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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
Reviews: 149
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 25
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: richmof on 05-11-2010

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MadScientist
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of pat61
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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. 

Photo of dsinder
4.78/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ótima cerveja! Uma IPA com pedigree belga.

Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Mar02x
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plfahey
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep orange amber in color with a slight haze. Impressively tall beige head is dense and moussy with moderately high retention.

Aroma-Hops are very fruity-especially orange-like with notes of tangerine, apricot, and slight grapefruit. Hint of pungent resin. Malt notes are very sweet and caramelly, with just a hint of raisin. Just a whiff of alcohol, not in a hot or boozy way, but in a warm, inviting and intoxicating kind of way. I can't quite tease apart which aromas come from the hops and which are yeast derived esters, but I don't really care.

Flavor-Biscuit and caramel malt upfront are quickly outshone by aggressive hops-first fruity like apricots and orange marmalade, but then bitter and spicy. Finish is dry with grassy/spicy/herbal hop flavors and some spicy phenols. The aftertaste is more reminiscent of a heavily tripel (with the high hopping contributing less here than up front). Hop bitterness lingers thick on the tongue. Theres just a slight fusel presence that makes the flavor a little bit sharp on the back end.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Bitterness lies heavy on the palate, but never becomes astringent. Some warmth, but no real harshness or hotness from the alcohol.

This is a very interesting beverage. The hop presence, especially in the aroma, is amazing. Very good, and extremely drinkable for a beer this hoppy/alcoholic. Yummy.

Photo of gezondheid
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass @ The Belgian Cafe, Phila.

A-Light carmel, straw color belies strength of body & taste. Draft pour was a bit thin of head.
S-Floral, citrusy hops jump out on top followed by a bit of sugary malt. Some fusel in the nose as it warms.
T-Strong bittering hops at the outset. Nice malty smoothness in the middle. Finishing dry with a lingering tangy strike on the tongue.
M-Great battle between malty smooth and coarse hops. Not necessarily balanced but electic combination.
D-For all the combating flavors this was a surprising beer which I found myself ordering a 2nd of. Not a session beer and two is probably enough before moving on.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip- pours hazy dark copper color with lots of sediment, lots of creamy head (three fingers), exceptional retention, and nice lacing.

Nose is full and round- pale Belgian malts, earthy yeast, candi sugar, and a little pine hops. Very enticing.

Taste is perhaps a little disappointing but still very good. Pale malt and candi sugar up front, punctuated by a little pine hoppiness, which melds with the yeast to finish pretty sweet but a little dry. A little alcohol warming on the way down.

Mouthfeel is fine- medium body with light carbonation. Definitely could use some more bubbles on this one. Undeniably a good brew but for the style I think Houblon Chouffe is preferable.

Photo of beerhan
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle. apparently this beer is somewhat rare but I had never even heard of it. It pours an amber color and has a ridiculous head. I am thinking it could use a long time to age before drinking. The only way to describe the smell is that it smells like beer, its kind of odd. Taste is incredibly complex: grapefruit and bubble gum. The alcohol is hidden. For being a belgian tripple IPA I cannot even tell the belgian yeasts from the hops it all blend together.

Photo of Donis
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like to think that many of the Belgo IPAs have an advantage over their American counterparts because the quality of beer is that much better and in this case that line of thinking is on point. The Troubadour Magma for this year contains a special Australian hop that gives it more of a fruity aroma and it delivers a very nice and complex taste as well.

A - Pouring with a murky golden / orange / reddish hue, and a lacy white head, the look is great.
S - The smell is floral, resinous, and fruity.
T - The yeast and hops work together nicely without one overpowering the other.
M - Thick, yeast residue will come about 5/7 the way through the bottle so beware!
O - Overall very well balanced and certainly outdid my expectations for a lower IBU india pale ale.

Photo of output01x
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields every bit of a 3-finger creamy off-white head which recedes after a few minutes to a clumpy coating atop a hazy dark honey-colored body. The foamy head leaves strong lacing on the glass.

Citrus hops aromas mingle nicely with orange and banana yeast notes. Although the nose is nice, it is not as strong as I would have liked.

Spicy, citrusy, and hoppy. The flavors are complex and bold. Orange peel, grapefruit, and a light alcohol warmth play nicely together before a grassy bitterness finishes each sip.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is slightly sticky but still refreshing. It glides over the tongue easily but leaves a good amount of residue for the bitterness to kick in.

The flavors are complex and interesting but not quite harmonious. The nose is unfortunately weaker than would be preferred.

Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Troubadour tulip (proper!). Poured red-orange with a two and a half finger slightly off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, fruit, citrus, citrus hop, spice, and big sweetness. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly decent brew. First off, the sweetness on the flavor of this one was almost too much as my score will attest to. Luckily there were some citrus notes that helped to bring it back to an average brew for the style, but there was really no real balance going on here which was very saddening to me. Glad I got the chance to try it, but doubt I would order a glass again if there were other options available.

Photo of glb3
1.81/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Overly hopped Belgian ales is just a really bad idea. The two flavor profiles do not go well together. I believe that the hop profile of Belgian ales should be gently stitched into the backround. Belgian yeast strains married to a properly malted barley is a beautiful thing. A menage a trois with some big hops might sound interesting, but it just messes things up.
This particular selection was unattractive to look at. The color was OK, but it was cloudy and filled with rather large suspended particles...even after carefully pouring into a glass; too much reliance on bottle conditioning rather than secondary fermentation. I found it to have too much carbonation, and too large of a head.
Spend your beer funds on some of the other great Belgian ales at your disposal. This one was hard to swallow.

Photo of RappAttack
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very pretty almost orange in color with a think white head that sticks to the glass
S: smells of citrusy hops and Belgium yeast
T: citrusy hps come through in the taste along wiht some sour esters and sweet finish
M: carbonation makes this very enjoyable and refreshing med- body
O: a solid brew but a four pack runs prety steep go with the 750. One of the nicer looking beers out there

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.61/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle

The beer poured a very nice opaque orange with noticeable particles floating in the beer with a nice, slightly off white head that was 2 fingers and well retained and had noticeable carbonation flowing to the top. A thin cap remained throughout the beer.

The beer had a nice hop aroma to it, not overly hoppy and not overly typical Belgian. Nothing great or unusual about it, I guess that I expected more.

The taste is good, but what was interesting is that neither the IPA nor Belgian break out and dominate the flavor. At times I got more of a sweet flavor and others times I got the bitter hops. The beer finished with a nice bitter after taste.

The beer had a medium to heavy body feel to it. The beer was very smooth yet felt a bit sticky but the carbonation appeared to be right. The beer's drinkability is perhaps slightly above average but the alcohol is noticeable once the beer warms and I noted a slight metallic taste. Overall there are other beers that represent the style better, but still solid and worth a go. I did note a fair amount of dust on the bottle, a one off 12oz bottle purchase (not a six pack or bomber), and so maybe that had something to do with it, so I may give it a go again at a later date.

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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.