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Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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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 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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Photo of roadhouse
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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 -20.6%
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 +13.1%
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 +13.1%
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 -13.1%
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 -11.3%
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 +0.5%
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 +16.8%
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 -3.3%
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%
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 taste...WOW...you 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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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
3.98 out of 5 based on 254 ratings.
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