Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

very good
157 Reviews
Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 260
Photo of nomad
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Troubadour glass (akin to a Corsendonk shape) at a good restaurant (see review of Cafe de Bruxelles).

Pours as quite a cloudy gold color. Has a great first head with good thin-to-medium lace through out the session. Lovely nose of banana, clove, and wet hay/grass - this last scent is a kicker, it really enticed me and gave some earthy-funky character to the classic banana and clove combo. Decent moutfeel, fairly active on mid-tongue, with a bitterness that starts on the back upper sides of mouth and creeps up around to top of the roof. A soft-to-moderate strength bitter. In all, a wonderful taste: hoppy with a fruity tartness and a touch of spice. Perfect amount of alcohol, and the yeast did not seem to effect the taste when added to the last pour.

It went great with my moules that were in wine-cream sauce and my frites with mayo! Truly a unique take on a belgian golden ale that is mixed with some wit characteristics. Easier to drink than a Duvel (less power in alcohol and complexities) but more robustly fruity, flowery, hoppy. Like an earlier reviewer, sincerely one of the best new generation Belgian brews. New as in brewed by university students starting in 1999! A fabulous beginning to a great new beer - skies are the limit with this one, if they continues to develop it. Now finding it is the problem...

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Photo of Bierman9
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow, I guess this bier goes way back. On the label it says "Brewed since 1999". Whoa! Last century! The color was a hazy, golden/orange hue. Some tiny bits (somewhat related to "naughty bits") were detected hovering around within the bier. Head was a huge mound of white, whipped cream at the start. It eventually settled down into a creamy, thin layer, with A-1 lacing everywhere you looked. The nose had a sharpness to it; sort of a spicy, peppery twang built upon some toasty malts. The body was medium, but it had a bit too much carbonation for me. It wasn't overly picky on the tongue, just too bubbly/creamy (hard to explain). The bier seemed overall quite dry. There was a bit of malt, yet some subtle hints of fruit mixed with a yeasty, spiciness. A decent bier, though not a "keeper" in my book. Cheers!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one on a whim when I couldn't find something else I was looking for. Golden-orange color with a thick and foamy light brownish-orange head. Light citrus and hops in the aroma. Smooth flavor with medium hops, this is definitely not a hard beer to drink. Hoppy, slightly spicy finish. Somewhat subdued overall, and I have the feeling I won't remember this one in a few months because nothing really stood out.

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

This beer poured a nice light golden color and formed a white foamy head that left some lace when it quickly subsided. Some degree of carbonation. An aroma of grass and spice. A flavor of hops, spice and yeast. The finish was a bit tart, due in part to the carbonation and spice.

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Photo of doerickson
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a lot in the nose, but very complex taste. A bit sour at first, not to the extent of a Cantillon but in the same vein. Plenty of other nuances I couldn't easily identify, but very easy to drink, and I would have one again in a second.

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Photo of marc77
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange hue. Thin but persistent head, tight, high carbonation. Spicy, peppery and sweet aroma. A hint of coriander and dried curacao. Slight clove notes and bubblegum esters in the taste, some notes of pear. Very akin to a more intensely estery and maltier Wit. This is a very interesting brew-- not unlike a Wit/ strong golden ale hybrid. Definitely worth a try.

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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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