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Brewed at De Proefbrouwerij for Musketiers.

Troubadour Obscura is a Belgian Dark Strong Ale with 8,5 % alc. and refermentation in the bottle. Poured in the special glass, Troubadour Obscura has a nice creamy foam head. The beer has a malty character with a nice little roasty flavour. Troubadour Obscura has a mild bitterness, which is a bit stronger in the aftertaste. Troubadour Obscura has a mainly malty aroma. The smell of roasted, burned wood is completed by a light chocolate touch. Troubadour Obscura is produced with 4 different types of malt, hops, yeast and water.

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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (741) - - JAN 23, 2013
Signalons d’abord, pour la précision, que cette bière est de 8,2 % abv et non 8,5. Ceci étant dit, on a ici une très grande bière noire, qui fera date dans le genre. Tous les ingrédients sont réunis : couleur noire d’encre, mousse épaisse, arômes de café, moka, chocolat … etc. Toujours notre logo des Troubadour en gothique, le blason et la devise du meilleur effet. Mais tout se passe dans le verre et pas dans la bouteille (quoique la fermentation pourrait nous en vouloir de dire cela. Donc soyons prudents ….). Oh les monstres de Troubadour... Nous versons le breuvage : noir de charbon (on ne voit rien là dedans, poussez-vous!) Clarté opaque. Bulles (en transparence lumineuse) fines par fontaine au centre (de mon beau verre calice …. ben oui). Mousse beigne moyen à jaune paille humide, très épaisse à grains moyens. Arômes de mild stout. Volume soyeux. 1ère bouche sur du café fort, du chocolat noir à 85 %, de la groseille noire, du cassis, et une pointe fine de fumée. 2ème bouche sur du moka quasi viennois, superbe fondu en bouche. 3ème sur du malt avec du chocolat (donc de l’ovomaltine...) et une sorte de ganache du meilleur goût. La longueur est en constante ligne de mire vers le haut... La levure est très « droite » pour soutenir le sujet. L’alcool sans excès est pourtant bien présent. La finale ne se laisse pas démonter et nous prouve que de nouveaux brasseurs peuvent bien faire ce travail. Remarquable travail flamand, dans ce pays du travail bien fait. Une future médaille, mais profitons-en dès maintenant....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (198) - Tienen, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2015
Dark amber / brown with a foamy head. Roasted malts, coffee and cream, a bit of red fruits, some alcohol. Full body and a medium creamy finish. Very enjoyable although not very complex.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Marduk (3091) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 23, 2015
330ml bottle. Clear dark chestnut color. Small size, brown head, stays. Roast, dusty, sweet, mild caramel, chocolate in aroma. Chocolate, roast, slightly metallic, prunes in taste. Soft carbonation. Chocolate roast in aftertaste. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nice one!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Moolesen (249) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 20, 2015
Bottle 75cl. Almost black witha beige head. Mild coffee, chicolate aroma. Relative thin body for the type of beer. Don’t expect a heavy rich stout. This is an easy to drink stout, where the choice of yeast might be the reason for giving it a trappist twist. Father short finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fombe89 (138) - Asturias, SPAIN - JAN 19, 2015
botella. De @vivalabirra ............................................... casa 18/01/2014

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjansen1310 (71) - Soest, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2015
33 cl bottle. Pours an black coloured beer with a white head. Tastes notes are chocolate, hoppy bitter, dark fruit sweets. Definitely an interesting beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cluniac (65) - - JAN 16, 2015
Decent strong ale. Aroma dominated by malty sweet smell, common in bok beers. Appearance is excellent, with a bold dark color and frothy 2 to 3 finger head. Taste is dominated by dark malty flavors, with some caramel sweetness. Palate is ok, a bit dry and bitter aftertaste. Creaminess medium, but not great. Overall a decent ale, but nothing overly remarkable about it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kauge (410) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 10, 2015
33 cl bottle from Wine of Galilee in Tallinn (€ 2.40). BB 2017. Translucent reddish brown colour. Head massive with excellent, very thick sexy stocking-like lacing. Retains. Looks stunning! Nose is delicately sweet recalling sugared dark fruits and molasses... chocolaty + alcoholic, later on it gets more icky sweet, much like flavoured cola. Taste is sugary sweet with notes of dark fruits and chocolate, and in mid-taste and finish some faint hoppy bitterness and red berry sourness. Body low medium, carbonation way flatter than average. Would’ve preferred a more crisp carbonation and less a chocolaty effect. Seems overly sweet to me, but overall it’s still pretty good. A dessert beer for those not craving for an Impy Stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LaViolette (111) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 8, 2015
I had this one after the the Troubadour Westkust and unfortunately the comparison is not really in favour of that one, the Westkust being amazing... So I thought it was very good but clearly not as complex as its sister... Also a cola nose which I found a bit disturbing...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AdiBeer (1626) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2014
Aroma: caramel, grain and bread malts, quite intense, some spices in the background. Appearance: hazy, dark brown, medium, creamy, beige head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: lively carbonation, malty sweets continue, lightly toasted malts, heavy grain, bread and caramel, some spices, medium to heavy body. Overall: nice Belgian Strong Ale, quite a nice palate. Bottle from Beers of Europe, Kings Lynn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HIGHB4LL (717) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 18, 2014
Bomber from Supermarket Liquors; 2013 vintage. Appearance: 4 fingers tan head, brown color, cloudy, good lacing, head lasts.Aroma:molasses, chocolate, earthy, light floral hops, light dark fruit. Palate: medium full body, average carbonation, thin alcoholic texture, light dry finish. Taste: sweet malty molasses and chocolate, with light dark fruity sweetness, into a bit of booziness, finishing with light backbone of floral hops. Very nice, good balance unique.

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