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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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88
very good

354 Ratings
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Ratings: 354
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 11.73%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | 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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Chincino

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

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

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -21.4%

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.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

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.

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

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

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

Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

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

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%

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.   

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

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +13%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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

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

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

(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. 

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

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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...

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

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +9.7%

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.

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

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

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.

08-14-2010 00:43:31 | More by TMoney2591
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.38/5  rDev +11.7%

small bottle picked up today at the COOP.. poured into my Old Guardian goblet....

Great retention and a foamy 2 finger off white head... the brew is hazed orange.

Smells like a pretty traditional triple with a nice punch of citrus zest.. some spice and navel orange rind... honestly smells pretty darn hoppy.

Good bitterness out of the gate that quickly moves into the continental malts with some estery apple and pear and then citrus hops show... the second pour shows some melon and peppercorn.. very interesting.. finishes a bit perfumy.

Body may be a tad high for a "triple", but in this context it seems about perfect... so is the carbonation.

I really like this one.... complex and wonderfully drinkable.. the price tag is the only thing keeping me from making this a fridge staple, but I will certainly pick it up again.

4/4/4.5/4.5/4.5

08-08-2010 08:13:09 | More by JohnGalt1
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%

11.2oz bottle at Publick House...served in a standard pint glass

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 decent beer, just not worth the price you will likely pay to get it.

08-05-2010 21:49:40 | More by Stigs
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +22.4%

Fantastic rendition of the Beglian IPA, some of the brewers get this style and some of them don't. Namingly most of the American versions which kill the experience with loads of American highly potent alpha acids with the Belgian yeast spiciness, this is a yin and yang that just doesn't work for me. This one appears a glowing slightly clouded orange color for me, with bright white peach tinted head. Rocky and thick effervescent head the true Belgian style lacing going on, intricate and layered perfectly with each sip from my Allagash chalice. Aromatics offer up lemon/lime/grapefruit citrus fruits with a really appealing grassiness going on, spicy edges from the yeast and sugary layers of candy coated hops from the tropical fruit mango to the simple syrup tones I'm getting. Caramel coated hops, wrapped in sugar. This is bitter but alcohol and malts stand up to European hop additions. The grapefruit, grassy/herbal, and tropical fruit mango/pineapple tones tend to explode on the palate and the bready spicy yeast blends perfectly amongst the hodgepodge of flavors going down. Mouthfeel is effevescent with carbonation smooth with occasional hop burps clearing out the sinuses this is a nice drinking beer definitely hides the 9% abv. Drinkability overall is incredible the type of beer I would love to have more often than not, conveniently it's right down the street at my local beer and wine shop.

07-23-2010 17:01:37 | More by WVbeergeek
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crossovert

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%

I have brewed my own Belgian-IPA and I always what to try the latest in the evolution of this style to see how I am doing.

11.2 oz bottle, this one is a new creation form this brewery. The bright orange cap has the date 23/02/12, I'll assume that is its best by date, I want to enjoy the hops so i'll take it now. It is another Belgian Tripel/IPA combo beer.

Pours into my tulip a deep clear amber, the head is big and white and recedes decently slowly, leaving spotted lacing.

The smell is pretty good here, some citrus, tropical, grass, and slight pine arise form the hops, the yeast is there with a punchy spice and the malt backbone adds some depth and sweetness.

The taste is pretty good. It isn't bitter at all. It is a tropical fruit bomb that isn't out of control with the pineapple. The yeast is a bit more subtle in the flavor but provides once again a nice spice. The malt is very sweet and you can feel this one at 9%.

It tastes a ton like my BIPA, definitely some noble hops, I also had some Americans too but i don't taste it here. This is a unique recipe that should be tried by BIPA lovers.

07-19-2010 00:53:09 | More by crossovert
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%

11.2 ounce bottle sampled from a La Chouffe tulip glass.

The appearance of this beer is remarkable. It pours with a huge, fluffy white head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere fast. Good carbonation in the body. A straw-amber color, and quite cloudy.

The aroma is that of a good tripel. Up front here are the hops, followed by very earthy floral notes and a strong, fruity yeast backbone. There is some spice in this beer, too...light cinnamon, cloves, sage, and rosemary.

The first flavor on the tongue is banana. I'm actually surprised at that...but, that's what it is...banana. It's sticking around, too. I wonder what kind of yeast strain was used here. The alcohol is very astringent, being felt up in the nose after each sip. There is some hop flavor in there, and maybe some sweet candy sugar, as well. Bready for sure. But still, after multiple sips, the primary flavor I'm getting out of this is banana.

While the alcohol is very present, it adds a nice warming feeling as it goes down. The carbonation is good throughout, adding some to the flavor. I just can't get over that banana...it's like a Belgian Tripel, but with the yeasty-bready notes of a weiss beer--sweet and fruity. The bottle says it's a Triple IPA...

Overall, I feel this beer is trying to do too much in the style...it seems off track just a bit, and what could be a great beer is lost in translation.

07-16-2010 22:22:51 | More by movingtrain
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beerhan

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle. apparently this beer is somewhat rare but I had never even heard of it. It pours an amber color and has a ridiculous head. I am thinking it could use a long time to age before drinking. The only way to describe the smell is that it smells like beer, its kind of odd. Taste is incredibly complex: grapefruit and bubble gum. The alcohol is hidden. For being a belgian tripple IPA I cannot even tell the belgian yeasts from the hops it all blend together.

07-12-2010 04:35:41 | More by beerhan
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. 9% ABV, Serving temperature 38° to 45° F, 23/01/12 printed on the cap.

A - Magma pours a totally hazed-over golden orange with a slightly visible plume of carbonation rising from the etching. Three fingers of bone-colored head lower slowly to a plump pile and leave lace covering the glass.

S - For a Triple IPA, as it's labeled, Troubadour is fairly malty. Lots of toasted caramel and biscuity malts really take the center stage in the aroma. Light Belgian yeast adds an earthy nose of slight dirt and clay. All of this couples well with a mellow but persistent citrusy hop aroma. Very light alcohol on the finish.

T - I'm not sure what the age is on this but it's gotta be fairly old [it seemed that way before I saw it only had 4 reviews]. It tastes like it is. A slight Belgian yeast funk outlines the very caramel malt sweetness and mild hop flavor. A punch of dirt and grass clippings transitions awkwardly between the malts and the light citrusy hops on the finish. Fair but possibly too old despite the date.

M - Medium-bodied and smooth with a crisp carbonation finish, Troubadour has a light citrusy bitter kick. Good but it could use more bitterness to balance the sweet malts. The alcohol is hidden pretty well but still pokes in as a warming sensation too.

D - This drinks nicely but needs a larger level of hop for it's "Tripel" name on the front. It still goes down well regardless, Magma is a nice beer overall with serious potential (from a fresher bottle).

07-05-2010 19:28:45 | More by BeerFMAndy
Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.