Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2011 - Cascade Hop - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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3.5/5 rDev -8.4%
Reddish orange with a yeasty complexion. Poured into a snifter with little foam, yet the carbonation was strong when drinking. Smelled a bit sweet and slightly boozy. I picked up on peach jam notes.
It had a nice warm malty aftertaste. Slight hop bitterness. Hops were not as strong for what I would expect; however, this bottle was from 2011. Faint butterscotch flavor.
Overall, this was a good beer, but not outstanding. I think it may have been better fresher.
I’ll have another because I have another bottle in the reserves.
07-16-2012 20:39:55 | More by XicanoBeerRun
4.5/5 rDev +17.8%
Poured from a 750 ml bomber in a tulip glass.
First, pour this one slowly. My first pour was about 2/3 head, which was rich, creamy and composed of both large and small bubbles. The head dissipates to a thin, partial layer with nice lacing.
Color is dark orange and cloudy, reminiscent of an unfiltered wheat.
Aroma a strong. Lots of citrus hops with a background of honey.
Flavor is a complex mixture of hops, citrus, spices and honey. Very well done. The 9% ABV is there, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is tangy, somewhat bitter. I would call it a blend of a smooth Belgian and an imperial IPA.
An extremely well-done ale. I need to buy two more. One to share and one for myself.
11-28-2011 01:21:21 | More by KansasBeerLover
3/5 rDev -21.5%
On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.
Pours a very, very hazy peach color with a two-finger white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Fairly ugly. The nose has some slight Cascade hops and a bit of Belgian yeast, though there's something off. Here, it smells and subsequently tastes fairly hoppy, but more in the way of something that's been overly dry-hopped, or some sludge that still has hop-pellet remnants in it.
Nothing too impressive. Medium body with moderate bitterness. I couldn't get into this one.
02-03-2012 12:11:16 | More by Thorpe429
4.33/5 rDev +13.4%
Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine like hops and ripe peaches. In the taste, dry pine like hops, a small fruitiness, and a note of alcohol. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and fruit aftertaste. Big pine hops and balanced with some ripe fruit, I can dig it!
09-30-2011 21:08:23 | More by OWSLEY069
3.6/5 rDev -5.8%
Served in a Troubadour cervoise at The Firkin.
While drinking this, I wondered what hop the usual Magma utilizes, only to come up empty (it doesn't help that I refused to do any research whatsoever to alleviate my curiosity). Oh well. This stuff pours a bright hazy amber topped by over a finger of dusty off-cream foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, ruby red grapefruit zest, light cilantro, lemon rind, and light honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus qualities being co-opted by a combination of mandarin orange syrup and booze, creating a minty/fruity expression with a light burn trailing behind it. The honey also asserts itself much more fiercely now. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a nice enough beer, but one that's too boozy, too sweet, and too syrupy for me to really enjoy as much as other Belgian IPAs.
11-25-2011 02:05:23 | More by TMoney2591
3.18/5 rDev -16.8%
Belgian IPAs are generally among some of the best examples of beer flavor to be found in any style. The dry fruity character and balanced spice from yeast deal a plethora of flavor. But with the bright and zesty bitterness from hops, all of the best attributes of the beer flavor wheel. The Troubadour Cascade version is an odd example that doesnt' quite fit the mold.
Unusually dark caramel color for a Tripel, the beer looks more like a Strong Pale Ale or Amber Ale. Mild carbonation struggles to fuel any meaningful head or lace.
Flavors of malt and apple-like esters are the dominant flavors and aromas and do so with intense sweetness and fruitiness. Balanced Cascade hops offer a moderate taste of red grapefruit pulp that weave into the apple ester profile well. Supported by malty sweetness, the flavor of caramel apples come to mind. Green apples, red apples, and buised apples point toward estery notes, but also aldehyde notes that don't sit well with me. Finishing moderately bitter and with slight dryness, the warmth of 9.5% is deceiving becasue of the unresolved malty sweetness that hangs on until very lage in finish and aftertate.
The Special Edition Cascade results in a very apple-y taste and heavy texture and with only moderate hop intensity. A good combination of taste, but not what I look for in a Belgian IPA.
12-13-2011 17:45:27 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +7.3%
750 ml bottle into chalice, bottled 8/4/2011. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of huge grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, herbal, pine, mango, peach, pepper, pear, earth, honey, yeast spiciness, and a touch of alcohol. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity; intense and a bit resinous feeling. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, lemon zest, mango, pineapple, pine, pear, herbal, floral, pepper, honey, bread, earth, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, tropical fruit, pepper, pear, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Nice flavor balance and complexity; with a nice malt/hop flavor to peppery bitterness balance with no cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy, slick, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. Very big Cascade hop presence; with a good balance of Belgian complexity and fruitiness in the background. Very smooth to sip on for 9% as well. Highly enjoyable offering.
07-26-2012 04:26:40 | More by superspak
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
On tap at Lucky Baldwin's Delirium Cafe in Sierra Madre, CA.
Pours a slightly murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some citrus zest hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a medium level of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.
07-04-2012 19:42:47 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.3/5 rDev +12.6%
I picked this up for New Year's eve, but we never got to it at the party. Trying it now in a Val Dieu wide-mouthed chalice. The color is orange, rather hazy, with a very frothy large head. The nose is appropriately hoppy, citrus-tinged, with a ripe fruity underlay. The initial taste is very hoppy and very highly bitter--more bittering hops than many American brewers would use, in fact. The citrus hop flavor gives way after a moment to a delicious banana fruitiness, with a light dusting of medicinal phenols. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the body delightfully light and effervescent.
This is not a real complex beer, but it's well-crafted and quite drinkable.
01-23-2012 03:43:04 | More by allengarvin
Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2011 - Cascade Hop from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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