strands of bubbles racing upward to a characteristically large head. The cap is presently occupying the top half of the glass and doesn't look as if it will abate anytime soon. Rich cream in color and more densely creamy than most Belgian beer lids, it displays a perfect cobbled mesa of foam as it falls, leaving abstract squiggles of feathery lace behind.

The luscious nose is redolent of spiced, sour fruit and is unmistakably Belgian. It's also one of the better BPA noses that I've run across. Very little, if any, letdown on the palate. The first thing that I notice is a medium-full, lightly syrupy mouthfeel that contains a peppy amount of carbonation.

It seems to me that yeast is such a dominant part of Belgian beer that it supplants the flavor of the malt and the hops to a large degree. Once my palate is more refined with regard to flavor differences among the various strains of Belgian yeast, I'll be better able to appreciate beer from this country. 'Drink more beer' is always an acceptable answer, no matter the question.

Clove spice is dominant and I also get a hint of cardamom and white pepper. One layer down is fermented golden fruit dipped in candi sugar syrup. The flavor profile is spicy, tangy, fruity and slightly sweet. A modicum of bitterness and a lasting dryness appear on the coda as the troubadours wind up this lilting song of a Continental pale ale.

The 'Brewery of Musketeers' have done themselves proud with this beer. The more quality Belgian beers that I drink, the more I come to appreciate the brewing excellence inherent in their creation.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy yellow-gold body with an orange cast reveals some particles in suspension (bottle conditioned). It's capped by a short but creamy, bright-white head that holds exceptionally well as it's buoyed by an effervescent carbonation; and leaves some very nice lace as it goes. The nose delivers a peppery spiciness above a lightly sweet vanilla. It's light body combines with a very fine and effervescent carbonation to leave it zesty on the tongue. The flavor is a touch spicy (black pepper, coriander), phenolic, and yeasty over a lightly honeyish and softly vanilla malt. A thin fruitiness (apples, pear) tries its best to squeeze past the spice and mingles with the malt. The spice disappears following the swallow, and it finishes with a dollop of sweet malt that dries to reveal a mild but bone-dry bitterness. Crisp, yet somehow delicate, and refreshing! An interesting beer with a good amount of drinkability.

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Photo of superspak
4.26/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bight yellowish straw with a faint chill haze, superb lacing.

Moderate body and quite crisp. Honey like malt and modest medicinal phenols find balance, faint alcoholic esters within the fruitiness. Touch of yeast adds a dough character in the middle.

One of my all time favourites in the bottle, on tap it was pretty damn good as well.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Foamy head that settles slowly, leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass.

Mildly sour aroma. Yeasty. Pale malts predominate with hop only being a suggestion.

A smooth beer with plenty of pale malt base. Letting the beer rest on my tongue brings out two things: 1. the mild sourness shows up. 2. lots of spritziness. The body is rich enough to handle the high carbonation. The aftertaste starts with a touch of bitterness, but a light sourness starts to emerge. Overall, a very nice complexity.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded golden apricot color with a big thicket of creamy white head foaming thick at least 3 to 4 fingers worth. Into my Chimay chalice with fine even layerd Belgian lacing. Tropical fruit mild citrus layers with a biscuit malt undertone carrying out sweetness with some Belgian candi sugar. Herbal hops are expressed here as well. Flavor is semi sweet pretty balanced effervescent subtle biscuit malt sweetness with grassy/herbal/citric hop additions. A bit of bubblegum/nuttiness from the spicy yeast notes. Mouthfeel is light effervescent medium bodied, highly quaffable great with food since it's so balanced. Overall one of the better balanced Belgians I've come across their typically super sweet without much balance in the flavors this pulls off hoppy, light malt, and spicy yeast with ease...a really nice beer will come again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a hazy orange hue, head is white and fuzzy. Aroma is lush and full with sugar at the onset, deep and lively, fresh and hoppy, citrusy and spicy. Orangey notes shine through. Hops are full on the palate, providing a delicious sensation. Body feels light, and drinkability is smooth. Lovely, tasty finish.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one, and give thanks to Marc77!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A good shocking white head, made off the pour and FROZEN in place, supper sticky. Body color is a real simple orange to yellow opaque body, and this nice crawling white bubbles on the edges of the glass. Some clumps of lace hit the edges, real impressive.

This is a Belgian Pale Ale? It smells like a doppelbock. Huge caramel and sticky toffee, and a real nice honey sense with it as well. Clove like honey and brown spices, malty. Very interesting.

Taste is all Belgian goodness. Light crisp honey body, hints of clove and sweet sugars. Malt rich density with a light effervescent mouthfeel. Apple crispness comes in the aftertaste with a mix of yeasty Belgian goodness and maybe even some vanilla.

Wow, this thing is real unique, real impressive, very great Belgian beer here.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle, this beer reminded me a lot of Duvel. It's quite good.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head that that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate, looks good.

Beer smells bready and estery with mild bitterness.

Beer is medium to light in body and smooth and thin and mildly sweet. The midpalate is populated with esters and the finish is light and airy. Its moderately bitter and overall quite nice. I'd have it again.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

07/16/05- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Born on dating on the bottle cap top. Poured into my Stone IPA tulip.

Appearance- Cloudy golden pour with a tad of yeast sediment. Solid large head which was very creamy. Above average lacing.

Smell- Not alot of stuff going on here. Maybe a bit of malty sweetness with a bit of spices as well. You have to sniff long and hard to get much.

Taste- Nice mellow sweetness with a light citrus background. I get some lemon rind as well as some apple tastes. Maybe a touch of corriander and definite pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Moderate and carbonation with an ultra creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Compares somewhat to the last brew I just had (Witkap Pater Singel). This one is the better one though. Flavor lasts through the entire beer even as it warms (which a good beer should). Solid and refreshing brew that worked well with my spicy italian sausages.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow with a fluffy white head. The aroma has vanilla notes with gentle spice and pepper. The flavor deviates with more of a subtle biscuit and a slight herbal hop flavor that grows into a big, bitter aftertaste and mouthfeel. The hops, while low in flavor, step up for the finishing bitterness to make for a unique Belgian (like so many other Belgians). Tasty and worth a try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, clear golden color and a nice soapy, dense head,Yeasty nose with green apple and mild floral notes. In the taste, yeasty, mild bittering earthy hops. Well balanced, Belgian yeast, muted fruit, and earthy hops. Medium bodied, eloquent carbonation and delicate, smooth and crisp feel. Overall, a nice Blonde ale, well balanced, and a good hop presence.

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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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