Troubadour Magma | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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3.93/5
Very Good
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium
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Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#13,065
Reviews:
174
Ratings:
539
pDev:
11.7%
 
 
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Reviews: 174 | Ratings: 539
Photo of BGDrock
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is bright apricot or burnished copper, unfiltered, forming a soapy, full head that's a dirty white like foam of a broth. Several minutes retention.
Surprisingly mild aroma, almost nothing there unless I lost my sense of smell today. Whispers of stone fruit.
On a taste, first thing to stand out is the feel, there's almost a fattiness to it, unctuousness like pork fat. Sense of umami. Feels full in the mouth with a fine effervescence and off-dry finish. Flavour is hard to place. There's some light fruitiness, like dried apples, not too sweet, before the bitterness kicks in which is of spruce and spice. Great length. Might sound like it isn't flavourful, but it very much is, just challenging to describe - in the way I find many great belgian beers hard to describe.

It has the looks and substance, only short on the nose (but maybe that's on me). I'm enjoying this a lot, love the unfiltered yeast contribution and curious flavour it lends, and the mouthfeel is a delight and enticing. Worth trying for sure, to savour on it's own, or with a sharp cheddar.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Dec 18 2021 and served slightly chilled. Reviewed from notes.

This self-denoted tripel IPA has a fiery, turbid and translucent orange amber-coloured body, with one finger of foamy, sparkling white head situated atop. It holds together for just under five minutes, flinging several swaths of lace about in the process; in the end, only a narrow collar of froth continues to grace the surface of the liquid. On the nose, I'm getting some grassy, lightly floral hop notes, along with a clean, grainy, crackery pale malt note and a hint of candi sugar; hints of bubblegum. Not overly aromatic for the style - and that holds true whether you're considering this as a BIPA or a tripel.

And for what it's worth, this isn't really either one of those - it's a hybrid; I'd say it's a barely hoppier-than-average tripel. I'm getting grainy, bready malt and candi sugar sweetness right off the bat, with notes of bubblegum, white grape and indistinct orchard fruit following shortly after. This leads up to an herbal, grassy finish with hints of citrus peel, earthy resin and a light yeastiness. Medium-full in body, with appropriately lively carbonation that remains prickly right to the bottom of the glass. It's reasonably drinkable for 9% - the alcohol is perceptible, but also well integrated.

Final Grade: 3.81, a B+. Troubadour Magma tastes fine to me, but sadly its hop contributions are far too timid for it to qualify as a genuinely good Belgian IPA. About as traditional as this non-traditional style can get - any fan of Belgian pale ales or tripels is likely to appreciate this one to at least some extent, though you may find this to be one of those 'jack of all trades' situations: i.e. this beer is trying to do two things at once, and excelling at neither. I'll hold onto my second bottle for now, but I don't think I'll be buying any more: it's just not what I'm looking for.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle. Served cold into a tulip. LCBO purchase for around $3.50 CDN. Review from notes

Appearance - Bright amber colored brew with honey highlights. Huge plume of white head, completely coating the glass and leaving behind beautiful lacing. Good clarity and lots of carbonation.

Smell - Surprisingly not super aromatic, some candi sugar and Belgian yeast are most noticeable with some light leafy hop aroma. Wouldn't be able to tell this is a Belgian IPA from the nose alone.

Taste - And you wouldn't from the taste either. Candi sugar, some bready bits, leafy hops are way in the back as the malt is slightly more prevalent here. Tastes like a copper colored bridge between a Belgian SPA and Belgian IPA.

Mouthfeel - Crisp, with lots (maybe too much) carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A good if not great example of either a Belgian SPA or Belgian IPA, the distinction doesn't matter here with Magma, it's good and Belgian but nowhere near the titans of those classes.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad at all. Doesn't quite reach big boy status, but plays well in the league with Chimay Blue and the like. This has nothing to do with IPA. Nice head remaining a thin enough layer to be appetizing throughout. The nose tries but doesn't quite reach St. Bernardus status. The taste is where it ultimately stumbles, with a metallic side flavour that is hard to define but easy to dismiss. Still, this is good.

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Photo of Alexc11
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bronze coloured with decent, strong lace. Earthy, hops, citrus (more on the orange side) but also banana (likely because of the yeast which is prevalent in both taste and smell) aromas as well as caramel. Taste includes fruit, hops, and malt giving a nice sweet and bitter mix. Dry finish, elevated carbonation.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium: Capped, snifter.
Opacity: Hazy and veiled.
Color: Dark amber and orange with low activity.
Head: Creamy and slightly frothy light beige 2-3 finger.
Legs: Potent with good swirl reaction.
Smell: Orange/Caramel/Butter.
Taste: Pineapples/Grapefruits/Clove/Herbal.
Feel: Tropical/Piney/Spicy/Bready.
Body: Medium creamy and oily.
Carbonation: Crispy and sharp.
Overall: Tripel cross IPA. High quality, alcohol well hidden and treacherous.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 7/10 - Intensity 8/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10

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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 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 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 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 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 Zet
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Orange colour with a nice fluffy head of foam. Weak IPA smell of grapefruit and melon. Tastes like a fine triple, with citrus esters, malt and spice. Some pine in the finish, but not exactly bitter. Alcohol is noticable, but mixes well with the other flavours. Smooth and medium-bodied. Lower score in the overall box, because it is sold as a "triple IPA". The IPA part is lacking here: the hop flavours in the smell are fairly weak and the bitterness is also absent. This is a fine triple, please market it as one.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a slightly hazy orange yellow with a big frothy head.

Lots and lots of Belgian yeast esters and and a herbal hop note at the end.

Taste is like a big hopped up Belgian pale ale. Can't taste the alcohol but a light dry malt is balanced with a hoppy yeasty taste.

Good, but doesn't quite live up to the name.

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Photo of MrDell
4.65/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06.08.2016

Troubadour Magma
Belgian IPA – 9% - 750ml Bottle – Best Before 12.11.2018

COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Troubadour Magma is an amber colored beer with the bitterness of an American IPA but balanced with the fruitiness of a Belgian Triple. Enjoy the explosion of fruity aromas from the dry-hopping. -- A Triple IPA wich Czech bittering hops and Simcoe for Dry-hopping. Made by De Proef for Drie Musketeers, Ursel.

Appearance: Pours deep Amber with a huge white head, very fluffy, lots of lacing. Beer is hazy.

Aroma: Fresh hops, very hop forward with mango, passion fruit and lemon. Lots of fruity hop notes. Belgian yeasty aromas just about describable in the background. Smells fantastic!

Taste: A little malt flavour upfront, then a huge hit of mango in the middle. Then it comes a nice fruity finish and some pleasant alcohol warmth. Very well done for a big IPA - has lots of hop flavour but is not overly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, fairly resinous with a dry finish.

Overall: For an IPA this just so well balanced - a welcome change in the current trend of pale, overly bitter IPAs.

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Photo of Preston
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful 9% beer, but it's best in small quantities. The alcohol didn't seem very forward for the first 1/4 pint, but after that it started to wear a bit. Still... delicious!

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Photo of stevoj
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours normal muddy black, but with rather full, fluffy dark beige head. Roast grains and hops vie for the taste buds in a nicely blended beer. Bitter finish.

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Photo of janubio
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber colour, two fingers head tha fades leaving a ring and a great lace. Smell is hoppy, coriander, notes of oranges, spicy, fruits. Almost full body, lively carbonation. Taste is like the smell: Coriander, oranges, spicy, resines. Very good.

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Photo of RickS95
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a strange looking beer with a brownish copper color I can't recall seeing before. Lots of sediment and a huge off white head. Lasting retention of large fluffy IPA-like bubbles. Thick lacing coats the glass.

Nose is pleasant enough with lots of fruitiness, grainy malt, and a splash of alcohol.

It tastes like it smells with some fruity flavors and alcohol. Tastes like some West Coast hops. There's something earthy in there.

It's a confusing beer, starting with the label. It says Belgian Tripel and under that it says India Pale Ale. It actually tastes and feels like a combo of the two. Sweet, fruity Belgian up front followed by a bitter, earthy finish. Full bodied and lacking much carbonation, it finishes like a barley wine.

Just a very weird beer. Not sure how to classify it. Not bad, not great. Mostly weird.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden and Amber color. Big beautiful creamy head with lacing that sticks to the glass until the end.
Initially the aroma is clean and hard to detect. Then, I detect hints of yeast, a strong presence of biscuity malt, and a faint citrus, pear and mango aroma that is subtle and not as powerful as American IPAs.
More malt forward than hoppy. Fruity; slight citrus, and some pear. Also yeasty in the tradition of belgian ales. The hops presence is there but not as powerful as American IPAs. It is felt mostly in the finish which is dry and leafy.
Creamy, smooth and rather light bodied for such a high ABV beer. I couldn't believe this was 9% ABV until I finished it and felt the effect quite well thank you very much. Dangerously drinkable a; I would have had another one except I would have been on the floor. Overall I was impressed.

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look : an orange troubled pouring with a good white head
Smell : almost only pineapple
Taste : a lot of malts, caramel, where are the hops?!
Feel : smooth feeling
Overall : nice beer but definitely not an IPA, when you have an IPA you want something kick you in the mouth this one is not even a gentle slap. Not one of my favourite!

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Photo of Wanne
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-colored beer, topped off with a white head. Great hoppy aroma, some floral accents and hints of tropical fruits. Taste is perfectly balanced. The grapefruit bitterness of the hops are perfectly matched by the mild caramel sweetness in the aftertaste. Delicious beer.

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Photo of SpanishUnicorn
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice combination of an American IPA and Belgian Trippel. Fruity and floral hop aromas with a bit of bannna. Taste follows the nose with an additional biscuit and yeasty character. Well balanced and medium carbonation. Would gladly drink again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap 5 oz sample

Cloudy hazy orang, no lacing. Looks like fresh pressed apple cider

Aroma Of citrus and pine hops,

Taste the hops , pine , citrus

Mouthfeel - slight bitter in the sides of the tongue, no bite, slight lingering aftertaste , good sudsing

Very nice overall, would enjoy again

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Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 539 ratings