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RATINGS: 791   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 23, 2006
Bottle (330ml - bottled June 30 2004). Shared with blankboy, his bottle, via trade with Iguenard. Poured cloudy deep brown with a large lasting foamy-rocky light brown head. Rich aroma of yeast, roast malt, cream, leafy dry hops, slightly sour (in a good way), some sour fruit. Light sour cherry, weak red wine, roast malt, hint of chocolate, some mild hop and alcohol bitterness in the finish. Acidic, creamy, slightly lively mouthfeel, decent, fades a bit by the end. Reminds me a bit of some of the Hitachino Nest beers I’ve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2006
Very dark brown colour. Light roasty, chocolatey character. Light body for size. A bit of soy sauce note to the fairly intense malt profile. No particular roast. Decent. A revisit is in order, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PeterA (340) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 15, 2006
The aroma had a nice fruitiness and yeastiness to it. The color was coca-cola brown with a beige head. This had some great sweetness to it. It had a clean, crisp, light mouthfeel. A very good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hokiebeerguy (21) - USA - MAR 15, 2006
If you’re a true stout lover, then this probably isn’t for you. Much more like a belgian dubbel than a stout. However, based on taste alone, it is a good beer. Deep brown in color, with a head that disapates quickly. Smooth caramel type flavors, and fairly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Veer (362) - Landskrona, SWEDEN - MAR 15, 2006
Aroma: MALT, soy, sweetish sour, some yeast, non-estry Appearance: deep red brown, turbid, beige foam Flavor: porter, sweet, bready, very malty, very rich Palate: simple, harsh, thin, rich

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8551) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 13, 2006
Tap at the Stumbling Monk. Deep black beer with garnet highlights. Thin off-white head. Aroma is very Belgian, spicy yeast, chewy malts (brown sugar and caramel) with some pruney/plummy fruitiness. Light roast, but more raisiny and rummy. Lingering dryish finish. Peachy/apricot and apple type of esters. Reminiscent of Trois Pistoles. Fairly light bodied despite all of the complexity.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAR 13, 2006
On tap at Lucky Baldwin’s: Pours a deep brown w a tan head. Aroma of roses, caramel and toffee. Body is med but mouthfilling with avg. CO2. Flavor yields an incredible complexity and balance; rum-raisin, toffee, vanilla w/ a floral essence. Finish is med. sweet. This would not score well as a stout in a BJCP competition but this is a delicious beer. Seek it out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11636) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2006
(draft) Clear, dark red-brown body with beige head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, chocolate-covered cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, chocolate, some anise, light alcohol that provided pleasant warming. Medium body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
smcd (366) - USA - MAR 8, 2006
(Bottle. 03/2006) Big, tan head that lasts nicely. Chocolatey bitterness. Rich, dark malts masking the relatively high ethanol content completely while it is still very warming in the stomach. Full bodied. Slightly sour. Minor green-apple tastes in the aftertaste. As it warms up, an astringent bitterness seems to emerge as does a complex taste of dates, raisins and prune.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
LadySusan (720) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 6, 2006
The Belgium’s do know how to do it right, and this one is a great example. The flavor is special not like any other stout.

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