Troubadour Imperial Stout | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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3.92/5
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171 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium
troubadourbieren.be

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,370
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
171
pDev:
11.73%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
34
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 171 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of archero
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: Bottle
Before: Jan-9-2021


A:
Pours a dark, dark ruby-brown-black
with three fingers of perfect, rocky tan head. Great retention; Belgian lacing. (4.5)

S:
Dried dark fruits, musty wood, suggestion of berry tartness/light phenol spice. (3.75)

T:
Chocolate and blueberries, figs, coffee grounds, mineral hardness. (4)

M:
Creamy, fluffy, full body with active carbonation and a lightly bitter finish. (4.25)

O:
A good Belgian stout.
Lovely looking to begin with. The aroma is fruitier than I expected with red and dark fruits and a background of some traditional stout character. The flavor is similar with some more bitter malt flavor coming through (though the yeast still has more going on). The malt character is definitely a bit muted which isn't great in an RIS, but it doesn't take away from it that bad. Lovely feeling, too. A truly interesting, nice beer even if it isn't my stout ideal. (4)

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

330ml bottle - don't think I've ever had an RIS made in Belgium before.

This beer pours a mostly clear, dark amber-highlighted brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, and chunky tan head, which leaves some ripple pattern lace around the glass as it slowly seeps away.

It smells of lightly roasted, bready and doughy caramel malt, an earthy nuttiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, a muddled dark orchard fruitiness, and maybe a touch of anise spice. The taste is gritty and grainy caramel malt, some free-range ashiness, oily bar-top nuts, medium chocolate pudding, bruised black stone fruit, and some plain earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps a soupcon of wet char taking things down a notch or two here. It finishes trending dry, the smoky essence ramping up its lingering game.

Overall - this is certainly a pleasant enough version of the style, full of flavour, and with a perfectly integrated 18-proof booze factor, pretty easy to sip on over the course of a dreary early January afternoon. Worth checking out, IMHO.

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Photo of rangerred
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of zeff80
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured an opaque, jet-black color with a decent sized light brown head of foam. It smelled of toffee, caramel and faint chocolate notes. Sweet chocolate and toffee. It could use some more bitterness.

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

Photo of JTuomi
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drstalker
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pioppo
4.23/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FZR23
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rinote
4.49/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not going to hold back. This beer is very good. The taste right off the bat leaves me wanting more. If you favor dark beer give it a try next time you're out.

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Photo of gwydno
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dope
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

No bottling date that I could find.

A: Pours black with an enormously effervescent head. 80% head 20% beer in the glass. Head retention is top notch. Pretty expansive lacing to boot.

S: Big strong dark fruit aroma right off the bat. Dates, plums, figs, raisins. Light char and chocolate in the background, maybe even some anise.

T: Not as fruity as the nose, but still plenty of dark fruits up front. It's hard to distinguish, but fig and raisin for sure. Dark bready malt with a charry background. Lightly smoky. A touch earthy and leathery into the finish with more hints of those dark fruits. Finish just has a hint of bitterness into the aftertaste as well, maybe from the char or perhaps a hint of hops.

M: Fairly heavy, quite smooth.

O: Quite excellent RIS with a belgian flair. Definitely on the very fruity side of RISes without much roasted malt character. Kinda tastes like a quad and a RIS blend if I'm honest.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I can't call this beer an Imperial Stout. It's belgian strong dark ale.
Pours a dark brown colour (not black) with a huge head. The smell and taste are really estery even if you get some chocolate in the backend, I can't really notice any roasted notes. Spicy with peppercorn mostly. All right beer but don't trust the label this is no RIS

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Photo of HopBelT
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dutchcraftbeergeek
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of lmaduells
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer producer makes beers correct but not extra-ordinary. They are beers that are left drinking, because they have a good drink but they leave you with little desire to repeat the beer. Imperial Stout is an example of this. Beer correct but improved.

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Photo of mishi_d
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dzu
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle.
L: dark brown with a weak foam head.
S: cocoa beans, chocolates.
T: chocolate, vanilla.
F: medium body and carbonation.
O: Above average Belgian ris

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Photo of rarigney
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MrDell
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 171 ratings