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Belgoo Magus - Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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85
very good

76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts) visit their website
Belgium

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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Ratings: 76 | Reviews: 49
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Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev +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A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012, so it's well out of date.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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of Filosoof
4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
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!

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

Appearance: Highly carbonated. Yellow-tinged off white head. Hazy golden body.

Smell: Green apples and doughy yeast. Kind of reminds me of a Unibroue beer.

Taste: Tart green apples and yeast. Unmistakably Belgian. Yeast lasts on the tastebuds and gives some spicy herbal notes in the aftertaste.

Photo of Squelch
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a lot of complexity to this beer, but that is not necessarily a bad thing - the flavor profile was very bright and clean, with crisp apple notes and a vague flowery background. Very smooth and pleasant. Bottle had a tight sediment cake at the bottom, and careful decanting is called for, lest you wind up with some rather unappetizing sediment drifing in the glass.

Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of carlborch
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden with a 3 inch white head. The head settled in at two inches. The ale has significant carbonation released in part by the yeast sediment that poured into the glass. Modestly cloudy. The nose suggests hay, coriander, and perky yeast. The body is medium light and the lingers decently. The notes are distinctly light, crisp, with a hint of spice. Can bets be described as a light Belgian Ale. Hints of a Belgian golden. The lace is reasonably well developed. The alcohol is restrained yet not to be dismissed. I am not impressed, but will try one more, poured off the lees/yeast: The ale is still a little cloudy - like a summer haze. The head settled in at 1 inch and brilliantly white. The nose still suggest coriander, but has added citrus notes and restrained yeast. The carbonation is more noticeable on the palate and the body is light. It is a more pleasant drink, yet still "Belgian light", whatever that means. The lace is well formed. The lingering is pleasantly and crisp with yeast and hop notes. Still make me think of Belgian Golden. I would be pleased to consume again, but find the cost decreases the value.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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!!

Photo of dstc
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a foamy white head. Head falls but stays a small one. Thin lace.

Aroma is of fruity Belgian yeast. Smells a bit sweet.

Sweet grains up front in the taste warming with alcohol in the middle with a bit of a tangy finish. Nice grains, something in there stands out, not sure what it is, the oats maybe?

Medium bodied and tangy in the mouth.

Very drinkable. Typical Belgian taste but with more grain flavor. I like it.

Photo of megahurts4
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgoo Magus

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, 1 finger head, and good lacing.

Smell: Wheat, slight yeast, malts, and some grain.

Taste: Slight wheat, yeast, subtle malts, and slight oat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

Overall:
On first whiff, it seems that it would have a strong wheat flavor. Nope. The taste is of wheat, but also yeast and slightly grainy malts. Oats remain after the other flavors have subsided.

Photo of Sallerj
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly cloudy, pale, beer with a very nice, slightly tart aroma of honey and cereal. It has a delicate, complex flavor, with a fair amount of residual sweetness, some funkiness, some sourness, a bit of earthy hops, a little caramel, and a lot of rich unroasted malt flavor. The drinkability suffers from the sweetness. It's a delicious beer, but I wouldn't want more than one bottle in a sitting.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.46/5  rDev -8%
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

Photo of haveaduff2
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle.

Pours a hazy gold, almost a pure gold color. The head is tightly foamed and bright white, the top is a bit rocky. It sticks for awhile before receding with not much lacing.

Great smell, quintessential for the style imo. It has a bit of fruit, a bit of spice, a pinch of hops and a very nice malt set.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side. There is some light spice, light fruitiness, mostly sweet bread tones.

Overall lit is a middle of the roadish Belgian pale.

Photo of dqrull
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a white airy foam with lots of dry lacing left behind on the glass, a pretty, lasting head.

Smells fruity and refreshing, apples, grapes and a hint of banana. Yeast esters and a relly belgian malt-character comes through as well, really nice.

Tastes is light, spicy, fruity and really refreshing, I love how there are some citrusy and slightly earthly tasting hops and you can really feel that there is both wheat and oats in this brew, refreshing and really, really smooth. There are some really nice herbal notes aswell, especially thyme, maybe some coriander and bitter orange peels as well, this would be sooo good on the balcony in the summer!

Feels smooth and refreshing in the mouth, a really inviting beer to drink, great.

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +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.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden orange color pour with a frothy white head . Lively carbonation and some jagged lacing left . Aroma is malty with some nice toasty/grainy notes , spicy hops, baked bread , cloves and a hint of banana . Flavor of wheat , cloves , peaches, apple skins , pepper and leather . Medium bitterness, medium body with a light crisp mouthfeel , short fruity finish . Very drinkable and sessionable but nothing there to bring me back again .

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The obscure and squaty bottle screams 'Belgian'. It's sort of an oddity seeing this beer with no fan fare.

The beer pours wit a heavy haze, medium straw-gold color. A rocky head forms but struggles to retain. Good lacing while it lasts. The heavy yeast appearance makes me think 'thick'.

Very sweet to both the nose and taste with a heavy biscuit/shortbread/confectionate character. Part malt, part sugar this beer balances heavily toward the sweet tooths out there. Spicy and pungent Spalt hops blend well with the same characteristics from the yeast. Lightly peppery and with mild tartness, the nice earthy notes have a hard time keeping up with the sweet bready taste. Quite fruity with apples, peaches, pears, appricots, mangos, and other lighter and more tropical fruits. These further emphasize the sugary base beer.

As expected, the beer's body is heavier and sweeter than found in most Belgian Pales. Lacking dryness and carbonation the unresolved sweetness sits on the tongue indefinately. Approaching cloying at times, the only repreive are the spicy notes from the yeast and the light bitterness from the hops.

The flavors, albeit sweet, and nice but this in combination with the weight of the beer makes the last half of the glass a bit of a challenge.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden transparency with a large white head slightly tinted yellow. Head stays full for a few minuets. Sediment was easy to pull up. Sediment cloud pours down wisping circles around the rising bubbles. Nice honey cream appearance with sediment, thick and clouded. A 1/4 in. golden transparency remaining at the bottom. Head thinning to a small layer.

Smell is sweet and enjoyed by my nasal cavities. Malty and lovely.

Taste is short with little after taste at the base of my throat. Left me wanting a tiny bit something more.

Feel is slick and coating. With pops and fizz tracing the high water marks of my mouth.

A very good beer, very drinkable.

Cheers,
Jordan.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says it is brewed by Belgoobeer, but Belgoobeer's address is the same as Brasserie La Binchoise.

Belgoo Magus is 100% natural and is brewed with a 4 grain blend of malted barley, malted wheat, spelt and oats.

a: Cloudy yellow body with a fluffy white head.

s: Lemon and coriander with floral notes.

t: Lemon, peach, wheat and coriander with lots of yeasty notes.

m: Oats seem to lend a pretty smooth body to this highly carbonated brew.

d: Interesting new beer with some un-common malt additions. Good package, pretty decent beer. Nothing extra-ordinary, but no fatal flaws either.

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Belgoo Magus from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
85 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.