Troubadour Westkust | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium
troubadourbieren.be

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black Imperial IPA, brewed with 100% Belgian ‘Westkust’ hops. Dark and bitter ale with hoppy flavours. Refermented in the bottle.

Troubadour 'Westkust' is a dark, almost black beer with 9.2% alc V / V with a hoppy aroma, roasted malt, coffee and light notes of chocolate and vanilla. The taste is a balance between the taste of roasted malt and coffee followed by a strong but pleasant bitterness that slowly gets the upper hand and ensures a long hoppy finish.

Added by tdm168 on 07-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
172
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of LukeGude
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Starts like a stout, finishes like an IPA. A masterful brew with a full body and a perfectly bitter finish that lingers on the tongue and leaves you yearning for another sip.

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Photo of Stijn
4.77/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.73/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is awesomely captivating as you pour it out, dark fruits, some spices and mild roasted malts mixed in with some light coffee smells all collaborate together to work up your appetite for this ale. It looks like a great ale, thick fluffy head filled to the max with billowy bubbles, very creamy and all rounded together by a thick wall of lacing. Did I mention it’s a tan color! The body of the beer is very dark; I can’t even get any other hues when held up to the sunlight, its simply dark brown mixed in with some reds creating an almost black body. Crisp and sharp at first, it reminds me more of a stout at this point. It’s slightly creamy and the mouth feel is medium to thin, leaning on the thin side. Its mildly tart overall and the dark fruits and spices come out as it hits the center of your tongue, the roasted malts and coffee flavors come out right before the aftertaste kicks in. As it warms up, the mouth feel become a little thicker and is definitely a medium bodied beer, the aftertaste remains the same, slightly bitter with dark chocolate and tart berries.

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Photo of farrago
4.61/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

An average pour easily fills half the glass with tan foam, mostly smaller bubbles but not a dense microfoam, excellent retention and as it slowly dissolves starts to dimple and take on a more delicate wispiness, once it leaves enough room to assess things, thin but ultra-sticky lacing is revealed, random broad blotches across the insides of the glass. Extremely murky brown liquid with a yellow tinged glow to it, too opaque to see if there’s any bubbles around. The nose has an explosive quality to it, a hand grenade of cocoa, coffee, rye bread, burnt caramel, dried cherries and raisins, pine needles and charcoal, softens some into oats and other cereal grains, what’s interesting is how it lacks ostentation and no one element shouts above the others, hard to achieve this kind of integration at its size and volume. It’s medium-bodied and has an overall dryness which lessens its weight, much more roast here and crisp snap. Bitter dark chocolate, coffee bean, leafy herbaceousness and cracked pepper, only after some time will it let out the sweeter caramel to butterscotch notes. Some cherry and dark berry but the fruit is light and close to zero citrus presence. The carbonation has some gears in reserve and keeps it kicking forward. At the end you get a good dose of black licorice and sour breadiness. Both texturally as it vibrates and in terms of flavor intensity, long finish. Intelligently impressive.

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Photo of Samboyer2
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMESSER88
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at World of Beer Raleigh. Served in a snifter.

A - dark brown with a thin white head that has great retention

S - coffee, chocolate, toffee, roasted malts

T - chocolate, roasted malts, charcoal, coffee, bitter finish

M - full bodied, well carbonated

This is a really solid offering. It's labeled a Belgian Style Black IPA, but this drinks like a really smooth Imperial Stout. It has great flavor, it's complex, it's balanced, it is definitely worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours brown with a lasting head.
Nose shows complex roasted malt with chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee and oatmeal notes along with very soft spicy and resinous hops. Lovely.
The complex roasted malt follows as a flavour with more coffee. Some booze follows, lending a coffee liqueur character. Not all that much hops but there's some definite resinous and piny notes. Well-balanced bitterness in the finish.
Nice soft carbonation, but it could be upped a little.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Conman30
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 Ml. Bottle, found in Belgium.

One of my favorites in the country, this beer was a surprise delight. It pours not quite black but close to it. The taste is complex, not overpoweringly dark or bitter but very full and leaves a nice fresh aftertaste that just makes you want more and more. I found it again in Amsterdam and grabbed a couple bottles.

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Photo of Zet
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Discovered this one by accident (was given to me in a package), but it's one of the best brews i've tasted so far. Lovely dark black colour with a big and steady head of foam. Full nose of herbal hops, dark malts and a hint of lemon. Unlike a lot of other beers, the smell stays quite strong throughout the entire session. Taste is quite hoppy, with some roasted malts, dark fruits and dark chocolate. It's not as bitter as the hop smell would suggest though. Also, the hop tastes tendst to get a little weaker after a while, which gives room to some port-like characteristics, a taste which reminds me of the Obscura from the same brewery. Quite heavy on the alcohol, but it's deviously latent. Mouth feel is medium to full bodied, quite sticky and the aftertaste lingers well.

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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Max's yesterday. First time I've ever seen this beer.

The beer pours a very dark brown amber color with very good head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. The nose is complex and terrific in this beer, as i pick up caramel, chocolate, smoke, light dry citrus and a hint of burnt toast. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with the dry citrus and burnt toast flavor balancing the moderate sweet choclate, brown sugar and caramel beautifully. The beer dries out fairly well on the long finish, and mouthfeel is fairly full otherwise. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, and so drinkabiltiy is pretty good.

Another excellent beer from these guys. I'm beginning to think they can't miss.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not listed on the draft menu at Gollem, the bartender recommended that I give this Imperial Black Ale a whirl. Trusting him this time reaped a major reward. On to the beer:

The color is black as ink and topped with a long lasting head which leaves a lot of lacing around the glass. One smell had me feeling for good things to come. The aroma is very strong and brings burnt chocolate, brownies, and plenty of resin. Bring it on!

This is Belgian ale, but it tastes very American. The taste is powerful, leading off with semi-sweet chocolate and a big hoppy flavor. The hops bring a tea-like flavor. It also brings burnt leaves, yet despite all this, the big malt and big hops manage to work together instead of trying to one-up each other. It's full bodied and smooth, with the final touch being an ABV level which is hidden very well.

Now that's what I call being impressed! This is not your usual Belgian ale in terms of beauty, finess, or character. This is a beast of an ale, and well excecuted. An absolute must try if you find it.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great little beer store in Arlon, Belgium, Miorge Mihoublon. Dark mahogany pour with a two finger beige head with great retention and lacing. The nose is classic Black IPA with great balance between the roasty malts and the hops. Lots of toffee and caramel along with piney hops, orange peel, cocoa, roasty coffee, and tangerine. The taste is rich and bold with sweet and toasty caramel malt up front, followed by juicy, piney, resiny hops along with hints of fresh roasted coffee, molasses, and some subtle chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with incredible balance and a great bittersweet finish. Overall, this is right up there with my favorite Black IPA's.

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4.08 out of 5 based on 172 ratings.
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