Troubadour Obscura
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé

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Style:
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #29
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,317
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.7%
Reviews:
237
Ratings:
431
From:
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  17
Gots
  27
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a really cool belgian stout here, a style i love, and we dont see nearly enough of in existence. its cool to have a stout be fermentation forward, especially when its not sour or wild, and thats exactly what we have here, a big rich dark stout with an almost saison yeast profile to it, rustic and old worldy, some belgian esters in the mix, and the fusion with the dark grain is awesome. things like licorice and tobacco jump right out of this, a little molasses or black treacle sweetness and bitterness at the same time, a deep roasted campfire-esque element, and then some high tone notes like banana, white pepper, and port wine. i also get espresso, chicory, and black pepper, and dried fruits. its quite complex, and increasingly so as it warms up. the alcohol is present the whole time, but its not hot, just sort of warm and slowing the drink down a little bit, allows me to fully appreciate each sip. the body here is bigger, but the carbonation is awesome, and this drinks light for what it is, even with the strength and the sweet both at work in the finish. very cool beer overall, and a fun recent find, you dont see these beers around as much anymore, so i was stoked to score one. really enjoyed this as an after dinner sipper on a full belly!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium: Capped, chalice glass.
Opacity: Almost opaque, tons of activity.
Color: Dark brown with a copper hue.
Head: Dense creamy and frothy 3 finger.
Legs: Strong with good swirl reaction.
Smell: Oak/Brown sugar/Raisins.
Taste: Prunes/Vanilla/Belgian yeast/Herbal.
Feel: Esters/Earthy/Leafy/Syrupy.
Body: Medium slick and oily, a bit fluffy.
Carbonation: Good crisp, fresher than usual for the style.
Overall: Kind of warming. Very good quality Belgian dark ale.

Visual 8.5/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 7.5/10 - Balance 7/10 -
Freshness 5.5/10 - Intensity 7.5/10 - Complexity 7/10 - Appreciation 7.5/10

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - so, nobody else is claiming this to be what it is listed as here. Time to find out for myself.

This beer pours a clear (I think), dark orange-brick brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and chunky tan head, which leaves some decent thick spider web pattern lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, brown sugar syrup, black stone fruit, bittersweet cocoa powder, vanilla cookies, a bit of musty yeastiness, and some very plain earthy, herbal, and floral noble hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready caramel malt, a lesser biscuity toffee sweetness, candi sugar, muddled pome fruity notes, fading vanilla-flecked milk chocolate, ephemeral yeast, and more rather understated earthy, musty, and dead floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in is innocuous frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess seeping in as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, and a bit like port wine, sans the heat.

Overall - yeah, this is definitely more akin to a Dubbel or BSDA than any kind of stout. That said, it's pretty darned flavourful, and as mentioned, exhibits essentially no booziness. Worth checking out, especially if you like all things obscura.

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

330 ml bottle into the branded glassware at a bar here in Belgium

Dark amber brownish in color, thick tan head. Rich caramel and toffee malt flavors in the aroma and taste. Fairly sweet. Medium bodied.

Yup, more of an amber or dark ale, but tasty.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle, no date, 9% ABV. Cap stamped "0204111214" (probably an older bottle). Pours very hazy light brown with a medium sized khaki head. Smells and tastes of caramel, bready/roasted malt, cocoa, vanilla, dark fruit, and oxidization. Lots of caramel with a decently roasted complexity. Medium bitterness, light dryness, and light tartness. Vinous aftertaste. Average body and carbonation for the style. Overall, even though it was probably an older bottle, it still held up well and had a complex flavor profile.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Belgian beer fulfills all you should have a good strong ale. But fails al'exelencia of other beers of this style. It standand beer, accurate, reliable but not special.

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Photo of Dzu
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.33 l bottle into goblet glass.
L: Turbid dark brown colour with a beutiful biege foam head.
S: Hops, licorice.
T: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel, coffee.
F: Tight body , medium carbonation.
O: Smells weak but great taste!

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

Not pitch black, but very dark amber with a very good lasting head. Smell of liquorice, malt and hops (think German doppelbock). A full taste of dark fruits (grapes), malt, wood, chocolate and vanilla. In fact, this beer reminds me of Portugal's staple drink: port wine. Not your archetypical stout, though there is some roasted coffee flavour in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden in the taste, but gives a nice warmth after the finish. Full bodied and quite smooth. Very nice and unique beer.

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Photo of janubio
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark colour, huge head with medium retention that leaves a nice lace. Aroma of chocolate,dark fruits, licorice, cinnamon, overripe fruits. Medium body, creamy palate, carrbonation is OK. Taste of dark fruits, chocolate, pepper, coffee liquor. Excelent.

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Photo of teromous
2.96/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I don't see a date on the bottle but the cap has the following stamped: "0204110209"
The beer I have is listed at 9% ABV and is marked as a "mild stout" at the bottom part of the label.

Appearance: As soon as I opened the bottle it began to slowly gush out on its own. This seems a bit odd given that it doesn't have much of a head when poured. It has a light cream colored head with a bit of a light khaki in it. Spotty lacing. The body of the beer is a dark brown color and opaque.

Aroma: It has a strong caramel aroma which is more consistent with something like a Doppelbock. It has a sweet sugary date smell too which again is more consistent with something like a Dubbel. It is not a bad aroma it just doesn't smell like a stout. Normally very liberal license can be given to any dark Belgian beer given that specific styles are not listed but this beer explicitly states that it is a "mild stout."

Taste: There is a bit sweet malty caramel flavor here. It has just a touch of raisin bread flavor or even a bit of fruitcake. It's a pretty good tasting beer but it won't scratch an itch for a stout.

Mouthfeel: Quite a bit of carbonation; more than the standard stout. The body is about medium and no bitterness at all. A slightly off-dry finish.

Overall: It's not a bad beer as a whole but it just tends to be very sweet and without a solid direction or intent. It tends to be pretty sweet and that really dominates both the nose and the flavor palate to the point where you just want something more from the beer. It doesn't taste like a stout at all. The upside is that it does have a nice raisin bread or fruitcake flavor but again this is surrounded by this strong malty caramel sweetness. If that is your thing then you might enjoy this but if you are looking for anything in the realm of a stout then you will be disappointed.

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Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottlecap says best before 23/08/08.

Aroma is sherry laden initially, with vinous notes. The cocoa is still present in full force.

Flavor is raisiny, a touch vinous, with toffee hitting mid palate, along with chocolate, and carrying into the lightly roasty finish. A bit sweet, but no sign of alcohol whatsoever. Aged very gracefully.

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Photo of RickS95
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's the lightest stout I've seen. Nowhere near black and not all that dark. Kind of a ruddy, murky brown. It looks very rich and full of flavor. The head is very talk, but thinly packed. Has great legs and leaves a crazy lace.

Scents of malted barley and bettering hops, kind of earthy. A little caramel evolves slowly and while the ABV is modest 8.2%, some boozy notes come wafting up.

Oh, but the taste...stellar. The caramel mixes nicely with the rest of the grain bill. A bit of oak and vanilla emerge as the beer warms. And just when you think you've seen it all, a little chocolate says hello

Slightly complex feel as it crosses from smooth to grainy, earthy to sweet, medium bodied to light bodied. The carbonated finish brings everything together.

Much better than the sum of its parts. Amazing taste and complex feel. So glad I tried this.

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Photo of Arthuros
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Very good dark Belgian ale, with caramel flavours and a reddish colors. Very sweet in mouth, the bitterness kicks in to subside after a few minutes. Delicious beer which I'd wholeheartedly recommend

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9.4oz.brown bottle

Troubadour Obscura (mild Stout) poured a very dark brown with a slight red cast especially at the edges. A 1 1/2-finger tan bubbly/foamy and creamy head was formed. The aroma is of roasted malt, caramel and hops in the background. The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, chocolate, and coffee followed by a mild hop presence to add a little balance. Medium bodied, smooth and creamy on the palate.

Obscura is a tasty easy drinking stout.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Bryant Lake Bowl
A: Opaque chestnut with ½” light tan head that produces thin sheets of lace.
S: Grain and fruit aromas, mainly large pitted with some hints of tropical. Some toast to roast.
T: Starts full, fruity and sweet then dark malts kick in carrying the beer from the middle through the finish. Roasted unmalted barley flavors mingle with caramel and dark sugars. In the finish roast suggesting coffee mingles with hop bitterness.
M: Above average carbonation but creamy and soft - not harsh. Medium full body.
O: Belgian body and texture and yeast driven character marries the dry stout grain bill.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Something between foreign stout and dubbel. Smell of dark fruit, bitter aftertaste. Unique. Very recommendable. I liked it better than Magma and Westkust from the same brewery.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 8/6/2015. Pours slightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, white grape, light pepper, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast ester notes; with great strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, fig, pear, apple, white grape, light pepper, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light peppery yeast spice/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, raisin, plum, pear, apple, grape, light nuttiness, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian style imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.34/5  rDev +10.4%

$ 5.29/11.2 oz bottle at Vintage Estates, Boardman, OH
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of milk chocolate
Head large (6 cm), light brown, frothy, very slowly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing excellent – centimeter wide complete rings of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor of milk chocolate; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.3125. Final weighted score: 4.3375
Very much a milk chocolate stout, sweet, flavorful, quite good.

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Photo of tomordonez
4.59/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip. Nice chunky head. Looks dark brown almost black. Smells like coffee, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt, wood fire. Medium body, low carbonation, tastes like burnt candy, bitter chocolate, brandy-like, a little like Guinness but better. A lingering coffee finish. Powerful dark flavors that shadow the alcohol. I would drink it for breakfast if it wasn’t so strong

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.89/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with roasted malt, cocoa, acidic, and dark fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour cocoa and dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is definitely suffering from a mild infection, but is still fairly drinkable as it is.

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a magnum bottle into a large pilsener glass. I got a little too aggressive on the pour, which I thought was fairly moderate, and ended up with about 3 inches of billowy, creamy, pale brown head with tufts resembling whipped cream. The head remains creamy and exceedingly sticky throughout the tasting. The beer is very dark brown with ruby highlights with some haze apparent.

A very distinctive aroma of roasted malts, with plenty of complex dark fruit flavors, molasses, chocolate, caramel and a little dark cherry tang. The complex of flavors and alcohol warming in both the taste and aftertaste are somewhat like a good liqueur. It also has that sort of tanginess that seems to be unique to continental European beers. The flavor is perhaps more like a doppel bock than a typical stout, but the body is quite creamy and stout-like.

I paid only $6.99 for this magnum, which struck me as a very good deal. I had not seen this brand in my town before, and am encouraged by the increasing variety of craft beer in my neck of the woods.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The bottle says it is a mild stout at 8.2% ABV. Drinks like a Belgian strong dark ale.

Pours a chestnut color with a fluffy tan head on it. Opaque. Head retention is good with it dropping to a thick film with some fluffy bits around the edges. Nice lace.
Smell is a bit more restrained than expected, at least straight out of the fridge. Malt, light hops, dark fruits, whiskey/rum, some wood note. Nicely balanced.
Taste is better, more pronounced. Malt leads with dark, alcohol soaked fruits, a coffee note, and wood. Very well balanced.
Medium bodied to start but finishing somewhat fuller. Warming almost from the start. Finish is dryish. A really nice brew that gets better as it warms..

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Photo of stcules
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark color, beautiful beige foam, mahogany edges. Beautiful.
In the smell a good coffee, toasted, malty, some yeasty notes. Good and interesting. A light touch of red fuitiness (strawberry).
Malty and toasty in the taste too, well balanced coffee, the right amount of hop, red fruitiness. A bit of warming alcohol.
Very long aftertaste, with a good coffe, toasty.
Good.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Fresh bottle from Belgium. Thanks Caleb!

The beer is a dark mahogany color with a thick beige cap which coats the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma brings a myriad of fruits, to include apples, grapes. Dark malt and toffee notes. Pretty sweet, with prominent Belgian yeast and caramel tones. Definitely some plum, fig, raisin character in this one. Sweet apples soaked in alcohol. Pretty good.

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Photo of sneakymagician
4.54/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It was reddish in color, but it's appearance made you wonder what it tastes like. This doesn't taste anything like a stout - more like a wine. I'm not saying that the taste was bad, it tastes nice, just very different. It would be a good choice to recommend to wine drinkers, who want to know what beer to try first.

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