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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Ratings: 413
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 20
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of garuda
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour is orange with a creamy foam on top. Some sediment is apparent. Decent lacing in the glass.

S - Scents of berries and fruit are there. Also a hoppy aroma. Certianly a bit different for a belgian style IPA.

T - Strong candied fruit flavor that also has a hoppy bitterness on the back end. One of the more americanized versions of a belgian IPA I recall. I'm kind of digging it.

M - Smooth and for a rich beer this is highly drinkable. Subtle carbonation, but more noticeable is the hop sting at the end. This hits many parts of the tongue.

O - The folks that tried this with me were put off that it tasted like many domestic IPA's. I felt differently. This is a bit of a fusion of styles and I found it to be one of the more noteworthy of the belgians out there. Worth trying; I know I will.

Photo of thearsenal
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 vintage

A-Poured a thick,turbid,peachish-orange body with yeast particles suspended throughout.A 2 1/2 inch tall,firm and resilient,bone white crown sat atop it and left thick rings of lacing on the glass.

S-Big,overripe citrus and stonefruit smells dominate with some scents of clove,bubblegum and bready yeasts as well.Candy sugar and a floral hop quality are also present.

T-More citrus and spice initially.Navel orange,clove,sourdough,peach Jolly rancher and baked sugar finish.

M-Medium bodied with a flavor profile that reminds me of a dry-hopped Witbier.Unique and relatively well-hidden ABV.

O-A more hopforward Belgian IPA than I've experienced before.Good but not great.

Photo of danmcg62
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours an deep orange color with a big white head. I noticed ther is some grayish matter floating in the beer. Not sure what it is (yeast maybe?). Don't know what to make of this.

S-A real spicy, bready smell with various citrus fruits as well. Mild hop smell.

T-Very malty, hoppy. Mild citrus taste. Not too bad.

M-Real thick and chewy. Not overally drinkable.

O-Overall this beer is just OK. Don't know if I'd ever get it again, but glad I gave it a try.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a billowing white head.

S: Aromas of citrusy hops, caramel, cream, and candy sugar fill the nose. Unlike some Belgian IPAs, the hops are much more prominent, indicating a beer clearly attuned to American tastes.

T: Opens tart and hoppy with notes of pine, grapefruit, lemon, and mandarin orange. Notes of caramel, cream, candy sugar, and bready malt soon join the hop flavors, but never overpower them. The finish is long, hoppy, and intense with notes of citrus, caramel, and pine washed in fiery alcohol.

M: Medium-to-full bodied and resinous, though it is not quite as sticky as some examples of this style. Carbonation is noticeable and fairly active.

O: This is one of the better Belgian IPAs on the market, and is also arguably the one most attuned to American tastes. If you like hops, then you'll probably like this beer.

Photo of ThaCreep
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The fruit directly invades the nostrils and the flavors are offered between pomegranate, peach and apricot strong. Alcohol finely mellitus is also present but to be omnipotent, far from it.

In the mouth, hops pierces the palace in the style of IPA or Belgian ale hop. That is to say, staying close enough to the style tripel with the presence of sugar candy (and alcohol) and a sweet fruity and round.

The finish offers a mix of sweet and fruity flavors and dryness of the hops. And if it does not really feeling fresh, her marriage to the fruity beer is extremely successful.

Photo of goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange with a one and a half finger fluffy white head. The head does not leave much in the way of lacing though. The aroma is of tropical fruits up front along with some sweetness, and a hop bitterness at the end of the nose. The taste follows suit. The beginning of the flavor is of citrus and tropical fruits, sweet not bitter fruits. There is a hint of belgian yeast and spiciness in the middle before a decent bitter hop bite at the end. The flavor is balanced but not as good as some in this class. The mouthfeel is a little thick and sticky with moderate carbonation. Overall the beer was solid, it wasn't best in class for this style but a solid decent beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on October 15, 2011. The pour is medium amber to orange with a significant fluffy head topping it off with lots of little chunks of sediment floating around. The head lingers forever. On the nose there is a this kind of butterscotch sweetness, malts, some fruit, and bitter hops. The body is in the medium range, which seems just about right but not extraordinary. The bittering hops jump out immediately in the taste with a more muted malty character than in the aroma. But overall well balanced. I found it to be an enjoyable brew that doesn't quite mask the alcohol in the taste but allows me to savor it without feeling overwhelmed by it.

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

Pours foamy golden appearance. Hop aromas. Big and delicious hops followed by big malt. An evening beer, a good one. Yeasty.Above average mouthfeel. Quebec private order. Like a double Belgian DIPA. Good drinkability.Worth seeking out.Thanks Fred.A little alcohol.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On Tap at TJ's Everyday in a tulip glass.

Troubador Magma came in the glass looking faded orange with some bright bronze swimming within. Just some sparse white bubbles on top, no lacing. Smell is fairly malty but there is also some bright citrus hops rounding out with a whiff of alcohol. Some grain makes an appearence after a bit. On first sips, this tastes more like a weak barleywine to me, it just has that bigfoot taste to it, though watered down if that makes sense. Tastes of rancid pine, highly bitter(like a fresh bigfoot) with light tropic fruits. The belgian yeast while there, is not as pronounced as some in the style. This is more American than Belgian IMO. Feel is sticky and insanely bitter especially with the aftertaste. Carbed up very low, but enough to make a dent. Glad I tried it, this is a unique beer, and it was a good kickstart to the weekend with the 9%

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
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
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
1.99/5  rDev -49.4%
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
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 413 ratings.