Belgoo Magus - Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 6 | 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: 77 | Reviews: 49
Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with a light dusting of yeast and a characteristic crown of Belgianesque proportions. The foam is antique ivory in color, shrinks acceptably slowly, and is no slouch when it comes to laying down lace. Looks like the boys at Belgoo got the look right.

Speaking of which, it appears as though Belgoo is not the same company as Brasserie La Binchoise, although they share the same building (and almost certainly the same brewing equipment). At least that's how I read the situation.

The nose is primarily pale malty, with a musky-earthy hoppiness and a yeast strain that is just estery enough to get the job done. Golden orchard fruit and a modest clove spiciness are the highlights.

Magus is a better than average version of the Belgian pale ale style that doesn't quite get over the hump into 'good' territory. It tastes and feels maltier than most, possibly because it uses 4 different grains: barley malt, wheat malt, spelt and oats. Lightly toasted bread is an apt comparison where flavor is concerned. Specifics include banana, pear, lemon and clove.

The Saaz hops are more musky than grassy and provide a balancing amount of bitterness that sneaks ahead on the finish. The lack of a kick-ass yeast strain is probably the beer's biggest negative, although that's too strong a word since this is enjoyable beer. It just needs another flavor gear on the top end.

As the look and sound of the pour suggested, the mouthfeel is fine and dandy. It has all the size it needs from the malt sugars and it has the creamy volume that can only come from perfect carbonation.

Magus is Estonian for 'sweet'... which the beer is not. It's also Latin for 'magical'... which the beer is also not. In any case, Belgoo Magus is a solid offering that needs to shine a little brighter to be worthy of the $4.25 price tag.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the graphics on this bottle. Love the bottle cap. Pours a clouded brown hued orange/gold with a decent purely white head. Nose is mainly citrus. Also seems strongly like some kind of citrus toned cleaning product. Flavor is oddly doughy with strong floral tones. Unique. Very floral-forward. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation bites and nips at the mouth rather sharply. This is a nice ale to drink. A bit robust and intense, but carries some good characteristics that makes it an interesting ale to sip on.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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 feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian handcrafted 4-grains ale, brewed in an artisan brewery using ancient Belgian brewing methods. 100% natural product containing barley malt, wheat malt, spelt and oats.

Spelled "Belgoo Magus" but pronounced "Bel-GO"...or so I'm told.

Thoroughly clouded, pale apricot hue...big, beautiful white head, thick and lasting.

Gorgeous floral aroma honey and lemon, vibrant and spicy. Reminds me of a witbier, in a way.

Yum, creamy, but zesty, still. Bright citrus,smooth, clean, shortish finish. Good drinker...mmmm.

Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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 superspak
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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 chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
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 Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
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

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 barczar
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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 TheBeerAlmanac
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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 jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
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 Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Belgian ale brewed with barley, wheat, spelt (spelt?) and oats. I'd never had a beer brewed with spelt before, so this was a must buy for me.

A: Cloudy brass with relatively active carbonation. Foamy eggshell head has nice retention, but sadly left little lace behind.

S: I think this beer's style should be refiled under Witbier, because that's what it smells like. A sourdough biscuit quality dominates. A sharp coriander and clove bite adds a spiciness to the proceedings. Citrus is there with a combination of lemon and orange.

T: Tastes like a Witbier too. Quite dry and tart. The sourdough biscuit quality from the nose transitions nicely into the flavor. Husky raw grains are front and center. Balance is created in the form of a coriander presence that's more spicy than bitter. Finishes dry and tart, with a puckering lemon flavor, plus a slight sour note.

M: The grainy medium body feels coarser than most beers of this style (perhaps from the spelt?). Carbonation level is about right.

D: This was certainly different. The spelt and oat additions added an extra level of complexity that was nice to explore. Relatively low ABV makes this beer easy to drink too quickly. Sour finish is something I have to be in the right mood for, but fits this beer well. Overall, I'm glad I picked this up.

Photo of crossovert
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
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 GONZALOYANNA
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
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 paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a small white head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of yeast, some sugars, spices, citrus, and honey. Light and sweet, has some qualities of a Tripel and some of a Saison to a lesser extent.

Taste of candi sugar, yeast, citrus, caramel, and faint spices. Tasty and light, a nice complexity but still fairly simple making is accessible, try it if you have the chance.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation, perhaps a bit too much, but not overpowering.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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 BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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 dstc
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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 WakeandBake
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
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 megahurts4
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Belgoo Magus from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
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