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Troubadour Magma - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 453
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 29
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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Belgium

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 Holland
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy amber orange color with a thick, foamy off-white head that lasts for a long time. I see a lot of floating matter.

S: citrus, fruity esters, thick malt smell, and some yeast

T: bitter and citrus hops with light malt and fruity esters and yeast flavors

M: very smooth, highly carbonated, and creamy/foamy with a medium-heavy body

O: This beer is heavier and creamier than other belgian IPAs I have tried. It's good, but not incredibly drinkable. I'll have it again in a few years when my preferences change again. (526 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange-amber color with a very thick frothy off-white head, very good retention.

The scent is very sweet, with presence of citrus and other sweet fruits, floral hops, and some notes of spice.

The taste is of sweet belgian sugars, citrus, notes of pineapple, bread, mildly bitter floral hops, and peppery notes.

Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy, moderate carbonation.

This was an excellent beer, all of the flavors were very prominent except for the alcohol. This is something I would definitely look for again. (531 characters)

Photo of Mar02x
4.67/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Never saw such a murky IPA before, there is a lot of yeast in my glass and I didn't shook it up. The fluid looks orange brown and there is no visible carbonation. The orange/yellow head is massive and steady. All of a sudden the head collapses into a fluffy, creamy layer. The lacing is nice however. The yeast blizzard is slowing down and coming to a rest on the bottom of my Struise glass.

S - Mango ,grass and pineapple some sweetness and old oranges.

T - WOW, a superb sipper, my beer is still cold but all ready the taste is all there. I had this on my shelf for a while (approximately half a year), but this is still a good beer. I don't really know it the aging made it better. I had this beer fresh before and I threw it down the sink, but back than my palate wasn't developed enough. - Mango, grass, candy sugar, oranges, pineapple.

M - A medium carbonation and surprisingly enough the bitterness stops rather quickly after being swallowed. The body is creamy and slightly sticky. No real signs of alcohol, only a slight warming effect after swallowing.

O - I like this imperial Belgian IPA and I will surely have it again. I am very glad more and more brewers on the European main land are having a try to brew this beer style. (1,246 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasting sample pours a pale orange with some frothy head and wet lace.

Nose has a big, bready pale malt with some estery apricots and a big, noble hop earthiness. Some other, more delicate hop aromas of lean orange, flowers and herbs contribute also.

Palate is full bodied with a very dense, bready malt and a sizable earthy hop bitterness. This beer seems very big, and though it's an IPA, I think I'd prefer it aged. Any fruit is minimal and the spice and eventually very big alcohol take over on the finish- a lingering dryness at the very end with some more delicate notes of earth, flowers and citrus blossom.

Not bad but I don't think I'm a fan of this Double Belgian IPA style as it would seem to be at 9%, at least not fresh maybe. It's just a little out of whack and needs some time to come together. (812 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Opaque orange brown color. Two and a half finges of pillowy white head. Retention is very good and moderate amounts of irregular lacing is left behind.

5.0 S: Smells absolutely wonderful. Very sugary and fruity. Candied pineapple, candied mango, candied orange, candied papaya. Lemongrass, flowers, hay, clove and pepper spice. Even the slightest tinge of grassy funkiness. Easily on par with the best of the US.

4.0 T: Taste is very good as well, but fails to live up to the masterful nose. The taste is Belgian to the core. Peppery yeast spiciness with clove undertones. Hay, peach fruitiness, bready yeastiness. The fruits of the nose are here, but orders of magnitude less potent. Barely any bitterness initially, but some does manifest in the finish. Woody funkiness. Booze is well hidden.

4.0 M: Lighter medium body. Good spritzy carbonation. Good creaminess. Nice.

4.0 D: Surprisingly a very good beer. Incredible nose and solid everywhere else. (987 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured an opaque dark gold with fluffy light tan head.
S: It smelled like sugary lemon and candied apricot, with some Belgian yeast and candi sugar, and a bit of waxy hops.
T: It tasted like sweet orange and candied apricot, with lots of earthy caramel and some Belgian yeast and bready malt. It had a bittersweet and fairly clean aftertaste.
M: It was oily with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was like orange and apricot jam on white bread, liquified. It was a pretty enjoyable scent and taste, with a nice body. The finish was a bit rough though, so it wasn't the easiest to drink. A generally nice Belgian IPA, but not the best of the style. (664 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Lion's Pride.

In a tulip the beer was a hazy dark orange color. It had a medium-sized off-white head that left a good deal of lace.

Kind of a spicy caramel aroma, some brown sugar. Piney and eearthy, with a little bit of citrus.

This IPA seemed to be more malt forward, with a hint of spice. The hops were mostly pine with a little bit of grapefruit.

Medium-bodied and smooth. Not very resinous.

Nice beer. (421 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid B-IPA, but triple? Hmmm...maybe the abv, which is quite well hidden.

Hazy golden pour, some amber and light ruby. Two finger head, white and foamy. Nice lacing.

Some spice in the aroma. More of a candied malt and citrus zest hop essence. Some floral and green stems. A bit boozy

The bit of spice comes through at first in the flavor. Coriander and maybe some slight clove. Sweet malt, candied sugar. Some mint. Hops are there representing the citrus and green pine needles.

Nice bite to it, not the resinous I was expecting. Low abv and easy to drink. Not 'triple' hoppy, but solid (593 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark apricot with half inch cream colored head that dissipates into a thick layer of foam on the surface.

Caramel malt, herbal tea, pine, fresh cut grass, and alcohol comprise the aroma. Orange and grapefruit are subtle in the background. A nuttiness from the specialty malts becomes evident.

Flavor is much more toasted malt than expected. Caramel and burnt sugar make up the backbone, with grapefruit and pine contributing later, and a fairly bitter earthiness at the finish. Belgian yeast nuances become more noticeable as it warms.

Body is moderate to heavy, with medium to low carbonation. There's a slight alcohol warmth and a bit of astringency that detract a little from the experience.

Overall, a very interesting brew. I guess I expected something more along the lines of houblon. Much more bitter finish and less belgian yeast character, from what I recall. Wish the belgian yeast was more prominent and that the hops were a bit more complex...not mostly bitter. (990 characters)

Photo of HopNelius
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a tulip glass.
Appearance-orange hue with a slight head. Not overly carbonated.
Smell-strong notes of citrus and yeast coming through, smells very nice.
Taste-Strong citrus notes coming through with a slight yeast note. Nice finish.
Mouthfell-pleasant, with a bitter citurs hop flavor that is lovely.
Overall-First time having this beer and I was quite impressed, I usually go for American IPA's but was at my local Belgium beer bar and thought I would give it a try, I was not disapointed. Nice hop flavor coming through, tasted somewhat like an americna Imperial IPA, which makes sense considering the IBU and ABV corresponds with a similar flavor profile. (677 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet
A: Muddy orange with a gorgeous one-finger head that lingers
S: Raw grains, citrus, toffee. A bit of what I would describe as a cheese aroma comes through as it warms up. Pleasant & complex.
T: Sweet, with yeast, bread, citrus juice, then a brief hop kick at the end. Interesting, but disjointed.
M: Thick & not super easy to drink.
O: Love the nose, not so much a fan of the rest of it. Interesting to try, but would not be a repeat purchase. (478 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into an oversized wine glass.

Look – amber color, mostly clear, with about two and a half fingers’ worth of light-khaki-colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – light but very present smell of hops and crisp malts. Also, there seems to be a fruitier aspect underneath.

Taste – the malts and the hops do a pretty closely tied dance, but in the end the hops win out, but just ever so slightly. There’s a underlying muskiness that reveals itself in the middle of the tasting and then recedes.

Mouthfeel – pretty well balanced overall, from the looks of it, it appeared to be waterier than I would have thought, but upon tasting, it turned out to be well-balanced.

Overall – Although not terribly interesting to think about while tasting, it’s still a good-tasting brew. (823 characters)

Photo of vande
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - sipped out of a wine glass :) Dirty amber/orange pour with tannish head that lasts for a bit, leaving a lasting lace behind

s - spices, dirty fruits, earthy, bready malts...

t - taste is milder than other belgians I've recently had, but still pleasent.. essentially following the path that the nose sets forth..

m - medium to heavier in body, reasonably drinkable..

o - a pretty good Belgian IPA... (406 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a 10.5oz tulip for $8. Sampled 10/15/10.

A: Arrives with a finger plus of fluffy/creamy almost purely white head with great retention. The body is a murky honey-amber with transparency only when held to light. Lacing begins to coat the glass in sheets, becoming torn as the drinking continues. A collar and thin film persists.

S: There is a rustic hop quality to the nose, medium in intensity by American standards. General citrus up front, with light orange rind more specifically in the background. The yeast has an earthy doughy presence, which is relatively prominent. The malt bill produces aromas of caramel, straw and toffee. Slightly solventy.

T: The taste favors sweet caramel malt sweetness, backed by toffee, gently easing into orange hop flavor with warming alcohol not far behind. Bitterness is low.

M: Creamy and full with average or below levels of fine fizzy carbonation. Semi-sweet at first and dry on the finish.

D: [DRINKABILITY] Pretty average brew and not particularly exciting. I won't be ordering another. (1,043 characters)

Photo of gopens44
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice head on this one. Thick foamy head with just a little lacing. Fairly translucent orange brown with a little bit of sediment.

S -- Sweet caramel smell seems to cover all else

T - First swig was fantastically bitter upfront before giving way to the sweet slightly circus peanut taste. Alcohol presence making its way a little more as I drink it.

M -- Somewhere between medium and light bodied with decent carbonation and a ton of bitter aftertaste.

O -- Quite the tasty beer! It was not specifically what I expected, it was actually better (551 characters)

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of ThaCreep
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
3.33/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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. (264 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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% (883 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
3.63/5  rDev -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. (471 characters)

Troubadour Magma from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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