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Troubadour Magma | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by richmof on 05-11-2010

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Photo of Preston
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful 9% beer, but it's best in small quantities. The alcohol didn't seem very forward for the first 1/4 pint, but after that it started to wear a bit. Still... delicious!

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours normal muddy black, but with rather full, fluffy dark beige head. Roast grains and hops vie for the taste buds in a nicely blended beer. Bitter finish.

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Photo of janubio
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber colour, two fingers head tha fades leaving a ring and a great lace. Smell is hoppy, coriander, notes of oranges, spicy, fruits. Almost full body, lively carbonation. Taste is like the smell: Coriander, oranges, spicy, resines. Very good.

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Photo of RickS95
3.66/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a strange looking beer with a brownish copper color I can't recall seeing before. Lots of sediment and a huge off white head. Lasting retention of large fluffy IPA-like bubbles. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Nose is pleasant enough with lots of fruitiness, grainy malt, and a splash of alcohol.

It tastes like it smells with some fruity flavors and alcohol. Tastes like some West Coast hops. There's something earthy in there.

It's a confusing beer, starting with the label. It says Belgian Tripel and under that it says India Pale Ale. It actually tastes and feels like a combo of the two. Sweet, fruity Belgian up front followed by a bitter, earthy finish. Full bodied and lacking much carbonation, it finishes like a barley wine.

Just a very weird beer. Not sure how to classify it. Not bad, not great. Mostly weird.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden and Amber color. Big beautiful creamy head with lacing that sticks to the glass until the end.
Initially the aroma is clean and hard to detect. Then, I detect hints of yeast, a strong presence of biscuity malt, and a faint citrus, pear and mango aroma that is subtle and not as powerful as American IPAs.
More malt forward than hoppy. Fruity; slight citrus, and some pear. Also yeasty in the tradition of belgian ales. The hops presence is there but not as powerful as American IPAs. It is felt mostly in the finish which is dry and leafy.
Creamy, smooth and rather light bodied for such a high ABV beer. I couldn't believe this was 9% ABV until I finished it and felt the effect quite well thank you very much. Dangerously drinkable a; I would have had another one except I would have been on the floor. Overall I was impressed.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look : an orange troubled pouring with a good white head
Smell : almost only pineapple
Taste : a lot of malts, caramel, where are the hops?!
Feel : smooth feeling
Overall : nice beer but definitely not an IPA, when you have an IPA you want something kick you in the mouth this one is not even a gentle slap. Not one of my favourite!

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Photo of Wanne
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-colored beer, topped off with a white head. Great hoppy aroma, some floral accents and hints of tropical fruits. Taste is perfectly balanced. The grapefruit bitterness of the hops are perfectly matched by the mild caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. Delicious beer.

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice combination of an American IPA and Belgian Trippel. Fruity and floral hop aromas with a bit of bannna. Taste follows the nose with an additional biscuit and yeasty character. Well balanced and medium carbonation. Would gladly drink again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap 5 oz sample

Cloudy hazy orang, no lacing. Looks like fresh pressed apple cider

Aroma Of citrus and pine hops,

Taste the hops , pine , citrus

Mouthfeel - slight bitter in the sides of the tongue, no bite, slight lingering aftertaste , good sudsing

Very nice overall, would enjoy again

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Photo of Moose90
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap 10.5oz pour

A — Pours a bright and hazy orangey hue. There is a rocky and cream colored head that sits atop the brew, nice lacing left behind.

S — Smells of bitter and sweet hops, lots of pine, citrus, light melon, lots of lemon. Little to no yeast character.

T — Tastes supremely hoppy and bitter, lots of piney, sweet, citrusy hop notes.

M — Medium bodied, not as heavy as one might expect.

O — Nice overall, really no yeast character though, which I have come to expect from Belgian IPA's. This is a true winner, great hop profile and balance.

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Photo of Radome
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 330 ml bottle in France.

L - Bottle conditioned. Deep amber/orange; mostly clear. Huge, fluffy, bone-colored head. Amazing piling/retention/lacing.

S - Smells like wet, raw hops. Nothing else comes through. Out of balance, but amazing anyway.

T - Dominated by fresh, green hops. Clearly a US citrusy variety. Followed by bready mallet, brown sugar, honey. Slight black pepper yeast note. Complex, but out of balance toward hops.

F - Medium to heavy body. Creamy carbonation. High hops bitterness. Some alcohol presence.

O - A very well-made beer, even though extremely hop-centered. Over the top but yummy.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Bright orange, with a medium-height white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, citrus hops, elderflower, honey and brett. Bitter-sweet, with notes of citrus, honey and tropical fruit (mostly mango and pineapple). Medium body, soft and with low carbonation.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian IPAs are a gift fro heaven, and this is one of my favorite little presents, wrapped up with a yeasty, malty, tropical hoppy goodness. Served for this review as part of a Belgian flight. Color is an orange amber, with a finger of foamy head and sticky icky lacing. The hops give Magma a mango/citrus aroma and flavor, along with candied sugar, malt, and Belgian yeast.

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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange-amber color. Cloudy. Moderate head that settles to rim bubbles. Nice ring lace after each sip.

Very typical IPA smell of pale malt and floral, bittering hop.

The taste, however, is quite special. This beer starts off semisweet with a pale grain base. Full bodied but with ample carbonation. A complex swallow and aftertaste comes from the floral hop. The aftertaste is strong and lasting. A really well made American IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The nose is brown sugar with dark fruit hints of alcohol and vanilla. It pours hazy amber with a thick rocky head, alowly descenting to icebergs of foam that produce thick lace. Brown chunks suspended in the beer give it a snow globe quality or perhaps a desert sandstorm. The beer is not that old and there are no hints of oxidation on tha palate. On the palate the fruit starts as caramel sweetened peach that gradually becomes more raisin-like. The flavors at the beginning feature the alcohol interacting with the malt and the yeast while by the finish the interactions between the alcohol and the hops become more prominent. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft from the Yard House in Glendale, served in a goblet.
Hazy orange with a foamy head. Settles to a thin of film, small streaky lace.
Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and grapefruity hops.
Taste is a nice blend of malt base and citrus hoppiness. Touch of bitterness in the finish, but not overpowering.
Low level of carbonation, smooth and almost creamy.
Pretty nice, flavorful beer, good example of the style.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I just might be less prone to like high ABVs, because the strong alcohol taste kind of ruined it a little for me (hence the lower rating on taste value). Still, overall, this is a fairly solid IPA: Nice color and aroma.

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Beautiful appearance. Reddish orange with fantastic head and lacing.

Had this a keel beer bar in Antwerp, Gollem: This is an over the top Belgium version of a West Coast Imperial IPA. Has a fruity smell with hop aroma.

Nice aroma of IPA style hops. Apricots, tropical fruit and candied fruit sweetness in the smell.

Bitter and still a little sweet, citrus comes through, complex and a little astringent,
For West Coast Imperial (hop lovers) IPA lovers this will satisfy.

A little too sweet for me, residual sugers make it to sweet

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Photo of snaotheus
3/5  rDev -22.9%

750ml corked/caged bottle at fridge temp split between a pair of large snifters. If there's a date or a code, I don't see it.

Pours cloudy amber with very little head, and not much carbonation. Smell is strong -- fruity, grassy, some hay.

Taste is oldish hops (once again, wish there was a date on the bottle), straw. A little funk.

Mouthfeel is thick. Overall, it's OK.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Beautiful appearance. Reddish orange with fantastic head and lacing.

Nice aroma of IPA style hops. Apricots, tropical fruit and candied fruit sweetness in the smell.

Taste is very hoppy in a fruity sweet way. Apricot and yeast and candied fruit. Belgian yeast is there but secondary to the US IPA style hops. Quite resinous and not super citrus like.

A very enjoyable flavoursome Belgian IPA. Recommended for Amercan IPA lovers and seems to be close to a double IPA than a Belgian Tripel or Strong Pale Ale.


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Photo of henkmudi
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%

Another exotic one from Belgium. Smell like barrels, intense, resembling quality red wine. Lots of a snow white foam, but beer color is nice also, dark orange. Earth tones at first, than citrus and melons. Sweeter than expected, but doesn't overload taste buds. Nice finish with malts and hops.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Going not by style, but by the ale, this is really nice and flavorful. If it were by style it is off the mark into a Belgian strong ipa and NOT a triple. That said....the beer pours a bright orange with thick frothy white head and EXCELLENT lacing and later pooling thin layers of foam. A "live" ale which I am fond of since it lives and matures much longer. Nose is sweet malts mingling with spicy hops, lemon grass, and Belgian bready yeast. Taste is up front sweet candy malts and sweet fresh bread yeast---ahhh the Belgians and their fantastic malts and yeast strains! The sweetness subsides into a citrus note, turning into a bittering hops note that lingers on and on. Very nice mouthfeel, nicely carbonated and smooth drinking. Excellent by ale standards, but not really a true Belgian triple. Great for hops heads, a bit over the top for Belgian lovers of which I AM.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Atlanta Yard House.
A: clear medium amber with a somewhat weak head.

Aroma: boozy with a hint of cognac over some Belgian yeast and a trace of bread.

Flavor: sweet up front turning lightly bitter by the finish. Building booziness.

Feel: light-medium body; carbonation seems too low.

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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at moeder lambic this was a sleeper hit in my book and made the trip. As others have said its red-orange, white head. What I appreciated is a smoothness to the middle and finish that helped make it work so well. Good for De Musketiers to take on the big guys and come up with this hit.

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Photo of BeerRangerBrooks
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An amazing beer for anybody. Such a beautiful orange color, big juicy body, all while being finished extremely hoppy and bitter. A true Belgian "Triple IPA", and a must try for American IPA fan. My favorite part of this beer is the craftsmanship that goes in to the head, retention, and lacing. So big and white, with both fluffy and sticky characteristics. One could spend 30 minutes just admiring the head before sipping the beer. Big hit in my world.

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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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