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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
88
very good

336 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website
Belgium

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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glb3

Washington

1.74/5  rDev -55.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 06:46:58 | More by glb3
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psuKinger

Pennsylvania

1.93/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into pint glass; review done from notes taken at my sister's apartment. A little over-carbonated, as it began to rise up through the neck of the bottle before I could get it poured. Indication #1 that this beer may be "old", but I can find no freshness info on the bottle, so my review continues.

A: pours a hazy light orange with a thick foamy off-white head. 4.0

S: bisquity and earthy sweet, with a twinge of citrus hops and cotton candy sweetness. 2.5

T: malty sweet, with citrus on the back end, but no bitterness to balance it out. Overly sweet, cloyingly so, with that "cotton candy" sweetness that indicates to me it is beyond it's freshness. With no discernible freshness date, I can't confirm my fears, so I review none-the-less.  Triple-IPA? I think not... 1.5

M: thick and syrupy, this beer appears to be properly carbonated but you can't feel it through all the thick syrupy sweetness in the mouth. 2.5

D/O: this isn't very enjoyable at all. Not repeatable. 1.5

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 20:14:00 | More by psuKinger
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largadeer

California

2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy, ruddy copper body; magma is an appropriate name. The head is small but retains well, leaving webs of lace behind as it falls.

The nose is more tripel than IPA. Very estery and phenolic, the yeast nearly overwhelms the hop aroma. This smells a lot like sulfurous dried fruit, peaches or apricots in particular. Spiciness is present in the form of clove and white pepper. There's a mild herbal hop note buried beneath. Not a ton of sweetness is noticeable, maybe a hint of dark candi sugar.

Spiciness and fruit carries over on to the palate, but there's a more dominant herbal, somewhat metallic or mineral hop flavor. Dried fruit and caramel flavors lend a touch of sweetness, but it's a more dry beer on the whole. The finish is only moderately bitter, but it has a metallic and herbal astringency that seems to linger entirely too long.

This becomes a bit of a chore to drink after a while; I'm not crazy about the interplay between the hops and yeast. Too much astringency, not enough hop flavor. I'll pass on this one in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 02:37:03 | More by largadeer
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Sinewave

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

01-01-2012 23:45:02 | More by Sinewave
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stcules

Italy

2.55/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Orange, quite hazy. Creamy white head.
In the smell ripe pear, apricot in syrup, and sugar and molasse. Too sweet.
The hop?
A bit better taste, less sugary and less ripe fruity.
Warming and alcoholic, but after a bit, quite boring.
Eminently alcoholic aftertaste.
Not balanced, not really inviting for a second taste.
(ps. Belgian IPA?)

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 20:37:11 | More by stcules
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Jesse13713

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Awesome frothy lacing on this one. A completely opaque and cloudy amber-orange color that suits the name of the beer.

Smell - Smells of a spicier Belgian yeast. Strong hints of orange and caramel litter the nose as well.

Taste - The taste is hard to pinpoint here. Full of Belgian yeast and honey. Slightly sugary with floral notes. Faint hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly sweeter than I expected. Definitely a sipper and overpriced at $4.99 for an 11.2 oz. I realize this is a short review, but this beer was just not at all that interesting to me.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 04:25:24 | More by Jesse13713
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jwswigs

California

2.75/5  rDev -30%

01-23-2014 06:33:45 | More by jwswigs
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spacemanvt

Virginia

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-07-2011 21:54:36 | More by spacemanvt
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kayrex

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

02-28-2012 23:38:13 | More by kayrex
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rudy0908

Missouri

3/5  rDev -23.7%

12-08-2012 03:59:59 | More by rudy0908
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whartontallboy

New York

3/5  rDev -23.7%

01-16-2012 02:58:26 | More by whartontallboy
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

11-27-2011 20:25:18 | More by PittBeerGirl
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -23.7%

11-18-2011 17:54:18 | More by garuda
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh for picking this bottle up for me. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a light golden copper color with a two-finger head with great retention and thick lacing. There is a great cap throughout. The nose is quite plain with a faint yeast character and a very minor amount of hops. Slightly sweet with a bit of peach. Taste is sweet and a bit grainy without any real hop or yeast character. Quite puzzling. A bit sweet and really not much else. Light caramel and stone fruits could be in there, if I try to throw out another few characteristics. Medium body and slightly cloying. Overall, not a big fan of this.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2010 02:16:12 | More by Thorpe429
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

jrallen34 brought this to our recent tasting. To preface, I dislike most Belgian IPA's, although I have had a few I like.

A - Cloudy brownish-orange color with a two finger, white head that left minimal stick on the sides.

S - Some fruit, phenol, hops, belgian yeast, seems pretty typical of a Belgian IPA.

T - Some bizzare chemical and yeast flavor that tasted kind of skunky. Little bit of spice and hops, but I just didn't like much.

M - Medium bodied, dry finish.

D - I didn't like the beer enough to drink tons of it, perhaps I need more exposure to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:48:06 | More by AgentZero
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting sample pours a pale orange with some frothy head and wet lace.

Nose has a big, bready pale malt with some estery apricots and a big, noble hop earthiness. Some other, more delicate hop aromas of lean orange, flowers and herbs contribute also.

Palate is full bodied with a very dense, bready malt and a sizable earthy hop bitterness. This beer seems very big, and though it's an IPA, I think I'd prefer it aged. Any fruit is minimal and the spice and eventually very big alcohol take over on the finish- a lingering dryness at the very end with some more delicate notes of earth, flowers and citrus blossom.

Not bad but I don't think I'm a fan of this Double Belgian IPA style as it would seem to be at 9%, at least not fresh maybe. It's just a little out of whack and needs some time to come together.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 20:28:58 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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danmcg62

Massachusetts

3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an deep orange color with a big white head. I noticed ther is some grayish matter floating in the beer. Not sure what it is (yeast maybe?). Don't know what to make of this.

S-A real spicy, bready smell with various citrus fruits as well. Mild hop smell.

T-Very malty, hoppy. Mild citrus taste. Not too bad.

M-Real thick and chewy. Not overally drinkable.

O-Overall this beer is just OK. Don't know if I'd ever get it again, but glad I gave it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 01:34:35 | More by danmcg62
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

07-09-2014 04:18:45 | More by Gonzoillini
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bkeller04

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

04-18-2014 22:42:46 | More by bkeller04
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desint

Belgium

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

05-31-2013 11:31:29 | More by desint
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clarkw42

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

06-24-2014 21:38:42 | More by clarkw42
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duff247

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

05-24-2012 03:58:34 | More by duff247
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2014 16:13:06 | More by chinchill
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thagr81us

South Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2012 11:44:02 | More by thagr81us
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Zorro

California

3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper colored beer with a tall yellowish white head.

Smell is sweet and hoppy. Toffee and coriander with leaf tobacco scent. Scent of apple skins and olive oil.

Starts out semisweet and woody with a strong tea flavor. Distinct wood hop flavor here lots of strong tea. Not really tasting like a Belgian IPA here, much more like an East Coast IPA with English style hops. OK I am disappointing, expected more.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall average at best. Save you money and buy the American version.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 01:50:36 | More by Zorro
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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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