Troubadour Obscura
The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé

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Style:
Foreign / Export Stout
Ranked #27
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
88
Ranked #11,427
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 11.7%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
432
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The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
 
Belgium
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  17
Gots
  27
SCORE
88
Very Good
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Reviews by bushbeer75:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerwolf77
2.71/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle split and poured into to tulips.

A: Dark cinnamon brown, two fingers of light khaki head. Sticky lace left behind.

S: Dark fruits, light coffee, chocolate and a strange off putting metallic aroma that I can't figure out.

T: Full on iron mineral flavor. Once past the well water I get chocolate, coffee and good amount of bitterness. This is hard to drink.

M: Medium to light body. Modest carbonation.

O: Not sure if it's a bad bottle but this was not good.

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Photo of jabo134
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of LestatSabastian
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this beer.
The color was nice dark brown extremely nice when held near light.
love the smell it smelled of a malt and almost burnt chocolate.
Its taste was very creamy and bittersweet.
mouthfeel was good, but the last sip had some head and it was awsome. drinkability was excellent. I got a deal on this beer In Mt. Brook Alabama. I found the beer on top of the beer fridge near the back. they gave it to me for 10.79 I would love to know what the reg price of this beer is?

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Photo of jwg782
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of kegger22
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Troubadour Obscura Mild Stout (BSDA) was a dark brown color with a modest beige head that rapidly reduced to a collar.

The aroma was very sweet cocoa and reminded me of an old ale.

The taste sweet molasses, cocoa and raisins. The warmer it got, the better it tasted.

The mouth feel was medium bodied, oily and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability was good for an 8.50 ABV, flavor was up there, but it was a bit pricey for a go to beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark reddish brown color with a fine, tan color head.

S - Roasted malts and a lot of sweet, dark fruits. Nice belgian yeast with a bit of cocoa in there.

T - Little bit stronger than what was on the label, but in reflection, I don't know what a "mild stout" is. A lot of very roasty malts and a strong dark fruit taste that has some nice sweetness to it as well.

M - Creamy with a nice amount of carbonation. Full bodied.

D - A sipper, not a bad drinker, but definately not easy.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice sugary and roasted take on a Belgium stout.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Old fashion label trying to have an aged look with cream and burgundy colors, dated typography with the name of the brew and Troubador emblem. Small back narrative with a brief description and serving suggestion. Notes best by date on the bottlecap (16/03/13), and 8.2% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear deep amber to brown pour with an ecru frothy and towering head. Tremendous retention, almost hindering serving the whole brew, rich traces of lacing, and good surface memory.

S - Sweet nose, sugary, fresh, very fruity, lactic dash over more sugar and a dark fruity advance, dry prunes, figs...

T - Hmmm, here one can see where the play with the stout notion comes up. Plenty of roasted malt notes, sweet... coated in that sugary and fruity sense. Coffee notes, a touch of chocolate even, linger around the Belgian yeast in the palate.

M - Medium/full body, moderate carbonation riding rather nicely with a smooth flow that leads to a nice bitter/sweet finish.

O - It has a nice flow, the hefty sugar towards the end may tire the palate a bit but other than that it is quite stimulating as a BSDA-Stout hybrid.

Notes: Not necessarily what is expected lately within the bracket of Belgium Stouts, this is a different twist, leaning more on the roasted and sweet notes. A slight disconnect seems present between nose and flavor but overall this is well worth the try and rather tasty if one does not mind the predominantly sugary experience woven with the other characteristics.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, taken home from this year's Belgian Beer Fest and allowed to warm some before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Troubadour Obscura pours not quite black, but rather a very dark brown, and has faint cherry highlights when held up to light. There's a touch over three fingers of tan foam that rise up above the beer proper. Head retention is very good, and lacing is a little bit spotty, but still pretty nice for a stout. The nose is very surprising. It's almost devoid entirely of most traditional aromas that are associated with a stout, and instead smells much more like a nice dark Belgian ale. Specifically, there are a lot of dark fruit smells wafting about, with just a little bit of roast there to balance things out. It's nice, it's just a little bit off for something that calls itself a stout. The flavor brings a bit more balance. Specifically, a nice chocolate note comes in and shares the lead. The result is a flavor profile that resembles cherries and plums drizzled in chocolate. The body is a little drier than a typical stout, and the carbonation a little more active. It really falls in well with the flavor profile though to create what I'd imagine a Belgian Stout would taste like, which is what I get the impression this beer's aiming for (even if it's not a recognized style on BA). Troubadour Obscura is a refreshingly different beer from a Belgian brewer, and a fairly tasty one to boot.

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Photo of JohnK17
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brystmar
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: brown with red hues with 1.5 fingers of creamy, manila-colored head. Good retention, sticky lace.

S: roasted malts, dark fruit, spices, booze, chocolate? Pretty interesting.

T: this is a Belgian stout indeed. Combines the qualities of a dubbel or quad with roasty stout malts. Stout-y qualities dominate the first half, spicy Trappist flavors bring it home at the end. Finishes dry with plenty of alcoholic warmth.

M/D: full-bodied and highly carbonated -- a rare combination. Works better than I'd expect on paper, but I still prefer creaminess. Average drinking here.

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Photo of ThaCreep
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Esters and alcohol sweet berries are present in the nose but also a powerful touch of coffee, caramel and mocha extremely pleasant. The taste is spicy but spicy but it is also sweet and caramelized, this a very good way. A finish a little bitter but with a persistent spicy on the tongue, plus a coffee liqueur reminiscent of an Italian espresso. Lots of flavors in the nose and mouth.

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Photo of ElGallo
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Brabander
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, brewery the Musketiers sure know how to brew beer! I have had other beer from them which was quit good but this one is very special.

Poured in my Struise glass. Best before april 2014. Just in time...

Very darkred/brown fluid (almost like red wine) with a enourmous head which very slowly disappears. No cabonation but the rest is so lovely that i give it this high rating, well deserved.

Smell is outstandingly nice, I can not describe the smell but it is pleasant. Light cocolate and coffeenotes. Alcohol is well hidden....

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Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried from the bottle. Didn't get date information. Didn’t realize it was a stout until I posted my review.
This poured a malty brown color with some foam. There was a light, malt-estery aroma with a more definite malt sweetness on the palate. Lots of dark fruits, mostly figs with some raisins on the flavor. All-around decent brew.

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Photo of gpblackgt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of cowboy83
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of remitrom
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of HattedClassic
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours to a nice two fingered head. The head comes out tan and creamy that lasts for a while. I recommended letting the bottle sit a little bit just in case it ends up being shaken up a little bit. The beer itself is a clear brownish red.

Smell: Spicy and fruity with a hint of roasted malt and an undertone of dark chocolate

Taste: Spicy and fruity with dark chocolate overshadowing the malts but not covering it. The stout has a slightly bitter aftertaste that doesn't last too long.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation and a very creamy feel to it.

Overall: I think this is a pretty good beer every and a while and a nice change of pace from the stouts that I usually drink. I would probably recommend this as more of a fall beer than anything else.

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Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to OneDropSoup for bringing a few bottles of this to our recent tasting. Not sure if this is a stout or not, but anyway...

Poured about 3oz into a Perfect Pint glass. The short pour yielded a yellowish/tan head that hung around and stuck to the glass nicely. The body is dark brown with ruby edges.

The nose has lots of molasses, dark fruits and a caramel/coffee/chocolate mixture.

As the nose indicates, the taste has a fermented fruit sweetness followed by a bitter, coffee finish. There is a spiciness in the background also...almost a peppery cinnamon.

Medium bodied, creamy yet a little oily; mild carbonation.

Pretty interesting...not sure what category this falls into, but it is drinkable nonetheless.

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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 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 DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown, burnt orange color with a huge 4 finger head with long retention and a ton of lacing.

S: Smells of roasted malts, caramel, brunt sugar, and yeast. Really a good smell, not much like a stout, but good.

T: Hit of the yeast, peppery with allspice and caramel. The taste of alcohol covers everything, adding a nice warming sensation. Taste is somewhere between a brown ale and a Belgian-style.

M: Lots of carbonation, thick and sticky. Matches the flavor well.

O: A good beer. Not great, but definitely worth drinking. I don't really know what is considered a "mild stout" but this didn't seem anything like a stout to me. It was drinkable, though, and the flavor complemented rather than hid the alcohol. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As I poured this one I saw it as more of a stout than a Dark Ale, either way the color was indeed dark. The head was fluffy and tan in color. The lacing was very good on this brew. The smell of the brew has some chocolaty notes on the nose as well as some bready yeasty aromas and dark fruit sweetness. The taste of the beer was semi-sweet with a nice dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel was creamy and smooth, very nicely done. Overall this brew in my opinion was really good.

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Troubadour Obscura from The Musketeers Brouwerijcafé
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 432 ratings