Troubadour Imperial Stout | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
153
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
12.21%
 
 
Wants:
6
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28
For Trade:
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Photo of pknyc
1.25/5  rDev -68.2%

Photo of NeverSettle
2.3/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not good. Musty smell and taste.

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Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of AlaskanYoung
2.75/5  rDev -30%

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of TMoney2591
3.19/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap in a snifter at Beelow's.

A new beer on tap means a new beer in my glass, especially in the time between the end of a shift and the impending beginning of a movie. This stuff pours a very deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild coffee, a hint of treacle, and a few bits of cocoa powder. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though from about the middle through the finish an intense roast- and coffee-based bitterness overpowers all else, literally causing a gradual recoil reaction (it takes a moment to realize what's happening in your mouth). The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid stout that just overshoots things with that unnecessarily powerful blast of bitterness.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Big_Dave
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of Jeffo
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a 75cl bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Transparent brown pour yields a large, 3+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Sienna brown body, transparent, with a touch of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and leaves some immediate lacing. A good cap remains until the end and leaves some loose, chunky lacing. Not nearly dark enough for the style.

SMELL: A touch of smoky roasted malts and a good dose of dark fruits. Raisins, dates, plumbs and some spicy notes. A hint of cocoa as well. Nice, but a little off style.

TASTE: Follows the nose for the most part. Smoky and some roasted notes up front. Lots of dark fruit, such as raisins, grapes, dates and plumbs, with some spicy alcohol at the swallow. Finish is slightly roasted with some cocoa, peppery spicy alcohol and a good dose of hop bitterness. Not quite stout-like, but still an enjoyable and flavorful dark ale. Very Belgian in style.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight and creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth with a relatively dry finish. Fine here.

OVERALL: This is definitely very Belgian, covering the Belgian strong dark ale category just as much as the imperial stout category. While this would not quench my thirst for a big imperial stout, it was certainly an enjoyable dark ale that I wouldn’t pass on if offered. Give it a chance if you see it in your area.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with super large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light sweet notes and a Belgian yeast finish. Taste is dominated by medium dry roasted malt notes with light sweet notes and with some black chocolate notes with a fruity Belgian yeast finish. Body is bit light for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not enough complexity for the style.

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Photo of hoegaardenhero
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of janubio
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Almost black colour, with a thin diminishing head that leaves a good lace. Smell of dried fruits, tobacco, some coffee. Medium body, viscous palate. Taste of coffee, dried fruits, tobacco notes, chocolate. Not exactly the best. one, but it's OK.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, make sure you have your tetanus shot before this one because there was clearly some moisture issues somewhere along the way and the cap under the foil is super rusted and pretty nasty...

A - Pours dark brownish into my snifter with about two fingers of head, decent retention and nice lacing.

S - Roasted malt, anise, dark fruits, kind of like chocolate covered cherries and yeast.

T - Roasted malts, dark fruits - cherries mostly, semi sweet chocolate, touch of anise and molasses, espresso like bitterness from start to finish.

M - Medium and over carbonated.

O - Really not overly excited by this one, it's OK I suppose, but really not worth seeking out.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of YvesB
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.93 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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