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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
PauloAG (224) - BELGIUM - FEB 21, 2015
330cc bottle. Pours dark almost black with creamy tanned head. Sweet and roasty. Nicely balanced with some hop notes. Kind of bitter finish. Very nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Moebbels (494) - FINLAND - FEB 19, 2015
Shows a fairly clear dark amber colour with a quickly dissipating creamy tan head. Nose has sweet aromas of raisins, plums, sherry and chokolate. A sweet roasty taste that leads to a dry, bitter finish. Lively carbonation with small bubbles and a rich, syrupy palate. Very nice, well balanced with lovely aromas.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
thirstyrabbit (1433) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle. Mahogany body, medium head. Nice and complex aroma with blackberries, roasted nuts and currants. Yummy. Sweet gently roasted taste with berry sourness and complex malts. Very malty. Finish has fresh raisin biscuits and currant sourness. This is really good and refreshingly different after a run of typical yeasty/caramelly Belgian Strong Ales.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3235) - BELGIUM - FEB 12, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2015 The second Troubadour beer, since 2003; haven’t often tasted this since then so this rating is based on old notes. Sticky, beige, lacing head, very dark burgundy bronze colour, misty. Liquorice, raisins, coffee grounds, banana, whisky, coconut, almond and bitter chocolate in the nose; estery onset, soft and well-balanced, not cloying sweetness, chocolatey malty taste, caramelly, nutty but not as thick as one would expect from an 8.5% ABV ’stout’, dried fruits, roasted coffee bitterish finish along with elegantly lingering brown sugar sweetness, spicy yeasty notes and leafy hop bitter. Revisited yesterday in Sint-Niklaas and though this is certainly a very good beer, in line with the rest of their range, I still fail to understand why they originally marketed this as a stout. It has a tad more ’roastedness’ than average in Belgian strong ales, but I still prefer to see this as a well-accomplished, well-balanced, ’restrained’ and very tasteful ’massieve ale’, if this still means anything to Belgian beer consumers in post-OBP times...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kustie (408) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2015
Bottle. Dark brown almost black color with light brown head. Aroma has caramel, ripe fruits, roasted malt and some burnt sugar. Taste is malty and a bit sour but turns into quite sweet and bitter long finish. Flavors of malt, burnt sugar, ripe fruits and chocolate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ForlornHope (196) - Hampshire, ENGLAND - FEB 4, 2015
33 cl bottle at home. Pours a very dark brown with hints of red against the light. Large tan head. Aroma of wood, spice, licorice, slightly tangy. Taste is sweet and malty with a light bitterness. The beer has a sugary, almost cola-like mouthfeel and has a tangy finish which is quite pleasant. Overall pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tia (1241) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Tap @ Mekong. Dark brown with almost no head. Very sweet smelling like chocolate malt. Flavor a lot drier than it smells, with some grassiness and light but noticeable bitterness. Smooth and not too heavy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dnicolaescu (1282) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - FEB 3, 2015
BOTTLE 33 CL. Aroma: chocolate, light roast, same hop profile as Westkust (grassy, lemony, unripe fruit), but less intense. The flavour is similar: sweet and bitter chocolate, red fruit, good balancing spicy hops, some ashes in the finish. No smelly cheese, unlike yesterday’s Westkust. It is like a younger sister of the Westkust, same but different, more of a stout, less of an IPA. Very good and well integrated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oliodnb (533) - ITALY - FEB 3, 2015
33cl bottle. Pours hazy dark reddish brown with a huge foamy light beige head. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma is sweet malts, caramel, burnt sugar, light dark fruits, some alcohol. Taste is similar with some roastiness and chocolate notes, light acidity, some final bitterness. Medium body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
seynie (236) - 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.

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