Troubadour Blond Ale | Brouwerij De Musketiers

BA SCORE
88
very good
268 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:
268
Reviews:
159
Avg:
3.97
pDev:
11.59%
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
23
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 268 |  Reviews: 159
Photo of Av10
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YvesB
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beginner2
4.34/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another small, interesting Belgian brewery that gets some distribution in the U.S. (I bought this at Total in California as I never saw it in Chicago.)
While brewing the standard Belgian styles, De Musketeers also adds IPAs and stouts for the American market.
And they seem to be above average in those ratings.
As for the taste of this Belgian Blond, I think it is substantially above average. The hops are aromatic and let the malts work on the palate.

MJ's "Great Beers of Belgium" reviews this as "a good hop character in aroma and finish, and a big, vanilla-like, maltiness in between."

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Photo of josanguapo
3.61/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From elcervecero. In La Trappe chalice. Watching True Detective 1x04. Fruity, tropical, herbal, reminds me their "magma" ipa and Feuillien blonde but i enjoyed this more. May be getting used to this flavor profile. BB next month.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From bottle, pours a hazey golden yellow with an off white head that disapates to a thin patchy layer. Aroma sweet, malt, fruit. Taste sweet, biscuit, caramel, yeast, nutty, light spices, fruits. Very nice.

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Photo of stevoj
3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This blond is more spicy than floral, but still has the slick, buttery mouthfeel. Cloudy golden in color with a tight, creamy off-white head. Aroma is peppery, pungent, spicy. Taste is much more mellow than the aroma suggests, malts come through.

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Photo of Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of desint
3.87/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of pimko
4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of grain, fruit, white grape juice, and slight cardboard aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, fruit, white grape juice, and cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing some age with the cardboard qualities that I am getting.

Serving type: bottle.

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

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hotsudge
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of T100Mark
4.19/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An 11.2 ounce Euro bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - A rusty orange color. Big lumpy head made up of very fine bubbles.

Smell - Sour. Fruity.

Taste - Big sour flavor. Grapefruit. Taffy. A slightly bitter, dry finish.

Mouth - Fizzy. Alive.

Overall - This beer is big and complex. If you're into Belgian sour ales, this is a must have!

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Photo of interzen
4.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

330ml bottle poured into a Troubadour glass

Look: Golden straw yelllow, slightly hazy, with immense amounts of head kept going by some fairly wild carbonation. Major head retention with some fairly dense lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: A mixture of citrus and honey with definite hints of yeast. Some floral, spice and alcohol notes as it warms up.

Taste: Follows the smell - definite yeast and citrus up front with malt, hops and honey in the finish. Despite being quite sweet, it's not at all heavy. Although some alcohol is noticeable in the finish, it doesn't taste at all boozy.

Feel: Good, rounded feel - not at heavy and a good balance between yeast, malt and hops. Fairly vigorous carbonation to begin (hence the head) but settles down and avoids being unnecessarily fizzy.

Overall: A good example of why Belgian beers are just so damned good - it doesn't taste like something with 6.5% alcohol and the flavours that are present are exquisitely balanced. Definitely one of my go-to blonde/pale ales.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
2.25/5  rDev -43.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of mattfancett
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of lmaduells
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
3.97 out of 5 based on 268 ratings.
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