Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2011 - Cascade Hop - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 46
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 6.96%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (689 characters)

Photo of ReyG006
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Large frothy head pours very hazy.

S: Bitter Cascade hops!

T: Piney throughout but it never becomes harsh at all, just a smooth consistent bitterness that lingers for a long time. It begs to you take another sip. A bit of grapefruit is prevalent throughout. Be careful, at 9% this one is dangerously smooth and sessionable!

M: Not too much carbonation, slight creamy feel.

O: An outstanding Belgian ipa with an american twist. If you can get a bottle of this I highly recommend it. (488 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1200!

750ml orange-foiled bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Troubadour's Magma 2011 Cascade pours with a hazy, tangerine-tea hue. A bit dingy in color, with a hint of carbonation fueling a well-retained tuft of eggshell-khaki head. Superb lacing, with sticky webs coating the inside of the glass. Juicy, insanely tropical fruity aroma dripping with notes of sugared orange slices, mango, pineapple juice, and pear. The belgian yeast is subtle in its spiciness, which I appreciate. Malts are mild, with some bread and cereal notes.

The spice is amplified in the flavor, and so are the hops. Gone is the juicy sweet fruitiness, and instead the Cascade hops hit with bitter, floral resins and woody pine. A bit soapy, but it's forgivable, especially since the hop flavors are still big enough to linger long after each sip. Malts provide a delectable balance--grainy and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbonated with tight, tiny bubbles coursing throughout the sticky, medium body. All in all, a delicious beer and one of the better examples of the style...West Coast meets Belgian IPA. More, please. (1,118 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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! (334 characters)

Photo of allengarvin
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (668 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,350 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchased in Akron for $13.99. A triple IPA I think, although the way the label is worded this looks like a tripel/IPA... It advertises lots of American hops, led of course by Cascade.

It pours with a huge head, 5-7 fingers of foam which sits and lasts. A deep copper color with lots of haze but no floaties or anything like that. The aroma has citrusy hops but less than you'd expect, more of a spicy sweetness than anything pungent and fresh. Sort of a honey character in the nose too, and a strong undercurrent of alcohol.

It tastes delicous, this beer has a lot going on. The hops are diminished (maybe a little old), good Belgian character from the yeast and muted hops. Noticeable burn in the aftertaste so the alcohol is definitely there. Very sweet throughout, and again I swear there's honey in there too.

I've only seen this beer at one location so far, maybe it'll become more widely distributed but who knows. If you see it I recommend it, a very nice late night beer. (997 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (514 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very murky peach body with loads of sticky ropey white foam that coats the glass.

Smell: Fruity esters, heady and alcoholic, overripe peach, sugary bubblegum hints in malt.

Taste: Light and fruity, tropical fruits, pineapple, white wine, white grape skin. Alcohol is there and a little hot, but helps thin things out.

Mouthfeel: Odd chewy but light body, very smooth with tiny bubble carbonation gives a light impression while a oily coat takes a few extra swallows and chews.

Overall: A well done Belgian IPA, the fruity esters seem Belgian yeast, the hops are more west coast US, the package doesn't clash, but it's an odd marriage this style. (661 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA from a Belgian brewery… does this make it a Belgo-PA? Or a IPAlgo? Hm.

This poured with a golden-hued yellow-orange color. Not much aroma, deceptively so as there was such a fantastic taste! Nice hop bite with a great flash of Cascade flavor. I enjoyed this one. A welcomed treat. (290 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (911 characters)

Photo of XicanoBeerRun
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (536 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange copper color with minimal ivory head that dissipates into a light layer of wispy foam and legs around half the glass.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt with esters and belgian yeast fruitiness, hint of grapefruit. Pretty weak. Alcohol becomes more dominant as it warms. Tangerine surfaces later.

Flavor is initially belgian yeast, with caramel malt carrying into a peppery dry bitter finish. Gives the impression of being flat or stale almost.

Body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is accompanied by alcoholic warmth.

Overall, a fairly disappointing choice. The hops didn't contribute much more than bittering, and the belgian yeast stole the flavor profile, which was fairly weak at best. Alcohol definitely made its presence known. Houblon is a superior choice for the style. The longer I drink this beer the less I like it. (859 characters)

Photo of KKB
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a dark champagne, some combination of yellow brown, and orange. The head rises significantly before and has nice retention before receding down to a slight residual head.

S - Almost nothing honestly. Very very mild, maybe a little bit of caramel/grapefruit? Can barely even smell the hops.

T - Really it's not bad. It starts off having a belgian yeast taste to it, then a bit of caramel hoppiness, then a peppery dry finish. I don't know, it's light but it almost has a bit of a stale taste to it. It tastes kind of nice, but really not great, kind of regret buying it.

M - Light to medium body, slight carbonation, but somewhat flat overall. You can definitely get the alcoholic warmth as it goes down though, which is nice.

O - This isn't a great beer really, it's a belgian triple India Pale Ale and god knows what that even means. It's not awful really, it's just kind of flat and bland. It's has "special edition 2011 Cascade Hop" written on it and it is an IPA and I'm wondering if this has been aged for a year? If so why? Ya gotta drink those IPAs fast ya know? Well, if someone set this in front of me I wouldn't say no, but I would not buy this beer again unless under duress. (1,205 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,339 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (532 characters)

Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2011 - Cascade Hop from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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