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Belgoo Magus - Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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85
very good

75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.97%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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2/5  rDev -46.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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 hermit990
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of tubacharlie
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Photo of mryuk
3.26/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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 Yooperduder
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a little dwarf looking bottle with a very simple label. Rather nice to see something unassuming...

S - Light smell, touch of grain with a hint of sweetness. No hops evident.

T - Some coriander with a touch of grain. No alcoholic tastes at all. Finishes with some sweetness which kinda sticks around a bit.

M - Meh, a bit bubbly with some lingering tingles on the tongue, but doesn't enhance flavor just seems out of place.

D - Drinkable indeed. Nothing too out of place with the beer, just nothing that stands out either.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SassyBootblack
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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 KickInTheChalice
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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 meeekyh
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip.

Slightly cloudy golden-amber color with bits of yeast floating about. The head id kinda small, pure white and leaves no lacing.

Smells are typical Belgian-golden fare. Bread, citrus and a bit of spice.

Taste is sweet, grainy, tart and generally refreshing. The similarity to pranqster is notable. There is a bit of caramel malt flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with alot of tiny bubbles and a refreshing dry finish.

I believe this beer is quite quaffable and would like to see it at a much saner price point. The afformentioned Pranqster gives this one a run for the money at about 1/3 the price.
Slainte.

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 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 75 ratings.