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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 453
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 7.25%
Wants: 28
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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 (536 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.78/5  rDev +23.8%
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. (1,411 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.67/5  rDev +21%
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. (1,246 characters)

Photo of jroberts8811
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bomber into St. Bernardus Tulip

A - couldy tan body, not transparent. little head, small tight lacing

S - Malt, bread, malt, belgian hops, malt, funk. banana, clove, coriander, honey, caramel

T - fantastic Belgian triple. Very well balanced, sweet, malty, earthy. Think "Poperings Hommel" with sweetness. definietly a slow sweet sipper. hops are not as forward as the name "Triple IPA" would lead you to believe.

M - Full, round, sweet, sticky. almost resinous.

O - Even though this is an IPA, would be inclined to even cellar this for a while. Great beer. (562 characters)

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.57/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Received a really nice presentation at work the other day on this beer and few others...very impressed. Had to buy a bottle afterwards....

A: I can definitely see why the call this "magma," it has a really nice bright fire-orange color, with a creamy white head. This beer almost "glows" when you pour it into a nice tulip shaped glass.

S: The hops really start the show. The aromas of blood orange and tangerine, laced with brown sugar or caramel really round out the nose. No alcohol burn is present, just a huge amount of sweet, fleshy, citrus.

T&M: Orange blossoms, and hardcore citrus flavor dominate the initial taste. However there is a honeyed - floral taste on the mid-palate, and raw cane sugar rounds out the finish. Very well balanced, good fruit, good spice, and excellent mouthfeel.

I sincerely love this beer. Probably one of the best that I have tasted from Belgium. It isn't overly complex, just a simple, straight-forward beer. You really get the glamorous citrus fruits without the bitter hop burn from a lot of Belgian IPAs...but I think the major aspect of the flavor profile that distinguishes this beer from others is the well-integrated malt. The brown sugar notes just really make the beer what it is. I'll definitely spend $20 on a four pack in the future. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (248 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

94/100 (518 characters)

Photo of MightyMonk
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Belgian is world class IMO. I have not had a bad beer yet from Troubadour.
The aroma is of citrus notes, floral, spicy, clean. Pours a nice orange hue with a large frothy head that stays in the glass to the end with nice lacing.
The taste hits with citrus and some malt, biscuit, bready, yeasty notes with the signature Belgian spice bite. Wonderful taste overall. Warming alcohol in the stomach.
Overall a world class Belgian. Enjoy one today! (452 characters)

Photo of martja
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice belgian that poured a cloudy orange with a one-finger lacing head. Its got a nice citris, malty, spicy aroma. The hoppy taste came in right behind a sweet citris intro, but was perfect to cut what could have been an overly sweet taste. The beer is on the thicker side, but the hopps really come to life as you drink this one. Overall, this is a pretty good Belgian beer with a failrly unique blend of sweet citris and hoppiness. (443 characters)

Photo of farrago
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three fingers of creamy orange to tan foam, airy and prone to dimpling, steady dissolve, average stickiness to the lacing. Super cloudy and opaque liquid, however, the red tinged pumpkin orange has serious glow, fills the glass with color, lots of tiny bubble beads visible as well. Sweet tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus explodes in the nose, adds juiciness to the apricot, peach, nectarine, mango fruit scents, brawny peppery component, the pine adds edginess, hard to distinguish clear malt scents but something is softening the harder edges here. Medium-bodied, heavily whipped up carbonation yet fine enough that it does not prevent the weight from getting things sinking into the palate. The pepper and crisp spice pairs up with herbal bite to set the tone early, forestalls the appearance of the tangerine, grapefruit citrus, no small feat. Drier fruit profile, more nectarine, pineapple, papaya than riper apricot or peach, tangy. More dead yeast cells than breadiness, offers a charcoal dustiness too. Near the end releases a swipe of maple syrup and molasses. High marks for drinkability given the ABV. Active, not hyperactive, mouth presence. (1,154 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass.
Appearance-orange hue with a slight head. Not overly carbonated.
Smell-strong notes of citrus and yeast coming through, smells very nice.
Taste-Strong citrus notes coming through with a slight yeast note. Nice finish.
Mouthfell-pleasant, with a bitter citurs hop flavor that is lovely.
Overall-First time having this beer and I was quite impressed, I usually go for American IPA's but was at my local Belgium beer bar and thought I would give it a try, I was not disapointed. Nice hop flavor coming through, tasted somewhat like an americna Imperial IPA, which makes sense considering the IBU and ABV corresponds with a similar flavor profile. (677 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-amber color with a very thick frothy off-white head, very good retention.

The scent is very sweet, with presence of citrus and other sweet fruits, floral hops, and some notes of spice.

The taste is of sweet belgian sugars, citrus, notes of pineapple, bread, mildly bitter floral hops, and peppery notes.

Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, all of the flavors were very prominent except for the alcohol. This is something I would definitely look for again. (531 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle served at 42 degrees in glass beer challis

A) Murky glowing brass soup with lots of suspended yeasties and tiny bubbles. Short white head dissapates quickly leaving a quarter inch cover

S) Sweet citrus fruit, sour dough, mild ginger bread spice, alchohol esthers all in perfect proportion. Yummy.

T) Outstanding. Orange, apricot, sweet caramel. Alcohol? Yes, but I can't taste it

M) Ample carbonation, thick and sticky. Effervescent fizz.

O) An excellent triple. I will run, not walk, back to wence I came and buy more. (542 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Firkin in Libertyville, IL. Had to hound them about when they would have it available. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an amber color, graduating to Texas orange in the narrow parts of the glass. Magma is presented with a bubbly white head with decent retention. Spider web lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Nothing overwhelms the nose, but a rich scent nonetheless. Biscuity malt, Belgian yeast and spice, and some citric hops.

Taste: Soft caramel sweetness to start. Some citrusy hops push through soon after. Cardamon, cloves, and Belgian yeast provide a nice spiciness in the middle. Finishes with some floral a citrus hops, with a sweet flourish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with an appropriate level of carbonation to keep it crisp. Very little hop oil left after each sip, but it is a little sticky. Wrapped up in a medium body.

Drinkability: Alcohol provides a slight warming in the stomach, but the flavor is smooth and this is extremely drinkable. Hopefully it becomes more regularly available here. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Radome
4.36/5  rDev +13%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

small bottle picked up today at the COOP.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet....

Great retention and a foamy 2 finger off white head... the brew is hazed orange.

Smells like a pretty traditional triple with a nice punch of citrus zest.. some spice and navel orange rind... honestly smells pretty darn hoppy.

Good bitterness out of the gate that quickly moves into the continental malts with some estery apple and pear and then citrus hops show... the second pour shows some melon and peppercorn.. very interesting.. finishes a bit perfumy.

Body may be a tad high for a "triple", but in this context it seems about perfect... so is the carbonation.

I really like this one.... complex and wonderfully drinkable.. the price tag is the only thing keeping me from making this a fridge staple, but I will certainly pick it up again.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5 (850 characters)

Photo of richmof
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Chez Moeder Lambic, poured into its own chalice. A deep gold, amber colour with a nice frothy off-white head that retains all the way down and laces.

Tangy fruity hops on the nose with slight malty biscuit.

There is so much to this beer on the palate. As for fruits, you certainly get some caramel and orange peel (even orange blossom) but, more so, tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit. There is a decent malt structure throughout but obviously, this is a beer about its hops, which impart a fine piney dryness throughout. At 9%, it is no surprise that there is a slightly alcoholic finish but it is a very pleasant finish and gives a nice balance to the sweetness.

The beer was launched this year and has already scooped a number of prizes and deservedly so. It describes itself as a triple IPA but is surely one of the finest of the growing array of IPA-ish beers that are emerging in Belgium. Well done I say. (933 characters)

Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy medium orangish brown color. A very cidery looking beer. Thin white head, turns into nice white ring around glass. Very dark sweet buttery orange aroma. Some sweet breadiness in aroma. Smells thick. Mild to moderate carbonation. Very dense am complex flavor combo. Orangy breadiness. Very candied, almost the orange flavor of a tootsie pop. Deep orange peel taste in finish. Some alcohol on a swish before swallow. Smooth and slightly dry finish. Overall a pretty good beer, very fruity on the orange side. (511 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a chalice.

This beer is a hazy orange-ish color with a tall white rocky head. Good head retention and lots of lacing

Lots of citrus in the aroma. There is a slight hint of a malty base, and a definate belgian yeast presence, but the nose is dominantly sweet and fruity (mainly citrus fruits). Sweet red grapefruit, orange zest, apricots, and grapes. There is also a slightly piney and spicy charicteristic that seems to open up as the beer warms.

The flavor is very similar to the nose; the fruity hops steal the show. Lots of orange and grapefruit with pineapple and apricot. The spices and yeast are much more present in the flavor than they are in the nose. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Finishes slightly dry. Fairly easy to drink

Overall this is quite a nice beer, the alcohol is present and noticable, but not overpowering. Well done (894 characters)

Photo of yapi
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew from my home country!

This one has a very nice fruity nose, and it will keep the fruitiness on the palate. Very tropical fruit, also with orange & citrus, and nice hops. Even had some honey to it. Not too hoppy, so don't expect a hopbomb...

All in all, one of the best we drank during our beertasting on saturday. Will certainly buy some stock, perfect for tastings & for novice beer drinkers. A realm of tastes! A very good Belgian IPA, but don't buy it for the bitterness! (497 characters)

Photo of Wanne
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (272 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A – Opaque orange gold with a frothy white head that holds up with a nice retention and lace.

S – Brioche, orange marmalade, honey. Soft, well constructed, and inviting.

T – Great bready malt backbone throughout the profile. Orange peal. Coriander. Bitter herbal hop character balances out the malt and the fruit. Nice banana through the backend.

M - Nice and smooth with a medium body. Soft rolling bitterness fades fairly quickly after each sip.

O – Fruiter than I was expecting, but nice flavor and balance overall. (530 characters)

Photo of beerhan
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Troubadour Magma poured into a tulip glass immediately builds a big, frothy meringue like head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the beer and leaves behind clumps of lace on the side of the glass. The beer itself is an opaque dark amber with orange hues around the edges.

The aroma is rather spicy with notes of orange peel, bready yeast and hints of pale malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very soft on the palate with an effervescent fizz and a dry finish. The flavor begins with spicy notes of orange peel and touch of cardamon. In the middle some tropical fruity notes appear. Blended in is some sweet malt and Belgian yeast spice (clove) along with earthy hops (grass, pine). Once gone the clove and hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a well balanced and very tasty beer. No one flavor dominates. and it hides the 9% abv well. I thought the mouthfeel would be a bit more chewy. The beer is a bit pricey, but I'm glad I bought a 4 pack since I still have 3 bottles left. (1,017 characters)

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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
87 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.