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
Ratings:
171
Reviews:
37
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.56%
 
 
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5
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35
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Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wolverine48092
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bushbeer75
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
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 +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JackieKu
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of personpitch
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Radome
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -20.3%
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 +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 JTuomi
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerTruck
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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

Photo of parintele
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of gwydno
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaffy22
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cwd
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of esiason14
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Bellonc
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brandonld23
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 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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Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
4.08 out of 5 based on 171 ratings.
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