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Troubadour Obscura - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
87
very good

351 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TastyTaste on 09-21-2003)
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a ulip glass. Had a dark brown color and thick, cloudy consistency. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head and excellent lacing.

S: A strong malty smell, along with chocolate and spices.

T: This beer had a big malt flavor up front, mixed with chocolate and a mild coffee taste. Lots of spices (pepper especially) in the finish. Nicely complex.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. It's solid and well made.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 13:37:23 | More by avalon07
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

Age of this beer is unknown

Pours a dark brown with a one inch head

Aroma-Smells almost like bread pudding with raisins-perplexing

Taste-It says "mild stout" on the label so I am somewhat taken aback with the initial taste.
It is amost winey, light bodied and fruity with a bit of lingering sourness. Clearly not a tradional stout character. This beer reminds me of a Grand Cru in its complexity and taste, or, as in the Beer Advocate description, a "Belgian Strong Dark Ale". Maybe "mild stout" is how the Belgians describe a"strong dark ale."

In any case this is a complex interesting beer, just don't let the name fool you!

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 22:39:37 | More by hosehead83
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

okay, the beer starts with a gush upon popping the cap...uhoh...usually not a good sign.
Beer is poured at cellar temp into a snifter. Pours a dark mahogany to chocolate brown. A fluffy beige head of 4-5 cm foams up rapidly and surprisingly fades quickly to a thin surface layer with clingy foam on the glass as lattice.
Aroma is some chocolate maltiness and a little brown sugar but overall fairly mild.
First sip reveals a soft silky textured brew with almost non-existent carb, must've all fizzed into the air upon opening the bottle.
The flavor is generally sweet chocolate and brown sugar with a little bit of doughy yeast. The finish is a little dry and roasty actually, but also just a hint of an off metallic flavor way in the background. Overall the beer is tasty, but I wonder about geyser beers and their status. I'd like to try this one again methinks.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 04:54:33 | More by sulldaddy
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thekanna

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown with miles of frothy, lacy, tan head. Effervescence is really visible as myriad trails of tiny, effervescent bubbles are rising to the top.

S: Molasses like sweetness with tones of spicy cloves, cinnamon, and ginger. Esters and yeasts are detectable but not overpowering.

T: Powerful taste of roasted malts and smoky, dark chocolate which end in bitter coffee. Estery taste is briefly present with the malts but gets drowned out in the bitterness.

M: Slightly tingling sensation on the tongue gives way to a smoothness and slickness as it goes down.

D: Great for sipping. It's complex enough to be Belgian, yet has an overall English quality to it. Excellent balance of the two.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 04:15:13 | More by thekanna
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dirtylou

Washington

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1/2 off taps at brasserie V on inauguration day

cell phone notes

appearance: served in a nice chalice, strong mahogany body, garnet tints, tan creamy froth

smell: sweet and roasty, light chocolate, pruin/raisin, caramel malts

taste: nice - a little sour, a little sweet, a lot roasty...dry chocolate, pruin/raisin/date, smoky, a touch of rum. nice find indeed

mouthfeel: smooth and robust

drinkability: good

Serving type: on-tap

01-25-2009 23:25:07 | More by dirtylou
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HappyBivouac

Iowa

3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured into an Ommegang glass. The bottle is different from the one on the site, and more to my liking. Best by date on the bottlecap of 23/05/10

a- cloudy dark brown an a light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin bubbly film. pretty pleasant to look at, actually. The head after calming down has a really interesting appearance involving lots of large and small circles making a pattern. That's the best way I can describe it but I haven't seen this phenomenon before.

s- smells of belgian yeast fruity sweetness and tartness. Lots of mildy tart and sweet fruits like raisins, white grapes, apples and pears. Not so bad.

t- very bready with subtle sour/sweet fruits right upfront with a little bit of brown sugar. There are very, VERY subtle hints of roasted chocolate and coffee, but not enough to round this out. The weird thing is there is no discernable flavor in the middle. It feels like the taste enters the mouth and seems promising, then suddenly vanishes like a ghost. The finish is a strong definite belgian yeast tartness. The long-term aftertaste is an unpleasant yeasty sour feeling. None of the flavors--though strong--seem to have any sort of fullness to them, and overall it seems very unbalanced and/or lacking. This doesn't taste like a stout in any way, shape or form, either.

m- a medium to medium-heavy body that clashes and contrasts with the weird ghostly vanishing taste. Would love this feel in other beers, not so much here.

d- like I said, the flavors are strong but don't present themselves well at all. I got tired of the taste and heavy body of this beer, so I couldn't see myself having another or buying this ever again.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 03:52:49 | More by HappyBivouac
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 6/6/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a nice tan head. Aroma strongly of raisin as well as brown sugar. Flavor again of raisin, sweetness, slight hint of coffee. Even though I don't like raisin flavor in general, it was enjoyable in this beer. Not too sweet and the alcohol was well hidden. This tasted like a Belgian strong ale, not a stout. Good beer.
6/4/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 03:43:56 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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benmiliron

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Paid $3.99 for a bottle. Bottle was 6 mo. past "best by" date. Dark tar or molasses in the glass. Nice tan head falls fast. Smell is alcohol and spice. Taste is the most interesting. Dark candied fruits and alcohol, a bit of yeast, dates, and an unpleasant bite of something medicinal. Mouthfeel packs a punch with sharp carbonation.

Probably too old a bottle, but there are too many beers out there to try this again. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 23:27:24 | More by benmiliron
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magictrokini

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with red highlights and a short off-white head. Aroma was soap, funky yeast, marshmallows, prunes, and cocoa. Taste was much better. Rich chocolate, mocha, coffee, and toasty malt. It rapidly turns to cherries, yeast, and caramel/spun sugar/too sweet raisins. Interesting Belgian take on a stout.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 23:02:30 | More by magictrokini
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Belgian Stout I split with my friend John, while sleeping on his couch because my GF had kicked me out of the house. If it seems like a did a lot of reviews while in that painful relationship, it's because I did. Out of the bottle the beer was a cloudy dark mahogany color. Huge three finger head of mocha-like foam that retained beautifully and left curtains of sticky lacing on our glasses. The aroma was clearly Belgian, complex fruity esters, roasted malt and coffee. The flavor profile was similar, starting sweet with chocolate then going into the fruit and tangy yeast before swinging to the bitter end for an acidic, coffee finish. Complex and distinctly European. I prefer American stouts personally but if you dig the over the pond kind you must try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 19:58:51 | More by thekevlarkid
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shivtim

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the thirsty monk in Asheville. Served up in a glass from the brewery!

Deep red-black brew, nice mahogany tints to the edges. Decently sized head is dark beige.

Smell is roasty chocolate malts. Taste is toasted malts, dark chocolate and fruits, and some spice that seems vaguely Indian subcontinent-esque, if that makes sense. Nice interaction between the deep fruits and delicate spice.

Very solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2008 04:48:41 | More by shivtim
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened this one whilst watching the battle of my almae matres.

Good looking beer Creamy, sticky head atop a black body with ruby edges.

This beer has a spicey, roasted taste and aroma. Nice but perhaps lacking depth. A bit warm in thie finsih with a hint of soy.

Light belgian style mouthfeel.

A good beer, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 01:36:55 | More by IPAcraig
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Overlord

California

2.05/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a stout?

Pours a cloudy dark brown. Large tan head. Smells... bad. Chocolate gone bad, rotten fruit ... oxidized coffee? Taste is, again, bad. Seemed metallic/oxidized, a rancid cafe au lait flavor ... just really unpleasant. Mouthfeel too thin for a stout.

I've had several Belgian stouts now, and I have strongly disappointed by each one. Clearly, not my style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2008 07:54:29 | More by Overlord
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mahogany with hints of ruby and a big, fluffy tan head giving way to substantial lacing which lasts throughout the beer.

Great aroma consisting of dark fruits, spice, roasted malt, and dark bread.

The taste brings out many characteristics I did not detect in the aroma including a prominent sweet chocolate to accompany the dark fruits and roasted malt with just a touch of bitterness as declared on the bottle.

Medium to light body with much to offer the palate and fairly generous carbonation.

Drinkability is great! Tons of flavor, smooth going down and always leaves you craving the next sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 02:34:40 | More by CHADMC3
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prototypic

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This one pours a nice looking dark chestnut brown color. There's plenty of scarlet highlights around the edges despite it's slightly hazy appearance. The head is tan in color and easily two and a half fingers deep. It was slow to dissipate and left a sticky coat of lace clinging to the glass.

Smell: The nose is very nice, but falls well short of spectacular. It's primarily a well blended mix of chocolate and roasted malts. In true Belgian fashion, it smells lightly spiced. There's some dark fruit aromas at the secondary level. This is a complex and nice smelling beer. But, it seems like the malts tend to push everything else around.

Taste: The flavor is much even keel and well done. Chocolate and roasted malts are very flavorful and well balanced. Neither seems to win the tug of war, but it is worth noting that the chocolate malts strongly resemble milk chocolate (rather than dark). It features a light spicy flavor. Other than clove, the spices are unidentifiable, but really liven up the flavor. There's some light dark fruit flavors (mostly raisin and plum). Surprisingly, no alcohol is noted. It finishes sweet and slightly sour. Indeed, this is a very complex and flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and has a pretty nice feel. Perhaps it's a tad too light. Carbonation is active, but it remains nice and smooth. Drinkability is very high. This is really an easy drinking beer, especially taking the 8.5% abv into account. It goes down way too easy for that stature.

Troubadour Obscura's a very impressive beer. I didn't quite know what to expect from this one. Color me very surprised and impressed. It's packed full of flavor and is very complex. Yet, it's an approachable and very drinkable beer. I think it could stand a little more body and a little work on the nose. But, it's a very good beer nonetheless. Definitely one to check out.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 02:51:14 | More by prototypic
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craytonic

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC

Beautiful dark mahogany pour, nice head, good lacing.

Nose of dark fruit, brown sugar, roasted malts, and spice

Taste: Dark fruit (raisins, figs, prunes), brown sugar, molasses, roasted malts, cranberries, spice, a little port/sherry

Mouthfeel: Not a perfect Belgian, but still very good and enjoyable.

Highly drinkable, very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2008 16:41:43 | More by craytonic
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guntherhophead

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber-brown w/light-beigehead. Some tracing, respectable retention.
S-Sweet malt, dough, raisins, light cocoa, molasses, very faint spice.
T-Sweet malt, raisin, chocolate malt (erring in favor of the malt), light hops in the finish that cleanse.
M-Medium body w/velvety mouthfeel and w/perfect amount of restrained carbonation.
D-This is not a Belgian Strong Dark Ale. It lacks the spice character, and even the bottle says "mild stout." Also, the abv is incorrect (8.2% on bottle). The alcohol is somewhat masked...you can tell it's strong, but it goes down very smoothly.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 20:12:06 | More by guntherhophead
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peabody

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out really dark and coffeelike with three fingers of tan small bubbles. Really a good looking pour in my Stone Tulip glass.
Smell is very fruity with fig and raisin aromas mixed with a malty caramel that smells really sweet. As it warms I get the coffee smell but is is very subtle but nice. Some alcohol is present here but not a lot.
Taste is caramelly sweet with a slight hint of plum and raisin. Not much coffee to be tasted here but you can get that in the bitter aftertaste. Very well balanced brew here. Nice.
Mouthfeel is very clean with just a tad of oily residue making you want another sip.
Just a bit too sweet for a session brew but still a great beer from Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 07:39:12 | More by peabody
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erikm25

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a chocolate brown hue. A hint of a dark amber if held up to the light. Creamy one and a half inch head. Solid carbonation and lots of lacing there.

S: Malt mixed with dark fruits and brown sugar. Thick rich molasses and caramel blended nicely with the roasted fruit aromas.

T: Definite chocolate and coffee tastes here. The alcohol is disguised nicely by a licorice and dark fruit texture. Smoked plums or toasted apricots smothered in caramel.

M: Medium body with a long finish and a lingering taste.

D: Very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2008 04:29:09 | More by erikm25
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice. Nice thick off-white head, rich mahogany in color and good retention and lacing...a very nice looking beer. Smell complex with notes of sweet milk chocolate, some alcohol, caramel, and dark fruits. As it warmed it almost took on a red wine like smell. Taste was good but a little too boozy for me. Some chocolate, dark fruits (cherries or grapes it seemed like), a bit of coffee and a little too much alcohol. I also notice a slight metallic taste to it. The mouthfeel was thick and smooth, very warming as it goes down. Overall a great beer. I dont know if the metallic taste was just a bad bottle or not, but even with that, it proved to be a solid Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2008 23:12:16 | More by bunnyhustle
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Brad007

Vermont

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-black color with a two-finger head that fades down, leaving some decent lacing in the glass.

Aroma is rich with hints of chocolate, coffee and dark fruit. There's also an underlying creaminess present. Definitely smells like a stout.

Taste starts out smooth upfront with chocolate, dark fruit and coffee showing up in front. As the beer hits the back of the tongue, creaminess takes over.

Mouthfeel is just that: creaminess with some trace of bitterness from the coffee-like flavors. Carbonation is a bit too high. Alcohol is well-hidden.

Drinkability is solid here. I believe after some aging, this will develop more of a stout character. Similar to Allagash Black but with more polish. The carbonation isn't desirable to me but otherwise, it's a nice Belgian take on a stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 02:03:26 | More by Brad007
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jeffmonarch

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle in a snifter glass.

A - Dark brown with a thin light tan head.

S - Really sweet with a liquor smell. Smells strong.

T - Very sweet and very mild as the name suggests.

M - Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

D - This is good for a mild stout. I love stouts, they are my favorite style but I am not a fan of this mild style stout.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 03:41:57 | More by jeffmonarch
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Ebenezer's.

Presented in a maudite goblet. Dark but not opaque black with a huge, pillowy tan head. Left wonderful lacing.

Slight aromas of alcohol, some chocolate, roasted malts and finally some yeasty aromas.

Tastes range as the beer warms. Starts off nicely enough with some light toasted malty flavor and then goes into some light alcohol finish. I also get the belgian kick with a earthy yeasty taste.

Another fun belgian stout. Pretty thin mouthfeel. I really like the drinkablilty of these beers despite the higher abv. They hide them fairly well and this one was very refreshing. I think I drank it in about minutes!

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2008 13:13:12 | More by DrDogbeer
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ballewblake

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up at New Beer in NYC. Poured from bottle dated good til 9/09, into chalice.

A dark ruby red with a one finger off white head on a semi aggressive pour. Smell is belgian yeasts, sweet, tangy, some sweet rich malts in the back. Taste is a little smokey on the back, sweet malts up front. Low carbonation, slick on the tongue, a pretty easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 01:48:04 | More by ballewblake
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful black cherry with generous tangerine highlights. My usual pour has resulted in a large crown of golden brown sugar colored creaminess. The foam is also nicely sticky, as evidenced by a fairly impressive array of sea foam lace. Who says a stout needs to be opaque to look good?

Speaking of which, the brewery calls this beer a stout, so why can't we? It's about time Belgian stout became a recognized style on this site. The nose is wonderfully deep and rich, featuring plenty of roasted and chocolate-like aromas, along with dark fruit and spice. Good beer looks to be mere seconds away.

Troubadour Obscura is a wonderful version of the style, no matter what style one settles on. Interestingly enough, tart is almost as prominent as sweet, bitter and spicy. Tastes like chocolate-covered plums. Maybe even cranberries. This is complex beer than should become even more complex as it warms.

In addition to the flavors mentioned above, there's a fair amount of anise and a hint of molasses. A tremendous medium-dark fruitiness, however, is the star of the show. Figs are in there, as are raisins. The amount of clove is just right. In fact, everything about this Brouwerij De Musketiers stout is just right.

The mouthfeel isn't quite in the upper echelon of Belgian ales, but the beer is still a treat to drink. The carbonation provides a lush creaminess that makes drinking quickly a soft summer breeze. It's rare that I'm almost out of beer at this point in the review.

Troubadour Blond Ale is good stuff. Troubadour Obscura Mild Stout is even better. I saw 4-packs up in Madison several days ago (new label) and didn't buy one. Now that I've tasted what this exceptional ale has to offer, I won't make that mistake again.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 15:30:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
Troubadour Obscura from Brouwerij De Musketiers
87 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.