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RATINGS: 892   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (3029) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Bottle from South Bay. My bottle is 8.5%. I don’t think I’ve tried a Belgian stout before. Pours a deep amber/ruby color. Sweet malty aroma. Some toffee. Roasted malty flavors dominate. Some coffee flavor is present. Alcohol is well hidden. Quaffable stout, but not the best.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
roder60 (1289) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2007
Poured a medium dark brown with a thin layer of bubbly foamy light tan head. Aroma is absolutely delicious, like no other stout I’ve ever had. Dark raisins, plums, dark chocolate, and burbon undertone. Flavor seriously tastes like a mix between a stout and a dubbel. Tastes a lot like a mocha coffee with plums, raisins, and some other dark fruits and a tad bit of dark molasesy liquor. Overall, a great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5187) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 18, 2007
From bottle at Camargue, Antwerpen. Dark brown with a huge, creamy, light brown and lacing head. Raisins and plums nose, but with chocolate hiding just behind. The taste is raisiny, but there are roasted malts and cocoa powder gradually appearing. Dry finish. Soft on the tongue. Complex and recommended.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 10, 2007
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur brune rouge foncée et transparente. Nez de levures fruitées (prunes, dates, léger de raisins vineux, notes de cerises noires), malté de caramel toffee rôti légèrement fumé (tabac) et terreux, de chocolat noir (léger de chocolat au lait), léger de mélasse sucrée, de houblon herbeux et de sucre brun ainsi que de notes de café, de crème, d’alcool doux et d’épices (coriandre). Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen et une texture crémeuse. Goût de levures fruitées (prunes, dates, léger de raisins vineux, notes de cerises et de cerises noires) aux petites notes boisées avec un léger goût de crème, de chocolat au lait (notes lactiques) ainsi que des notes d’épices (coriandre, faibles traces de muscade) et de vanille lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût moyennement amer de malt rôti, légèrement fumé (tabac) et terreux, de chocolat noir avec des notes de mélasse sucrée, de caramel toffee, de sucre brun et de sucre bonbon parallèlement à un léger-moyen goût d’alcool doux aux notes réchauffantes et en finale, on retrouve également une amertume asséchante de houblon herbeux et floral ainsi que des notes de café et de levures. Post-goût long et légèrement asséchante, moyennement amer de rôti, de chocolat, de houblon herbeux et floral, d’alcool doux avec un goût fruité (pelures de prunes) et des notes de levures.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 17, 2007
330 mL bottle. Dark brown with cream off-white head. Aroma of fruit, raisins, and chocolate. Light bodied satin palate. Creamy milk chocolate taste with a hint of dried fruit and a sour fruit finish. Pretty good over all.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2007
poured dark brown with a nice creamy colored head. big sweet spicy smelling stout with some chocolate as the backdrop. light mouthfeel with flavor more reminiscent of a dubble than a stout. enjoyable all around.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JPDIPSO (5673) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 15, 2007
Actually served in a DT snifter glass at Roman’s Pub (Milwaukee). Dark brown color with hints of orange on the edges. Moderate light beige head. Chocolate and molasses in the aromas. A milder somewhat typical Belgian type stout. Flavors of dates and dark caramel, sorghum and dark chocolate. Not a deep roasted malt depth, rather a medium roasted malt nuance. Some Belgian yeast characteristics with a light spice, earth and tobacco. Lighter in feel. Certainly a capable brew, but not much excitement.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 13, 2007
I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from aBelgian stout, but in hindsight I should’ve anticipated what I got - this beer is somewhat roasty (like a lot of American stouts) but balanced with a bit of sourness. The beer finishes rather dry, and the fruity sourness in this beer is imparted without any fruity stickiness. All in all this beer is quite solid all the way around, and I’d highly recommend it. I had this at Roman’s Pub in Milwaukee, served (as always) in appropriate glassware (a Unibroue tulip if I remember correctly). Appearance was black with some red "legs" as the light shone through it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 9, 2007
$4.69 from HWC. Initial smell was a tiny bit skunky, but after setting a bit and warming up, it became better. Slight malty aroma. Deep rich color. Little head or lacing, but carbonation is a bit strong initially..better after sitting. Flavor is dry, a background sourness that isn’t that appealing. A little bit of pepper. Not my favorite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2007
Largely disappointing beer given its numbers -- an 8% stout and ratings here. I found it chalky on tongue with little cleverness on the palate. Good full alcohol tinged aroma.

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