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Troubadour Obscura | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium | website

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by TastyTaste on 09-21-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
407
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
12.05%
 
 
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Reviews: 226 | Ratings: 407
Photo of barczar
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
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 +7.2%
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 +14.9%
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 -0.5%
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 +9%
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 +16.4%
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 +4.1%
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 +11.3%

$ 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 +17.7%
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 -25.9%
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 +4.4%
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 +3.8%
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 -2.8%
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 -1.8%
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 +16.4%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a dark red brown, translucent in the pour, but nearly opaque in the full glass. Eighth inch light brown head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of dark and fresh dried fruit, toasted malt, molasses, a hint of cardboardy oxidation. Flavor is more fresh dark fruit, sweet/sour lighter fruit, coffee, chocolate, bit of molasses and hints of Belgian yeast. Finishes with mild coffee, hint of hops bitterness and residual semi sour light fruit. Medium bodied with little carbonation. As advertised, a melding of Belgian dark ale and a drier foreign style stout, leaning a bit more in the Belgian dark direction. A nice change of pace for either and a good job at combining the strengths of both. The slight sourness was a bit distracting for me, but I still enjoyed this quite a bit. The mild oxidation elements made me look closer at the bottle for dates and I was amused to see "Best by: see above", with nothing above or below to indicate date. Nice try, guys.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A – Dark brown/burgundy color, tan head, bubbly, almost see through at the edges

S – Chocolate, dark fruits (figs, plums), belgian yeast, molasses, black licorice, caramel

T – Big chocolate and dark fruits (figs/plums) at first, belgian yeast taste, candi sugar, molasses, dark malts, caramel, coffee, nutty/chestnut notes too

M – medium body, not very much alcohol warmth, would be good with dark meat/steak/chocolate, nitro smoothness, coats the mouth

O – great beer, reminds me of Trappistes Rochefort 10, I'd say it's more like a Belgian Strong Dark than an export stout, I would have it again in a heartbeat

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at HopCats. Pour is very dark brown; fairly clear with a small but durable head that leaves a good bit of sticky lacing.

The aroma and flavor are complex and rich, and certainly not like a typical export stout. In fact, this seems more like a Belgian strong Dark to me. However, there is a substantial component of dark roasted malts mixed in with the molasses, cooked dark fruits, and burnt sugars.

O: recommended.

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served on nitro-tap at Ashley's, Westland, MI. Belgian beer fest 2013

Appearance- Served in a troubadour Belgian-style flute glass. Cloudy dark amber with a big creamy nitro head. Looks very picturesque. No doubt the nitro helps out the look.

Smell- Faint aromas overall. I don't know if the narrow glass stunts my ability to get a good nose, but it doesn't smell too strong at all. Smells good though. Pungent sour apple, grapes, oak, a bit of coffee, black licorice, and finishes with some earthy yeast. Complex.

Taste- Sour bite followed by strong prunes and caramel. Faint citrus notes rounded out with big, robust coffee and roasty grain. Nutty but starchy chestnut notes as well. Very straightforward. A good complex Belgian.

Mouthfeel- Nitro-aided smoothness with some faint bubbles that coat the mouth and allow the flavors to linger. Nothing unique, but good.

Overall- Belgians aren't my favorite, but I would drink this again. Very drinkable for a "dark" style Belgian. Lets hope it pairs well with some mussels!

Cheers.

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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a belgian stout? this has to be my first.... but my bottle looks different and the abv says 9%....
pours an intersting radiating dark brown; almost can see through the edges, but not quite. hence the 'radiating' description.
smells very dark fruit-y, almost like a thick, nasty, bitter something, but let's see....
so this is a belgian stout. confusing first taste. stout-like, yet dark fruit-like also. almost as if them belgians cant seem to lose the dark fruit in any of their brews. but hey! to each their own, right?
captivating. the high abv makes it worth journeying further. a slight chalky grittiness reminding me it's a stout style. a hard dark fruit malt-iness that reminds me of other, long ago tried brews.... worth a try. like i said, my first belgian stout. never considered it before.

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Photo of safaricook
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought at the Bierparadijs in Meer, Belgium. Poured into a Croy Tulip.

A great fine bubbled beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves impressive lacing. A pitch black body that gives a ruby shine when brought to a strong light source.

Strong smell of coffee and toffee.

Taste is quite sweet and only slightly bitter towards the end. Dominant is coffee flavor and interesting dryness

For a stout the carbonation is rather strong and gives it a refreshing touch.

I am not so much into stout but this is quite pleasant and has enough carbonation to make really drinkable. I would drink it to substitute after dinner espresso.

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Photo of Fux
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with mahogany glints. The head (creamy, off-white) is thin but lingering.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate malts, grainy, yeasty. Fruity esters (red fruits, dark fruits). Spicy.

T: Molasses, sweet malts. Yeasty, spicy, with notes of cloves, banana, currants.

M: Medium body with soft carbonation.

O: Tasty, flavor profile with character. Pleasant overall.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a foamy head that does not stay. Some slight lace.

Some dark fruit, coffee, and sweetness in the malt for aromas.

Coffee flavors, molasses sweetness, with a slight sour edge, maybe date or dried fig for fruit. A bit cloying, even with 8.5% alcohol, which does come thru, but doesn't really help. Moderate bitterness.

A bit thinner than I'd like. Carbonation is ok.

Overall, not a favorite. I had a bomber and after about half, I was really bored with this brew. Structure is fine, just not what you'd want to drink a lot of. For my personal taste, I won't have this again.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.62/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in tall ale glass.

A: very dark burgundy; good solid, creamy head with retention
S: chocolate, caramel malt; resembles the aroma of a Euro strong dark lager
T: cherry, fig, raisin are the foundation; little in the way of stout proper, and much more like a Euro dark lager
M: slight imbalance between the frothy head and the semiprickly carbonation.

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Photo of wgfxkmf
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours ruby to amber with a light bubbly head which quickly dissipated leaving nice lacing

S - Nice malty nose. Reminds me more of a nice malty lager than a stout

T - very Malt forward with hints of earthy fruits, raisin, fig, currant, even tobacco

M - Thin. Light bodied, not a typical stout, either American or European. The name "mild stout" is fitting. Those looking for traditional stout characteristics may be disappointed

O - I enjoyed this beer. Don't bring presuppositions to the party, and let your nose, eyes and tongue be the judge. Great color, malty flavor, and complex overtones abound. Will definitely have again, and will add to my pubs bottle list

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