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 gmcfarre
4.39/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a cloudy sunset yellow/orange color. Head is good at about 3/4 inch and an off white color, but its not quite as frothy or rocky as I might expect. A decent amount of yeasties float near the bottom of this beer. Moderate lacing.

S - Strong grassy, citrus scent with loads of yeast spiciness. Clean smelling with an interesting take on the style in its grassiness. Light touch of grain and a nice sweet sugar accompaniment

T - Similar to the smell, although the candied sugar hits your tongue first. Transitions to a light hoppy bitterness with strong grassy flavor and a touch of lemony citrus. Very nice. A touch dry in the aftertaste and still a little sweet.

M - Medium body with a good carbonation effect. Lightly bitter in the aftertaste, with residual sugar and spice floating around your tastebuds.

D - A nice version of this style, which I have surprisingly reviewed very few of. Moderate alcohol makes this enjoyable for any occasion. Definitely worth a try if you can pick one up.

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Photo of sleazo
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Found this as a single 33cl bottle at the Garden in Greenpoint.

A_I know I love Belgian Pales and Tripels but they are beautiful beers. This is no exception. In two pours I get the whole thing into my tulip glass. It is a yellowish light brown clouody liquid with particles floating about. A nice fluffy foam like white head with a sort of reverse crater floats on top. Tremendous lace clings to the side.

S-Candi sugar lightly carmelized with a great yeasty character. A slightly sour musty scent lingers in the end.

T-Lightly caramelized sugar, much like the top of a Creme Brulee are the first things you notice. The sourness in the smell doesnt come through in the taste which is slightly dissapointing. There is a really nice bitterness that plays a key but small role in balancing out the sweetness. The yeast produces a certain fruity quality, pineapple and a bit of pepper/clove.

M-Nice and thick with a high carbonation that cuts through everything and makes this pleasantly refreshing.

D-This is an excellent beer, perhaps a bit too sweet which really is my only complaint. However it hits on a lot of good notes and is really beautiful to look at. I will pick this up again despite being $3.59 for one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Hautacam
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single to it home and noticed the brew date of 10/04...mmm, what will this be like ? was out on the shelf....not something I would choose to age.
Anyway, it pours out a nice orange-gold, with a big white head that laces down the Duvel chalice.
Smells pretty earthy, doughy and ,some bubblegum is there too.
Tastes pretty good....Sweet doughy malt, lots of honey...banana and bubblegum...yeasty, with some apple and pear flavors...a bit of lemon-lime near the finish , which is pretty dry and clean. Not bad at all.
Mouthfeel is medium- full and carbonation is light and creamy.
This one aged better than I thought....I was expecting a drain pour.
A very nice Belgian Pale.

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Photo of lehows
4.77/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Dukeofearl
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshly tasted from Hollinghead Deli in Orange, CA.- $3.99 for a 11.2 oz. bottle. Best by 02-09-09.

Pours a medium golden with a huge head of big bubbles. An initial strong aroma of bananas, butterscotch, and maybe some artifical popcorn butter hit me immediately after pouring. Lots of stickiness on the glass.

Mild spicy notes take over the aroma after the first blush. Much gentler after a few minutes.

Flavor is tasty. Bready, slightly sweet malts, with a lack of overpowering flavors (a little lemon, a little pepper, a little yeastiness). Nothing standing out. Pleasant, drinkable, solidly built, worth drinking.

Moderate to full mouthfeel, moderately creamy, moderately astringent end. I guess that makes this a moderate blond!

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

Pours an orange color with a thick, stabile head that sticks to the glass and leaves a nice lacing. Lots of carbonation.

Smell is malty and the use of light colored specialty malts is noticable. A light bitter and a herbal and spicy touch, this might come from either spices or hops.

Taste is bitter and malty, with the light caramalts, they give the beer a slight honey/vanilla taste. Some spiciness of a nice spice, that I can't determine. The amount of carbonation is a bit too much.
This is a pretty good beer, but could use a little more character.

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Photo of cbl2
3.01/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

9/5/2006 $2.60 11.2 oz. 6.50% No best by date.


Pours a hazy orange brown that is riddled with intense carbonation swirling around the glass topped by an inch of lush white head that resembles cloudtops.


Sweet yeasty fresh baked bread with an undertone of rotting fruit.


Slightly coarse with some black pepper, butter, caramel as well as some weirdness that I just cannot put my finger on, but is not really pleasant.

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.57/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S - Laughing fella on the front of bottle. Beige label. Bottle on date: 07/08/03

A - Pours a dark amber with suspended sediment floating around the beer. Head starts out chunky and almost alive and levels out to a 1/2 inch blanket on the liquid.

S - Honey, Honey, Honey, and More Honey. Pure and simple, its all honey with a little clove and spice and a little fruity note. Honey jumps and kicks you in the nose, then the spice and fruit.

T - I might as well drink carbonated honey. The flavor of this gem is extraordinary. The cirtus cuts thorugh and adds a little twinge, then the hop is evident but not strong. A little caramel note as well. A very good beer.

M - Creamy and sweet. Touches every area of the tongue and pleases every part as well. A very good finish because the taste lingers from sip to sip.

D - As easy drinking as any beer I've ever had. A top notch beer.

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Photo of trep
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice little bottle with some dude sticking his tongue out for the last drop.

Nearly perfectly clear. Fizzy and yellow, creamy white head with tons, and I mean TONS, of lacing. A lot of carbonation. Lacing and head are consistent throughout the beer.

Wheaty, rich, and honey. A little sugar. Some barnyard hay.

Toffey, honey, sweet malt, and some corn syrup aftertaste. Actually a very drinkable beer that I guess would be the best Budweiser ever. If only this was available everyday like Bud is. A little metallic "penny in your mouth" taste, but isn't offensive. Very smooth and highly drinkable.

Very carbonated but is appropriate for the tastes. Super easy drinking too. This is the first blonde I've actually liked.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.42/5  rDev -13.9%
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

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Photo of pweis909
3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

seems like there are two Troubadour Blonds and both come with the same bottle picture but differnt brew locations? Not entirely sure which brewery my bottle came from, so I guess I'll assume they are the same. For being an old bottle, the beer has a young tradition. Says brewed since 199. Also, the bottle says something in another language. Duthc? Wonder what?

11.3 oz, bottling dated March, 2003! I noticed this at the store, but bought it anyhow. Don't know when I'll have another chance to try it, and who knows, I may like it. Yep.

Pours a golden translucent, with much bubbling (but not true foam) and lots of sediments.

Smells toasty and malty.

The taste is lightly sweet with faint bitter balancing act. There might be a little barnyard or sourish taste. Not offensive, but different. Wondering if it belongs or if it is a sign of age. Tasted something similar in an old Czech pils once, which makes me think it is age related. There is also a light clovey spiciness. Hop taste is just noticeable. What kind of hops, I wonder?

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Photo of sinistrsam
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a golden yellow with a huge white foamy head, excellent retention and lacing. The smell was of bananas, candi sugars, sweet and sour fruits, bubble gum? alcohol, citrus and wheat. I was suprised and impressed. The taste was grassy and had strong sour fruit presence, somewhat disappointing after such a great aroma. Alcohol, wheat and citrus rounded things out.
The mouthfeel was very very bitter and sour, with mild carbonation, and otherwise pretty bland. It finished very dry.
I could do a few of these before I've had enough or swallowed my own face from the bitter sourness. In all seriouness though, this was a decent interpretation of a Belgian Pale Ale, and I think I should really experience more of this genre before really dismissing this one.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
3.44/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a great head, the best I've seen for a long while. The lacing won't move at all. It's so stuck, and the head is so pillowy and thick. The color is golden and it's cloudy. The smell is very malty and sour with a sweet nose. Taste seems a little off, a little skunky and sour. Still has some good taste, but that's covered by the sour skunk of the beer. Mouthfeel is just fine, but drinkability is bad for this beer.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) brown glass bottle sealed with a brass crown cap that has a “Best Before 23/08/08” date inked on it. Mustard colored neck label has the words “Troubadour Blond Ale”. Full color label has a singing minstrel (or Troubadour) holding up a glass of brew, which seems to be a recent development, older labels tend to be two-color yellow & brown affairs like the ones shown in the BA Avatar.
Listed at 6.5% ABV. Recommended serving temperature 38°F to 45°F.

Appearance: Hazed yellow body filled with streamers. Stiff white head is firm and feisty. Thick lacing and a resilient coating on the glass sides. High conditioning and fantastic looks.

Nose: Spicy pepper-hop nose with a fruity grassy aspect. Zesty lemons and a tangy citric acidity.

Taste: Low key sweet biscuit malts soon make way for a tingling spicy bitterness in the middle. Crisp and clean. Sharp ending with some skinned fruits. As you work your way through the fruity angles twist and turn, apples, pears, lemons and oranges all contributing at various times. Hints of banana slake the alcohol and the yeasty spicy hop ending. A treat of fruity flavors all wrapped up in a Duvelian like delivery packet.

Mouthfeel: Big contribution from the conditioning, often prickly at times, but a creamy smooth feel nonetheless. The alcohol is extremely well hidden in and deep amongst the fruit components. Big feel from the body and lots of foundation from the carbonation.

Drinkability: Refreshing and enjoyable at first, but the tangy spicy hops and citric acidity can become a slight detraction as you work through it, tasty as they are. I’m used to that though, and I enjoy acidic fruity Belgians so I actually turned on to this one half way through once my palate had adjusted. This would definitely go well with freshly prepared Seafood.

Overall: I had tried older samples of this, and to say that I was disappointed was an understatement. Seems like I may well have had some aged cardboard examples though! The new colorful label and 08 freshness date gave me the confidence to try this one again, and I am so glad that I did. A solid brew that is crisp, clean, acidic, fruity and quite punchy.

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Photo of filabrazilia
4.42/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a small off white head. There is nice lace on the glass.

There is a grassy, earthy aroma that is joined by a faint presence of sweet malt and spice.

There is a slight citrus flavor matched by a touch of tartness. There is a gentle sweetness that is balanced by a slight biter finish.

This is a very light bodied beer that is easy to drink. A light creamy carbonation makes an effective delivery system. Very nice to drink.

This is a great beer that I would be happy to quaf after a long bike ride ir hike. Fantastic.

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Photo of wobblynoggin
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy gold, visible bubbles, thick head that lingers, and slight lacing. Looks appetizing.

Smell: Lemony and yeasty as a Belgian Blond Pale should, a little buttery too. A nice thickness to the odor for a Belgian.

Taste: Yeast hits the nose, a muskiness follows, grassy, and finishes with a Duvel like bitterness, but less alcohol. A sessionable Belgian ale? Perhaps?

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, even silky, tiny bubbles on the tongue. Refreshing. I would think this is a great selection for those that have not tried many diferent ales and are looking to have their first Belgian.

Drinkability: Taken in context with other Belgians this is top notch drinkability.

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Photo of HogHill
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this as a single from Wine Society in Tyngsborough, MA for $3.99. There was a bottled day on the cap, but it was unreadable.

Appearance: Poured into a St.Bernardus chalice, an ulfiltered orange color with an off white creamy head.

Smell: sweet phenols and yeast, like a belgian ale should smell.

Taste: a mildly sweet maltiness, kind of fruity, accented by a little spice. Has a very mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, decently carbonated.

Drinkability: The moderate amount of alcohol in the brew is ideal for an extended session as it doesn't have the impact that perhaps a Duvel would have, but is almost as tasty.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Drank from an 11.2 oz bottle, poured into Watou brewery chalice. Purchased at Plumpjacks in CA on 9/1/05.

Appearance: Dark orange, kind of hazy, beautiful thick white head.

Smell: I first had this about 3 months ago, and looked forward to trying it again. Malty aroma, kind of faintly smells like an old world ale or barley wine.

Taste: Awesome, addictive malty taste. I don't know about complexity, but the flavor is lasting.

Notes: Drink it if you find it.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this in a corne of a whole foods market. Looked like it was lost as it had no other beers around it. I love these finds. Inspecting the bottle I could see a thick layer of yeast on the bottom which doesnt bother me just lets me know what i'm in for. It pours perfectly into a tulip light tan color with a tusk white head that leaves no lacing. I tried to let this brew settle as the yeast was floating around due to the high carbonation. Eventually it did and I quaffed. Big caramel smell and taste. sweet but it does have a fruity finish that I can't decide what it is. seems like a bit of chocolate as well. I've never had a beer called a blond taste anything like this. I see it is a Saison according to BA and it fits in alot of categories. tart and definately finishes very dry.

Would love to have this thing across the pond on tap.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I will start by noting that this beer is under-rated. I have had it many times over the years, and it is always good, fantastic when fresh.

Pours out a hazy, pale yellow with an INSANE head that is dense, rocky-topped, and retains like nothing I've seen before. Lace? Are you kidding! The "lace" is more like a 1/8th inch crust that coats the inside of my goblet.

Aromas are sweet and mellow, highlighting golden harvest fruits, spicey yeast, banana, pepper, and spice.

Flavor better than the nose lets on. It blends semi-sweet fruit, banana, apple, and pear, with clove, coriander, yeast, and white pepper. Finish is dry and appely. My fiancee thinks it tastes like an apple Ephimere, but I do not, although apple is a dominant flavor.

Body is medium, smooth, and creamy textured. Great drinkability. It pairs beautifully with the seared Mahi-mahi with peach-ginger compote I made for dinner. Do yourself a favor, give this beer another shot, it deserves it.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had a bottle of this last night, as I did the night before. An 11.2 oz bottle with the guy on the front sticking his tongue out for the last drip. It said bottled “7/03" on it so it was 2 years old. I paid $3.49 for it, against my better judgment, because I know one other place that carries it for $1.99 /bottle. At this price, or roughly $12/six pack, that is a good deal. As it is summer, and exceedingly hot, I have been drinking Belgian golden/strong pale ale lately. I stumbled on this bottle and thought, lets give it a try.

I poured it into a Duvel glass in one motion. It slides out of the bottle into the glass in a greasy manner, with a foamy but not overly carbonated head. This has a hazy golden-orange look to it. There is no appreciable sediment, but there is a heavy-mass feel and look to this beer. As you swirl the glass, the head reappears, as foam, and streaks the glass unevenly.

The nose is sweet with a touch of yeasty/breadiness,clove and sugar keeps coming to mind. There is an orange peel flavor that becomes apparent but only through a combination of taste and smell.

The first sip of this makes you realize how substantial the mouthfeel is. There is a huge apple juice and orange soda beginning, with a sweet middle, and a slightly hoppy finish which leaves a pleasant bitterness. Perhaps there is not enough bitterness for some people, maybe not enough to balance the immense malty-sweetness up front. Perhaps another year or two before drinking this, or pairing it with a spicy food wood make it seem less sweet. I personally like it sweet like it is. It is an after dinner swirling drink, to smell repeatedly and sip for about an hour. The citrus and sweet honey quality make this an awesome choice for that type of scenario.

Recommended if you like: Duvel; Delirium Tremens, Affligem Blond; La Fin du Monde. Similar to all these but refreshingly different. With an ABV of 6.5%, its not inferior to those listed, and its definitely worth a try.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
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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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
3.97 out of 5 based on 269 ratings.
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