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Belgoo Magus - Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 80
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 11.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts) visit their website

Style | ABV
Witbier |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 03-14-2009

A Witbier made with 4 grains.
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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/18/2010. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, honey, biscuit, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, hops, and pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, honey, biscuit, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy yeast spiciness/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Belgian pale ale. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. It’s not as bold on yeast flavors as other Belgian pale ales, but still a nicely enjoyable offering.

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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Timmermans wide Flute glass. Nice burnish brass color, cloudy appearance. White froth, lively crown at first turns in a thick, & lasting layer. Foamy spots are left. Slight sour, citric zest, herbal, sugary, fresh bread & wet yeast to the nose. Malty & slight tartar flavors. Light to medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily, dried, velvet & dense mouthfeel. Spiced, biscuit, bread crust flavors & coriander notes in the middle. Long bitter & astringent finish. Fruity & citric aftertaste. Well balanced refreshing beer!!

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012, so it's well out of date. Acquired ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. I can only hope that it hasn't deteriorated too much. The ingredient list mentions 4 grains (barley, wheat, oats and spelt) in addition to spices.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with some floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of apricot, raisins, mild peach, clove, pepper, bubblegum, spice, faint banana, sugar and earthiness. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of light malt with a fruity yeast character and a dry finish. Notes of apricot, raisins, clove, spice, subtle phenolics, bubblegum, faint banana, mild husk/grain, sugar and earthy yeast. Highly attenuated, with a warming hint of booze in the background. Lingering yeast esters upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sweet, fruity yeast esters and mild earthiness.

Pretty damn tasty, with the yeast providing a quintessential 'Belgian' character. It looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by fruity yeast esters and mild spice. Good body. Despite the age on this bottle, or perhaps because of it, this beer possesses a rounded character with a subtle complexity. Goes down very nicely. Well worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

A: Hazy light apricot color body topped by a well proportioned bone-colored head. The head has rather poor retention and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Somewhat weak aroma, even without a head. Fruity wheat beer wtih hints of citrus, apples and apricots.

T: A bit more spicy than the aroma suggested. Light, biscuity malt base with fruity tones including banana, lemon, and white grape. These are in good balance with the delicate spiciness. A good bit of yeasty/nutty flavor comes out in the slightly sour finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body; lively and crisp carbonation; lightly astringent.

O: Refreshing and very drinkable, if rather pedestrian. Should work well with many foods.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You may call this a Tripel Karmeliet Light. It contains four grains, but has only 6,6% alcohol. Very refreshing!

A: small bubbles, thick lasting foam, golden look;
S: mixture of Corsendonk and Tripel Karmeliet: orange and apricot, tiny white bread.
T: round, orange, malty taste;
M: lovely composition, ending with a perfect light bitterishness; could be a bit heavier;
O: great beer, and also biological!

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Photo of Jetulio
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour in a Chalice glass (Ambar Caesar Augusta glass, very very similar to belgoo glass, visit belgoo's website to check)
A- Hazy gold with a white head
S- more than expected, flowers, prairy grass and apricot
T- it starts with malty and fruits notes and ending with hops.
M- Nice in mouth (I have served this one at 7ºc and seems perfect temperature for me) with an aftertaste of dry bitterness.
O- one to taste again, a different belgian beer, not an ale, not a witbier (in my opinion) but nice

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer got lost in my fridge, so it's got some age on it. Oops.

Pours a hazy apricot color with big floaties and a solid one inch eggshell head that dissipates slowly, leaving hints of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by citrus fruit, most notably tangerine, then peaches, followed by wheat and a heavy dose of belgian yeast esters. There's a subtle spicy hop note.

Flavor is slightly sweet caramel malt backbone, belgian candy sugar, complemented by citrus fruit and wheat, which are slightly muted at the finish. Again, peaches are evident, along with citrus fruit, leading to a hint of spice at the finish.

Body is moderate with fairly high carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth is felt.

Overall, wish I had tried this beer fresh. The citrus was somewhat muted, leaving a lackluster impression.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with some chill haze. Doesn't really look like a Witbier. Large head that settles rockily. Leaves spotty but chunky lace.

Sweet molasses/caramel aroma. Smells far more like a Dopplebock than a wheat beer.

Lots of sweetness, but not as much as the smell would indicate. Lots of caramel, particularly in the swallow. Very light peppery hop bitterness in the background. The aftertaste is modest and reminiscent of swallowed milk duds. Thick body with light carbonation.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Hazy gold/very light orange. Nice two fingers fluffy head, good retention, decent lacing

S- Weak aroma, even after head has receded. Notes of citrus and peach with a light biscuity undertone

T- A bit more complex than the aroma suggested. Soft, light grainy malts. Fruity on the tongue with lemon and orange, as well as a hint of delicate spiciness. Pretty much the standard witbier if not for a nice, slightly sour aftertaste

M- The ABV is a bit higher than the standard for the style but the mouthfeel is somehow even lighter. Very light body. Carbonation is there though not strong, but somehow it can be felt only on the tongue, where the beer is delicately crispy. Watery and flavourless on the palate

O- Refreshing, extremely drinkable but still decently complex. I know i did not drink a really good beer, but i still feel quite satisfied

There are better beers at lowest prices when it comes to wits. I don't think i will go back to this one

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Photo of Squelch
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

aeeearance: slightly hazy. white head. nice lacing. extremely effervescent.

smell: malts. slight esters.

taste: refreshing. scaled down version of a triple. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Light. Very light for a 6.6% beer.

Overall: good beer. Will look for again.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Cloudy and gold in color. It has a substantial amount of head and noticeable amount of sediment.

S: Smells lightly sweet with apricot, peach, orange and pineapple.

T/M: Tastes like a lighter variation of a Belgian. Not lighter in alcohol content, but lighter in flavor. It has medium carbonation and tastes of typical Belgian fruits, reminiscent of the aroma.

It’s really quite good, like you’d expect a Belgian should taste. Not like Belgians you have tasted, but like Belgians are expected to taste; there’s something about this beer that makes you think this is the prototypical Belgian style beer and all other Belgian’s should be modeled after this. That may not be true, but that’s the feeling you get from it. Either that or I’ve already had too many beers tonight. It’s likely the latter.

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Photo of richmof
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will start with the obvious. This not a Belgian Pale Ale and I hope the mods can adjust the style. The brewery itself describes it as a Witbier: http://www.belgoobeer.be/site/belgoo_witte.php
It is, in fact a 4 grain beer, but the addition of wheat (the predominant grain to my palate), spelt and oats means you cannot classify Belgoo as pale ale.

As to appearance, it pours like a standard witbier, cloudy but with a decent head for a wit and decent retention.

On the nose, I get the typical white beer citrus but also pineapple.

This is a great summer ale. The combination of 4 grains means the beer has more structure than the standard Belgian whites - which I find a bit sickening and watery. You can certainly taste the wheat and spelt quite prominently, with the citrusy tang they impart. However, it is not too blanchey and there are deeper flavours at work too, like aniseed.

For a summer beer - not my preferred style - I find it quite drinkable.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded golden hue with bright white egg shell white head, with fine even Belgian lacing surrounding my Gulden Draak chalice. Aroma is biscuit sweet bread, spicy herbal elements hints of coriander/chammomile and citrus elements. Flavor coats the palate with a layer of spicy yeast and citrus notes, with some heavy pale malt semi sweet flavors. This bottle is labeled 9/10/10, and doesn't have much hop flavor but I'm sure if fresher this would change, however it holds up quite well and is in great shape ready for drinking. Mouthfeel effervescent carbonation, medium bodied semi dry finish. Overall not bad but 5 dollar a bottle, please give me an American micro.

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Photo of mryuk
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an unfiltered pale orange-yellow with only a little head that dissipates.

smell is sweet sour, citrus and orange.

taste is light but interesting. almost hefe-like. mostly sour with some hops.

mouth is light and highly carbonated.

overall not really my cup of tea. only ok.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing beer. Persimmon skin pour, a bit lighter, and somewhat murky. Looks great in the sun, but I better drink it quick before it starts to skunk out...

Zesty aroma with a nice biscuit undertow. The spice is both herbal and grassy, if that makes sense--which I don't think it does.

Good balance of hop and yeasty spice. Light maltiness in the middle. Fruity, like over ripe apples only lighter. Quick snap on the end finishes off to an herbal bite and finally an alcohol push.
Would like to see the alcohol hidden a bit, as that would make it quite drinkable-er

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into snifter, pours a hazy golden straw color with a fluffy white head that sits nice on top..no lacing, small yeast floaties at the bottom. Smells of Belgian yeast, coriander, banana, spicy notes. Taste of pale malt, earthy hops, classic Belgian yeast flavor, very light citrus note. High carbonation yet a creamy mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Overall, i like this style and did enjoy this beer, probably a little too high in price but still enjoyable.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely done brew. It was very smooth and drinkable. The flavor was well balanced and everything seemed to work really well together. The aroma was while not complex was also fairly good. Definitely worth trying this one at least once.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 4 Pours a hazy, almost clear golden color. There's a 1/2 finger white head with fine bubbles that dissipates quickly but a ring remains around the edges. There is very smooth lacing. Bits of yeast sediment hover around the bottom of the glass.

S- 4 This has a nice malty smell to it. I think it is a little bread like from the yeast and there's a bit of dried fruit as well. Relatively inviting scent.

T- 3.5 Belgoo Magus has a pretty decent taste. Its malts are up front as expected from its aroma. There isn't much complexity here, though. Maybe a little bit of fruit is detected but I couldn't put a tag on a type.

M- 3.5 The first thing I felt with this brew was a high carbonation; probably a little too high. It is medium in body and fairly chewy. It's creamy yet syrupy, kind of odd. Not bad, though.

D- 4 This is a decent brew overall. It is pretty easy to put down and those who like the style should give it a shot. For me personally, it isn't a favorite taste but it is solid and I would enjoy it from time to time (especially if found on sale for 6.99/4-pack again). :)

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Photo of gfreed
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the store where I bought this bottle, the floor guy warned me: "You know this is brewed with spelt, right?", as if it were actually brewed with old underwear or roofing nails. I assured him that I'd read the label and knew what horrors lay ahead. In fact, no horrors lay ahead. This is one of the better new (to me) beers I've had lately. The aroma and the taste are quite soft; the maltyness is overlaid with flowers and a sort of honeysuckle perfume that makes it a delight to drink. There's just enough wheat in here to add a slight banana edge; otherwise I found this to be very much like a light Saison.

Don't be afraid of the spelt. Instead, be afraid of the beer salesman that is afraid of the spelt.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass. The bottle claims this has barley, wheat, spelt, and oats in it.

Appearance: The color is a light orange. Small amount of white head.

Smell: Light banana phenols.

Taste: Sweet malt and banana, but also a weird oatmeal tang. The additional flavor from the unusual grains is more of a distraction than anything else.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, carbonation is a little insipid.

Drinkability: Not too boozy and brings the great Belgian abbey flavors I love, but I could do without the embelishment.

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Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy light brown with a finger of quickly dissipating off white head.

S - Aroma is mostly grain (wheat primarily), a faint bit of coriander and pepper. Overall pretty nice.

T - Taste is quite nice. Yeast, wheat, a bit of citrus and some spice. A really bright tasting Belgian ale.

M - Good mouthfeel, light and crisp.

D - This is a lighter tasting, very refreshing beer; highly drinkable. Enjoyed this more than I expected to.

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Photo of haveaduff2
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful beer, on tap at Fountainhead Chicago. It strikes me as a Saison with a more complex malt flavor...I think I taste oats and wheat. Unique in many ways, with a quenching dryness that makes me want another. A stiff foamy head completes the job. Get it while it's on tap.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Belgoo oversized wine glass.

Appearance: A turbid dark golden gamboge color with visible yeast particles floating around. A fluffy Belgian cap, typical for the style, looks natural sitting on top of the beer.

Smell: Mostly crackery pale malt, some musky earthy hops, and some typical Belgian yeast spiciness. Some cloves and white grape aroma is present as well.

Taste: Even with four malts used, pale malt dominates the malt portion of the flavor. It seems a bit heavier on the malt, impacting the mouthfeel as well. The yeast delivers some spice notes, but it could definitely use more. Clove, white grape, green apple, and pear are all noticed. Musky, earthy hops move the sip toward the finish. The end is more fruit and malt.

Mouthfeel: The dryness that I expect from a Belgian Pale is not as noticeable; instead this is a little fuller and sweeter. Mostly crisp carbonation that also imparts a light creamy character. This gets glossed over on the first few sips due to the more noticeable grainy feel.

Drinkability: I think part of my moderate enjoyment of this beer is due to my palette more than anything. It was impossible for me to stop comparing it to Duvel as I was thinking it, even though as a bigger beer, that belongs in a separate category. With that said, this was decent, although not worth the price tag.

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Photo of DerekStek
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A transparent honey colored beer with a two-finger frothy white head. The beer smells of malts and oats. Magus starts with what seems like a lot of carbonation but quickly flattens as does the head. The taste is a sweet honey followed by a bitter ale flavoring.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light, bubbly head of small dimension emerges, covering a slightly cloudy body of a light straw-yellow color. Quickly dissipating, the head is gone by the end of the glass with nary a bubble left and little active carbonation.

The aroma is very light, with some cereal grain notes but little else.

In the mouth the carbonation arises to give a frothy swallow, allowing some bitterness from the hops to push some flavor out of the somewhat weak malts. It has some redeeming citrus accents but not a big taste overall.

Good session beer, or something to wash down some popcorn while watching a movie, but not something I would buy on a regular basis unless the brewery was next door.

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Belgoo Magus from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
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