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:
171
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
35
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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2%

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3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
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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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml, white foil, capped bottle. Thanks to hoppypocket for the trade. Wow, there's a hop varietal called 'West Coast' in Belgium? Heh, imitation, and all that.

This beer pours a hazy, very dark russet brown hue, with three fingers of puffy, slick, and bulbous beige head, which leaves some stellar distant storm system lace around the glass as it slowly dissolves.

It smells of well roasted caramel malt, aged orange and grapefruit juice, earthy yeast, dark chocolate-covered cherries, subtle dry coffee, plum wine, and leafy, faintly piney hops. The taste is more lightly toasted caramel malt, salted toffee, astringent black fruit - prunes, cherry, and raisin - yeasty whole wheat bread, long-unraked leaves, bittersweet chocolate, weak coffee, strong herbal tea, and more leafy, citrusy, and pinecone hops.

The carbonation is fairly active, in a low-key, almost soothing manner, the body a sturdy medium weight, and as smooth as can be, given the invasive nature of the citrus and pine hop notes. It finishes off-dry, the roasted bready caramel malt, dwindling yeast, dark fruit, and bitter citrus and pine hops all still in play.

A rather well-wrought Cascadian ale, the roasted character not interfering, or worse, detracting from the hoppy and fruity side of things. Instead, a gentle balance is achieved, wherein the big ABV is obfuscated, and the itinerant flavours melded. Cool that the hops here are all Belgian, because I could have sworn otherwise - old world, this is certainly not, however, a bit of that region's brewing ethos does seem to gradually seep in.

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3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 9/6/2015. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a nice 2-3 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that last. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, lemon zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, light char, pine, floral, toast, grass, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, toast, light char, floral, pine, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a fantastic balance of roasted malt/hop flavors with balanced bitterness; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full body; with a fairly creamy, slick, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial black IPA! Awesome balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. An extremely delicious offering.

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3.27/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark brown, almost completely black, one finger head that recedes just a bit and lasts a very long time.
Smells incredible. Caramel and roasted malts, sweet citrus (like over-ripe oranges), chocolate, marzipan, faint coffee, toffee, raisin, plums, faint spruce, leafy hops, vanilla, and i think i could go on for quite a while.
First thing i find out tasting it is that it's incredibly smooth. As for the taste itself: nice mix of roasted malts, chocolate and a bit of coffee in the start, burnt sugar, faint dark bread crust. Some fruitiness underneath, nice figs, raisin, some dried (bit smoked) plums, touch of sour cherries. Not so spicy, just some woody dark spices, like cinnamon, faint vanilla, dried orange peel and a bit of nutmeg. Some nice clean herbal notes in the finish, nice hops, like black and strong green tea combined, giving off a nice bitterness along with the roast.
As i said, really smooth, medium body and fizz, feels.. fluffy. The big abv is hidden nicely and reminds of coffee liquor.
These guys know how to brew beer. Sure, the Belgian twist overpowers the hops, but you get a big tasty ration of both.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

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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2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
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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4/5  rDev -2%

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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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4.08 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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