Troubadour Obscura | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Troubadour ObscuraTroubadour Obscura

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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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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of Phatz
4.82/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Troubadour Obscura Mild Stout from Belgium. I have never had a stout from Belgiam and it turns out it is not a stout at all... even better it is a Belgian Strong Dark. And boy is it strong and dark and lovely in every way.

Allowed to warm to almost room temperature and served in my snifter glass.

Appearance: Pour brown with suggestions of ruby in the hue. A frothy tan head caps the beer. As it fades into a halo it continues to leave terrific lacing behind.

Aroma: Chocolate and carob with a plum twist and a cherry and licorice note. It has another attribute that I couldn't put my finger on at first but I think it is dark rum cake I smell. Absolutely sensational in the nose!

Taste: Oh my goodness is this sweet and rich. It is loaded with plums and dates and figs and prunes and carob and cherries oh my! The body is malty and laced with brown sugar interwoven amongst the fruit flavors. Simply sweet. Caramel comes into play and then some boozy attributes like a port and brandy are showcased especially in the finish. As the plum fades from my mouth the Troubadour leaves a hint of nuts and ginger prancing on my tongue long into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth as silk with low fine carbonation that slide across the palate and can force any drinker to stop… sip and savor, as it is divinely delectable!

Drinkability: NO DOUBT this is a sipping night cap of a beer. Don’t waste this treat on any sort of misuse. Sip and savor and enjoy every last drop. I did.

Hope this is helpful.

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of Estarrio
4.73/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the beers that I chose to bring back with me from Belgium. As I crack the bottle and begin to enjoy this lovely brew, I can easily see why it made the cut.

Poured a dark, murky brown with subtle red tones. The amazing coffee colored head takes on a life of it's own. Persistent head? Heck, this one was still growing after several minutes in the glass. When the brew was gone, the glass was left adorned with sticky, frothy lacings along its walls.

Creamy caramel, cherry, raisin, doughy yeast, chocolate, sweet and roasted malts, candied sugar...Wow! This is one of the more complex Belgian strong dark ales that I've head the pleasure of enjoying. There is a bit of spicy alcohol present as well.

The mouthfeel is velvety with ample, fizzy carbonation that lends to a creamy consistency. 8.5% I could easily session this drinkable nectar.

The taste is every bit as complex, smooth and balanced as the aroma. The predominate esters include cherry, Muscat and raisin. There is a pleasing malt backbone with a touch of chocolate, caramel and roasted flavors. An earthy yeast taste, really ties the flavors together. The aftertaste has a bit of spicy booze. Other notable flavors include a touch of oak, vanilla and brown sugar. There is so much going on and it all works so well together!

This is easily one of my favorite Belgian strong darks. I'd absolutely love to see this in the states.

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4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served at just under cellar temp into a Gulden Draak goblet.

A: Dark dark brown with a 2 finger fluffy tan head that lasts very well (and nice lacing too!).

S: Prunes, raisins, dates, molasses. Yummy!

T: Oh man, first sip is delicious. Prunes at the forefront, along with those raisins and dates. Tons of dark fruits! Candi sugar sweetness is back there, along with some chocolate and molasses. Maybe even some red wine thrown in for good measure. Delicious!

M: Nice and rich - full bodied for sure. Perfect carbonation level enhances this richness.

D: Intense flavors, so not exactly sessionable. But, give me a bomber and I'd probably finish it.

Highly recommended. This, folks, is tasty! Put it this way - I've had quite a few brews, so it takes something special for me to really notice it - I noticed this one!

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4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/17/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle. Best by date on cap of bottle. Poured into my Alesmith tulip.

Appearance- Deep black with some dark cherry highlights. Full, oevrflowing pockmarked head. Chunks of caking lace everywhere.

Smell- Very nice bittersweet chocolate in the nose along with dark roasted sugary malt. Maybe even a touch of fruit in the nose.

Taste- Oak flavored background. Peppery, with a mild smoky character. Milky smooth with chocolate notes. Had an odd flavor I can't put my finger on as well, but it's a good one.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, silky and creamy. Cask like carbonation level. Thick, yet not a full mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Flavors meld excellent together. Very well rounded per style and in every category. Wonderful stout that I highly recommend.

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4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MoreBeer215
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark but not your typical stout dark. Looks like a flat cola.

Smell: Rich and robust with hints of toffee and chocolate.

Taste: Balanced with layers of malts, not unlike its aroma.

Feel: very little carbonation while still being very sippable.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. surprisingly sessionable if you can handle an 8.2% ABV beer.

I'm not quite sure how this stout is mild--certainly not in alcohol. Perhaps its low level of malt and complex belgian yeasts combine to make this a very quaffable stout.

Certainly a stout for lovers of Belgian brews that fear darker, malty beers (porters & stouts). I can see those who enjoy stouts sharing this beer with those who may not normally enjoy this style.

A unique beer worth trying, no matter your tastes.

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4.6/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A dark brown stout with a huge head that lingers all down the glass. A nice look.

S - Dark (very dark) chocolates, coffee, char, cherries, chicory, yeast, maple. Excellent depth.

T - A dark chocolate flavor with a touch of coffee, faint cherries, bananas and chicory. Aftertaste was mild and slightly fruity with mostly the lingering foretaste.

M - High carbonation, thin, very refreshing.

D - Fantastic. Worth seeking out, will definitely enjoy again if I ever find it again.

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Photo of tomordonez
4.59/5  rDev +18%
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 roblowther
4.58/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 bottle. Pours almost black with a medium density tan head that soon dissipates. Smells of cherries, soft malt, leather, and a hint of hops. Taste backs the smell. Dark cherries with just a hint of roast, oak, tannins, and a little carob in the finish. Mouthfeel is soft, buttery, and just the right carbonation. Very drinkable, with no hint of the abv and a flavor that is somehow satisfying and thirst-inducing all at once. It's the perpetual motion machine of beers. And again. And again. And again.

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Photo of sneakymagician
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
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 hansavijaticar
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
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 rayjay
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

BB 23/08/08. Purchased at Ledger's Liqour, Berkley, CA. Great looking beer, with lots of deep browns and reds and purples coming together to make a perfect gentle black. Slightly transparent like a dubbel. Nice fluffly foam. Great nose as well, big and full, slightly sour like Orval, a bit of pleasant diacetyl, and sweet smelling deep roasted, but not blackened, malts.

Delicious and refreshing, and absolutely no sign of alcohol or high gravity. Sweet and sticky, yet not thick or viscous. Milk chocolate, malt, carmel, Rolos®. Great light mouthfeel, perfect gentle carbonation, subtle spring water backbone. Great drinking. It's absolutely delicious, and perhaps the most un-intimidating stout to convert your fellow beer drinkers. Cheers!

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Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Blind Tiger in NYC in a tulip glass

Apperance- dark ruby/brown color with about a two finger head white head, with mild lacing

Smell- chocolate, roasted coffee

Taste- sweet, carmel notes, def. finished like stout but this beer is def. beligum at heart

Mouthfeel- Smooth, creamy, rich I could keep this in my mouth all day

Drinkability- goes down smooth, great drinking beer, 8.5% is hidden very well

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Radome
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from bottle into a goblet.

A - Beer was crystal clear and a dark, dark brown-red color. Head is tan-colored and made up of tiny, persistent bubbles.

S - Serious malt aroma, with some nuttiness, mocha and alcohol. It smells like a Russian Imperial Stout, which I was not expecting from the description of "Mild Stout".

T - Wow--this is an imperial stout! This has the roasty, chocolatey notes, bourbon-like alcohol and malt, malt, malt. There is a strong hop bitterness, but not to the level of a Russian imperial stout. I don't really detect any yeast notes that I would expect from a Belgian dark strong ale. Obscura really has all the characteristics of an imperial stout, but it is slightly less hoppy, alcoholic and flavorful than a typical example.

M - Medium to heavy body. Lots of alcohol burn. Carbonation is noticeable, but not extreme. Very well done.

D - I had no idea what to expect from a Belgian "Mild Stout", but this beer is excellent. It is a kinder, gentler imperial stout that is just delicious.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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Troubadour Obscura from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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