Troubadour Obscura | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Brouwerij De Musketiers

Style: Foreign / Export Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TastyTaste on 09-21-2003

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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasting sample pours a dark reddish-brown with a frothy head and wet, thin lace.

Aroma is like a caramel soaked kit-kat with a vague spice box quality- nothing to piercing though- and yeasty coffee. All of it comes together like a dark, elegant cigar.

The palate is full-bodied and pure silk- smooth delivery of rich chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla and caramel- with a very mild bitterness. The yeasty, bottle-conditioning fills in those gaps that the roastiness of other stouts leave behind, contributing to the beers softness. Alcohol is well hidden and the roast picks up a little on the finish, but never outshines the silk.

Overall, a nice change from a more traditional stout, but not something I'd want to go back to often due to its big softness. The cigar-like aroma is pretty nice though.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Zakk
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Though the label says "Mild Stout," this appears to be nothing of the sort, and confusing a lot of users on Let's see what all the hoopla is about.

Deep and dark, color is a near opaque ruby red. Creamy tan head drops to a healthy lacing and sticks. Smells of sweet, overripe fruits with a deep caramel beneath. Super smooth and creamy on the palate--velvety texture. More dried fruits soaked in alcohol, with a semi-tart cherry flavor and leafy bitterness. Gummy center. Sweet with toffee, notes of chocolate, some roast coffee, hint of fig meat, and a tangy molasses. Dry chicory, burnt and smoky edges. Black pepper, under a slightly warming alcohol. Finish is dry, with lingering malty notes and some yeasty characters that eventually clean up nicely.

Definitely not a Stout in the traditional sense, but the Belgians are great at putting their own unique twist on things. It's a bit sweeter than expected, but complex and easy on the palate. A good pick, and worth checking out for a completely different kind of Stout.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 11/15/12

A - Pours a deep red/brown with more than three fingers tan head. Head has great retention and coats the glass with lacing.

S - Lots of dark dried fruits, some vanilla and cocoa. Doesn't scream stout but is pretty appealing.

T - Similar to the nose with a more pronounced chocolate/cocoa presence and some roasted malts that bring a bit of earth into the taste. Finish is dey and somewhat bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts semi-creamy and finishes dey and bitter.

O - Pretty solid all around, if not outstanding in any particular way. I would have this again.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a mini-growler and an 11.2 ounce bottle (best before dating of 23/08/08 on the cap)of this brew @ Half time this afternoon. Both versions pour a nice warm dark almond shade of amber, the bottled version seems to be much more highly carbonated. Dark tan head, better retention on the bottled sample and similar spotty lacing left behind.Similar nose of sweet caramel, and malted sweet milk, more prevelant in the growler sample. Srong, flavorful brew, notes of brandy, malted chocolate milk, caramel, bitter dark chocolate and some vanilla. I preferred the growler version, smoother, lower carbonation, give this a try if you like dark, strong Belgians. Nice night cap kind of brew or perhaps give it a try with a chocolate dessert.

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Photo of Mugenlude
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of innominat
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of magictrokini
3.44/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of jiffymon
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
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 stephenlee
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of far333
4.4/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served in a crystal snifter at cellar temperature.

Hazy brown with orangey highlights and a big fat 2 inch head of thick and dimpled foam that lingers long and leaves wide sheets of lace rising up the sides of the glass.

Aroma of cocoa and brown sugar, plus hints of molasses and raisin.

Rich and complex flavor with lots of nuances moving in and out. Cocoa and plum and fig and molasses and espresso and raisin and deeply roasted malt, hints of bready yeast and overripe dark fruits. Some spiciness in the finish. Some smokey charred oak lingers, along with a cherry or currant tartness.

Full and chewy mouthfeel, but finishes tingly and a bit crisp and tannic.

This is fantastic, I could sip it all night.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clouded brown with a fine even speckled lacing forms down the sides of my Chimay chalice. Hints of cherry and Belgian spice, go well with mild dark chocolate creaminess. Flavor fulled with tart fruit cherries/raisins, and hints of creamy chocolate. Mouthfeel medium bodied creaminess, fine effervescent definitely a mild Belgian stout compared to bigger brasher American counterparts. Drinkability overall is very good, not the best or worst Belgian around one of thos beers that I'm glad I could buy a reasonable priced single around 4 bucks for a year old bottle. Good deal with some age on it aleady from 6/10/10.

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev 0%
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 stereosforgeeks
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Nice dark amber color with a nice head that gave some pretty heavy lacing.

Smell - Chocolate with roasted coffee. Mild molasses with a hint of nuts. I smell a sour note but it is very subdued.

Taste - Sour apple mixed with chocolate and roasted coffee. The sour notes really make themselves known on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Incredibly pleasant and crisp. The sour notes excite the palate and mix with the bitter chocolate notes. There is very little carbonation.

Drinkability - An exciting stout. The apple notes really balance with the bitter chocolate to make this incredibly drinkable and distinct. I definitely plan on getting more of these.

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Photo of guntherhophead
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 can tell it's strong, but it goes down very smoothly.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a super thick cream light tan head that takes up about 1/2 of the glass and pushes above the rim. There is a warm brown body that is dense but lets light in toward the base of the beer. There is a super strong carbonation of tiny bubbles that keep that head growing.

S- The slightly sweet earthy black malt aroma has smells of dark caramel sugar following it with a white candy sugar and cream note in the finish.

T- This beer has a light musty almost horsy taste followed by notes of brown sugar and dark black roasted malt with hints of dark toffee. There is a light bitterness in the finish that is from roasted malt and not hops with a light alcohol taste to clean of the finish. The horsy taste increases as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a light pucker at the finish.

D- This beer has a nice dark malt flavor and some nice wild yeast characteristics. This is a creative beer that shows fusion done right can really make a good beer.

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Photo of JMS1512
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok...this is interesting....they call it a mild stout and it comes in at 8.5% ABV. Hmmmm....
Pours a deep deep reddish brown almost black. Nice full finger tan head that melts almost immediately to very thin lacing.
Aromas are definitely Belgium in nature....Belgium yeasts faintly but Belgium style malts intensely. Roasted coffee and chocolate....toasted malts...faint alcohol on the tail end.
Taste is again distinctly Belgium....toasted to burnt malt, roasted coffee and dark, deep chocolate. There is a hops presence because I have an immediate drying after swallowing being left with reminisces of bitter sweet chocolate, but I can't identify it. Nothing citrus or piney there. Just pleasant drying.
After taste is sort of, 'give me another sip of liquid chocolate''s dry and bittersweet chocolate all the way for me.
I like this. Definitely a different stout from anything I have tried....definately a Belgium taste and finish to it. Definitely worth the high price for 11.2 oz and definitely worth another.
This is either a wonderful stout or a wonderful belguim dark ale...I can't decide.

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Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Metalmonk
4.35/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had my first-ever bottle of this at Vol De Nuit in NYC, and took notes while enjoying it.

Poured a smallish light-tan head, on top of a deep milk chocolate color.

Aroma is toffee, dark fruits, burnt sugar and chocolate.

The flavor is so ridiculously close to a 5, but I just couldn't quite award it a grade of perfection. But man, this is delicious. Milk chocolate up front, followed by a fruity clip and gooey, creamy caramel background. Burnt toffee, yeast, peanut brittle linger in the finish. A lively spiciness emerges as it warms (probably more the alcohol than anything else).

Mouthfeel is creamy, milky, buttery, and moderately carbonated. Yummm...

YUM, I say again. Dessert beer for sure.

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Photo of mattfancett
3.05/5  rDev -21.6%

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Troubadour Obscura from Brouwerij De Musketiers
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 425 ratings