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Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers
Belgium
troubadourbieren.be

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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Reviews:
162
Ratings:
505
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
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30
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 505
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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 0%
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 -8.2%
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 +11.3%
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 +19.5%
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 +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 -5.4%
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 +8.5%
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 -5.9%
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 +3.3%
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 +1.8%
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 +11.1%
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 +15.7%
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 +6.9%
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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Photo of Moose90
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap 10.5oz pour

A — Pours a bright and hazy orangey hue. There is a rocky and cream colored head that sits atop the brew, nice lacing left behind.

S — Smells of bitter and sweet hops, lots of pine, citrus, light melon, lots of lemon. Little to no yeast character.

T — Tastes supremely hoppy and bitter, lots of piney, sweet, citrusy hop notes.

M — Medium bodied, not as heavy as one might expect.

O — Nice overall, really no yeast character though, which I have come to expect from Belgian IPA's. This is a true winner, great hop profile and balance.

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Photo of Radome
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from a 330 ml bottle in France.

L - Bottle conditioned. Deep amber/orange; mostly clear. Huge, fluffy, bone-colored head. Amazing piling/retention/lacing.

S - Smells like wet, raw hops. Nothing else comes through. Out of balance, but amazing anyway.

T - Dominated by fresh, green hops. Clearly a US citrusy variety. Followed by bready mallet, brown sugar, honey. Slight black pepper yeast note. Complex, but out of balance toward hops.

F - Medium to heavy body. Creamy carbonation. High hops bitterness. Some alcohol presence.

O - A very well-made beer, even though extremely hop-centered. Over the top but yummy.

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Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

33cl bottle. Bright orange, with a medium-height white head. Smells of Belgian yeast, citrus hops, elderflower, honey and brett. Bitter-sweet, with notes of citrus, honey and tropical fruit (mostly mango and pineapple). Medium body, soft and with low carbonation.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.56/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Belgian IPAs are a gift fro heaven, and this is one of my favorite little presents, wrapped up with a yeasty, malty, tropical hoppy goodness. Served for this review as part of a Belgian flight. Color is an orange amber, with a finger of foamy head and sticky icky lacing. The hops give Magma a mango/citrus aroma and flavor, along with candied sugar, malt, and Belgian yeast.

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Photo of smcolw
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange-amber color. Cloudy. Moderate head that settles to rim bubbles. Nice ring lace after each sip.

Very typical IPA smell of pale malt and floral, bittering hop.

The taste, however, is quite special. This beer starts off semisweet with a pale grain base. Full bodied but with ample carbonation. A complex swallow and aftertaste comes from the floral hop. The aftertaste is strong and lasting. A really well made American IPA.

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Photo of pat61
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The nose is brown sugar with dark fruit hints of alcohol and vanilla. It pours hazy amber with a thick rocky head, alowly descenting to icebergs of foam that produce thick lace. Brown chunks suspended in the beer give it a snow globe quality or perhaps a desert sandstorm. The beer is not that old and there are no hints of oxidation on tha palate. On the palate the fruit starts as caramel sweetened peach that gradually becomes more raisin-like. The flavors at the beginning feature the alcohol interacting with the malt and the yeast while by the finish the interactions between the alcohol and the hops become more prominent. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of BigBry
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft from the Yard House in Glendale, served in a goblet.
Hazy orange with a foamy head. Settles to a thin of film, small streaky lace.
Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and grapefruity hops.
Taste is a nice blend of malt base and citrus hoppiness. Touch of bitterness in the finish, but not overpowering.
Low level of carbonation, smooth and almost creamy.
Pretty nice, flavorful beer, good example of the style.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think I just might be less prone to like high ABVs, because the strong alcohol taste kind of ruined it a little for me (hence the lower rating on taste value). Still, overall, this is a fairly solid IPA: Nice color and aroma.

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Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Beautiful appearance. Reddish orange with fantastic head and lacing.

Had this a keel beer bar in Antwerp, Gollem: This is an over the top Belgium version of a West Coast Imperial IPA. Has a fruity smell with hop aroma.

Nice aroma of IPA style hops. Apricots, tropical fruit and candied fruit sweetness in the smell.

Bitter and still a little sweet, citrus comes through, complex and a little astringent,
For West Coast Imperial (hop lovers) IPA lovers this will satisfy.

A little too sweet for me, residual sugers make it to sweet

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Photo of snaotheus
3/5  rDev -22.9%

750ml corked/caged bottle at fridge temp split between a pair of large snifters. If there's a date or a code, I don't see it.

Pours cloudy amber with very little head, and not much carbonation. Smell is strong -- fruity, grassy, some hay.

Taste is oldish hops (once again, wish there was a date on the bottle), straw. A little funk.

Mouthfeel is thick. Overall, it's OK.

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Beautiful appearance. Reddish orange with fantastic head and lacing.

Nice aroma of IPA style hops. Apricots, tropical fruit and candied fruit sweetness in the smell.

Taste is very hoppy in a fruity sweet way. Apricot and yeast and candied fruit. Belgian yeast is there but secondary to the US IPA style hops. Quite resinous and not super citrus like.

A very enjoyable flavoursome Belgian IPA. Recommended for Amercan IPA lovers and seems to be close to a double IPA than a Belgian Tripel or Strong Pale Ale.

94/100

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3.89 out of 5 based on 505 ratings.
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