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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 468
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 21.08%
Wants: 30
Gots: 63 | FT: 1
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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 Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, citrus fruit, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a honey flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the mouthfeel is off on this one.

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Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy orange in color and has lots of large yeast particles visible near the bottom of the glass. It poured with a thin white head that never completely faded away.
S: There are aromas of sweet caramel malts in the nose along with some notes of yeast.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of caramel malts and yeast along with hints of orange citrus.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and a little thick on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. Neither alcohol warming nor crispness detectable.
O: The heavier mouthfeel and malty caramel flavors definitely make this feel like it’s a strong IPA but any traces of alcohol are well hidden.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fair Belgian IPA, displaying a sweeter side and moderate hop character- balance seems to be the target.

The beer pours a froathy, hazy orage/golden hue with significant haze. A solid and creamy yellowish head forms on the beer and hold firm while lacing all the while.

Malty sweet confecionate sugars along with pilner malts give a sweet/bready flavor and texture, providing a solid base for spice, ester, and hops. A balance of soft spice (corriander, orange peel) bounce off of tropical appricot and pineapple esters. Throw on top of that an assertive earthy, spicy, pungent hop character that nearly overtakes the beer. The balance favors the hops but only slightly.

Dense malts give a heavy feel to the beer, even with the heavy hop additions the beer never dries out to satisfaction. Mild alcohols and hop bitterness lead to a medium-dry finish.

Because of the bready malts (maybe stale bread) and waivering hop character, this beer might be beyond prime. Interested in trying fresh to see.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.09/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of strong Belgian malt backbone with light sweet undertones. Taste is also a nice mix between some nice Belgian malt with balanced sweetness and some light pepper notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Enjoyable and well brewed without rewriting the rule book.

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Photo of largadeer
2.09/5  rDev -46.3%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Paradiso.

This guy seemed a bit much for the guys next to me at the bar, so I just had to try it. Call me a glutton for punishment. It pours a somewhat hazy amber-straw topped by over a finger of white micro-foam. The nose is heavy on the grapefruit, pine, and toffee. Nothin' else...no room for anything else. The taste is a bit more varied, with plenty o' pine and grapefruit, a pumped-up bit o' toffee and caramel, red grapes, figs, brown sugar, sweet raisins, and honey. The body is a somewhat hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a slightly gooey feel. Overall, a powerful nigh-triple IPA, easy to see how my bar-neighbors could be stunned by this.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 1/10/2010 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel, then a hearty malt character and Belgian yeast breadiness comes in. The hops presence is complementary but mild for the style. There's a very small touch of an alcohol sting. The after taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, although there are better beers in the style, this is still a solid beer worth drinking for a while.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a hazy burnt orange color with a nice white head that retained well, leaving a bit of lace on the glass. Decent aroma, bread and honey, Belgian yeast, and a crisp organic hoppiness. Taste was similar, crisp and bready, caramel, apple skins, and a touch of spice, nicely hopped with a good balance all around. Medium-bodied and quite drinkable, just watch your intake...higher alcohol was barely noticeable.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into chalice, best before 5/3/2013 printed on the cork. Pours extremely cloudy reddish orange color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big caramel, orange, grapefruit, citrus rind, pineapple, herbal, floral, grass, molasses, honey, bread, toast, light pine, and light earthy spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, complexity; the bottle age is definitely apparent being that this is a Belgian IPA. Taste of caramel, grapefruit, orange zest, grass, herbal, floral, toast, biscuit, honey, pine, earth, and light herbal spiciness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus zest, grass, herbal, floral, toast, biscuit, honey, earth, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Excellent flavor balance and complexity; great hop/malt flavor balance; zero cloying flavors present on the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA! Great hop/malt balance and nice complexity; extremely smooth to sip on for a 9% beer. A very enjoyable offering as I expected.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.78/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't remember who supplied this one to the tasting last night - either Jason or Mike I think. Served in a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of white foam that features good retention but no lace, eventually settling to a thin cap. Hazy orange-peach body.

S - Oranges and stone fruits, some soapy Cascade hop character, Belgian yeast, a bit of alcohol peaks through. Sweet malt backbone supports the hops. Solid but somewhat generic.

T - The taste is less impressive, with a bit too much estery and spicy alcohol present mingling with the orange rind hop character. The bitterness in the aftertaste is pretty intense and seems to come out of left field.

M - Nice smooth medium body, lower carbonation, and a dry finish. No complaints here.

D - It's a bit overhyped but it's not a bad beer by any stretch. Still, I'd rather have (fresh) Houblon Chouffe or Struise Elliot brew if I were in the mood for a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very hazy to cloudy golden orange in color with very light amounts of visible carbonation and a significant amount of yeast particles in suspension (mostly white and fairly large). The beer has a half finger tall creamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium sized patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready and caramel malts with fairly strong flavors of yeast and just a touch of earthy hops.

T: Moderate flavors of bready and caramel malts with some yeast and orange peel (not unlike a witbier). Very light notes of earthiness which I attribute to hops and very light amounts of bitterness which fade quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Not the greatest smell to this beer but not sure if that has something to do with the age of the beer or if that is just how it is... The flavor is still quite enjoyable and the alcohol is very well hidden.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New release, bought it today. Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is orange and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate. Looks good.

Estery, earthy hops, minimal pine, smells fine. Lots of yeast coming through in the nose.

IPA? Not so much, tripel? Sure, I'd buy that. Beer is medium bodied and sweet at lead off, gives way to a blank midpalate with only minimal presence of hops and esters. A little breadiness, minimal bitterness at the back and a dry finish. Eh...this is one of the BIPAs that just doesn't quite float my IPA loving boat.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.19/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at TJ's Everyday in a tulip glass.

Troubador Magma came in the glass looking faded orange with some bright bronze swimming within. Just some sparse white bubbles on top, no lacing. Smell is fairly malty but there is also some bright citrus hops rounding out with a whiff of alcohol. Some grain makes an appearence after a bit. On first sips, this tastes more like a weak barleywine to me, it just has that bigfoot taste to it, though watered down if that makes sense. Tastes of rancid pine, highly bitter(like a fresh bigfoot) with light tropic fruits. The belgian yeast while there, is not as pronounced as some in the style. This is more American than Belgian IMO. Feel is sticky and insanely bitter especially with the aftertaste. Carbed up very low, but enough to make a dent. Glad I tried it, this is a unique beer, and it was a good kickstart to the weekend with the 9%

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid B-IPA, but triple? Hmmm...maybe the abv, which is quite well hidden.

Hazy golden pour, some amber and light ruby. Two finger head, white and foamy. Nice lacing.

Some spice in the aroma. More of a candied malt and citrus zest hop essence. Some floral and green stems. A bit boozy

The bit of spice comes through at first in the flavor. Coriander and maybe some slight clove. Sweet malt, candied sugar. Some mint. Hops are there representing the citrus and green pine needles.

Nice bite to it, not the resinous I was expecting. Low abv and easy to drink. Not 'triple' hoppy, but solid

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.92/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

33cl bottle: slightly out of date when poured into a Duvel glass at home on 30 May 2013 during a random beer tasting evening.

Poured slowly, so no sediment left the bottle: the beer looked good, orange too deep amber in colour, clear and clean, on top a full white crown.

Smells sweeter than it tastes: mildly caramel and fruity in the nose. Hop bitterness with spice notes appear in the mouth and the beer is quiet balanced once you get into it.

The alcohol is evident as is the Belgian yeast, all in all a very pleasant beer from start to finish.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troubadour Magma pours a light orangish yellow in color with a large soapy head and quite a bit of brussels lace. Immediately greeted with a hoppy aroma, a bit earthy, along with some tropical fruits like mango, orange and pineapple. In the flavor, muted fruits and an even bitterness. Semi-sweet. Belgian style ale with some estery goodness. Alcohol presence is slim to none. Lighter body and feel with decent carbonation. Easy drinking, a nice take on the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a honey amber color with good head retention and lacing. Don't get a whole lot on the nose, just some tropical fruit flavors... this really doesn't smell like an IPA, Belgian or otherwise. On the palate, however, this beer is very impressive. There's a smorgasbord of tropical fruit flavors, which include mango, pineapple, peach and apricot. There's also some honey and hint of brown sugar in this rich, fairly sweet IPA. The finish is pretty long, and there's some bitterness at the end, but the tropical flavors clearly dominate in this beer. Mouthfeel is full with a long finish, and drinkability is surprisingly good in this beer, with the alcohol well integrated into the flavor profile.

Hard to think of this as a Beglian IPA, but it's definitely a delicious, easy to appreciate beer. Impressive...

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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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