Troubadour Westkust | Brouwerij De Musketiers

Troubadour WestkustTroubadour Westkust
BA SCORE
84.9%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 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:
#3,745
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
172
Liked:
146
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
9.63%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 172 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of beerdrifter
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddy brown color with an off white head, Lace is left behind and looks like a well hopped black ale. The aroma has toffee, leather, herbal tea and candy sweetness. The taste has ample pithy citrus and pine needle sap, brown sugar, and iced tea. Nice semi sweet and bitter flavors working together, hops and Belgian yeast. Sugary, yet slightly hoppy and dry, Well rounded, well balanced dark Belgian IPA. Perhaps the best of a rare breed.

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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.05/5  rDev -24.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of Franziskaner
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light black in color with a murkiness when held up to light. A quarter inch of beige head is on the top. Sweet aroma of dark malt and molasses permeates the top of the glass. Thick lacing is present. The flavor is on the sweeter side with loads of sweet malt,molasses,and black licorice. There are some hops present but they are definitely in the background and give it a spruce note. The mouth is chewy and viscous. Not what I expected,but a Belgian take on this style is still a treat.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Dark brown color , good off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, hoppy citrus notes and coffee. Taste is very hoppy with notes of tropic fruits and roasted malt. Full body , moderate carbonation . Long bitterness in aftertaste. Great!

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a jet black body with decent enough tan head
booze & charcoal
hops slip through now & then
changes with each mouthful
I really like it

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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

Murky brown color with tan head. Aroma is really similar to rum. It has raisins, burnt sugar, rich, sweet malt, a hint of sweet coffee, spices and a woody hop note on the finish. Taste starts with roasted malt, some caramel, a bit of a pleasant spirit flavor and an earthy hop bitterness on the finish. Full bodied with medium carbonation, quite well hidden alcohol. It's not a typical black IPA for sure but it's a complex beer with really nice flavors.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of dcmchew
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
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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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

Troubadour Westkust from Brouwerij De Musketiers
Beer rating: 84.9% out of 100 with 172 ratings
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