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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Ratings: 424 |  Reviews: 233
Photo of Vylo
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle with the cap stamped 0204101216. Sampled on April 20, 2012. The pour is a deep amber brown with reddish hues and a tremendous, puffy, mocha head. The aroma brings out dark malts, yeast, and a touch of alcohol bitterness. The body is medium to full. The taste also has a pungent bitterness to it with roasted dark malts and the alcohol not as well integrated as I would have hoped. It was good in its own way and I think is fairly true to the style.

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Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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 stealth
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Antnyd82
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev -1%
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 JxExM
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a reddish black with a four finger tan head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, bread, dark chocolate, and wood. The flavor was of sweet malt, dark fruit, roasted malt, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I have to be honest that all aspects of this brew were really quite nice. However, the aroma was a bit of a letdown for me. It just lacked the complexity and pleasant notes that can be had in the flavor. Really glad I got to enjoy this one with my dinner the other night and suggest you try it as well if you have not already.

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Photo of RappAttack
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poors a deep amber almost red, white thin head
S: smell is very subtle, yeasty some dark fruit and a slight cocoa smell
T: tast's bit more complex than it smell's. dark fruit comes through as the dominant taste
M: med body(maybe less), good carbonation
O: this is my first Belgian stout and while good is not quite what i prefer from my stouts ( i enjoy Russian imperials). something different but that's about it

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Photo of Holland
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark brown and opaque in the middle, but there is a great deal of lighter brown on the sides in the light. Tan head is thick even when poured cold, and it has good retention.

S: smells quite like a foreign stout, with a slight acidic/vinegar smell along with the roasted malts and slight sweetness. There is a nice yeast presence.

T: complex in yeast and malt, with no hops that I can detect. Same as smell for the most part with a concentration on acidity.

M: a little bit too carbonated for my liking, but it has a medium body that helps balance that.

O: very nice beer. I've had this a couple of times, and this time I really enjoyed it. Excellent beer overall, and my favorite foreign stout so far.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of kmwilson76
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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Photo of fountainofyouth
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown color with thin head that dissipates quickly. Smell is a little chocolatey. Taste is fruity with some chocolate and a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and medium bodied with small amount of carbonation. Overall this was really just o.k. Not great.

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Photo of samEBC
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MisterGrizz
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.46/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz. bottle served in a snifter. Bottle conditioned. Poured a dark copper/brown Finger of fine bubble tan head. Slightly metallic aroma at the start. Fruity, yeasty aroma as it warmed along with a little black patent malt. Medium bodied and smooth. Very dry, some chocolate in the finish. Not much roasted barley character that you would expect in a stout. Not a lot of Belgian yeast character either. Didn't do a whole lot for me.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stout poured into a flute

A. Dark and pretty much opaque, head is light tan about a 1/4". 

S: Mild chocolate heavier on the coffee scent. 

T: tastes like it smells but magnified, it truly is a very tasty beer that makes you think of a cappuccino minus the sugar. With a offset of hops

Mouth. Light carbonation might feel heavy at first but quickly goes down. 

Overall: Pretty damn good. Was surprised ordering this at the restaurant and will keep ordering it. 

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery snifter.

Another late-night snack tonight. it pours a dark, murky sienna topped by over a finger of wan tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, light roasted malt, graham cracker, sweet and mild cocoa, and a touch of walnut and cashew. The taste brings in more of the same, with the cocoa coming in stronger, and a touch of both cola and lightly acrid coffee being added to the mix. Not bad. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation, and a lightly creamy feel. Overall, a pretty decent export stout, nothing amazing but something fairly drinkable and generally enjoyable.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Epic, dense, persistent off-white head crowns a nearly opaque dark amber body. The sticky lacing rings the glass walls.

Aroma: Dark fruit and bitter cocoa dominate the aroma. There are also notes of spicy, vinous alcohol, spices, earth, and leafy hops.

Taste: Opens with dark roasted malt, followed by bitter cocoa, then cold coffee. There is an undercurrent of dark fruit, and a slight presence of alcohol, but it is subtle and gracious. AS the taste progresses, the roasted notes intensify. In the latter part of the taste, the dark fruits are prominent, and the alcohol tales on a spicy and warming note. Finishes with a bit of anise, and a lingering note of charcoal.

Mouth feel: Smooth and soft, with a modest sting of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A spectacular tour-De-force of complexity, daunting in its greatness.

Presentation: Packaged in an eleven-point-two (335 ml) bottle, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Troubadour Obscura from Brouwerij De Musketiers
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 424 ratings