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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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88
very good

401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 19
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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)
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Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of Ehrnstrom
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: very opaque, almost silty golden color. thick, foamy head with good retension.

smell: hoppy with sweet, honey like additions. alcohol is also present.

taste: a sweetly rounded IPA that is smooth, with an obvious alcohol presence. great carbonation mixes the flavors well.

mouthfeel: medium bodied IPA, not the most crisp beer, but worth trying out once or twice.

overall: for an expensive IPA, there are certainly better. nevertheless, this certainly beats your average 6-pack.

Photo of psuKinger
1.93/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into pint glass; review done from notes taken at my sister's apartment. A little over-carbonated, as it began to rise up through the neck of the bottle before I could get it poured. Indication #1 that this beer may be "old", but I can find no freshness info on the bottle, so my review continues.

A: pours a hazy light orange with a thick foamy off-white head. 4.0

S: bisquity and earthy sweet, with a twinge of citrus hops and cotton candy sweetness. 2.5

T: malty sweet, with citrus on the back end, but no bitterness to balance it out. Overly sweet, cloyingly so, with that "cotton candy" sweetness that indicates to me it is beyond it's freshness. With no discernible freshness date, I can't confirm my fears, so I review none-the-less.  Triple-IPA? I think not... 1.5

M: thick and syrupy, this beer appears to be properly carbonated but you can't feel it through all the thick syrupy sweetness in the mouth. 2.5

D/O: this isn't very enjoyable at all. Not repeatable. 1.5

Photo of shanblur
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Jungle Jim's International Market in Fairfield, OH. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip.

A - Hazy light brown color with sizeable head, which leaves extensive lacing. Multiple floaties.

S - Malt sweetness dominates with some funk from the yeast and some faint hops.

T - Malty sweetness again up front in the taste. Well integrated hops also present with some bitterness in the finish. Some spice flavor as well. Nice balance.

M - Medium bodied with generous carbonation.

I enjoyed this beer. Great balance of sweet and bitter. Easy drinking. Highly recommend.

Photo of dasenebler
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33cl, purchased in Belgium, best before 2/22/13.

Pours a cloudy and luminous burnt orange, with a creamy off-white head. Retention is very good and the lacing is textbook.

The aroma is fantastic, with loads of floral hops and tropical notes of mango and apricot. Very American IPA.

The flavor is also full of juicy hops and sweet malty goodness. Tropical fruit comes through again, but so does a sturdy, piney bitterness. Finish is very bitter. Not so much Belgian yeast character, but the Tripel heat is there (alcohol is much more noticeable in this bottle sample than when had on-tap). The mouthfeel is full of fine, smooth bubbles, though also quite drying on the palate.

Great stuff here. One of the best Belgian hop bombs I've come across. When I was in Bruges and in need of hops, Magma (on-tap) was the perfect beer for the perfect moment, and this bottle does not disappoint.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Deep orange amber in color with a slight haze. Impressively tall beige head is dense and moussy with moderately high retention.

Aroma-Hops are very fruity-especially orange-like with notes of tangerine, apricot, and slight grapefruit. Hint of pungent resin. Malt notes are very sweet and caramelly, with just a hint of raisin. Just a whiff of alcohol, not in a hot or boozy way, but in a warm, inviting and intoxicating kind of way. I can't quite tease apart which aromas come from the hops and which are yeast derived esters, but I don't really care.

Flavor-Biscuit and caramel malt upfront are quickly outshone by aggressive hops-first fruity like apricots and orange marmalade, but then bitter and spicy. Finish is dry with grassy/spicy/herbal hop flavors and some spicy phenols. The aftertaste is more reminiscent of a heavily tripel (with the high hopping contributing less here than up front). Hop bitterness lingers thick on the tongue. Theres just a slight fusel presence that makes the flavor a little bit sharp on the back end.

Mouthfeel-Medium body and moderately high carbonation. Bitterness lies heavy on the palate, but never becomes astringent. Some warmth, but no real harshness or hotness from the alcohol.

This is a very interesting beverage. The hop presence, especially in the aroma, is amazing. Very good, and extremely drinkable for a beer this hoppy/alcoholic. Yummy.

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

Fair take on a Belgian/Trippel IPA.

Presentation: 33 cl brown capped bottle. Old fashion label trying to have an aged look with cream and burgundy colors, dated typography with the name of the brew and Troubadour emblem. Small back narrative with a brief description and serving suggestion. Notes an illegible best by date on the bottle cap, and 9% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium amber pour with a nice frothy head, medium retention, and some lacing.

S - Complex caramel malt, sugar, with a spicy hoppy touch...

T - Sweetness over a hoppy and lightly yeasty, Belgium sense. Peppery touch.

M - Medium to medium full body, with medium carbonation, and a fair dry finish.

O - Fair if unremarkable drinkability, a bit of a shy hoppy component, and a woven bitterness around the spicy Belgium side.

Notes: This came highly recommended and unfortunately did not live up to the expectations. It's a new arrival in the area and should be fresh, although the smudged date is never comforting. But although enjoyable for me it hits the more astringent and unremarkable side of the style.

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

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 during their Belgian Beer week.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. It has a nice 1.5-finger head on it. The head has good retention, and it leaves some nice lacing on the side of the glass.

S - It smells of sweet caramel malt, fruit, and hops. There is also a nice citrus presence, as well as a touch of booze.

T - The taste is sweet and fruity up front and has a nice hoppy bite to it. There is a nice caramel malt backbone and some citrus. The finish leaves some lingering bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some lingering hop bitterness left on the palate.

O - This beer has good drinkability. It goes down easy and has a very nice flavor. Overall, I thought this was a really nice beer. I'm glad I got to try it, and I would definitely drink it again.

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

Rocky dense beige head that fades to ringy film over a bright amber body.
Herbal and tangerine rind hops nose with caramel corn underneath.
Straight wheaty malt with some caramel, a white pepper yeast hit and candy sugar hit in the middle, and pungent resin and orange oil hops. Peach and bubblegum finish and aspirin linger.
Light to medium, slight stick, big burn.

Big DIPA with just enough Belgian yeast to show its origin. Simcoe dry hopping, and there is some tropical fruit in there. But way too hot to really enjoy.

Photo of sweemzander
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a hazy golden orange/peach colored hue. Produced a giant frothy white head with near perfect retention. Tons of lace left behind.

(S)- Lots of woody dry pine. Some lemon & lime citrus.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Lots of piney citrus, dry biscuit, and a mild yeasty clay.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Very much an IPA, but with mellow belgian characteristics.

(D)- I enjoyed this one. A good happy medium of hops and belgian characteristics.

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

Poured from bottle to chalice.

Appearance is a reddish-orange with an off-white, half-inch head; head is staying nicely.

Smell is off sweet hops. Get some piny and fruit notes, especially orange. Maybe some spice, but faint.

Taste medium hoppiness, not getting a lot. Creamy hops. Did not really smell spice, but it's coming through a lot in the taste now. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel. Creamy. Very smooth and creamy. Nothing really lingering on the tongue, which I am enjoying. Is reminding of a nice belgian quad :/

Overall this is a great brew but when it comes to the IPA, I'm sticking with the America IPA. Definitely worth it though and would have it again for a nice IPA change.

Photo of gc4hokies
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with plenty of yeast sediment in the bottle.
Head is very white and lasts a long time. good lacing
Light aroma of citrus, understated. Belgian yeast is present.

Taste = slightly hoppy up front, with Belgian yeast notes present. Sweetness is next followed by solid alcohol heat.

Overall, not bad. All of it's characteristics are well balanced.

Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a twelve ounce glass of this at DBGB on Manhattan's Upper East Side. It was described as a double IPA, no mention of Belgian. To my taste, it was pretty much a standard double. It was good, not great.

Appearance is cloudy with a thick head that faded pretty quickly.

Aroma was of intense hops combined with alcohol. Not much in the way of yeast or malt.

Flavor, on the other hand, was quite balanced among the three elements but a little on the hot/alcohol side.

Overall, a beer worth trying but not the best Euro-American IPA tht I've had.

Photo of LiquidBread219
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured with about a quarter inch of foamy white suds which fell to a thin film. spotty lacing down the glass. the beer is hazy, on the darker side of gold.

S - Very grainy with a kick of wet grassy hops towards the second half. bits of pleasant spiciness kick in. cant decide between a tripel or belgian IPA.

T - Spicy off the bat, noble hops join in adding to the earthy spice with a bittering grassy kick. joined near the end by some fruits, tropical pineapple and green apples with a yeasty finish.

M - Liked it at first, then quickly became a bit distracting. very sharp carbonation, and finishes insanely dry, crispy.

D - just a little disappointed here, has a few good things going for it but just kind of falls apart in the end. hurt by a slightly abrasive mouthfeel without enough to make up for it. a very decent beer and I'm glad I had it.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trabaduer

Pours a cloudy honey orange and has a fingers worth of white frolthy head.

The nose offers some floral hop notes mixed with spicy yeast and honey. This combo provides a strange funk aroma.

The taste is following the nose closely. Some pine, citrus, and honey notes are blended together nicely. As it warms, a bit of caramel is noticed with a bit of spicy yeast and booze heat. This creates a bit of a biscuity flavor.

The mouthfeel is full-bodied with a slight bit of crisp tartness that leaves the palate refreshed.

Overall, a much different IPA than other Belgian inspired ones. Bold tastes that hold a decent balance makes this one unique and worthy of your hard earned cash.

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

A – Opaque orange gold with a frothy white head that holds up with a nice retention and lace.

S – Brioche, orange marmalade, honey. Soft, well constructed, and inviting.

T – Great bready malt backbone throughout the profile. Orange peal. Coriander. Bitter herbal hop character balances out the malt and the fruit. Nice banana through the backend.

M - Nice and smooth with a medium body. Soft rolling bitterness fades fairly quickly after each sip.

O – Fruiter than I was expecting, but nice flavor and balance overall.

Photo of jdhilt
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three-finger cream head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color with a few floaties. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is light grapefruit hops, flavor is almost sweet grapefruit, malts are balancing the hops really well. Decent TIPA. $4.99 for a 330ml bottle from Kappy's Fine Wine & Spirits Peabody, Ma.

Photo of swthomas55
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on tap at Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. 4/12/11

Served in a tulip glass, a bit too cold. The head is almost non-existent, ust a little lace on top of the hazy orange nectar. Aft drinking it down some, I can swirl up a tight blond head, but it drops again pretty quickly.

Initial impression in my mouth is sweet, followed by a medium bitterness with floral hop notes. There is some cotton candy sweetness here, along with peppery spice and restrained fruit.

As it warms a little, I can pick up the cotton candy and fruit in the aroma. When it finally reaches a reasonable serving temp, I'm getting a nice blend of sugar, fruit, spice, and hops.

I am enjoying this beer. My first impression was that it is too sweet, and it could stand to be a little drier. It is a Belgian IPA, so it has more hops than the standard Belgian beer, but is still less hoppy than most American IPAs. The balance is good, and the hops come through nicely.

If you encounter this beer, and you are a fan of golden Belgian ales, give it a try. I think you'll like it.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light orange, almost gold color. Not much of the white head remains; lacing is spotty as well. Aromatic, but it smells overly of candi sugar. Some sniffs of citrus and grasses as well. Pretty fruity.

The flavor is again quite sweet. Lots of caramel and pale Belgian malts. Pepper and earth for balance, citrus is kind of out there. A little unhinged, not necessarily in a bad way. Full body, not very crisp. I enjoyed the aggression on the palate, but it's a little sweet to me.

Photo of output01x
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A moderate pour yields every bit of a 3-finger creamy off-white head which recedes after a few minutes to a clumpy coating atop a hazy dark honey-colored body. The foamy head leaves strong lacing on the glass.

Citrus hops aromas mingle nicely with orange and banana yeast notes. Although the nose is nice, it is not as strong as I would have liked.

Spicy, citrusy, and hoppy. The flavors are complex and bold. Orange peel, grapefruit, and a light alcohol warmth play nicely together before a grassy bitterness finishes each sip.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is slightly sticky but still refreshing. It glides over the tongue easily but leaves a good amount of residue for the bitterness to kick in.

The flavors are complex and interesting but not quite harmonious. The nose is unfortunately weaker than would be preferred.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, dry pine and caramel like notes. In the taste, pine hops and a caramel like maltiness. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry hop and caramel like aftertaste. Nice hops, but the caramel is a bit much, nice but just OK.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Awesome frothy lacing on this one. A completely opaque and cloudy amber-orange color that suits the name of the beer.

Smell - Smells of a spicier Belgian yeast. Strong hints of orange and caramel litter the nose as well.

Taste - The taste is hard to pinpoint here. Full of Belgian yeast and honey. Slightly sugary with floral notes. Faint hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Slightly sweeter than I expected. Definitely a sipper and overpriced at $4.99 for an 11.2 oz. I realize this is a short review, but this beer was just not at all that interesting to me.

Photo of IceTrey9785
4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.