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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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351 Ratings
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Ratings: 351
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: richmof on 05-11-2010)
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Reviews by Nerudamann:
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – amber color, mostly clear, with about two and a half fingers’ worth of light-khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – light but very present smell of hops and crisp malts. Also, there seems to be a fruitier aspect underneath.

Taste – the malts and the hops do a pretty closely tied dance, but in the end the hops win out, but just ever so slightly. There’s a underlying muskiness that reveals itself in the middle of the tasting and then recedes.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, from the looks of it, it appeared to be waterier than I would have thought, but upon tasting, it turned out to be well-balanced.

Overall – Although not terribly interesting to think about while tasting, it’s still a good-tasting brew.

01-14-2012 17:14:04 | More by Nerudamann
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

Iam sometimes leary about beers of this style,Iam usually let down by to much Belgian yeastiness,this version is done nicely.Poured into a stemmed glass a deep burnt orange infused golden with a clingy one finger white head that left two full rings of lace as it settled slowly.Mainly tropical fruit in the nose along with some caramel malt,just some slight spice from the yeast.Pretty sweet on the palate with some caramel malt flavors up front,hop flavors are more of a tropical and overripe fruit variety,the alcohol is pretty well hidden.Not in your face hops but there is a hefty dose of the vine,not bad.

06-17-2010 21:04:03 | More by oberon
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

A: A pale amber a very slight haze and an extremely long lasting, cream off-white head.

S: The initial aromas are of moderate hops and fruity esters, mostly orange. There is a moderately-light sweet malt aroma with notes of honey and caramel. The alcohol aroma is moderately strong.

T: A muted citrus and light pine hops flavor with a solid hops bitterness. There is some malt support but the balance is solidly on the bitter side. There is some citrus esters and a moderate spiciness, mostly pepper and clove.

M: Smooth and cream with a medium-light body and moderate carbonation followed by a very warming alcohol heat.

O: The hops flavor is dull but I'm sure this wasn't a fresh example. The alcohol isn't very restrained and is a touch on the boozy side but overall a pretty good beer with a substantial bitterness.

07-31-2012 02:20:59 | More by MadScientist
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-24-2013 01:02:36 | More by Joebraggot
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4/5  rDev +2%

On tap at Lion's Pride.

In a tulip the beer was a hazy dark orange color. It had a medium-sized off-white head that left a good deal of lace.

Kind of a spicy caramel aroma, some brown sugar. Piney and eearthy, with a little bit of citrus.

This IPA seemed to be more malt forward, with a hint of spice. The hops were mostly pine with a little bit of grapefruit.

Medium-bodied and smooth. Not very resinous.

Nice beer.

01-27-2012 11:03:28 | More by lordofthewiens
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

01-19-2014 15:34:13 | More by csmartin6
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4/5  rDev +2%

11-16-2011 03:07:42 | More by bpfrush
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United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

A 330ml bottle with a BB of July 2012. Acquired ages ago from a Belgian webshop. The label describes it as an amber ale with dry hopping and secondary fermentation (not explicitly stated as an IPA).

Poured into a Duvel tulip. A rich, hazy orange-amber hue with good carbonation and chunky sediment. Produces a huge head of creamy off-white foam with excellent retention; this lasts for ages before subsiding to a thick surface layer. Aroma of sweet malt with notes of spicy aromatic hops, sugar, caramel, dried fruit and yeast esters. A warming whiff of booze in the background.

Tastes of sweet malt with a fruity yeast character. Notes of earthy yeast, dried fruit, candy sugar, caramel, subtle aromatic hops, fruity yeast esters and stewed hops. Dry, with a spicy, astringent quality. Faint bitterness and a hint of solvent/alcohol in the background. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with good body. Rather astringent - dries the palate. Aftertaste of sweet malt, yeast and stewed hops.

Pretty good - a tasty brew. Not sure if it really qualifies as a Belgian IPA, but then I don't know the brewer's intentions. Also, I suspect the bottle is rather old and therefore the hop character has probably faded. Sweet, fruity malt and lots of yeast notes in the flavour. The hops are present in the aroma but less so when tasting. Quite boozy. A tasty beer; worth sampling if you have the chance.

07-15-2012 23:32:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
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West Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%

Fantastic rendition of the Beglian IPA, some of the brewers get this style and some of them don't. Namingly most of the American versions which kill the experience with loads of American highly potent alpha acids with the Belgian yeast spiciness, this is a yin and yang that just doesn't work for me. This one appears a glowing slightly clouded orange color for me, with bright white peach tinted head. Rocky and thick effervescent head the true Belgian style lacing going on, intricate and layered perfectly with each sip from my Allagash chalice. Aromatics offer up lemon/lime/grapefruit citrus fruits with a really appealing grassiness going on, spicy edges from the yeast and sugary layers of candy coated hops from the tropical fruit mango to the simple syrup tones I'm getting. Caramel coated hops, wrapped in sugar. This is bitter but alcohol and malts stand up to European hop additions. The grapefruit, grassy/herbal, and tropical fruit mango/pineapple tones tend to explode on the palate and the bready spicy yeast blends perfectly amongst the hodgepodge of flavors going down. Mouthfeel is effevescent with carbonation smooth with occasional hop burps clearing out the sinuses this is a nice drinking beer definitely hides the 9% abv. Drinkability overall is incredible the type of beer I would love to have more often than not, conveniently it's right down the street at my local beer and wine shop.

07-23-2010 17:01:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

07-10-2014 22:25:02 | More by kwkdmk
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South Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -16.8%

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

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

Flavor: lsweet up front turning ightly bitter by the finish. Building booziness.

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

06-26-2014 16:13:06 | More by chinchill
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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

09-03-2013 00:02:06 | More by timontheroad
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

12-17-2012 18:25:29 | More by stereosforgeeks
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4/5  rDev +2%

12-17-2011 05:50:59 | More by daveytheformer
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3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

(Served in a chalice)
A-  The glowing clear orange body supports a bubbly beige head and a sea of microbubbles swirl around in the body.
  S-  The soft fusel  alcohol note blends with a soft mellow green hop note in the finish.
T-  The soft green hop bite is all that comes through in the first few sips.  As the beer opens up there is a soft sweetness that grows and but still stays soft.  There is a light tartness to the hops but the sweet and hop balance is still there.
  M-  This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the carbonation and a very light alcohol heat when the beer warms.
  D-  This beer has some good hop and sweetness balance but they are both very soft.  I would say the triple IPA is very misleading, and it is a bit bland to drink. 

09-01-2010 02:27:33 | More by rhoadsrage
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

06-24-2014 21:37:03 | More by JMS1512
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3.88/5  rDev -1%

08-14-2014 05:03:36 | More by samtrillo
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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

01-09-2014 19:42:23 | More by Griffith
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3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

11.2oz bottle at Publick House...served in a standard pint glass

A - poured with about a quarter inch of foamy white suds which fell to a thin film. spotty lacing down the glass. the beer is hazy, on the darker side of gold.

S - very grainy with a kick of wet grassy hops towards the second half. bits of pleasant spiciness kick in. cant decide between a tripel or belgian IPA.

T - spicy off the bat, noble hops join in adding to the earthy spice with a bittering grassy kick. joined near the end by some fruits, tropical pineapple and green apples with a yeasty finish.

M - liked it at first, then quickly became a bit distracting. very sharp carbonation, and finishes insanely dry, crispy.

D - just a little disappointed here, has a few good things going for it but just kind of falls apart in the end. hurt by a slightly abrasive mouthfeel without enough to make up for it. a decent beer, just not worth the price you will likely pay to get it.

08-05-2010 21:49:40 | More by Stigs
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3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

08-08-2014 23:01:07 | More by nikigava
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4.7/5  rDev +19.9%

A - Never saw such a murky IPA before, there is a lot of yeast in my glass and I didn't shook it up. The fluid looks orange brown and there is no visible carbonation. The orange/yellow head is massive and steady. All of a sudden the head collapses into a fluffy, creamy layer. The lacing is nice however. The yeast blizzard is slowing down and coming to a rest on the bottom of my Struise glass.

S - Mango ,grass and pineapple some sweetness and old oranges.

T - WOW, a superb sipper, my beer is still cold but all ready the taste is all there. I had this on my shelf for a while (approximately half a year), but this is still a good beer. I don't really know it the aging made it better. I had this beer fresh before and I threw it down the sink, but back than my palate wasn't developed enough. - Mango, grass, candy sugar, oranges, pineapple.

M - A medium carbonation and surprisingly enough the bitterness stops rather quickly after being swallowed. The body is creamy and slightly sticky. No real signs of alcohol, only a slight warming effect after swallowing.

O - I like this imperial Belgian IPA and I will surely have it again. I am very glad more and more brewers on the European main land are having a try to brew this beer style.

02-13-2012 15:52:38 | More by Mar02x
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Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours foamy golden appearance. Hop aromas. Big and delicious hops followed by big malt. An evening beer, a good one. Yeasty.Above average mouthfeel. Quebec private order. Like a double Belgian DIPA. Good drinkability.Worth seeking out.Thanks Fred.A little alcohol.

10-09-2011 01:44:53 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +2%

04-10-2014 02:25:06 | More by Snow81
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Pour is orange with a creamy foam on top. Some sediment is apparent. Decent lacing in the glass.

S - Scents of berries and fruit are there. Also a hoppy aroma. Certianly a bit different for a belgian style IPA.

T - Strong candied fruit flavor that also has a hoppy bitterness on the back end. One of the more americanized versions of a belgian IPA I recall. I'm kind of digging it.

M - Smooth and for a rich beer this is highly drinkable. Subtle carbonation, but more noticeable is the hop sting at the end. This hits many parts of the tongue.

O - The folks that tried this with me were put off that it tasted like many domestic IPA's. I felt differently. This is a bit of a fusion of styles and I found it to be one of the more noteworthy of the belgians out there. Worth trying; I know I will.

11-18-2011 17:01:19 | More by socon67
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

11.2oz. bottle courtesy of BBF. Weird bottling code of some sort on the cap 0306100705. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a gigantic 4 finger, frothy, white head with a slight orange tint and great retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange. Lacing is absurd. Layered, with great legs and retention.

S: Nose is citrus hops, Belgian yeast, clove and apricot. A light bit of tartness tickles the nose but I can't quite place it. Aromatic and pleasant overall.

T: Opens Belgian yeast and clove. Citrus hops upfront play nicely with the malt backbone and different spices. Tropical fruit. Pineapple. Resiny, sticky hop bitterness towards the middle and end. Finish is accented Belgian yeast. Sweet. Aftertaste is an interaction of the stick, resiny hops and lingering malt backbone.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, and airy and fluffy in the mouth. Prickly on the palate and going down. Highly abrasive. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky and slightly dry.

D: I'm still not quite sure what to make of the Belgian IPA style but this is definitely a solid offering. Great balance between hop presence and malt backbone here and the Belgian fruity and spicy character complements the bitterness well. Worth trying.

12-16-2010 23:05:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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