Troubadour Magma | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Brouwerij De Musketiers

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by richmof on 05-11-2010

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Photo of Jotora
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle - a self-described 'Belgian Triple - India Pale Ale'.

This beer pours a murky, medium apricot amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar chainlink fence pattern lace around the glass as it rather slowly dissipates.

It smells of bready and doughy caramel malt, candied oranges and grapes, some estery Belgian yeastiness, and edgy herbal, spicy, and dead grassy hop bitters. The taste is grainy and biscuity caramel malt, a muddled domestic citrus fruitiness, laid-back Low Countries yeast, further indistinct tropical fruity notes, and more leafy, herbal, and floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-coating frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a tad out of the ol' basement fridge. It finishes off-dry, the mixed frooty essences writing the lingering copy.

Overall - this has to be the strangest (in a good way) version of the style that I have ever come across. The typical yeast quotient is all about the fruit, as opposed to the typical hop-killing phenolic acridity. Pretty agreeable, and with no sign of the 18-proof boozy-booze, dangerously easy to drink.

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Photo of Tivlavrie
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of RochefortChris
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of robotic_being
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GentleKnight1
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at locaal Coop grocery store. A Belgian Triple IPA. Pours a dark straw color with 2 fingers head . Smell is distinctive but I can't quite place it. Taste is hoppy with prominent alcohol (9%) qnd carbonation. Lingering after taste.I am not a big fan of IPAs but this is not bad, but not a beer I would seek out. Might buy again just to do a better review of it,

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DylanBrkhff
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of emincems
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It pours hazy golden orange color with rocky off-white head. Strong retention and very good lacing. Tangerine, biscuity malts and Belgian yeast are on the nose. Taste is slightly sweet and malty for a strong ipa, but dry and hoppy finish increases bitterness. Fruity and bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied. Abv is dangerously hidden! Highly drinkable for a double ipa.

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
3.44/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mishi_d
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml. Bottle > Duvel

Honey golden color with a massive, rocky, off-white tower of foam. It will take a while to fall.....but there always remains a fine bubbly layer of foam and plenty of nice lace.

Honey and biscuit scented malt aroma, which is a bit of surprise concidering the style. Herbal, leafy jop scent in a subtle way. Caramel and sweet, yet sour fruits are also popping out of the nose. Sweeter fruits pop out later, along with a nice herbal/peppery hop and bigger sweet 'n sour yeast aroma's.

A rather classic but very heavy malty taste, semi-bitter, dry and herbal hops flow around the malt with sour-grapes in the funky Belgian yeast. As a Belgian Tripel IPA, the hops are very subtle, mostly, herbal and grassy. The malt is interesting and flavorful but a bit too heavy. Dry, bitter hop effect turns it up a notch as the liquid warms a bit. The malt tastes like toasted caramel, I'm used to a very crisp and light malt for this style. The hops and yeast blend very well together creating a very dry-earth complexity. Herbal and bitter earth notes become more intense over a petiod of time and even more fruity hop notes as well.

The feel has a dry but malty body, mild crispness with a full body effect, ending dry. The boozy heat tingle is well hidden for 9%.

A unique funk to this one, a bit of a surprise in some aspects of the aroma and flavor. Interesting for sure with decent complexity. A unique Belgian brew.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I know it's wrong to do so, because this beer is 18 months past its best-by date and Total Wine is an a-hole store for selling it, full-price no less, but I'm going to review this quickly for posterity.
Nice head, super foamy body, the kind that gets stuck in your throat as it goes down. Smell is crisp with apricot, peach, and classic sweet Belgian yeast overtones. Obviously, all that dry-hopping influence is long gone. Flavor is likewise: despite the resinous, thick texture, there's pretty much no bitterness, just more fruity, malty sweetness. I would love to try this fresh, because I know the Belgians rock those IPAs when given half a chance. But after all this time, it's basically a sweet, under-spiced trippel.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

neat to see this one on tap, definitely not a common offering that i ever see. murky rusty orange colored, thicker looking, but highly effervescent with a big tall white head on it and lots of bubbles pushing through the mass to get to it. interesting nose here, hoppy for sure, but at least as much yeast driven, and the combination between the two elements is something uncommon, not what we are used to, even in american made belgian ipa types. the hops are both grassy and spicy, intense in the nose, and the malt is sweet. notes of orange peel and straw, with a really fruity yeast strain, almost sweet there too. in the flavor, the yeast is wildly warm fermented belgian estery and intense, banana, citrus, and winter spices. the hops have a dried spiciness as well, and there is a lot of caramelized or even candied malt sweetness all the way though. its a lot going on, bold flavors in each facet, but it comes together pretty well and its not all that boozy. it tastes to me a little old, like the yeast is starting to tire and the hops are falling, but its still quite good, and while i dont really love this as a whole, i like it for being so original. i would not readily describe this as an ipa, but its well hoppy. neat brew, would like to try more stuff from these guys...

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't complain too much I got this beer for around a buck. Looks old super hazy dark amber color with an intense 1/4 inch of head that makes for epic lacing. Smell is less hoppy than I expected for a Belgium IPA and taste agrees with more dry fruit and some faded hop sweetness. Body is pretty nice it is fairly easy to drink and not skunked.

Overall fresh or old this beer is a decent balance of hops to Belgium fruit esters. Would I be willing to pay the 6 dollar fresh price? Probably not...

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Photo of His_Royal_Hoppiness
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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