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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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334 Ratings
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Ratings: 334
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.7%
Wants: 16
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Belgium

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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

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

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).

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 19:28:45 | More by BeerFMAndy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Iam sometimes leary about beers of this style,Iam usually let down by to much Belgian yeastiness,this version is done nicely.Poured into a stemmed glass a deep burnt orange infused golden with a clingy one finger white head that left two full rings of lace as it settled slowly.Mainly tropical fruit in the nose along with some caramel malt,just some slight spice from the yeast.Pretty sweet on the palate with some caramel malt flavors up front,hop flavors are more of a tropical and overripe fruit variety,the alcohol is pretty well hidden.Not in your face hops but there is a hefty dose of the vine,not bad.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 21:04:03 | More by oberon
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Firkin in Libertyville, IL. Had to hound them about when they would have it available. Served in a tulip.

Appearance: Pours an amber color, graduating to Texas orange in the narrow parts of the glass. Magma is presented with a bubbly white head with decent retention. Spider web lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Nothing overwhelms the nose, but a rich scent nonetheless. Biscuity malt, Belgian yeast and spice, and some citric hops.

Taste: Soft caramel sweetness to start. Some citrusy hops push through soon after. Cardamon, cloves, and Belgian yeast provide a nice spiciness in the middle. Finishes with some floral a citrus hops, with a sweet flourish.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with an appropriate level of carbonation to keep it crisp. Very little hop oil left after each sip, but it is a little sticky. Wrapped up in a medium body.

Drinkability: Alcohol provides a slight warming in the stomach, but the flavor is smooth and this is extremely drinkable. Hopefully it becomes more regularly available here.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2010 19:07:52 | More by KickInTheChalice
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trbergman

Illinois

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

330mL bottle poured into a cervoise.

A - Slightly hazy translucent gold, with two and a half fingers of dense, cream-colored foam.

S - Very ripe, juicy tropical fruit with orange zest and grapefruit. Intense, lush aroma.

T - Interesting departure from the nose. Dryer than expected - there's still a signature of papaya and mango, but it's accompanied by a rather pithy bitterness. The tripel side of things comes into play with some dried apricot and candi sugar. Finishes with a hint of flowery honey and lingering dryness.

M - Crisp, medium body with peppery carbonation.

D - Enjoyable example of this growing style. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 03:37:42 | More by trbergman
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richmof

Belgium

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

On tap at Chez Moeder Lambic, poured into its own chalice. A deep gold, amber colour with a nice frothy off-white head that retains all the way down and laces.

Tangy fruity hops on the nose with slight malty biscuit.

There is so much to this beer on the palate. As for fruits, you certainly get some caramel and orange peel (even orange blossom) but, more so, tropical fruits like mango and passionfruit. There is a decent malt structure throughout but obviously, this is a beer about its hops, which impart a fine piney dryness throughout. At 9%, it is no surprise that there is a slightly alcoholic finish but it is a very pleasant finish and gives a nice balance to the sweetness.

The beer was launched this year and has already scooped a number of prizes and deservedly so. It describes itself as a triple IPA but is surely one of the finest of the growing array of IPA-ish beers that are emerging in Belgium. Well done I say.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 16:53:15 | More by richmof
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Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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