Troubadour Westkust | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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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:
#4,183
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
178
pDev:
9.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 40
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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Photo of Conman30
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
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 UniversitateaDeBere
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wolverine48092
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bushbeer75
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1pt. 9.4oz.brown bottle

Troubadour Westkust Black Imperial IPA changed the color of my clear tulip glass to a very dark - almost black hue that exhibited a red cast when held up to the light. Atop sat a nice creamy and frothy 2-finger tan head that over [a long] time was reduced to chunks of sticky lacing that held to the sides of the glass. A nice looking ale. The nose is dominated by roasted malt, coffee and light notes of chocolate and citrus hops. The taste starts out rich and sweet with toasty malt (caramel and chocolate) followed by dry citrus hops with a lingering light bitter finish. The mouth feel is thick, smooth and a little sticky.

Overall, a pleasant ale that drinks like an English Stout but finishes like an IPA..

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Photo of stadmo1
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of personpitch
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radome
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted from a 330 ml bottle in France.

L - Pitch black beer; no light gets through. Off-white head is fluffy, creamy and similar to the krausen of a fermenting beer. Very persistent and sticky.

S - Earthy, savory hops combined with low malt notes. Emphasis on hops. Malt gives a roasted coffee note.

T - Mix of roasted coffee-like malt and earthy, savory hops. Good balance. Late in the palate sweet, lightly toasted malt flavors combine to give a chocolate milk effect.

F - Thick body. Creamy carbonation, but it doesn't cut through the body. Bitterness is moderate to high. Alcohol is obvious as a light burn.

O - A good, well-executed beer, but too sweet, thick and alcoholic to really win me over.

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Photo of RMentair
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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Photo of Zet
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
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 JTuomi
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of mozartandmadnes
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of gwydno
4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaffy22
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwd
4.19/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of esiason14
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 178 ratings