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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 25
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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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Ratings: 427 | Reviews: 148
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-amber color with a very thick frothy off-white head, very good retention.

The scent is very sweet, with presence of citrus and other sweet fruits, floral hops, and some notes of spice.

The taste is of sweet belgian sugars, citrus, notes of pineapple, bread, mildly bitter floral hops, and peppery notes.

Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, all of the flavors were very prominent except for the alcohol. This is something I would definitely look for again.

Photo of Mar02x
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Never saw such a murky IPA before, there is a lot of yeast in my glass and I didn't shook it up. The fluid looks orange brown and there is no visible carbonation. The orange/yellow head is massive and steady. All of a sudden the head collapses into a fluffy, creamy layer. The lacing is nice however. The yeast blizzard is slowing down and coming to a rest on the bottom of my Struise glass.

S - Mango ,grass and pineapple some sweetness and old oranges.

T - WOW, a superb sipper, my beer is still cold but all ready the taste is all there. I had this on my shelf for a while (approximately half a year), but this is still a good beer. I don't really know it the aging made it better. I had this beer fresh before and I threw it down the sink, but back than my palate wasn't developed enough. - Mango, grass, candy sugar, oranges, pineapple.

M - A medium carbonation and surprisingly enough the bitterness stops rather quickly after being swallowed. The body is creamy and slightly sticky. No real signs of alcohol, only a slight warming effect after swallowing.

O - I like this imperial Belgian IPA and I will surely have it again. I am very glad more and more brewers on the European main land are having a try to brew this beer style.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. Two and a half finges of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and moderate amounts of irregular lacing is left behind.

5.0 S: Smells absolutely wonderful. Very sugary and fruity. Candied pineapple, candied mango, candied orange, candied papaya. Lemongrass, flowers, hay, clove and pepper spice. Even the slightest tinge of grassy funkiness. Easily on par with the best of the US.

4.0 T: Taste is very good as well, but fails to live up to the masterful nose. The taste is Belgian to the core. Peppery yeast spiciness with clove undertones. Hay, peach fruitiness, bready yeastiness. The fruits of the nose are here, but orders of magnitude less potent. Barely any bitterness initially, but some does manifest in the finish. Woody funkiness. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess. Nice.

4.0 D: Surprisingly a very good beer. Incredible nose and solid everywhere else.

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark gold with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like sugary lemon and candied apricot, with some Belgian yeast and candi sugar, and a bit of waxy hops.
T: It tasted like sweet orange and candied apricot, with lots of earthy caramel and some Belgian yeast and bready malt. It had a bittersweet and fairly clean aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was like orange and apricot jam on white bread, liquified. It was a pretty enjoyable scent and taste, with a nice body. The finish was a bit rough though, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. A generally nice Belgian IPA, but not the best of the style.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lion's Pride.

In a tulip the beer was a hazy dark orange color. It had a medium-sized off-white head that left a good deal of lace.

Kind of a spicy caramel aroma, some brown sugar. Piney and eearthy, with a little bit of citrus.

This IPA seemed to be more malt forward, with a hint of spice. The hops were mostly pine with a little bit of grapefruit.

Medium-bodied and smooth. Not very resinous.

Nice beer.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
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

Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark apricot with half inch cream colored head that dissipates into a thick layer of foam on the surface.

Caramel malt, herbal tea, pine, fresh cut grass, and alcohol comprise the aroma. Orange and grapefruit are subtle in the background. A nuttiness from the specialty malts becomes evident.

Flavor is much more toasted malt than expected. Caramel and burnt sugar make up the backbone, with grapefruit and pine contributing later, and a fairly bitter earthiness at the finish. Belgian yeast nuances become more noticeable as it warms.

Body is moderate to heavy, with medium to low carbonation. There's a slight alcohol warmth and a bit of astringency that detract a little from the experience.

Overall, a very interesting brew. I guess I expected something more along the lines of houblon. Much more bitter finish and less belgian yeast character, from what I recall. Wish the belgian yeast was more prominent and that the hops were a bit more complex...not mostly bitter.

Photo of HopNelius
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass.
Appearance-orange hue with a slight head. Not overly carbonated.
Smell-strong notes of citrus and yeast coming through, smells very nice.
Taste-Strong citrus notes coming through with a slight yeast note. Nice finish.
Mouthfell-pleasant, with a bitter citurs hop flavor that is lovely.
Overall-First time having this beer and I was quite impressed, I usually go for American IPA's but was at my local Belgium beer bar and thought I would give it a try, I was not disapointed. Nice hop flavor coming through, tasted somewhat like an americna Imperial IPA, which makes sense considering the IBU and ABV corresponds with a similar flavor profile.

Photo of samEBC
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of dpjosuns
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Muddy orange with a gorgeous one-finger head that lingers
S: Raw grains, citrus, toffee. A bit of what I would describe as a cheese aroma comes through as it warms up. Pleasant & complex.
T: Sweet, with yeast, bread, citrus juice, then a brief hop kick at the end. Interesting, but disjointed.
M: Thick & not super easy to drink.
O: Love the nose, not so much a fan of the rest of it. Interesting to try, but would not be a repeat purchase.

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – amber color, mostly clear, with about two and a half fingers’ worth of light-khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – light but very present smell of hops and crisp malts. Also, there seems to be a fruitier aspect underneath.

Taste – the malts and the hops do a pretty closely tied dance, but in the end the hops win out, but just ever so slightly. There’s a underlying muskiness that reveals itself in the middle of the tasting and then recedes.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, from the looks of it, it appeared to be waterier than I would have thought, but upon tasting, it turned out to be well-balanced.

Overall – Although not terribly interesting to think about while tasting, it’s still a good-tasting brew.

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of zonker17
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Sinewave
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - sipped out of a wine glass :) Dirty amber/orange pour with tannish head that lasts for a bit, leaving a lasting lace behind

s - spices, dirty fruits, earthy, bready malts...

t - taste is milder than other belgians I've recently had, but still pleasent.. essentially following the path that the nose sets forth..

m - medium to heavier in body, reasonably drinkable..

o - a pretty good Belgian IPA...

Photo of MsRif
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Harkrank
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 10.5oz tulip for $8. Sampled 10/15/10.

A: Arrives with a finger plus of fluffy/creamy almost purely white head with great retention. The body is a murky honey-amber with transparency only when held to light. Lacing begins to coat the glass in sheets, becoming torn as the drinking continues. A collar and thin film persists.

S: There is a rustic hop quality to the nose, medium in intensity by American standards. General citrus up front, with light orange rind more specifically in the background. The yeast has an earthy doughy presence, which is relatively prominent. The malt bill produces aromas of caramel, straw and toffee. Slightly solventy.

T: The taste favors sweet caramel malt sweetness, backed by toffee, gently easing into orange hop flavor with warming alcohol not far behind. Bitterness is low.

M: Creamy and full with average or below levels of fine fizzy carbonation. Semi-sweet at first and dry on the finish.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Pretty average brew and not particularly exciting. I won't be ordering another.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of uziangis
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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