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RATINGS: 878   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BiddleBrau (1130) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2009
11.2 oz bottle at East Side B. Café in NYC - Clear brown (or is it reddish highlights? – can’t tell with these lights) and a nice creamy head. Sweet chocolate/malty aroma. Big malty flavor with underlying hop spiciness. Although the label classifies this as a ‘mild stout’ it is reminiscent of a dopple bock to my given the high level of malt sweetness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2009
On tap. Pours a deep reddish-brown with a small tan head. Sweet caramel aroma, sweet, sticky mouthfeel. Malty, some chocolate, great dry finish. Better than expected!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Sampled at the Bockyhorsey tasting, courtesy of Avengedpoet. Dark brown color pour with some reddish highlights and a small beige head. Chocolate, coffee and toasted caramel malt in the aroma. Flavor is slightly sweet, with all of the above elements, along with light hops on the finish. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - FEB 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of avengedpoet and sampled at bockyhorseys place. Pours a deep brown with a light brown head. Aroma is caramel malt, coffee, chocolate. Flavor is caramel, malt, hops.....a little sour and some yeasts. This has a very light body but a interesting flavor profile. Tasty brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2009
Pours a very dark red that is clear but too dark to see thru, appearing near black with a medium frothy beige dense head. Fruity aroma, lightly spicy, buttery roast. Flavor follows with amped-up fruity and buttery notes, fake chocolate and a sour burnt finish. A touch salty, light soy, smoked wood/peat. Medium body, very fine carbonation, slightly buttery and watery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrick767 (3951) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 5, 2009
bottle, mine says 8.2% abv - Pours amber with a thin, lingering tan head. The aroma is led by some fruity yeast and has some roast malt in the background. The flavor is of chocolate malt and dark fruit. It finishes mildly bitter with lingering chocolate flavors on the palate. I haven’t had many Belgian stouts and understand that they are very different from the stouts to which most of us are accustomed. This one works very well though. It’s also so easy to drink and the 8.2% abv is buried. I would be easy and enjoyable to throw back several of them. Of course then that 8%+ abv would hit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2009
On tap at Novare Res. The belgian stout category for me is hit or miss. They can often be overpowered by the yeast strains used, while typically i think stouts should be malt dominated. This beer pours a deep reddish black. With a foamy head that doesn’t stay for too long. The aroma is pretty subtle, some oak, and dark malt aromas. But the flavor is very nice. It’s like a nice bitter rich chocolate with malts, and a hint of yogurt from the yeast strain, but not too much. Aftertaste is slightly bitter actually apparently there’s a good deal of bittering hops to balance this one out. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (4489) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Draft at Brouwers. Roasty, creamy beer that is definitely to the stout side of big Belgians. Sweet and tinkling carbonation. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hirigalzkar (2808) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2009
Bottle. Brown-red color. Big white head. Smells sweet choclate. Fruity and choclaty taste. Roasted flavors, but in a much sweeter way comparing to your regular imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonfunck (149) - Waasmunster, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2008
33cl bottle from hopduvel @ gent, i found a big resemblant with guldendraak, dark brown bier with good malty noise

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