Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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1.74/5 rDev -55.6%
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.
02-26-2013 06:46:58 | More by glb3
1.93/5 rDev -50.8%
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
09-05-2011 20:14:00 | More by psuKinger
2.08/5 rDev -46.9%
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.
11-18-2010 02:37:03 | More by largadeer
2.55/5 rDev -34.9%
Orange, quite hazy. Creamy white head.
In the smell ripe pear, apricot in syrup, and sugar and molasse. Too sweet.
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?)
11-05-2012 20:37:11 | More by stcules
2.6/5 rDev -33.7%
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.
03-16-2011 04:25:24 | More by Jesse13713
3.08/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
12-29-2010 02:16:12 | More by Thorpe429
3.08/5 rDev -21.4%
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.
11-01-2010 00:48:06 | More by AgentZero
3.15/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
02-09-2012 20:28:58 | More by TheWhiskerReview
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
11-05-2011 01:34:35 | More by danmcg62
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
Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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