Belgoo Magus | Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
Belgium | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Witbier made with 4 grains.

Added by BradLikesBrew on 03-14-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
50
Ratings:
82
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
14.81%
 
 
Wants:
4
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10
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 82
Photo of haveaduff2
4.51/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A wonderful beer, on tap at Fountainhead Chicago. It strikes me as a Saison with a more complex malt flavor...I think I taste oats and wheat. Unique in many ways, with a quenching dryness that makes me want another. A stiff foamy head completes the job. Get it while it's on tap.

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Photo of Filosoof
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You may call this a Tripel Karmeliet Light. It contains four grains, but has only 6,6% alcohol. Very refreshing!

A: small bubbles, thick lasting foam, golden look;
S: mixture of Corsendonk and Tripel Karmeliet: orange and apricot, tiny white bread.
T: round, orange, malty taste;
M: lovely composition, ending with a perfect light bitterishness; could be a bit heavier;
O: great beer, and also biological!

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Photo of gfreed
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the store where I bought this bottle, the floor guy warned me: "You know this is brewed with spelt, right?", as if it were actually brewed with old underwear or roofing nails. I assured him that I'd read the label and knew what horrors lay ahead. In fact, no horrors lay ahead. This is one of the better new (to me) beers I've had lately. The aroma and the taste are quite soft; the maltyness is overlaid with flowers and a sort of honeysuckle perfume that makes it a delight to drink. There's just enough wheat in here to add a slight banana edge; otherwise I found this to be very much like a light Saison.

Don't be afraid of the spelt. Instead, be afraid of the beer salesman that is afraid of the spelt.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.26/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Cloudy and gold in color. It has a substantial amount of head and noticeable amount of sediment.

S: Smells lightly sweet with apricot, peach, orange and pineapple.

T/M: Tastes like a lighter variation of a Belgian. Not lighter in alcohol content, but lighter in flavor. It has medium carbonation and tastes of typical Belgian fruits, reminiscent of the aroma.

It’s really quite good, like you’d expect a Belgian should taste. Not like Belgians you have tasted, but like Belgians are expected to taste; there’s something about this beer that makes you think this is the prototypical Belgian style beer and all other Belgian’s should be modeled after this. That may not be true, but that’s the feeling you get from it. Either that or I’ve already had too many beers tonight. It’s likely the latter.

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Photo of dqrull
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright yellow with a white airy foam with lots of dry lacing left behind on the glass, a pretty, lasting head.

Smells fruity and refreshing, apples, grapes and a hint of banana. Yeast esters and a relly belgian malt-character comes through as well, really nice.

Tastes is light, spicy, fruity and really refreshing, I love how there are some citrusy and slightly earthly tasting hops and you can really feel that there is both wheat and oats in this brew, refreshing and really, really smooth. There are some really nice herbal notes aswell, especially thyme, maybe some coriander and bitter orange peels as well, this would be sooo good on the balcony in the summer!

Feels smooth and refreshing in the mouth, a really inviting beer to drink, great.

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Photo of Sallerj
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a slightly cloudy, pale, beer with a very nice, slightly tart aroma of honey and cereal. It has a delicate, complex flavor, with a fair amount of residual sweetness, some funkiness, some sourness, a bit of earthy hops, a little caramel, and a lot of rich unroasted malt flavor. The drinkability suffers from the sweetness. It's a delicious beer, but I wouldn't want more than one bottle in a sitting.

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Photo of dstc
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a foamy white head. Head falls but stays a small one. Thin lace.

Aroma is of fruity Belgian yeast. Smells a bit sweet.

Sweet grains up front in the taste warming with alcohol in the middle with a bit of a tangy finish. Nice grains, something in there stands out, not sure what it is, the oats maybe?

Medium bodied and tangy in the mouth.

Very drinkable. Typical Belgian taste but with more grain flavor. I like it.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a lot of complexity to this beer, but that is not necessarily a bad thing - the flavor profile was very bright and clean, with crisp apple notes and a vague flowery background. Very smooth and pleasant. Bottle had a tight sediment cake at the bottom, and careful decanting is called for, lest you wind up with some rather unappetizing sediment drifing in the glass.

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Photo of trbergman
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pale, hazy straw gold body with plenty of finely-bubbled carbonation and one finger of white head that reduces to a thin cap of lace.

S - Characteristic cereal aroma of wheat, some phenolic spice of clove and black pepper, apple, and apricot.

T - Light, crusty breadiness with plenty of fruit and spice. Cidery apple flavor and apricot/peach, as well as black pepper and clove. Floral and herbal hop flavor with a bracing hop bitterness that fades in and out. Nicely balanced.

M - Light to medium body with both a zesty effervescence and a soft creaminess.

D - Light and quaffable - this is a great spring/summer beer.

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Photo of DerekStek
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A transparent honey colored beer with a two-finger frothy white head. The beer smells of malts and oats. Magus starts with what seems like a lot of carbonation but quickly flattens as does the head. The taste is a sweet honey followed by a bitter ale flavoring.

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Photo of Jetulio
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour in a Chalice glass (Ambar Caesar Augusta glass, very very similar to belgoo glass, visit belgoo's website to check)
A- Hazy gold with a white head
S- more than expected, flowers, prairy grass and apricot
T- it starts with malty and fruits notes and ending with hops.
M- Nice in mouth (I have served this one at 7ºc and seems perfect temperature for me) with an aftertaste of dry bitterness.
O- one to taste again, a different belgian beer, not an ale, not a witbier (in my opinion) but nice

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a slightly hazy golden yellow with a three finger pure white head that subsided to two fingers slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, and subtle spices. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a very nicely done brew. It was very smooth and drinkable. The flavor was well balanced and everything seemed to work really well together. The aroma was while not complex was also fairly good. Definitely worth trying this one at least once.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light golden color with a small white head and a nice ring of lacing.

Scent of yeast, some sugars, spices, citrus, and honey. Light and sweet, has some qualities of a Tripel and some of a Saison to a lesser extent.

Taste of candi sugar, yeast, citrus, caramel, and faint spices. Tasty and light, a nice complexity but still fairly simple making is accessible, try it if you have the chance.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with strong carbonation, perhaps a bit too much, but not overpowering.

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Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy light brown with a finger of quickly dissipating off white head.

S - Aroma is mostly grain (wheat primarily), a faint bit of coriander and pepper. Overall pretty nice.

T - Taste is quite nice. Yeast, wheat, a bit of citrus and some spice. A really bright tasting Belgian ale.

M - Good mouthfeel, light and crisp.

D - This is a lighter tasting, very refreshing beer; highly drinkable. Enjoyed this more than I expected to.

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Photo of OskarL
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Hazy yellow color with a head that settles and leaves some lacing.

Smell - Sweet belgian malt character with a fruity smell of green apples and citrus. Some esters in it as well.

Taste - Sweet malts with wheat, spices and lots of fruit (mostly apples and citrus). A bit dry in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium/thin body with a smooth taste, maybe a bit too carbonated.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgian handcrafted 4-grains ale, brewed in an artisan brewery using ancient Belgian brewing methods. 100% natural product containing barley malt, wheat malt, spelt and oats.

Spelled "Belgoo Magus" but pronounced "Bel-GO"...or so I'm told.

Thoroughly clouded, pale apricot hue...big, beautiful white head, thick and lasting.

Gorgeous floral aroma honey and lemon, vibrant and spicy. Reminds me of a witbier, in a way.

Yum, creamy, but zesty, still. Bright citrus,smooth, clean, shortish finish. Good drinker...mmmm.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A 330ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012, so it's well out of date. Acquired ages ago from a webshop and stored in my garage. I can only hope that it hasn't deteriorated too much. The ingredient list mentions 4 grains (barley, wheat, oats and spelt) in addition to spices.

Poured into a Delirium chalice. Bottle conditioned. A rich golden hue with some floating sediment and good carbonation. Yields a large head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with hints of apricot, raisins, mild peach, clove, pepper, bubblegum, spice, faint banana, sugar and earthiness. Slightly sweet.

Tastes of light malt with a fruity yeast character and a dry finish. Notes of apricot, raisins, clove, spice, subtle phenolics, bubblegum, faint banana, mild husk/grain, sugar and earthy yeast. Highly attenuated, with a warming hint of booze in the background. Lingering yeast esters upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and dry, with lively carbonation and good body. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of sweet, fruity yeast esters and mild earthiness.

Pretty damn tasty, with the yeast providing a quintessential 'Belgian' character. It looks lovely, while the aroma and flavour are dominated by fruity yeast esters and mild spice. Good body. Despite the age on this bottle, or perhaps because of it, this beer possesses a rounded character with a subtle complexity. Goes down very nicely. Well worth trying if you have the chance.

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Photo of smcolw
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored with some chill haze. Doesn't really look like a Witbier. Large head that settles rockily. Leaves spotty but chunky lace.

Sweet molasses/caramel aroma. Smells far more like a Dopplebock than a wheat beer.

Lots of sweetness, but not as much as the smell would indicate. Lots of caramel, particularly in the swallow. Very light peppery hop bitterness in the background. The aftertaste is modest and reminiscent of swallowed milk duds. Thick body with light carbonation.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy Pale straw color. Actually quite clear without the sediment. 1/2" light fluffy white head at pour, disappates. Light pale malty aroma with a light Belgian spiciness to aroma. Moderate to high carbonation. Sweet start, turns to more of a medium sweet with lemony cirtus end, citrus lingers for s short aftertaste. Crisp, finishes cleanly. Small breadiness becomes more present with warmth. Very drinkable. Very light mouthfeel. Better than what I was expecting.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with a thick, creamy head. Great lacing

The aroma was citrusy; orange peel and lemon or lime, corriander and spice, wheat and earthy, grassy

Taste: Spices like corriander come through strongly, almost soapy but not unpleasant, earthy, wheat, citrus fruits are slightly sour and tart. I would guess that this beer is brewed with some wheat in the malt, and is spiced to some degree. The sweetness in the malt reminds me of caramel or toffee, and this beer has a good deal of complexity

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body with a soft carbonation, much softer than most Belgian pale ales.

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Photo of WakeandBake
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden orange color pour with a frothy white head . Lively carbonation and some jagged lacing left . Aroma is malty with some nice toasty/grainy notes , spicy hops, baked bread , cloves and a hint of banana . Flavor of wheat , cloves , peaches, apple skins , pepper and leather . Medium bitterness, medium body with a light crisp mouthfeel , short fruity finish . Very drinkable and sessionable but nothing there to bring me back again .

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Photo of Rayek
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Belgian ale brewed with barley, wheat, spelt (spelt?) and oats. I'd never had a beer brewed with spelt before, so this was a must buy for me.

A: Cloudy brass with relatively active carbonation. Foamy eggshell head has nice retention, but sadly left little lace behind.

S: I think this beer's style should be refiled under Witbier, because that's what it smells like. A sourdough biscuit quality dominates. A sharp coriander and clove bite adds a spiciness to the proceedings. Citrus is there with a combination of lemon and orange.

T: Tastes like a Witbier too. Quite dry and tart. The sourdough biscuit quality from the nose transitions nicely into the flavor. Husky raw grains are front and center. Balance is created in the form of a coriander presence that's more spicy than bitter. Finishes dry and tart, with a puckering lemon flavor, plus a slight sour note.

M: The grainy medium body feels coarser than most beers of this style (perhaps from the spelt?). Carbonation level is about right.

D: This was certainly different. The spelt and oat additions added an extra level of complexity that was nice to explore. Relatively low ABV makes this beer easy to drink too quickly. Sour finish is something I have to be in the right mood for, but fits this beer well. Overall, I'm glad I picked this up.

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Photo of fear025
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL.

Aroma:Flowery lavender aromas.

Appearance:Cloudy and blonde. Nice head with fine bubbles.

Taste:Some muted spice, citrus, and nutty flavors. A little sourness on the foretaste. Some lavender flavors in the aftertaste remind me of old lady soap.

Mouthfeel:Medium body, nice carbonation, very smooth.

Drinkability:This is a rather subtle beer with complex hidden flavors. It's easy drinking and quite sessionable.

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Photo of BierFan
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise glass.

Appearance: Highly carbonated. Yellow-tinged off white head. Hazy golden body.

Smell: Green apples and doughy yeast. Kind of reminds me of a Unibroue beer.

Taste: Tart green apples and yeast. Unmistakably Belgian. Yeast lasts on the tastebuds and gives some spicy herbal notes in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into tulip.
Cloudy amber with thick white head, good retention.
Smell - sour, creamy, cereals, bready, lemony, spicy.
Taste - kasha-like, slightly sour, slightly estery and spicy, herbal hops.
Medium body, high carbonation.
Rather interesting multigrain beer.

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85 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.
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