1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

Not Rated.
Troubadour MagmaTroubadour Magma

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

354 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 354
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 354 | Reviews: 137 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of IceTrey9785


4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

Received a really nice presentation at work the other day on this beer and few others...very impressed. Had to buy a bottle afterwards....

A: I can definitely see why the call this "magma," it has a really nice bright fire-orange color, with a creamy white head. This beer almost "glows" when you pour it into a nice tulip shaped glass.

S: The hops really start the show. The aromas of blood orange and tangerine, laced with brown sugar or caramel really round out the nose. No alcohol burn is present, just a huge amount of sweet, fleshy, citrus.

T&M: Orange blossoms, and hardcore citrus flavor dominate the initial taste. However there is a honeyed - floral taste on the mid-palate, and raw cane sugar rounds out the finish. Very well balanced, good fruit, good spice, and excellent mouthfeel.

I sincerely love this beer. Probably one of the best that I have tasted from Belgium. It isn't overly complex, just a simple, straight-forward beer. You really get the glamorous citrus fruits without the bitter hop burn from a lot of Belgian IPAs...but I think the major aspect of the flavor profile that distinguishes this beer from others is the well-integrated malt. The brown sugar notes just really make the beer what it is. I'll definitely spend $20 on a four pack in the future.

02-25-2011 23:47:14 | More by IceTrey9785
Photo of drpimento


3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

Not bad; not great. Poured with a large, thick, creamy, foamy, frothy, cream colored head and lots of lace. Color is a very hazy to cloudy medium amber. Aroma is lots of caramel, malt, toffee, hops, a little fruit. Flavor is like nose with bittersweetness standing out. Body is full and good although it has alcohol warming. Finish is like flavor and of medium length.

02-22-2011 02:27:38 | More by drpimento
Photo of Phelps


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

On tap during a tasting at Tops, poured into a tiny snifter.

An odd little beer, this one combines characteristics of both a tripel and a Belgian IPA and utilizes American Simcoe hops. It also won a Zythos award in 2010, according to the distributor rep.

Anyway, it pours a very hazy apricot, pretty much opaque. It's topped with a frothy one-finger head of white bubbles, which shows good retention but eventually settles to a soapy top layer and medium-sized, sticky ring. Jagged mountains of lace grip the sides.

Loads of caramel and honey in front, while an enticing slightly tart tang nips in the back. Bit of funk, lots of sweet mango and overripe oranges. Perhaps some floral orange blossom. Almost like a well-aged barleywine.

Very similar to the aroma. Lots of honey, some lime peel, orange juice again. It gets more herbal as it warms; I'm even picking up some mint. A bracing bitterness swoops in after the swallow.

The body leaves something to be desired. Very nearly flat and runny-feeling. The medium body slides around the tongue slimily. The alcohol, however, is fairly well-hidden.

An interesting take on a Belgian pale, for sure, but I'll stick with the classics.

02-21-2011 07:33:48 | More by Phelps
Photo of jayhawk73


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a golden orange color w/ a nice two finger off white head in a tulip glass. The smell is of citrus fruit, hops, caramel, and malt. The taste is the same. A nice combination of sweetness and malt, and hops. Nice mouthfeel- hoppy aftertaste, but the malt won't give up! This is a nice beer- maybe not world class, but very good. I'd like a little less sweetness, but overall it's pretty tasty. Drinkability is good, I really don't detect much alcohol, which at 9% ABV is impressive. Glad I tried this one- this was the first time for this beer.

02-18-2011 01:15:52 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of megahurts4


4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

Troubadour Magma

Appearance: yellow-orange, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hoppy yeasty caramel-apple sweetness.

Taste: hops, yeast, slight malt, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a nice Belgian IPA. It has plenty of well balanced flavor to go around. The alcohol isn't completely masked and is tasted.

02-05-2011 04:54:04 | More by megahurts4
Photo of benfons


3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

A: Hazy sunset orange colour, nice thick and stable head: looks great.

S: Candied pineapple, yeast, and hops well balanced

T: A typical ipa taste with accents of pineapple; yeasts and hops, well balanced

M/D A bit thin, carbonation too small and too much, ABV on the high side and quite noticeable

Good beer

02-01-2011 15:48:57 | More by benfons
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle via glouglouburp- cheers Dany- Pouts a muddy/hazzy apricot colour with a few floaty chunkies. One finger white head, minor amt of lacing. Nose- quite fruity, some iced tea notes, bready and yeast. Taste- floral hops, light citrus, then very bready with some yeast spice. A fresher example would have great balance of hop bitter and belgian sweet me thinks. Thick bodied with a vigorous carbonation- bit of booze heat as it slides down. Nice beer- would like to try again

01-30-2011 22:26:33 | More by oakbluff
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%

11.2oz bottle served in a glass goblet.

L - murky with a few floaties, burnt-orange color with a creamy beige head that left some sticky lacing behind.

S - Belgian yeast and spices.

T - spiced yeasty taste the hops are not too prominent and really only yield a slight bitterness on the dry finish.

F - medium bodied with active carbonation.

D - it went down easy enough.

01-30-2011 20:47:39 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Cresant


3.53/5  rDev -9.9%

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmaliet glass. The cap had an inkjet date: 23/003/12. ? The body was a dull and turbid greenish-copper color. The head was off white/light tan and was quite tall, leaving splotchy lace.

The smell was simply flowery and fruity.

The taste was moderately yeasty with dirty hops. There was a nice lingering bitter finish. Spicy and rather drying.

The mouthfeel was medium in body and somewhat creamy.

01-29-2011 15:36:29 | More by Cresant
Photo of SkeeterHawk


3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

I have heard of this beer for quite some time, but it recently became available in Texas, so I am giving it a try. I had between this and the stout to choose from...so I chose the Triple.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with about a 1/4" cap of light peach colored foam. After the pour, the head kept rising and is now a solid inch. Even after I am half-way through the beer, the head is still solid and there are sheets of lace left on the side of the glass. If this beer would have been clearer, it would be gorgeous...but I don't see how that would have been possible with all of this hop presence.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of hops, being a medly between citrus and floral, but the citrusy hops are definitely a keen player here. There is a good bit of malt here, which adds some toasty notes along with a dry wheat. There is a little bit of the alcohol noticeable even through the foam as a peppery spice. As the beer warms up, the alcohol is starting to become more noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is more balanced than I thought it was going to be from the aroma. The hops are a huge player in this beer, no doubt, but there is enough fruity characteristics added by the yeast to muddle up the whole hop citrus thing so that the beer finishes a bit confused in a bit of a fight for dominance right there on your palate. The hops win in the end, but the malt doesn't go down easily. As the beer warms, the bitterness is becoming a bigger player in the finish and they are starting to show a grassy note.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, so I am obviously not the best judge of this one. It has a nice balance, but it doesn't hit your palate as excellently well blended as most Tripels do. The hops want to be in charge too bad, so it doesn't really let the beer do its thing. I don't know... I am enjoying the glass that I have, and will probably have another one since my palate is blasted because of all the hops, but this isn't one I would have very often at all.

01-22-2011 08:16:07 | More by SkeeterHawk
Photo of PhillyStyle


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

11.2 oz bottle

The beer poured a very nice opaque orange with noticeable particles floating in the beer with a nice, slightly off white head that was 2 fingers and well retained and had noticeable carbonation flowing to the top. A thin cap remained throughout the beer.

The beer had a nice hop aroma to it, not overly hoppy and not overly typical Belgian. Nothing great or unusual about it, I guess that I expected more.

The taste is good, but what was interesting is that neither the IPA nor Belgian break out and dominate the flavor. At times I got more of a sweet flavor and others times I got the bitter hops. The beer finished with a nice bitter after taste.

The beer had a medium to heavy body feel to it. The beer was very smooth yet felt a bit sticky but the carbonation appeared to be right. The beer's drinkability is perhaps slightly above average but the alcohol is noticeable once the beer warms and I noted a slight metallic taste. Overall there are other beers that represent the style better, but still solid and worth a go. I did note a fair amount of dust on the bottle, a one off 12oz bottle purchase (not a six pack or bomber), and so maybe that had something to do with it, so I may give it a go again at a later date.

01-18-2011 19:56:03 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

01-11-2011 13:23:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

01-10-2011 03:34:02 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Samashley

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

This has become one of my new favorite triples. I think that people may be critiquing this beer a bit too harshly stating that it is not truly an IPA. Belgian IPA's can be deceiving to a person who is used to drinking American IPA's. The IBU's in an American IPA are through the roof and tend to be way more aggressive in their hoppy characteristics. This Belgian Triple IPA is a great brew in my opinion because it creates a wonderful balance between sweet citrus and bitter hops. There is not one aspect that completely overshadows the other with this beer and the complexity really hides the high alcohol content well.

01-06-2011 05:30:18 | More by Samashley
Photo of Thorpe429


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
Photo of dlmccabe1


3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

This is a nice Belgian tripel, but it's really not a Belgian Tripel IPA as stated. It's a nice amber color with great Belgian lace and some characteristic tripel aromas. There isn't a lop of hop aroma and what is there is quickly overwhelmed by the Belgian yeast.

A much more subdued approach to an IPA with barely noticeable hops. The only thing they do seem to accomplish is to cut back on some of the lovely tripel spice notes. I don't get any clove, pepper, etc.

The mouthfeel is round and there is a lingering breadyness to it. If you go into this beer expecting a Belgian IPA, you may be disappointed. But for a tripel, this will do just fine.

12-24-2010 01:49:34 | More by dlmccabe1
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

12-17-2010 19:37:28 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%

11.2oz. bottle courtesy of BBF. Weird bottling code of some sort on the cap 0306100705. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a gigantic 4 finger, frothy, white head with a slight orange tint and great retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange. Lacing is absurd. Layered, with great legs and retention.

S: Nose is citrus hops, Belgian yeast, clove and apricot. A light bit of tartness tickles the nose but I can't quite place it. Aromatic and pleasant overall.

T: Opens Belgian yeast and clove. Citrus hops upfront play nicely with the malt backbone and different spices. Tropical fruit. Pineapple. Resiny, sticky hop bitterness towards the middle and end. Finish is accented Belgian yeast. Sweet. Aftertaste is an interaction of the stick, resiny hops and lingering malt backbone.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, and airy and fluffy in the mouth. Prickly on the palate and going down. Highly abrasive. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky and slightly dry.

D: I'm still not quite sure what to make of the Belgian IPA style but this is definitely a solid offering. Great balance between hop presence and malt backbone here and the Belgian fruity and spicy character complements the bitterness well. Worth trying.

12-16-2010 23:05:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of smithdc33


4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured into a chalice which showed a bronze-orange colored, hazy beer with a moderate head that quickly faded to a thin film. A faint smell but some citrus, orange smell after some swirling--which seemed a bit odd to do for a beer. Good flavor highlighted by the orange, citrus flavor picked up from the smell, with a solid caramel malt base coming through. You can pick up the traditional Belgian yeast coming through as well. A light-to-medium bodied beer with good, but not overpowering carbonation. A very drinkable beer, though for the price, I'd probably choose a Belgian IPA with a stronger hop character. Still, very drinkable and enjoyable!

12-05-2010 00:28:58 | More by smithdc33
Photo of yapi


4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

Another great brew from my home country!

This one has a very nice fruity nose, and it will keep the fruitiness on the palate. Very tropical fruit, also with orange & citrus, and nice hops. Even had some honey to it. Not too hoppy, so don't expect a hopbomb...

All in all, one of the best we drank during our beertasting on saturday. Will certainly buy some stock, perfect for tastings & for novice beer drinkers. A realm of tastes! A very good Belgian IPA, but don't buy it for the bitterness!

11-29-2010 08:50:50 | More by yapi
Photo of daledeee


3.85/5  rDev -1.8%

This beer poured one of the biggest heads I have seen in a while and lacing as well. A very dull cloudy orange body.

Nose is not real strong but too much grain for this style.

Belgian hops and orange with a little citrus rind or oil.

Mouth feel is rather sticky.

Drinkability is pretty good but this beer was rather underwhelming to me.

11-27-2010 22:30:50 | More by daledeee
Photo of despainmakesbeer


4.35/5  rDev +11%

Hazy medium orangish brown color. A very cidery looking beer. Thin white head, turns into nice white ring around glass. Very dark sweet buttery orange aroma. Some sweet breadiness in aroma. Smells thick. Mild to moderate carbonation. Very dense am complex flavor combo. Orangy breadiness. Very candied, almost the orange flavor of a tootsie pop. Deep orange peel taste in finish. Some alcohol on a swish before swallow. Smooth and slightly dry finish. Overall a pretty good beer, very fruity on the orange side.

11-24-2010 23:07:12 | More by despainmakesbeer
Photo of Gehrig


3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

Enjoyed on tap at Urbana's wonderful The Crane Alley.

One and one-half fingers of white foam atop a cloudy amber-orange body in a 10 oz. tulip; good lacing and duration. Some citrus hops and biscuit malt on the nose, but the smell should definitely be stronger.

Good taste, tempting me to give it a 4.5 instead. Boozy, well-hopped, and malted-up, orange, grapefruit, apple, and a bit of lemon emerge among the hops, while the malt provides a fine complement. The true wizardry in Magma appears in the mouthfeel, striking a fine balance in this delicate style. In alternating sips, it is IPA then Tripel, hoppy then malty.

Well done, and not an easy style to pull off, Magma is a delicious concoction that should appeal to lovers of both this unique styles and IPAS alike. I haven't had anything from Troubadour in some time, and Magma is a keen reminder that I should seek out their wares more often.

11-23-2010 22:41:31 | More by Gehrig
Photo of drabmuh


3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

11-20-2010 05:38:06 | More by drabmuh
Photo of largadeer


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
Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.