Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

very good
269 Ratings
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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Photo of praufs01
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 +9.3%
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 +14.1%
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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Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance is slightly hazy, orange in color, with a one inch off-white head that sinks to a skim after a short while. Leaves some pretty good lacing.

Aroma is very sweet overall, kind of reminds me of honey. There's a bit of a biscuity tone as well. Not much else going on.

Taste is quite similar to the aroma. Lots of sweetness again but first there is a bit of spiciness going on. The honey sweetness comes in towards the end and lingers into the finish. A slight spiciness on the tip of the tongue and some light earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, not quite as good as some other Belgians - it could use some more carbonation.

It was pretty good, but I didn't really like the sweetness of this one. Other may like it more, it seems to have pretty good ratings on here - give it a try.

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Photo of wl0307
3.16/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled Date: 09/02/06, while the suggested expiration date is 3 years, so I guess it's not too late to consume this beer now! Served chilled in Hapkin's tulip-shaped bowl sniffer.

A: pours a murky, dark orangey amber colour with numerous chunks of yeast sediments floating in the beer along with lively carbonation, while the thick off-white puffy head lasts pretty well.
S: sweet grainy, caramely, and sugary all round, also hinting at burned sugar cane and canned marinated pineapple slices that presumably are the less pleasant face of the fruit esters; a swirl brings out reluctant orangey hints of maybe Goldings hops, along with a whiff of alc., metal, and fennel-like herbs. Overall the sweetness comes OTT and cloying.
T: sweet and sour upfront, very much like cold sweetened soy-bean soup; Chinese licorice-flavoured dried prunes manifests itself quickly in the middle along with very light orangey fruity hops, while the malts are rather subdued and show only a whiff of sweet toast. The lightly dry, spicy and chewy bitterness expands and eventually wraps up the tasting, but leaving the yeasty sourness lingering down the palate for a bit longer.
M&D: lightly fizzy but overall pretty refreshing, while the body remains medium to light and never overbearing. Fortunately the sweetness is not so unbearable as the aroma, otherwise this beer can be really messy, given an already ill-structured flavour profile. Maybe the approaching of expiry date has caused the underperformance of this beer? Or because of the aggressive yeast sediments?

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of ballewblake
3.46/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with date stamped on cap (19/03/11) poured into a Duvel glass.

Appearance: Amberish, like very pale maple syrup. Thick creamy white head.

Nose: Fermentation esters, corn husk, white wine grapes (un-fermented) and maybe peach peel.

Palate: Spicy carbonation grabs my mouth immediately, but fades and leaves a watery impression. Macintosh apple, apricot, dried straw and white pepper notes dance but fizzle out rapidly as the carbonation subsides.

Notes: Starts off very strong and peppery, but it just turns watery on the finish. A decent effort, I just wish there was more balance from start to finish. It's like a firework, a big flash of color and then it gets dark again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear golden body witha slight white head. Leaves behind Some nice lacing on the glass.

Smells yeasty with some good pale malts.

Wow. This is an exceptional blonde. Biscuity flavors with peppery yeast. Some honey/fruit/citrus sweetness comes through. Has hop bittnerness to balance it out. A balanced, flavorful, great brew. Mouthfeel is medium body, some what creamy. Well-carbonated.

This beer is easy to drink. Great tasting, well balanced and light.

Easily the best Blonde I have ever had. Great beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -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 PhillyStyle
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was enjoyable to drink as I am a big fan of Belgian beers. Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass, it was a cloudy yellow/wheat color that had a good white head on it that more than took its time to dissipate (While I am not sure that the waitress pours too many beers, she actually recommended this beer). It gave off a strong wheat/grain aroma but was also sweet somehow. The could really taste the wheat, citrus and maybe honey and banana. It was also a little hoppy, which was surprising as I did not smell the hops. This beer is smooth and very easy to drink. This is going to be a beer that I am going to have to hunt down and try to add into the rotation. This is an excellent beer and hope to enjoy more of it in the future and only one of many reasons why Belgian style beers are possibly the best.

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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's the other day.

At least for me, this is probably the finest Belgian Blonde I know of. At least on tap, it's just terrific.

The beer pours a slighty hazy honey gold color with excellent head retention and lacing. On the nose I get more honey, with a touch of citrus. The beer smells enticing. On the palate this beer is delicious. It is moderately sweet with a solid core of hoppy bitterness. The lovely flavors of cherry, lime and honey are countered nicely with the drying bitterness from the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but this beer comes across as fairly light from the relatively low abv. Never tiring or heavy, this beer finishes well and is so, so easy to drink.

This is a perfect example of what sets Belgian beers apart from so many others. Just excellent.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served this last bottle of a four-pack in a tulip glass. Three fingers of clumpy, sticky, white head settle slowly leaving large patches of lacing on the edges of the glass. A solid thick later of large-bubble head sits atop a hazy straw body.

Smells exactly how a Belgian blonde should smell: clovey, yeasty, with a touch of banana. Also smells like yellow cake batter when it warms.

The taste is again clovey, phenolic with bready yeast and banana flavors. Spicy on the tongue and slightly sour on the finish. Lots of flavor for a modest ABV.

Mouthfeel is fairly spicy and sharp, but also leaves a bit of a silky coating on your tongue. Nevertheless, pretty light and certainly very drinkable. Recommended.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The first time I've tried Troubadour, and it won't be the last. This is very good. Troubadour announces its presence with authority, filling the Ommegang glass with two fingers of dense white foam on a cloudy orange body--excellent. The nose offers grassy hops, lots of citrus, and sugar. The taste is wonderful--plenty of orange, apple, a hint of lemon, raisin; good sugar taste without cloying; and a grassy malt finish. Outstanding carbonation seals the deal with this gem, a truly easy beer to consume. It's actually difficult not to quaff.

I'm extremely pleased to have selected this from Friar Tuck. I'll go back for more soon enough. Outstanding.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A top-class, high-level authetntic Belgian brew, great depiction of the style, full-bodied, creamy, rich, with a beautiful foamy, frothy head lingering atop a cloudy, hazy dark yellow appearance... aroma full of bananas, fruits, esters, pine, with a wonderful, thick, flavorful taste - full of citrus, lemon, creamy aftertones, with an apple flavor swarming around... Great mouthfeel, creamy, thick, rich and delicate, with a good drinkability for a 6.5% ABV... taste and mouthfeel are both ultra-rich, and there is certainly a granny smith apple flavor evident in the flavor... Very good beer, definitely recommended as an awesome example of the style...

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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 Gmann
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps the only reason my score isn't higher is that my personal tastes aren't geared towards Pale Ales. Now, I don't hold that against the beer at all, it is just that maybe I would've rated the taste and drinkability higher if I did. Sorry.
Bought a 12 oz. bottle w/ a guy drinking the beer out of a tulip glass on a blue label. Drink by date on cap - 02/09/09. It didn't make it more than 2 hours in my house, yet alone 14 months.
Poured into a tulip glass (power of suggestion?) and it left a one-finger head that SLOWWLLLY died down. There was some film left on the glass as it receeded, and it maintained its carbonation, bubbling up for over a few minutes. It was a dark gold hue that maintained its texture when held to the light (the opposite of an American macro brew).
I took a whiff and caught some citrus in there, but more importantly did not catch a strong sense of alcohol. They have hid that well, as the first taste is not overpowered by alcohol or hops.
While there is a tad bit of spice, maybe pepperish one might find,
it goes down smoothly, and does not leave much of an aftertaste at all, so your mouth isn't dried out nor left bitter after a glass.
Nothing catches the pallete extremely, so I can't say it has a major taste characteristic, but the body holds.
The recurring carbonation makes sure the last drop maintains its quality, and I will have to have this again.

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Photo of belgianalien
4.8/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is BY FAR my absolute favorite Belgian Beer. It is one of those micro-brews which definitely can rival the big names like Duvel, Corsendonck, etc. When poured correctly into the pear-shaped Troubadour glass, this golden ale has a thick rich collar of about 1.5 inches. The fragrance is somewhat sweet, with a sour undertone, but not yeasty at all. What I like most about this beer is that it does not have all the bitterness most slightly heavier ales tend to have. It drinks very smooth and finishes clean.

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Photo of leweascoba
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed Troubadour Blond from a 1/4 keg. Very enjoyable Ale with slight hints of fruit that finished very well. The alcohol is present but very well blended and taste is wonderful.

Keg tapped well and each glass had nice head of foam. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a peachy red and orange with a dull brass backdrop. A rocky white head delivers a rush of dried straw and sugar to the nose. Tastes of light citrusy fruits with a touch of salt and sweet malts. A mid-to-full mouthfeel catches me by surprise. The head holds tight while coating the inside of the glass throughout the drink. Although there are no discernible hop aromas, the flavor has a subtle bitter back. The smell turns to slightly darker fruits and alcohol as the glass warms. All in all, a very pleasant beer.

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Photo of JBogan
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of henrysunset
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

~12oz bottle from k's brewing going out of business.

pretty clear pour of a bottle that had visible sediment in the bottom. decent head of gauzy big white foam.

smells, well, belgian. a bit sour, a bit tart and a light maltiness.

taste is really pleasent. sweet but not sticky, tart but not unpleasently so. a late flavor of light grains.

fairly smooth, a little gritty perhaps. very drinkable and enjoyable, but not quire perfectly balanced.

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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
3.97 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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