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:
#3,779
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
172
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
38
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of Matt141
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChipChaight
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mgm54
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Dope
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/19/2018. No idea what that means but I'm guessing bottled about 4 months ago.

A: Not-quite black pour with a nice tall and frothy light brown head. Great head retention. Fine tendrils of lacing once the head has finally faded away.

S: Very chocolaty and sweet. Hints of coffee. No real sign of any hops.

T: Sweet and chocolaty up front with a nice hit of vanilla. Bittersweet cocoa and coffee in the middle. Lightest char and earth in the finish with a wave of hoppiness. Citrusy and piney hops with a decent bit of bitterness really rounds it out. Long lingering hoppy bite between sips.

M: Lighter than you'd expect, higher carbonation makes for an airy brew.

O: Interesting juxtaposition of flavors. It starts out like a nice sweet chocolate porter and then turns into a black IPA. I didn't get a ton of belgian influence but it's there.

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Photo of YvesB
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of leroybrown10
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with some light caramel colored highlights. Large 2+ finger tan colored head is dense and long lasting. Good sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and some earthy hops. Some caramel and a little pine. Smells more like an porter with some hops than a black IPA. Fairly subdued all around.

Roasted malt, light coffee, and caramel. Light hops, earthy, piney, and slightly floral. Pretty smooth. Blends well.

Smooth and creamy on the tongue. Medium carbonation. Hops are present but not much bite. Creamy roasty aftertaste.

Nicely done beer. A bit lacking on the nose but smooth taste and good creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. Top stamped with best by 19 NOV 2018.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with 2 inch light tan head. Excellent retention and thick lingering lacing.
S: A modest shot of grassy hops and roasted malt hits up front. This gives way to dry chocolate, hint of molasses, coffee, vanilla, an assortment of hop notes (citrus, herbal, and pine), and soft clove and spearmint. Very nice complexity and balance here! With warming, the darker malt notes become stronger.
T: Dark dry chocolate, soft vanilla, thick molasses, soft citrus, herbal grass, clove, pepper, dark roasted malt, coffee with cream, wood smoke, and subtle cherry and hint of pine.
M: This is quite the magic trick...this one tastes heavy and yet once you actually pay attention to the feel it is quite light. Impressive for 9.2%. Dry, roasty, restrained bitterness, with subdued chocolate and fruit sweetness. Nice lingering and maturing on the palate too.
D: The balance here is perfection and the mouthfeel is exquisite. Very well constructed and interesting brew. I was a bit leary of a Belgian black imperial IPA, but this surprised me and ended up being a wonderful treat.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of batt6343
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattGrimley
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ivixor
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Saviour
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of k3ve
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of khmel
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First, while listed here as an American black ale, the bottle says that it is a black imperial IPA. It certainly has the hops and ABV to prove it! It pours a dark, opaque brown-black with a lovely, creamy light tan head with wonderful retention. The nose has plenty of resiny pine and sweet citrus hops (though not overwhelming as some DIPAs), but notes of toffee and burnt malt are also present with even a touch of chocolate. The taste follows the nose, hitting you first with the hops and then bringing the burnt malt and drier, stout-like finish. The mouth is smooth, creamy, low-carbonation, full-bodied deliciousness with a somewhat dry finish. All around a great and very unique beer!

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Photo of PrendUnVerreDeBiere
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stijn
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Samboyer2
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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