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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Ratings: 394
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website

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 JizackFH
4/5  rDev +2%
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.

JizackFH, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

StJamesGate, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

sweemzander, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of cdrogers
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

cdrogers, May 29, 2011
Photo of gc4hokies
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

gc4hokies, May 24, 2011
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

david18, May 19, 2011
Photo of LiquidBread219
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

LiquidBread219, May 14, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

ChugginOil, May 10, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

vfgccp, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of jdhilt
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of swthomas55
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

swthomas55, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of BretSikkink
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

BretSikkink, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

output01x, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

OWSLEY069, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Jesse13713
2.6/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

Jesse13713, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of IceTrey9785
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

IceTrey9785, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

drpimento, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of Phelps
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Phelps, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of jayhawk73
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color w/ a nice two finger off white head in a tulip glass. The smell is of citrus fruit, hops, caramel, and malt. The taste is the same. A nice combination of sweetness and malt, and hops. Nice mouthfeel- hoppy aftertaste, but the malt won't give up! This is a nice beer- maybe not world class, but very good. I'd like a little less sweetness, but overall it's pretty tasty. Drinkability is good, I really don't detect much alcohol, which at 9% ABV is impressive. Glad I tried this one- this was the first time for this beer.

jayhawk73, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of megahurts4
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Troubadour Magma

Appearance: yellow-orange, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: hoppy yeasty caramel-apple sweetness.

Taste: hops, yeast, slight malt, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a nice Belgian IPA. It has plenty of well balanced flavor to go around. The alcohol isn't completely masked and is tasted.

megahurts4, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of benfons
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy sunset orange colour, nice thick and stable head: looks great.

S: Candied pineapple, yeast, and hops well balanced

T: A typical ipa taste with accents of pineapple; yeasts and hops, well balanced

M/D A bit thin, carbonation too small and too much, ABV on the high side and quite noticeable

Good beer

benfons, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of oakbluff
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via glouglouburp- cheers Dany- Pouts a muddy/hazzy apricot colour with a few floaty chunkies. One finger white head, minor amt of lacing. Nose- quite fruity, some iced tea notes, bready and yeast. Taste- floral hops, light citrus, then very bready with some yeast spice. A fresher example would have great balance of hop bitter and belgian sweet me thinks. Thick bodied with a vigorous carbonation- bit of booze heat as it slides down. Nice beer- would like to try again

oakbluff, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle served in a glass goblet.

L - murky with a few floaties, burnt-orange color with a creamy beige head that left some sticky lacing behind.

S - Belgian yeast and spices.

T - spiced yeasty taste the hops are not too prominent and really only yield a slight bitterness on the dry finish.

F - medium bodied with active carbonation.

D - it went down easy enough.

JoeyBeerBelly, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of Cresant
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 11.2 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmaliet glass. The cap had an inkjet date: 23/003/12. ? The body was a dull and turbid greenish-copper color. The head was off white/light tan and was quite tall, leaving splotchy lace.

The smell was simply flowery and fruity.

The taste was moderately yeasty with dirty hops. There was a nice lingering bitter finish. Spicy and rather drying.

The mouthfeel was medium in body and somewhat creamy.

Cresant, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have heard of this beer for quite some time, but it recently became available in Texas, so I am giving it a try. I had between this and the stout to choose from...so I chose the Triple.

Appearance: The beer pours a cloudy burnt orange color with about a 1/4" cap of light peach colored foam. After the pour, the head kept rising and is now a solid inch. Even after I am half-way through the beer, the head is still solid and there are sheets of lace left on the side of the glass. If this beer would have been clearer, it would be gorgeous...but I don't see how that would have been possible with all of this hop presence.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of hops, being a medly between citrus and floral, but the citrusy hops are definitely a keen player here. There is a good bit of malt here, which adds some toasty notes along with a dry wheat. There is a little bit of the alcohol noticeable even through the foam as a peppery spice. As the beer warms up, the alcohol is starting to become more noticeable.

Taste: The flavor is more balanced than I thought it was going to be from the aroma. The hops are a huge player in this beer, no doubt, but there is enough fruity characteristics added by the yeast to muddle up the whole hop citrus thing so that the beer finishes a bit confused in a bit of a fight for dominance right there on your palate. The hops win in the end, but the malt doesn't go down easily. As the beer warms, the bitterness is becoming a bigger player in the finish and they are starting to show a grassy note.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. I am not a huge fan of hoppy beers, so I am obviously not the best judge of this one. It has a nice balance, but it doesn't hit your palate as excellently well blended as most Tripels do. The hops want to be in charge too bad, so it doesn't really let the beer do its thing. I don't know... I am enjoying the glass that I have, and will probably have another one since my palate is blasted because of all the hops, but this isn't one I would have very often at all.

SkeeterHawk, Jan 22, 2011
Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 394 ratings.