Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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very good
266 Ratings
Troubadour Blond AleTroubadour Blond Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium
troubadourbieren.be

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
Ratings:
266
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.56%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
22
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Photo of sdkuhn
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Beatiful hazy caramel color with large thick white foamy head.

Smells delicious. Toasted malt and a little nutty with a touch of yeast.

Taste - Perfect balance of maltiness and just enough bitterness. Hides the 6.50% well.

The best BPA I've had to date - not saying much yet since I'm a novice, but I really enjoyed and will definitely drink again.

Only downside is cost - about $4 for the single bottle at local Binny's.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Expiration date on cap top of 7/7/12. Pours clear gold with a thick mashed 'tater head. Dollops of retention leave lacey caulking down the grass.

Light grain, rustic yeasty spice and green, freshly peeled banana aroma. Apricot fuzz and tropical fruit sweetness. A little musty.
Tastes similarly of green banana, light grain, pepper and a palette cleansing dryness. Good stuff. Not that complex, just darn tasty.

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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 jsprain1
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a tremendously hazy golden, with a thick long lasting clumpy, rocky head. Precisely what pale ales should look like. Hard for me to imagine better.
S- A bit sweet on the noese with some lingering pepper.
T- Somewhat spicy (clove) mixed with fruity flavors (peach is immediate response). Some earthy yeastyness in finish.
M- Not as creamy as many belgians. would have liked perhaps a bit more substance. Bubbly.
D- hides alcohol well. Very drinkable and very delicious. Belgium wins again.

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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 jrallen34
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Antwerp into a Troubadour glass....Pours a dark honey gold with a big fluffy white head. Thick but spotty lacing...An aroma of lemons and yeast, not bad but a tad boring after a bit...The taste is more yeast and lemons, again not bad, actually after awhile I begin to dig it. However, there is an aftertaste that is half chalk half medicinal that grates on me after awhile.

A flavorful but commonish blonde that I did enjoy. I would drink this again.

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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 cjacobsen
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

This beer poured a golden orange color with a very frothy white head on it. It was tough to really see what this beer was going to be all about because of the blizzard of sediment. I didn't know whether to drink it or spoon it out.

It smelled sweet and floral. Had hints of yeast and wheat in it.

The taste was about what it smelled like. Sweet up front and kind of malty but it was smooth and consistent throughout.

The mouthfeel was very smooth and didn't have any bite to it.

This was a relatively easy drinker but definitely one of those that I wish my glass was a black glass as to not see the floodwater effect that I was consuming. I'd be interested in trying this on tap or out of another bottle sans-sediment. I think without the imparted yeast flavor that this beer would be a lot better.

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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 SolomonGrundy
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wacky stuff. I'll just say that right off the bat. Clear orange-ish amber, great lacing and a nice, creamy head. Spicy aromas dominated by caramel and banana but tempered with some cinnamon and clove. Basically banana nut bread. Flavor profile is enormous, and the carbonation increases the spicy characteristics. Lots of beautiful Belgian-y goodness, and some added craziness with the banana nut-bread flavor carrying throughout. Will be a little sweet for many, and the finish is a tad thin, but I like it. Slightly pricey at $3.49/11.2oz. bottle, so drinkability suffers. Worth tracking down, though.

What I like Most: The crazy banan nut bread flavor.

What I like Least: The price, mostly.

Verdict: Worth trying for its unique qualities, but not elite by any means.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a cloudy amber color with about half an inch of fluffy head which sticks around a while before fading away leaving some very nice lacing.

S: Very yeasty smelling with some apple or pear. The yeasty smell is very much on the forefront.

T: Candied fruit and lots of it. Malty, sweet and really excellent. Some hops on the finish keeps it from being overwhelming sweet. really remarkable.

M: Heavy, rich, and so thick that you can almost chew it. Very substantial, but still manages to appear balanced.

D: Amazingly drinkable. This might become my new favorite Belgian ale. Just incredible.

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Photo of trbergman
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of bskrtz
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very cold from 11.2 ounce bottle to glass beer challis

A) Glowing gold, cloudy and thick with white billowy head. No floaties or yeasties -- very smooth and consistent

S) Citrus with apple and pear. Sweet bread, pastry, sour dough

T) Sweet stewed fruits, raisons, pear, orange juice. Very smooth

M) Ample carbonation/bottle conditioned fizz, very little alcohol -- well balanced, emphysis on smooth

D) Retains its body and carbonation. Alcohol is moderate. Tastes wonderful. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Xul
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent goldenrod with some amber hues, capped by a foamy two finger white head. Retention is good and some light lacing is left down the glass.

S: Freshly toasted whole wheat bread is the first and strongest aroma, followed by some green apple, lemon zest, pepper and vanilla. It smells very good, but the bready base is a bit too dominant.

T: Light bready malts up front with fruits - banana, green apple and a bit of citrus - along with peppery spice and a touch of clove. Finishes with toasted wheat bread much like the nose began, but with more sweetness. Tastes more balanced than it smells, although both are very good.

M: Light to medium body with lowish carbonation, very smooth but could be a bit more lively on the tongue.

D: Very easy drinking, and with enough going on to keep it interesting. I'll definitely be revisiting this beer.

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Photo of Radome
3.54/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into glass. The cap had a "Best Before" date of 23/08/08, so it is approximately 2 years old. For a beer of this strength and style, that probably puts it past its prime.
A - Slightly cloudy and a dark golden color. The beer was bottle conditioned and had a large amount of thick, clumped sediment on the bottom. I accepted a little sediment in the glass in order to not leave so much beer behind in the bottle. Head is a dull white and very thin, mostly just a ring around the edge of the glass.
S - Fruit, cotton candy and bubblegum dominate. There is also some spice in the background. Surprisingly, it reminds me of the aroma of Fraoch Heather Ale.
T - Taste has malt, candi sugar sweetness and hops bitterness that is surprisingly assertive. The finish turns suddenly very dry, almost astringent, and grainy.
M - Light body, low carbonation. The body seems too thin for the amount of flavor and hop bitterness.
D - Great aroma, but the taste doesn't live up to it. Perhaps the thin body, dry finish and astringency are a result of this bottle conditioned beer aging past its prime. I'd like to try a younger version for comparison.

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Photo of ultrasupergenius
3.82/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a .33l bottle, newer label than displayed, the name Troubadour in a script font, and a seal above with a lute on a blue background. No best date.

Wonderful and lively head, quite large, with a long lasting lacing.
Cloudy amber in color, light certainly passes through the glass but cannot see through it. Nice looking beer.

Strong on the aromas - fruit, pears, apple, floral.

Has a definite fruit and sweetness to it. Something on the finish that is interesting - but not wonderful - that I cannot quite put my finger (palette) on. Pectin?

Really full in the mouth with a great balance. Goes down easy.

Recommended - despite being in a crowded market of Belgian Blondes.

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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 augustgarage
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of zosoworm
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: initially spicy and earthy, then moves to a sweet malt character

Appearance: Hazy deep gold color

Flavor: Sweet pils malt flavor backed by citrus hop bitterness. A dry finish with a slight alcohol warming

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to high carbonation

Overall: I liked this beer. well balanced with sweet flavors to a dry finish. A nice beer to drink when it warm out.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five finger pillowy cream head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Almost cloudy pale amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight peach nose. Flavor is sweet peach, this would be good on a hot day [here we are freezing our ass with a high of 55 in mid May]. $3.99 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT. [In Aug 2003 this cost $4.29!!] Best by Mar 3, 2011.

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

This is a very nice Belgian Pale that hits all the right notes. It pours a very frothy and slightly creamy large white head that laces and retains very well. The color is an orangy golden that is plenty hazy although there are no yeasty bits floating about, typical of the style. The nose is a bit earthy, very sweet, typical of the Belgian yeastiness, loads of sweet malts, florals, a touch of clove and coriander.

This is a well endowed, nicely carbonated beer that is plenty sweet but a little less pronounced than others of the style. The sweetness is there but it is a bit subdued. It is quite creamy but it does have a little punch, perhaps from some spices added. There is your very typical lemons, orange rind, clove, coriander. The finish is a bit mouth puckering and drying, with a touch of citric bite although not necessarily lemon, maybe a spicy bite in there too for good measure. This is a great beer that needs to settle just a bit before drinking. The aftertaste is very slight and there is no boozy qualities about the beer, it has a well hidden 6.5 ABV. What I like most about the beer is that it doesn't have that prickly mouthfeel and hyper carbonation of so many other Belgians. This is more drinkable and smoother than most.

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Photo of praufs01
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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!!!

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Photo of sanjosey19
4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Brother Thelonious goblet. Little flakes floating around in a cloudy, murky brew. Almost an orange/yellow color. Very small bubbles, some lacing, pretty good for a blonde. Smell is incredible, so unique. This is one of the things I really enjoy about Belgian Ales. Troubadour has a very citrusy scent, almost orange or grapefruit. Reminds me of an orange julius. Mouthfeel is good, velvety bubbles create a very smooth creamy consistency. Taste's almost as good as it smells. Not quite. Very drinkable, even at 6.5% ABV. Refreshing! Great session beer.
Overall, very refreshing and drinkable Belgian Blonde, that doesn't sacrifice any flavor. Drinkability does not mean flavorless.

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Photo of farrago
4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with an extremely large head, very delicate with the tiniest bubbles imaginable, quite a bit of lacing left behind. Light orange to dark yellow in color, full-on murkiness. Fresh and filling nose of sweet orange and lemon pulp as well as grain, hops, barley, cellar stored apples and pears, thin layer of honey and floral dew. Medium-bodied with sufficient grace to coat the palate while also nimbly dancing forward. The energetic carbonation doesn't reach an annoying level, as a result just swirls around the orange citrus, granola, peach, yellow apple and hay elements. Deftly treads the middle ground between sweet and bitter, no obvious favoring of hops nor malts. Very elongated finish.

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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
3.98 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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