Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2012 - Sorachi Ace | Brouwerij De Musketiers

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Troubadour Magma Special Edition 2012 - Sorachi AceTroubadour Magma Special Edition 2012 - Sorachi Ace

Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ONUMello on 12-30-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

John's bottle. A cute Belgian beer with lots of sweet and citrus finish. More Simcoe than Sorachi observed, so orange but also tangerine flavour. Good drinkability. Cloudy orange body with big bubbly head. Sweetish more than hoppy bitter. Medium bodied and smooth.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Lucky Baldwins in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and herbal aromas. Taste is much the same with lemon and spice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice Sorachi Ace hop presence in the aroma and flavor.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Never resting on their laurels, the Muskateers brewers engage the spicy, herbal, winey and juniper-like character found in the 'Sorachi Ace' hops to sculpt a strong beer that's restrained in robust character but is complex and drinkable. Well done brewers. Well done!

Its dark honey austere simply exudes a richer taste, but its billowing pillow of froth suggest something of more light fare. Once the nose hovers, fruity sweetness captivate the senses with candied apple, plum, berry and grape. But with that first sip, its candied effect hits home! Honey and cooked sugars lay on the tongue with a sultry and surly intrigue.

Flavors seem to duel out on the middle of the palate, seemingly sweet with steely caramel and hard candy in one sip, and then toasty and nutty the next. Once the vinous and hoppy notions latch on, the beer eventually achieves balance; taking on herbal tea, peppercorn, juniper and tart white grape. Its ester and phenol balance finishes the taste with white pepper and orange peel.

Though medium-full through the bulk of the session, the beer's fortified alcohol warmth adds spice to the soul and adds a much needed spice to the beer's overall balance. Aftertaste of fruit and vinous spice are long, warm and sweet.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a bright cloudy orangey/amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet Belgian style malt with some floral and fruity hops notes. Taste is also dominated by some sweet malt notes with some fruity and floral hoppy notes with light peppery yeasty finish. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Closer to a strong Belgian ale then an IIPA but very much enjoyable.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of superspak
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, best before 8/1/2015. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head; fantastic appearance. Aromas of big lemon, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, floral, grass, pine, honey, bread, pepper, herbal, floral earthiness, and yeast spiciness; some light estery alcohol as it warms. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast ester notes. Taste of lemon, lemon zest, orange peel, pear, apple, pine, floral, grass, honey, bread, pepper, herbal, floral earthiness, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, pine, floral, grass, honey, bread, pepper, clove, floral, earthiness, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of hop and yeast esters; with a good balance of malt and spiciness; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a lightly slick, sticky, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice single hopped Belgian DIPA. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of duceswild
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter at Firkin.

Yeah, if it's a "special edition", I'm prolly gonna try it... This stuff pours a clear sunrise amber topped by over a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises very light coconut, very light lemon zest, and caramel. Everything is decidedly muted, lighter than air. The taste holds notes of grassy lemon zest, orange zest, biscuit, light toffee, and a hint of Belgian yeast. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent enough BIPA; I think I was expecting something kinda crappy, considering my usual distaste for the Sorachi varietal, but this stuff wasn't half bad, even though I'd still take the usual Magma over this special edition on any given day.

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Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, orange/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of alcohol, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hint of hop, hint of spice, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight alcohol, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of wheat, and slight spice. Overall, slightly muted body, but great aroma and blend.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from tap into Trappe Door tulip. Poured a hazy red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, spice, spicy hop, and subtle citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, spicy hop, spice, bread, subtle dark fruit, and subtle citrus hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The sorachi hops definitely shined through on this one throughout. If you are a big fan of spicy hopped brews, this one is for you without a doubt.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a mellow nose of hops. In the taste, a fresh pine hop burn all the way through. A hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Nice fresh hops, but quite mellow in nose and taste.

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Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of ONUMello
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. Dry hopped from Sorachi Ace hops.
A: Pours a hazy orange color with a solid two-finger head
S: Reminds me of lemon ball candy- sweet, but with a pleasant lemon note
T: Initially a sweetness from the malt shows, but then it turns bitter near the finish. Disappointing, though is the absence of any of the citrus notes that were on the nose.
M: Medium bodied, a bit mouthcoating from the sweetness but the bitterness keeps it in check
O: Not a bad beer but far from memorable. While I liked this more than the regular Troubadour Magma, look to Brooklyn for a far better example of what Sorachi Ace hops can do

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle.

The beer poured a nice, cloudy-amber colour. The nose is malty, sweet, yeasty, and slightly hoppy. The taste is pretty intense. It is initially malty and sweet, which moves into a strong hop taste, and finishes with a bit of bitterness. The flavours mesh nicely, but it is definitely an intense combination of flavours. It is slightly reminiscent of Oktoberfest-style beers.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy orange with a creamy head. Dissipates quickly.
S: Malty, Bready, sweet, orange/citrus notes, vanilla
T: malty sweet, rounds in the mouth with a bready finish; bitter. Long finish.
M: full bodied, definitely one to sip.
O: Initally, the malty sweetness is great, and very much akin to a great dubbel. But the mouth quickly fills with strong bitterness with even a hint of sourness. The biterness is overwhelming.

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Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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