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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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88
very good

367 Ratings
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Ratings: 367
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark beige color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some very good lacing. Aroma of strong Belgian malt backbone with light sweet undertones. Taste is also a nice mix between some nice Belgian malt with balanced sweetness and some light pepper notes. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Enjoyable and well brewed without rewriting the rule book.

Phyl21ca, Jan 10, 2011
Photo of Samashley
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has become one of my new favorite triples. I think that people may be critiquing this beer a bit too harshly stating that it is not truly an IPA. Belgian IPA's can be deceiving to a person who is used to drinking American IPA's. The IBU's in an American IPA are through the roof and tend to be way more aggressive in their hoppy characteristics. This Belgian Triple IPA is a great brew in my opinion because it creates a wonderful balance between sweet citrus and bitter hops. There is not one aspect that completely overshadows the other with this beer and the complexity really hides the high alcohol content well.

Samashley, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to drabmuh for picking this bottle up for me. Poured into a snifter.

Pours a light golden copper color with a two-finger head with great retention and thick lacing. There is a great cap throughout. The nose is quite plain with a faint yeast character and a very minor amount of hops. Slightly sweet with a bit of peach. Taste is sweet and a bit grainy without any real hop or yeast character. Quite puzzling. A bit sweet and really not much else. Light caramel and stone fruits could be in there, if I try to throw out another few characteristics. Medium body and slightly cloying. Overall, not a big fan of this.

Thorpe429, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of dlmccabe1
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice Belgian tripel, but it's really not a Belgian Tripel IPA as stated. It's a nice amber color with great Belgian lace and some characteristic tripel aromas. There isn't a lop of hop aroma and what is there is quickly overwhelmed by the Belgian yeast.

A much more subdued approach to an IPA with barely noticeable hops. The only thing they do seem to accomplish is to cut back on some of the lovely tripel spice notes. I don't get any clove, pepper, etc.

The mouthfeel is round and there is a lingering breadyness to it. If you go into this beer expecting a Belgian IPA, you may be disappointed. But for a tripel, this will do just fine.

dlmccabe1, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Troubadour Magma pours a light orangish yellow in color with a large soapy head and quite a bit of brussels lace. Immediately greeted with a hoppy aroma, a bit earthy, along with some tropical fruits like mango, orange and pineapple. In the flavor, muted fruits and an even bitterness. Semi-sweet. Belgian style ale with some estery goodness. Alcohol presence is slim to none. Lighter body and feel with decent carbonation. Easy drinking, a nice take on the style.

Stinkypuss, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle courtesy of BBF. Weird bottling code of some sort on the cap 0306100705. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Standard pour yields a gigantic 4 finger, frothy, white head with a slight orange tint and great retention. Beer is a semi-clear orange. Lacing is absurd. Layered, with great legs and retention.

S: Nose is citrus hops, Belgian yeast, clove and apricot. A light bit of tartness tickles the nose but I can't quite place it. Aromatic and pleasant overall.

T: Opens Belgian yeast and clove. Citrus hops upfront play nicely with the malt backbone and different spices. Tropical fruit. Pineapple. Resiny, sticky hop bitterness towards the middle and end. Finish is accented Belgian yeast. Sweet. Aftertaste is an interaction of the stick, resiny hops and lingering malt backbone.

M: Light bodied, highly carbonated, and airy and fluffy in the mouth. Prickly on the palate and going down. Highly abrasive. Finish is accented and aftertaste is sticky and slightly dry.

D: I'm still not quite sure what to make of the Belgian IPA style but this is definitely a solid offering. Great balance between hop presence and malt backbone here and the Belgian fruity and spicy character complements the bitterness well. Worth trying.

SpeedwayJim, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of smithdc33
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice which showed a bronze-orange colored, hazy beer with a moderate head that quickly faded to a thin film. A faint smell but some citrus, orange smell after some swirling--which seemed a bit odd to do for a beer. Good flavor highlighted by the orange, citrus flavor picked up from the smell, with a solid caramel malt base coming through. You can pick up the traditional Belgian yeast coming through as well. A light-to-medium bodied beer with good, but not overpowering carbonation. A very drinkable beer, though for the price, I'd probably choose a Belgian IPA with a stronger hop character. Still, very drinkable and enjoyable!

smithdc33, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of yapi
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great brew from my home country!

This one has a very nice fruity nose, and it will keep the fruitiness on the palate. Very tropical fruit, also with orange & citrus, and nice hops. Even had some honey to it. Not too hoppy, so don't expect a hopbomb...

All in all, one of the best we drank during our beertasting on saturday. Will certainly buy some stock, perfect for tastings & for novice beer drinkers. A realm of tastes! A very good Belgian IPA, but don't buy it for the bitterness!

yapi, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of daledeee
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured one of the biggest heads I have seen in a while and lacing as well. A very dull cloudy orange body.

Nose is not real strong but too much grain for this style.

Belgian hops and orange with a little citrus rind or oil.

Mouth feel is rather sticky.

Drinkability is pretty good but this beer was rather underwhelming to me.

daledeee, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy medium orangish brown color. A very cidery looking beer. Thin white head, turns into nice white ring around glass. Very dark sweet buttery orange aroma. Some sweet breadiness in aroma. Smells thick. Mild to moderate carbonation. Very dense am complex flavor combo. Orangy breadiness. Very candied, almost the orange flavor of a tootsie pop. Deep orange peel taste in finish. Some alcohol on a swish before swallow. Smooth and slightly dry finish. Overall a pretty good beer, very fruity on the orange side.

despainmakesbeer, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Urbana's wonderful The Crane Alley.

One and one-half fingers of white foam atop a cloudy amber-orange body in a 10 oz. tulip; good lacing and duration. Some citrus hops and biscuit malt on the nose, but the smell should definitely be stronger.

Good taste, tempting me to give it a 4.5 instead. Boozy, well-hopped, and malted-up, orange, grapefruit, apple, and a bit of lemon emerge among the hops, while the malt provides a fine complement. The true wizardry in Magma appears in the mouthfeel, striking a fine balance in this delicate style. In alternating sips, it is IPA then Tripel, hoppy then malty.

Well done, and not an easy style to pull off, Magma is a delicious concoction that should appeal to lovers of both this unique styles and IPAS alike. I haven't had anything from Troubadour in some time, and Magma is a keen reminder that I should seek out their wares more often.

Gehrig, Nov 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New release, bought it today. Beer served in a wine glass. Beer is orange and hazy with a soft white head of small bubbles that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation moderate. Looks good.

Estery, earthy hops, minimal pine, smells fine. Lots of yeast coming through in the nose.

IPA? Not so much, tripel? Sure, I'd buy that. Beer is medium bodied and sweet at lead off, gives way to a blank midpalate with only minimal presence of hops and esters. A little breadiness, minimal bitterness at the back and a dry finish. Eh...this is one of the BIPAs that just doesn't quite float my IPA loving boat.

drabmuh, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2.08/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Draft at Gourmet Haus Staudt. Cloudy, ruddy copper body; magma is an appropriate name. The head is small but retains well, leaving webs of lace behind as it falls.

The nose is more tripel than IPA. Very estery and phenolic, the yeast nearly overwhelms the hop aroma. This smells a lot like sulfurous dried fruit, peaches or apricots in particular. Spiciness is present in the form of clove and white pepper. There's a mild herbal hop note buried beneath. Not a ton of sweetness is noticeable, maybe a hint of dark candi sugar.

Spiciness and fruit carries over on to the palate, but there's a more dominant herbal, somewhat metallic or mineral hop flavor. Dried fruit and caramel flavors lend a touch of sweetness, but it's a more dry beer on the whole. The finish is only moderately bitter, but it has a metallic and herbal astringency that seems to linger entirely too long.

This becomes a bit of a chore to drink after a while; I'm not crazy about the interplay between the hops and yeast. Too much astringency, not enough hop flavor. I'll pass on this one in the future.

largadeer, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Chincino
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Chincino, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of avalon07
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

avalon07, Nov 11, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BEERchitect, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of DaveBlack
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

DaveBlack, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

AgentZero, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

MasterSki, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

jrallen34, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of gezondheid
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

gezondheid, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Brad007, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of mexikrainian
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mexikrainian, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.   

jampics2, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of stingrayvr6
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

stingrayvr6, Sep 27, 2010
Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 367 ratings.