“Troubadour Obscura is a dark red-brown colored beer, with a rich, malty body combined with different touches of a stout but in a very nice balanced way: roast, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. A mild stout with a Belgian body!”
This isn’t a Trappist ale but it has all the hallmarks of one. Served in a beer tulip it’s offering a dark mahogany appearance with a tight 2 finger beige head that retains quite well, omitting some healthy lace trails as we imbibe. The aroma is emanating all of those gorgeous yeasty notes such as dates, dried fruits, apricot, cognac, roasted malts, sourdough and spice. Maybe a faint hint of pine or cedar wood in there too. This is certainly a quality Belgian ale aroma. In the mouth it feels creamy and full bodied. Mildly carbonated which is really adding to the high drink ability. Initially the tongue is met with some warming booze (8.5% ABV) with roasted malts, raisins and subtle hops developing in the mid-palate. It finishes sweet with earthy hints that linger nicely on the back end. Good length. We can definitely say this is a potent, but a highly enjoyable sipping beer. There is no brewery in the world that can brew this kind of quality beer as good as the Belgians. Respect.