Troubadour Westkust | Brouwerij De Musketiers

Troubadour WestkustTroubadour Westkust
BA SCORE
4.05/5
172 Ratings
Troubadour WestkustTroubadour Westkust
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#3,781
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
172
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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2.75/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of stevoj
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Tres Bonne Cuisine. Not overwhelming. Why is Belgium trying to imitate the West Coast? Weak black IPA, left wanting in almost all categories.

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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3.05/5  rDev -24.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Maybe this was a bad bottle, but I got a slight but nasty metal flavor in this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Hellpop65
3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MrDell
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

18.07.2016

Troubadour Westkust
Black IPA – 9.2% - 330ml Bottle – Best Before 07.07.2018

Appearance: Dark brown, slow moving carbonation. Big just off white, dense head which shrank fairly quickly, leaving it looking like a glass of coca-cola.

Aroma: Stout like; roasted malts, hops, coffee.

Taste: Cross between a stout and a black IPA. A lot off roasted flavours (stout) but also a lot of new world hops (IPA).
Very bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, prickly carbonation and very dry, bitter finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed the troubadour magma and the stout, but this one, that is somewhere in the middle is not really to my taste. I find it a little too bitter.

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3.44/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of dry earthy hops with some dry roasted malt notes. Taste is a mxi between some roasted malt with dry bitter notes with some earth hops with and almost astringent finish. Body is light with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too much astringency to be truly enjoyable.

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3.49/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With experimentation at its core, Troubadour's wonderful blend of chocolate and citrus weave together in a charming yin & yang relationship and then wrapped in a soft Belgiany cocoon.

Pouring a solid but murky brown, the beer's frothy foam stance sheds rich aromatics of toasted grain, chocolate and orange. A slight tinge of peppercorn tingles the nose as the luscious taste of caramel and chocolate begin to saturate the tastebuds, its full carbonations engulfs the mouth with a creamy and lightened weight.

With the flavors unfolding across the middle palate, its malt sweetness relaxes and its chocolate character turns bitter and coffee-like. With more earthy components rising, a toasty, nutty and chicory flavor beings to counter the retreating sweetness. The hoppy side of balance reveals the dried citrus taste of grapefruit and orange and a trending bitterness that aligns more with the pith and skins of fruit.

Even with its high rate of carbonation, the ale is robust and creamy and its dryness is moderate. With the linger of chocolate and spent coffee grounds, the hops achieve a mere even-keel status with a simmering peppery warmth.

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3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.67/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 172 ratings
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