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Troubadour Magma | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 157 | Ratings: 487
Photo of Donis
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Vladimiriuz
3.52/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.93/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
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!

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.65/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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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 bump8628
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle into a tulip. Burnt amber, hazy, creamy white head. This is the European hopped version of a Belgian IPA. Hops are punch of herbs and spice - grassy, peppery, earthy (almost dirty, in a good way), slightly soapy and powdery. Slather of caramel on the palate seems to balance things out a little, but thankfully this isn't a sweet beer. Ethanol flairs just a little as it warms. Ultra dry finish with lively carbonation gives a nice fluffy mouthfeel. A pretty solid brew, nice flavors to sip and savor. What makes this a triple IPA as the label states - the ABV I guess? It's not quite as hoppy as even a DIPA.

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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 thierrynantes
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : amber orange color with white foamy head (nice lacing)
Smell : malty and caramel aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : hops and citrus flavors, leading to bitter finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Belgian Flemish brown ale.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.32/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep amber with a fading head.
Very sweet smelling aroma of confectionery, golden syrup and spicy hops.
Similar flavours, sweet malt and spicy, herbal hops. Also some booze giving a harsh, slightly industrial character.
Carbonation is a bit too high.

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Photo of glb3
1.81/5  rDev -53.5%
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.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 300ml bottle into a wine glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Expectations are rather high. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white fluffy head with active carbonation. Peaked, fluffy lacing. Very long retention. Body is a red-orange with medium clarity. Very attractive looking beer.

S- Fragrant hops, Belgian yeasts. Apples and other light fruits.

T- Sour and bitter, buttery and light.

M- Chewy and creamy. Strange feel. Has the carbonation of a West Coast IPA with the vinous qualities of a Belgian. Combines both nicely. Finishes dry.

O- Wonderful beer, tasty and easy to drink. Hops aren't killer, and the Belgian notes aren't too off-putting for my palate. Looks amazing.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P: 750ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber with a large foamy off white head. Lacing is very nice and remains throughout the glass.

S: A little barnyard typical of some Belgian yeasts. Lots of caramel sweetness with some alcohol. The hops have a citrus character to them, grapefruit and orange peel come to mind. I'm getting some sourness as the beer warms.

T: Lots of caramel up front with a solid bitterness to finish. A rind-like flavor from the hops. I thought there would be more complexity but it's fairly straight forward, sweet and then bitter. The Belgian yeast flavors are faint, as they're probably overpowered by the hops. Not really what I would consider an IPA but it's stated as such on the label.

M: Moderate body and carbonation. Slick on the tongue with some lingering bitterness.

O: I wasn't sure what I was in for when I poured this beer, I was expecting a highly hopped Belgian and for the most part that's what I got. It has some Belgian characteristics and some more of an IPA but it doesn't really blend either to that great of a result. The hops end up being more bitter than flavorful and the Belgian notes are lost on your tongue. This isn't a bad beer by any means, just not a great one.

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

Picked this up at my favorite beer store in Belgium, Dranken Geers. Hazy amber-yellow pour with an off-white two finger head with good retention and lacing. Very tropical and earthy nose with hints of pineapple and mango along with orange peel, caramel, bready malt and a touch of apricot. The nose follows suit with hints of pineapple, apricot, pine, grapefruit, mango, candy sugar, caramel, and a bit of grass and biscuit as well. Not your typical Belgian IPA as this leans a bit more towards the West Coast. The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and slightly oily and boozey on the finish. I had this on tap at Moeder Lambic in Brussels last week and forgot to ask if it was the Special Edition version as it was much bolder with a huge fresh hop character. This bottled version is still a very solid IPA, but I preferred the draft.

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

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into tulip glass, 2012 Sorachi ace edition, best before august 2015. This pours an extremely carbonated massive off white head, the color is a hazy orangish golden color, the head has good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells a little barnyard and funk along with some medium lemon grass hops and a decent caramel backbone. The feel is medium to even thick for an ipa. The taste is good but lighter than an ipa, light hops and caramel, belgian funk.

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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 stcules
2.56/5  rDev -34.2%
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?)

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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 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 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 Tone
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange/copper color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, citrus hops, citrus, sweet malt, and slight tart notes. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight alcohol, slight hops, hint of citrus, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. Even though there is a high ABV, it is well blended and not too strong in body.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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

On the label it states a strong amber ale with dry hopping sounds right up my alley and pours a hazy golden amber hue which leaves a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is marzipan,mandarins,boiled candy,grapefruit and fruitcake,the mouthfeel is full bodied and has tastes of lemon sherbet,mandarins,grapefruit,heather honey,lemon tea and finished with a toffee bittersweetness and overall i like it and would drink again anyday of the year cheers.

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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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