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 OtherShoe2
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy gold with a big rocky dense off-white head. I poured the remainder in the glass, and watched the head grow again. Lace clings to the glass as the head collapses a bit.

I want more nose, and maybe it is a result of the dense head. I get grain, alcohol, some fruit, wood, and a little vanilla.

Yum. That pretty much says it all. Nice complexity. Bitter alcohol up front, with the bitterness just allowing a hint of tropical fruit to shine thru before shoving it aside. You get some yeast, some woody vanilla, a tiny spicy bite as well. Finishes dry and moderately bitter. This brew has a dried out element that is needed. Funny that it is only 6.5%, although it seems boozier than it is.

Medium body, just right carbonation.

Overall, the more you sip this, the more you enjoy, and the more the beer evolves. Very very enjoyable.

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Photo of sergio1va
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a pale orange color with an off white creamy head.

Smells of grapefruit, sour fruits and mild vanilla smells.

Taste is definitely of a highly fermented beer- strong alcohol flavor in the front balanced out by the sweet grapefruit taste.

Bitterness is definitely on the strong side but not too harsh on the palate to completely wreck the future sips of this beer.

Clearly a high class beer worthy of enjoying every sip.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A good shocking white head, made off the pour and FROZEN in place, supper sticky. Body color is a real simple orange to yellow opaque body, and this nice crawling white bubbles on the edges of the glass. Some clumps of lace hit the edges, real impressive.

This is a Belgian Pale Ale? It smells like a doppelbock. Huge caramel and sticky toffee, and a real nice honey sense with it as well. Clove like honey and brown spices, malty. Very interesting.

Taste is all Belgian goodness. Light crisp honey body, hints of clove and sweet sugars. Malt rich density with a light effervescent mouthfeel. Apple crispness comes in the aftertaste with a mix of yeasty Belgian goodness and maybe even some vanilla.

Wow, this thing is real unique, real impressive, very great Belgian beer here.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown 33cl bottle, best before 30 Mar 2013, poured into a 'Hoegaarden Grand Cru badged stemmed tulip on 25 Nov 2011.

Huge white head, slightly hazy body of gold sat below.

Belgian yeast esters came up to greet my nose, wave after wave of them, lovely.

The taste was also of yeastiness, the beer being hoppy, dry and crisp in the mouth. Really liked it, as I do most Belgian brews.

Well worth finding.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy gold with a thin white mousse. Much darker than many other Belgian pales. The look alone sets it apart.

S: Aromas of butterscotch, caramel, spice, candy sugar, and biscuits are present on the nose. Hop character is not readily noticeable, which is sort of disappointing.

T: Opens malty and sweet with notes of candy sugar, biscuits, cream, vanilla, butterscotch, spice, and orange. The finish is short, sweet, and smooth with cream, vanilla, butterscotch, and sugar flavors. Too confected for my tastes.

M: Relatively light-bodied, slick, and smooth. Dries out a little on the finish. Fairly drinkable.

O: I'm kind of disappointed by this beer. I find it to be too sweet and completely lacking in hop flavor. Not my favorite Belgian pale ale.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Courtesy of BBF 2011. Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Southampton oversize snifter.

Pours a thick, creamy 3 finger white head with excellent retention. Beer is a clear goldenrod. Lacing is patchy and thick with excellent cling. Fantastic!

Nose is robust clove, cane sugar, Belgian yeast, and sweet pineapples. Aromatic but I'm craving a bit more fruitiness and a little less spice here.

Opens biscuity. Clove and sugar upfront with a fair bit of spiciness and floral notes. Some sweet citrus and tropical fruit lingers in the background with some powderiness showing up right before the end. Finish is sweet straw with a sweet, pineapple peel aftertaste. Nice and subtle.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Lively and prickly in the mouth and goes down abrasive and bubbly. Finish is messy with a long, lingering, filmy aftertaste. A bit too much at the end.

This offering is solid but a lacks a bit of character in the taste. Also, while I waited for this one to smooth out just a bit as it warmed, it never quite got there. Real sessionable though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, clear golden color and a nice soapy, dense head,Yeasty nose with green apple and mild floral notes. In the taste, yeasty, mild bittering earthy hops. Well balanced, Belgian yeast, muted fruit, and earthy hops. Medium bodied, eloquent carbonation and delicate, smooth and crisp feel. Overall, a nice Blonde ale, well balanced, and a good hop presence.

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Photo of david18
3.62/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ironically I have a bottle of this at a restaurant called the Troubadour in London and a recent visit there. Not what I typically get when I visit England but a welcome change to everything else out there.

The appearance was typical of the style. Light straw, a little cloudy, nice foamy head.

Aroma featured a lot of fruit and spices. Coriander, peaches. Very nice.

Flavor was also good, much like other beers of the style. The temperature was quite warm, which I think suited this beer very well.

Overall a very good beer. I'll look for it in the States.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fully assumed fruity in the nose but without supplanting other flavors, especially the toasted almonds, ripe peaches, but also, particularly in the background, caramel. The whole is finely balanced and slightly sweet with a touch of alcohol. The palate is spicy and continues this key in the back palate, but not that at no time, hops became oppressive. Excellent balance and world-class beer.

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Photo of Brabander
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this is a hell of a beer! I bought this bottle a week ago at the beershop in Poppel.

I like blond beers and this is one of the better.
Poured in my Bernardus glass this beer looks super, golden yellow with a decent white head and very nice carbonation. Noter of citrus but very faint.

Nice taste with some bitterness and sweetness. Love it!

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Photo of boudreaux
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours thick, sticky white head, about 3 fingers thick; dissipates slowly, leaving patchy lacing that sticks to the glass; color is hazy golden/straw

S: cloves, yeast, some banana; traditional Belgian yeast and some dark Belgian candy aromas

T: cloves, bready yeast, and bananas; some phenolic notes; spicy, with a hint of sour, Belgian yeast flavor; fairly complex for a lighter beer

M: spicy and sharp; at the same time, silky smooth; fairly light body, very drinkable; tongue warmed by the alcohol, though the abv proves it to be on the lighter side

O: highly recommended!

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Swiped from my father-in-law's fridge - hey, he bought it a couple of months ago and hasn't touched it - this one deserves it.

Hazy yellow, topped by spiderwebs of head that die down to nothing. A hearty swirl of yeast comes from the bottom, dripping brown into the white head. I don't see any carbonation ...

Definitely Belgian, with some banana, spices, and a hint of astingency. I'm not picking up the "pale" hoppiness like I thought I might.

Given that my father-in-law bought this two months ago and it's been in his fridge ever since, I cannot vouch for its freshness. Especially being an import. Take that into consideration as you read on:
Very little carbonation - just a hint that carries with it the same Belgian characteristics that were on the nose. They come through very subtley though. Hoppiness comes through with the banana esters, growing as it comes to tempterature.

This one dries out the mouth pretty steadily, holding what hoppiness is there on the tongue for quite awhile.

Until I know I'm getting a fresh beer, this has to remain in the unknown/average category.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with no expiration or bottling date. Sampled on July 29, 2011. It pours golden yellow with a huige, puffy, fluffy, white head that reminds me of a root beer float.On the nose there's a considerable element of candied malts, yeast, and I think pear would be the fruit of choice. Nice body that remains resolute in my mouth while swirling. The flavor starts out mildly malted but then there's this peppery sensation that creeps up and it evolves into this expansive bitterness that lingers. Nice.

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Photo of rvdoorn
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: the beer pours a golden-amber color with a nice head.
Smell: Malty, fruity and spicy hops
Taste: Malts, bitter spicy hops, some caramel and a dry finish.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation and a medium body
Overall: Nice refreshing beer, will drink this one again

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Photo of grotonmarketguy
4.82/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troubadour Blond is a craft beer from a small brewery called Brouwerij De Musketiers started by 4 brewing engineers in the year 2000. The brewery is located in the town of Ursel in Belgium. Troubadour is a lighter styled blonde or pale colored ale with a fluffy white head. The beer comes in at 6.5% ABV making this wonderfully drinkable. The aroma is very intriguing. Light yeasty esters are delicately herbaceous on the nose. The flavor is great and very complex and expansive. Weight is medium bodied at best with soft red apple and pear fruitiness complimented by a very faint and mellow hop bitterness, cut grass, and honey. The mouthfeel is really creamy, soft, and smooth to drink. A good beer to introduce people to Belgian ales with. Low alcohol, low bitterness, very flavorful and would work with most foods or on its own. A great beer all around.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into goblet.

Pours a rich gold/orange color with a nice thick head. There is a ridiculous amount of sediment floating in the beer, and it doesn't settle even after prolonged time in the glass.

The nose is spicy with white pepper, honey, and bread.

The taste is sweet and fruity with a lot of honey flavor and a slight booziness. Though not bitter, it has a nice hoppy finish. It is well balanced, though not overly complex. Very smooth with little carbonation in the mouth.

Overall a very pleasant beer that's fun to drink, though not my favorite example of the style.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.19/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Gusher! Pours a cloudy orange color. Some sediment bits made it in. A good white cap of foam. Decent retention. Lots of lace left behind.

(S)- Very dry and earthy yeast. Some banana.

(T)- Again, very dry with lots of earthy clay and yeast. Bits of lemon.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Crisp and almost tart, though very dry and earthy. Not much sign of hop characters or flavors.

(D)- A decent Belgian Pale. Relatively non-existent hop characters took this down a few notches, but it is enjoyable to drink nonetheless.

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Photo of pauljmccain
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden tawny yellow, as expected from a good blonde. Very fine, foamy head, and great lacing. Settles quickly.

Yeast aroma, kind of a sour smell but not in a bad way, malty.

Very strong spiced fruit taste and malts. Not too much of a hoppy flavor. Complex and sweet once you wait a moment. Very nice.

Excellent, superb mouthfeel. Sits nicely as the flavors progress. Right what I'd wish from a blonde. Perhaps a bit less carbonation, though.

Overall, a very nice blonde ale, with many good characteristics, though nothing stands out in particular.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Blond Ale pours out a really nice golden yellow color that difficult to see through. The head is quite impressive. It's got some great retention and some good lacing as well. The aroma is sweet smelling and kind of floral, it's very inviting. The taste is a mix of yeast, honey, wild flowers and some malts. This brews mouthfeel is quite soft almost like a wheat ale. It's enjoyable but I personally like the Stout they make much more.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded golden apricot color with a big thicket of creamy white head foaming thick at least 3 to 4 fingers worth. Into my Chimay chalice with fine even layerd Belgian lacing. Tropical fruit mild citrus layers with a biscuit malt undertone carrying out sweetness with some Belgian candi sugar. Herbal hops are expressed here as well. Flavor is semi sweet pretty balanced effervescent subtle biscuit malt sweetness with grassy/herbal/citric hop additions. A bit of bubblegum/nuttiness from the spicy yeast notes. Mouthfeel is light effervescent medium bodied, highly quaffable great with food since it's so balanced. Overall one of the better balanced Belgians I've come across their typically super sweet without much balance in the flavors this pulls off hoppy, light malt, and spicy yeast with ease...a really nice beer will come again.

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

Foamy head that settles slowly, leaving plenty of chunky lace on the glass.

Mildly sour aroma. Yeasty. Pale malts predominate with hop only being a suggestion.

A smooth beer with plenty of pale malt base. Letting the beer rest on my tongue brings out two things: 1. the mild sourness shows up. 2. lots of spritziness. The body is rich enough to handle the high carbonation. The aftertaste starts with a touch of bitterness, but a light sourness starts to emerge. Overall, a very nice complexity.

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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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Troubadour Blond Ale from Brouwerij De Musketiers
3.98 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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