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Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2011 - Cascade Hop | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2011 - Cascade HopTroubadour Magma Special Edition 2011 - Cascade Hop

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 17
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of elNopalero
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA from a Belgian brewery… does this make it a Belgo-PA? Or a IPAlgo? Hm.

This poured with a golden-hued yellow-orange color. Not much aroma, deceptively so as there was such a fantastic taste! Nice hop bite with a great flash of Cascade flavor. I enjoyed this one. A welcomed treat.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rustico in Alexandria. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very, very hazy peach color with a two-finger white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. Fairly ugly. The nose has some slight Cascade hops and a bit of Belgian yeast, though there's something off. Here, it smells and subsequently tastes fairly hoppy, but more in the way of something that's been overly dry-hopped, or some sludge that still has hop-pellet remnants in it.

Nothing too impressive. Medium body with moderate bitterness. I couldn't get into this one.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up for New Year's eve, but we never got to it at the party. Trying it now in a Val Dieu wide-mouthed chalice. The color is orange, rather hazy, with a very frothy large head. The nose is appropriately hoppy, citrus-tinged, with a ripe fruity underlay. The initial taste is very hoppy and very highly bitter--more bittering hops than many American brewers would use, in fact. The citrus hop flavor gives way after a moment to a delicious banana fruitiness, with a light dusting of medicinal phenols. The alcohol is well-hidden, and the body delightfully light and effervescent.

This is not a real complex beer, but it's well-crafted and quite drinkable.

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Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Joshgonzales79
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of HardTarget
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very murky peach body with loads of sticky ropey white foam that coats the glass.

Smell: Fruity esters, heady and alcoholic, overripe peach, sugary bubblegum hints in malt.

Taste: Light and fruity, tropical fruits, pineapple, white wine, white grape skin. Alcohol is there and a little hot, but helps thin things out.

Mouthfeel: Odd chewy but light body, very smooth with tiny bubble carbonation gives a light impression while a oily coat takes a few extra swallows and chews.

Overall: A well done Belgian IPA, the fruity esters seem Belgian yeast, the hops are more west coast US, the package doesn't clash, but it's an odd marriage this style.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of ortie
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Belgian IPAs are generally among some of the best examples of beer flavor to be found in any style. The dry fruity character and balanced spice from yeast deal a plethora of flavor. But with the bright and zesty bitterness from hops, all of the best attributes of the beer flavor wheel. The Troubadour Cascade version is an odd example that doesnt' quite fit the mold.

Unusually dark caramel color for a Tripel, the beer looks more like a Strong Pale Ale or Amber Ale. Mild carbonation struggles to fuel any meaningful head or lace.

Flavors of malt and apple-like esters are the dominant flavors and aromas and do so with intense sweetness and fruitiness. Balanced Cascade hops offer a moderate taste of red grapefruit pulp that weave into the apple ester profile well. Supported by malty sweetness, the flavor of caramel apples come to mind. Green apples, red apples, and buised apples point toward estery notes, but also aldehyde notes that don't sit well with me. Finishing moderately bitter and with slight dryness, the warmth of 9.5% is deceiving becasue of the unresolved malty sweetness that hangs on until very lage in finish and aftertate.

The Special Edition Cascade results in a very apple-y taste and heavy texture and with only moderate hop intensity. A good combination of taste, but not what I look for in a Belgian IPA.

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Photo of barczar
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange copper color with minimal ivory head that dissipates into a light layer of wispy foam and legs around half the glass.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt with esters and belgian yeast fruitiness, hint of grapefruit. Pretty weak. Alcohol becomes more dominant as it warms. Tangerine surfaces later.

Flavor is initially belgian yeast, with caramel malt carrying into a peppery dry bitter finish. Gives the impression of being flat or stale almost.

Body is medium with moderate carbonation. The finish is accompanied by alcoholic warmth.

Overall, a fairly disappointing choice. The hops didn't contribute much more than bittering, and the belgian yeast stole the flavor profile, which was fairly weak at best. Alcohol definitely made its presence known. Houblon is a superior choice for the style. The longer I drink this beer the less I like it.

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bomber in a tulip glass.

First, pour this one slowly. My first pour was about 2/3 head, which was rich, creamy and composed of both large and small bubbles. The head dissipates to a thin, partial layer with nice lacing.

Color is dark orange and cloudy, reminiscent of an unfiltered wheat.

Aroma a strong. Lots of citrus hops with a background of honey.

Flavor is a complex mixture of hops, citrus, spices and honey. Very well done. The 9% ABV is there, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is tangy, somewhat bitter. I would call it a blend of a smooth Belgian and an imperial IPA.

An extremely well-done ale. I need to buy two more. One to share and one for myself.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Troubadour cervoise at The Firkin.

While drinking this, I wondered what hop the usual Magma utilizes, only to come up empty (it doesn't help that I refused to do any research whatsoever to alleviate my curiosity). Oh well. This stuff pours a bright hazy amber topped by over a finger of dusty off-cream foam. The nose comprises mandarin orange, ruby red grapefruit zest, light cilantro, lemon rind, and light honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with the citrus qualities being co-opted by a combination of mandarin orange syrup and booze, creating a minty/fruity expression with a light burn trailing behind it. The honey also asserts itself much more fiercely now. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a nice enough beer, but one that's too boozy, too sweet, and too syrupy for me to really enjoy as much as other Belgian IPAs.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle purchased in Akron for $13.99. A triple IPA I think, although the way the label is worded this looks like a tripel/IPA... It advertises lots of American hops, led of course by Cascade.

It pours with a huge head, 5-7 fingers of foam which sits and lasts. A deep copper color with lots of haze but no floaties or anything like that. The aroma has citrusy hops but less than you'd expect, more of a spicy sweetness than anything pungent and fresh. Sort of a honey character in the nose too, and a strong undercurrent of alcohol.

It tastes delicous, this beer has a lot going on. The hops are diminished (maybe a little old), good Belgian character from the yeast and muted hops. Noticeable burn in the aftertaste so the alcohol is definitely there. Very sweet throughout, and again I swear there's honey in there too.

I've only seen this beer at one location so far, maybe it'll become more widely distributed but who knows. If you see it I recommend it, a very nice late night beer.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review #1200!

750ml orange-foiled bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Troubadour's Magma 2011 Cascade pours with a hazy, tangerine-tea hue. A bit dingy in color, with a hint of carbonation fueling a well-retained tuft of eggshell-khaki head. Superb lacing, with sticky webs coating the inside of the glass. Juicy, insanely tropical fruity aroma dripping with notes of sugared orange slices, mango, pineapple juice, and pear. The belgian yeast is subtle in its spiciness, which I appreciate. Malts are mild, with some bread and cereal notes.

The spice is amplified in the flavor, and so are the hops. Gone is the juicy sweet fruitiness, and instead the Cascade hops hit with bitter, floral resins and woody pine. A bit soapy, but it's forgivable, especially since the hop flavors are still big enough to linger long after each sip. Malts provide a delectable balance--grainy and slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is crisp and well-carbonated with tight, tiny bubbles coursing throughout the sticky, medium body. All in all, a delicious beer and one of the better examples of the style...West Coast meets Belgian IPA. More, please.

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Photo of ReyG006
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Large frothy head pours very hazy.

S: Bitter Cascade hops!

T: Piney throughout but it never becomes harsh at all, just a smooth consistent bitterness that lingers for a long time. It begs to you take another sip. A bit of grapefruit is prevalent throughout. Be careful, at 9% this one is dangerously smooth and sessionable!

M: Not too much carbonation, slight creamy feel.

O: An outstanding Belgian ipa with an american twist. If you can get a bottle of this I highly recommend it.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, pine like hops and ripe peaches. In the taste, dry pine like hops, a small fruitiness, and a note of alcohol. A small hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine and fruit aftertaste. Big pine hops and balanced with some ripe fruit, I can dig it!

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