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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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336 Ratings
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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 16
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: richmof on 05-11-2010)
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Photo of smithdc33


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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


2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 02:37:03 | More by largadeer
Photo of Chincino


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this beer as part of a four beer sampler so this beer was poured into a sampler glass.

The beer poured to be a hazy orange color. The aroma was of fruit-tropical-possible orange and pineapple or grapefruit. You could also smell a fairly strong amount of hops. There was a strong smooth flavor to this beer, but it had a slight bitter aftertaste.

The beer had medium drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

11-18-2010 02:34:27 | More by Chincino
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a goblet. Had an orange color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sweet, fruity smell, with lots of hops and malt as well.

T: Essentially tasted like it smelled. A big shot of hops, with a strong malty backbone and tropical fruits (mango, etc.), and citrus. Very vibrant and sweet.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a super smooth and dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An excellent and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2010 14:28:46 | More by avalon07
Photo of BEERchitect


3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 06:38:03 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of DaveBlack


4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Rich orangish amber color. Opaque, looks like an unfiltered Belgian. Not a whole lot of head, maybe a finger, but leaves a nice, full ring of lacing.

S: Very much tropical fruit. Mango, slightly floral. Not a whole lot beyond that. Smells very sweet and fruity.

T: Nice amount of hops, lots of orange zest, grapefruit and tropical fruits. Not much different from the nose. Also alcohol, not a lot, but enough to taste.

M: Lots of carbonation, very light mouthfeel. Slightly dry and very drinkable.

D: I think I paid about $22 for a 4-pack of this beer. To me, the price was higher than the worth of the beer, but that is not to say that it is a bad beer. Lots of flavor, nice aroma and mouthfeel. The beer is very good, but not stellar, and not worth that price.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 01:17:18 | More by DaveBlack
Photo of AgentZero


3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 00:48:06 | More by AgentZero
Photo of MasterSki


3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 20:57:39 | More by MasterSki
Photo of jrallen34


3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle into my Darkness tulip...Pours a dark honey gold with a fair amount of bright white head of about three fingers. Nice fluffy lasting retention, with lacing the streaks up the glass for inches...A light aroma for a triple ipa, but distinctly American notes for a Belgian beer. Very sweet notes on the front of pineapples and light coconut, then balanced with some nice floral hop notes and of course a touch of yeast. The alcohol is hidden very well...The taste is a slight let down as the finish and feel is very soapy and distracting to me. The taste loses most of the sweetness and is mostly just a steady hoppy bitterness, that again has a soap taste.

This is a decent and drinkable ipa, if it wasn't for the soap this wold be excellent.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 01:28:00 | More by jrallen34
Photo of gezondheid


4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass @ The Belgian Cafe, Phila.

A-Light carmel, straw color belies strength of body & taste. Draft pour was a bit thin of head.
S-Floral, citrusy hops jump out on top followed by a bit of sugary malt. Some fusel in the nose as it warms.
T-Strong bittering hops at the outset. Nice malty smoothness in the middle. Finishing dry with a lingering tangy strike on the tongue.
M-Great battle between malty smooth and coarse hops. Not necessarily balanced but electic combination.
D-For all the combating flavors this was a surprising beer which I found myself ordering a 2nd of. Not a session beer and two is probably enough before moving on.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 21:40:49 | More by gezondheid
Photo of Brad007


4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber/blond color with a two-finger head into my glass. Very appealing color-wise.

The aroma is full of spice with citrusy hops. Just a bit of alcohol warmth lies underneath.

Taste is commanding with citrusy hops, ramped up spices and a small but noticeable alcohol burn towards the back. Very tasty and a bit chewy as well.

Lingering citrusy hops and spice dominate the mouthfeel. Very satisfying.

Excellent. I would recommend this to other hopheads that enjoy Belgian interpretations of our beloved hop bombs. I welcome our new belgian overlords with open hands.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 03:14:45 | More by Brad007
Photo of mexikrainian


4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

Appearance: amber orange with thick, frothy white head and creamy lacing.

Aroma: hoppy, citrus, apple and honey.

Flavor: bold hops, orange peel, fresh citrus fruit and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with medium body.

Overall impression: not my favorite style, but an excellent tripel IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 00:20:26 | More by mexikrainian
Photo of jampics2


3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

This beer has a fluffy white head, not rocky but intense.  Some orange color with some yellow at the bottom.  Cloudy as hell.  Not a bad looking beer.  If the head was a touch more rocky and whipped-cream looking this would be a perfect look.    

Smell consists of a touch of sweet malt and some spices (brown sugar) with a ton of booze.  This smells like it is going to be a huge beer.  There are citrus hints and some apple and other fruits. A nice start.    

Tastes a lot like some other Belgian beers I've had, in particular, the Belgian Pale malt is reminiscent some tripels.  Some orange citrus tastes are present as well.  Not too hoppy, this is more of a BPA than a Belgian IPA.  Not nearly as boozy as I thought from the smell.  A touch of honey and candy sugar round it out. Nice but not very intense.      

Mouthfeel is very creamy and full with light carbonation.  Very nice mouthfeel which ends in lingering dryness.  Drinkable and enjoyable.  This was much better than expected and I would try it again.   

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 01:05:40 | More by jampics2
Photo of stingrayvr6

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at City Tap House in Philadelphia. Poured a cloudy orange red with thick white head, great retention and lacing. Very complex nose, citrusy and fruity, sweet with some malt notes. Taste was very refreshing and fruity, orange/grapefruit hop bitterness with apricot in the finish. Very complex, surprisingly drinkable for the abv. Great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2010 03:01:39 | More by stingrayvr6
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three fingers of creamy orange to tan foam, airy and prone to dimpling, steady dissolve, average stickiness to the lacing. Super cloudy and opaque liquid, however, the red tinged pumpkin orange has serious glow, fills the glass with color, lots of tiny bubble beads visible as well. Sweet tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus explodes in the nose, adds juiciness to the apricot, peach, nectarine, mango fruit scents, brawny peppery component, the pine adds edginess, hard to distinguish clear malt scents but something is softening the harder edges here. Medium-bodied, heavily whipped up carbonation yet fine enough that it does not prevent the weight from getting things sinking into the palate. The pepper and crisp spice pairs up with herbal bite to set the tone early, forestalls the appearance of the tangerine, grapefruit citrus, no small feat. Drier fruit profile, more nectarine, pineapple, papaya than riper apricot or peach, tangy. More dead yeast cells than breadiness, offers a charcoal dustiness too. Near the end releases a swipe of maple syrup and molasses. High marks for drinkability given the ABV. Active, not hyperactive, mouth presence.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 01:34:35 | More by farrago
Photo of CBlack85

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Duckworths in Charlotte, served in a chalice.

This beer is a hazy orange-ish color with a tall white rocky head. Good head retention and lots of lacing

Lots of citrus in the aroma. There is a slight hint of a malty base, and a definate belgian yeast presence, but the nose is dominantly sweet and fruity (mainly citrus fruits). Sweet red grapefruit, orange zest, apricots, and grapes. There is also a slightly piney and spicy charicteristic that seems to open up as the beer warms.

The flavor is very similar to the nose; the fruity hops steal the show. Lots of orange and grapefruit with pineapple and apricot. The spices and yeast are much more present in the flavor than they are in the nose. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Finishes slightly dry. Fairly easy to drink

Overall this is quite a nice beer, the alcohol is present and noticable, but not overpowering. Well done

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2010 21:40:55 | More by CBlack85
Photo of rhoadsrage


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

(Served in a chalice)
A-  The glowing clear orange body supports a bubbly beige head and a sea of microbubbles swirl around in the body.
  S-  The soft fusel  alcohol note blends with a soft mellow green hop note in the finish.
T-  The soft green hop bite is all that comes through in the first few sips.  As the beer opens up there is a soft sweetness that grows and but still stays soft.  There is a light tartness to the hops but the sweet and hop balance is still there.
  M-  This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with the carbonation and a very light alcohol heat when the beer warms.
  D-  This beer has some good hop and sweetness balance but they are both very soft.  I would say the triple IPA is very misleading, and it is a bit bland to drink. 

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 02:27:33 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of John_M


4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2010 17:45:39 | More by John_M
Photo of WanderingFool


4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Troubadour Magma poured into a tulip glass immediately builds a big, frothy meringue like head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the beer and leaves behind clumps of lace on the side of the glass. The beer itself is an opaque dark amber with orange hues around the edges.

The aroma is rather spicy with notes of orange peel, bready yeast and hints of pale malt.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is very soft on the palate with an effervescent fizz and a dry finish. The flavor begins with spicy notes of orange peel and touch of cardamon. In the middle some tropical fruity notes appear. Blended in is some sweet malt and Belgian yeast spice (clove) along with earthy hops (grass, pine). Once gone the clove and hop notes linger on the palate.

This is a well balanced and very tasty beer. No one flavor dominates. and it hides the 9% abv well. I thought the mouthfeel would be a bit more chewy. The beer is a bit pricey, but I'm glad I bought a 4 pack since I still have 3 bottles left.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2010 21:09:16 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of TMoney2591


4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2010 00:43:31 | More by TMoney2591
Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.