Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 452
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 27
Gots: 53 | 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 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 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 WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (305 characters)

Photo of Moose90
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (577 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 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 smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (414 characters)

Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (228 characters)

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 snaotheus
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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. (373 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 henkmudi
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%

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. (294 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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. (875 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -15%
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. (303 characters)

Photo of FRANKtheMACHINE
3.63/5  rDev -6%
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. (292 characters)

Photo of BeerRangerBrooks
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (453 characters)

Photo of Donis
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.19/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle from Belgium. Thanks Caleb!

The beer is a murky, rusty orange with a gargantuan white head. The aroma brings some spices, particularly coriander. Floral hops and citrus. Perhaps lemon candies soaked in alcohol. Sweet up front and balanced by Belgian yeast and hop bitterness. Alcohol presence is noticeable but delicate. Easy drinking for such a big beer. Very enjoyable, especially such a fresh and vibrant bottle. (429 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orangish brown with two finger head that died quick with a little lace patches. Strong citric hop aromas with touch of spice and some yeast but not much sweetness. Taste/mouthfeel more of the same as not a complex ale but it hits is spots. Mild sugary caramel sweetness at times, the citric hops are noticeable, a touch of spice and breadiness add flavor and mouthfeel, finishes with a little boozy hop bite. Good balance and easy to drink, this is quite the enjoyable beer. (490 characters)

Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice thick, foamy head. Bright amber colour with some cloudiness.

Smell is bitter, spices as coriander and some lemony parts in it, but the bittersweet takes the head. Also in a far distance some sugary and caramel is in this Magma as well...

Troubadour gives a bitter taste, where the spcies not here at all, but the lemony parts are surely appearing my taste. In the aftertaste it comes a bit in my palate, those spices. It gives a fresh and a drinkable taste though and the sweetness is also a bit in the mouthfeel.

Good beer from, the Brewers of de Musketiers, this Troubadour Magma. (590 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out with a massive head; fluffy and forever-on-top. Cloudy dark orange/amber color. Superb lacing.

Lots of wonderous Belgian yeast notes of red apple skin and nuttiness combined with a dank citrus hop nose. Grapefruit pith, musty orange, and apricot.

Whoa! Big maltiness, almost like an English old ale. Turned toffee and flat caramel tones promote high grain content. Alcohol is no joke either. Hops seem duller now, however, the flavors are still a little more exotic. More red apple, melon, orange, grapefruit, and apricot. Mouthfeel is luxurious. Very interesting bite full of fine-grained carbonation and wet body plus. Alcohol is sneakier as it warms, but the general ABV is no secret, really. Pushes for greatness; falls a little short. (751 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

Appearance: Amber but incredible cloudy which I really like but the problem is the sediments are on roids. Some sediments are good too many is like having a five extra scoops of sprinkles on your ice cream. Looks good but I do feel a little critical, the head was pretty thick about 1/2" white.

Smell: light spicy scent, feels a little like a mix between bread and nutmeg, but extremely light.

Taste: Has a lot of going on here, grape not grapefruit with yeast that is a smooth bitterness to it. Not hoppy like it's American counterparts, but pretty robust in taste. Sweet and lightly bitter, oh yes!

Mouth: Thirst quencher in the best aspect of words, bready. Smooth and can't really complaint at all.

Overall: Pretty complex taste, has a little bit of everything going here and just drinking this I feel that it can be paired with anything from steak, to even dessert. Little pricey but still satisfies....Salud! (944 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)

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