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Belgoo Magus - Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | 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:
A Witbier made with 4 grains.

(Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 03-14-2009)
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +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.

03-10-2012 22:16:35 | More by smcolw
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LJWalker

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

02-01-2012 00:16:56 | More by LJWalker
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imperialking

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

01-09-2012 02:37:25 | More by imperialking
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spacemanvt

Virginia

5/5  rDev +32.3%

12-07-2011 19:28:48 | More by spacemanvt
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MacStinson

Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

11-22-2011 21:31:36 | More by MacStinson
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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

11-10-2011 15:47:17 | More by Cozzatoad
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Squelch

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

11-01-2011 20:30:11 | More by Squelch
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

06-21-2011 00:33:26 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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richmof

Belgium

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

06-20-2011 17:51:39 | More by richmof
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -4.8%

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.

06-09-2011 01:03:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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mryuk

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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.

06-07-2011 02:12:40 | More by mryuk
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -2.6%

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

05-23-2011 04:29:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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BayouBengal1537

Louisiana

3.53/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

05-18-2011 02:59:29 | More by BayouBengal1537
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thagr81us

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

04-27-2011 16:39:36 | More by thagr81us
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KYBrewgrass

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -1.3%

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). :)

03-26-2011 05:11:28 | More by KYBrewgrass
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

03-06-2011 16:28:54 | More by gfreed
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SassyBootblack

Colorado

3.45/5  rDev -8.7%

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.

03-01-2011 15:57:13 | More by SassyBootblack
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warnerry

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

02-08-2011 02:28:02 | More by warnerry
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haveaduff2

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +19.8%

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.

01-25-2011 15:13:41 | More by haveaduff2
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

01-13-2011 17:35:42 | More by KickInTheChalice
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DerekStek

Michigan

4.05/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

12-15-2010 22:41:08 | More by DerekStek
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tubacharlie

Michigan

3.28/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

12-13-2010 01:49:40 | More by tubacharlie
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despainmakesbeer

Kentucky

3.88/5  rDev +2.6%

Hazy Pale straw color. Actually quite clear without the sediment. 1/2" light fluffy white head at pour, disappates. Light pale malty aroma with a light Belgian spiciness to aroma. Moderate to high carbonation. Sweet start, turns to more of a medium sweet with lemony cirtus end, citrus lingers for s short aftertaste. Crisp, finishes cleanly. Small breadiness becomes more present with warmth. Very drinkable. Very light mouthfeel. Better than what I was expecting.

12-11-2010 20:20:30 | More by despainmakesbeer
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Brent

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

12-09-2010 14:38:46 | More by Brent
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fear025

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev +1.9%

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Flowery lavender aromas.

Appearance:Cloudy and blonde. Nice head with fine bubbles.

Taste:Some muted spice, citrus, and nutty flavors. A little sourness on the foretaste. Some lavender flavors in the aftertaste remind me of old lady soap.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, nice carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability:This is a rather subtle beer with complex hidden flavors. It's easy drinking and quite sessionable.

10-25-2010 17:59:22 | More by fear025
Belgoo Magus from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.