Belgoo Magus | Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of carlborch
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden with a 3 inch white head. The head settled in at two inches. The ale has significant carbonation released in part by the yeast sediment that poured into the glass. Modestly cloudy. The nose suggests hay, coriander, and perky yeast. The body is medium light and the lingers decently. The notes are distinctly light, crisp, with a hint of spice. Can bets be described as a light Belgian Ale. Hints of a Belgian golden. The lace is reasonably well developed. The alcohol is restrained yet not to be dismissed. I am not impressed, but will try one more, poured off the lees/yeast: The ale is still a little cloudy - like a summer haze. The head settled in at 1 inch and brilliantly white. The nose still suggest coriander, but has added citrus notes and restrained yeast. The carbonation is more noticeable on the palate and the body is light. It is a more pleasant drink, yet still "Belgian light", whatever that means. The lace is well formed. The lingering is pleasantly and crisp with yeast and hop notes. Still make me think of Belgian Golden. I would be pleased to consume again, but find the cost decreases the value.

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Photo of tubacharlie
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A light, bubbly head of small dimension emerges, covering a slightly cloudy body of a light straw-yellow color. Quickly dissipating, the head is gone by the end of the glass with nary a bubble left and little active carbonation.

The aroma is very light, with some cereal grain notes but little else.

In the mouth the carbonation arises to give a frothy swallow, allowing some bitterness from the hops to push some flavor out of the somewhat weak malts. It has some redeeming citrus accents but not a big taste overall.

Good session beer, or something to wash down some popcorn while watching a movie, but not something I would buy on a regular basis unless the brewery was next door.

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Photo of mryuk
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours an unfiltered pale orange-yellow with only a little head that dissipates.

smell is sweet sour, citrus and orange.

taste is light but interesting. almost hefe-like. mostly sour with some hops.

mouth is light and highly carbonated.

overall not really my cup of tea. only ok.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle

A- Hazy gold/very light orange. Nice two fingers fluffy head, good retention, decent lacing

S- Weak aroma, even after head has receded. Notes of citrus and peach with a light biscuity undertone

T- A bit more complex than the aroma suggested. Soft, light grainy malts. Fruity on the tongue with lemon and orange, as well as a hint of delicate spiciness. Pretty much the standard witbier if not for a nice, slightly sour aftertaste

M- The ABV is a bit higher than the standard for the style but the mouthfeel is somehow even lighter. Very light body. Carbonation is there though not strong, but somehow it can be felt only on the tongue, where the beer is delicately crispy. Watery and flavourless on the palate

O- Refreshing, extremely drinkable but still decently complex. I know i did not drink a really good beer, but i still feel quite satisfied

There are better beers at lowest prices when it comes to wits. I don't think i will go back to this one

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Photo of Yooperduder
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a little dwarf looking bottle with a very simple label. Rather nice to see something unassuming...

S - Light smell, touch of grain with a hint of sweetness. No hops evident.

T - Some coriander with a touch of grain. No alcoholic tastes at all. Finishes with some sweetness which kinda sticks around a bit.

M - Meh, a bit bubbly with some lingering tingles on the tongue, but doesn't enhance flavor just seems out of place.

D - Drinkable indeed. Nothing too out of place with the beer, just nothing that stands out either.

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Photo of SassyBootblack
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wine glass. The bottle claims this has barley, wheat, spelt, and oats in it.

Appearance: The color is a light orange. Small amount of white head.

Smell: Light banana phenols.

Taste: Sweet malt and banana, but also a weird oatmeal tang. The additional flavor from the unusual grains is more of a distraction than anything else.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, carbonation is a little insipid.

Drinkability: Not too boozy and brings the great Belgian abbey flavors I love, but I could do without the embelishment.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into snifter, pours a hazy golden straw color with a fluffy white head that sits nice on lacing, small yeast floaties at the bottom. Smells of Belgian yeast, coriander, banana, spicy notes. Taste of pale malt, earthy hops, classic Belgian yeast flavor, very light citrus note. High carbonation yet a creamy mouthfeel, slightly chewy. Overall, i like this style and did enjoy this beer, probably a little too high in price but still enjoyable.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Belgoo oversized wine glass.

Appearance: A turbid dark golden gamboge color with visible yeast particles floating around. A fluffy Belgian cap, typical for the style, looks natural sitting on top of the beer.

Smell: Mostly crackery pale malt, some musky earthy hops, and some typical Belgian yeast spiciness. Some cloves and white grape aroma is present as well.

Taste: Even with four malts used, pale malt dominates the malt portion of the flavor. It seems a bit heavier on the malt, impacting the mouthfeel as well. The yeast delivers some spice notes, but it could definitely use more. Clove, white grape, green apple, and pear are all noticed. Musky, earthy hops move the sip toward the finish. The end is more fruit and malt.

Mouthfeel: The dryness that I expect from a Belgian Pale is not as noticeable; instead this is a little fuller and sweeter. Mostly crisp carbonation that also imparts a light creamy character. This gets glossed over on the first few sips due to the more noticeable grainy feel.

Drinkability: I think part of my moderate enjoyment of this beer is due to my palette more than anything. It was impossible for me to stop comparing it to Duvel as I was thinking it, even though as a bigger beer, that belongs in a separate category. With that said, this was decent, although not worth the price tag.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The obscure and squaty bottle screams 'Belgian'. It's sort of an oddity seeing this beer with no fan fare.

The beer pours wit a heavy haze, medium straw-gold color. A rocky head forms but struggles to retain. Good lacing while it lasts. The heavy yeast appearance makes me think 'thick'.

Very sweet to both the nose and taste with a heavy biscuit/shortbread/confectionate character. Part malt, part sugar this beer balances heavily toward the sweet tooths out there. Spicy and pungent Spalt hops blend well with the same characteristics from the yeast. Lightly peppery and with mild tartness, the nice earthy notes have a hard time keeping up with the sweet bready taste. Quite fruity with apples, peaches, pears, appricots, mangos, and other lighter and more tropical fruits. These further emphasize the sugary base beer.

As expected, the beer's body is heavier and sweeter than found in most Belgian Pales. Lacking dryness and carbonation the unresolved sweetness sits on the tongue indefinately. Approaching cloying at times, the only repreive are the spicy notes from the yeast and the light bitterness from the hops.

The flavors, albeit sweet, and nice but this in combination with the weight of the beer makes the last half of the glass a bit of a challenge.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip.

Slightly cloudy golden-amber color with bits of yeast floating about. The head id kinda small, pure white and leaves no lacing.

Smells are typical Belgian-golden fare. Bread, citrus and a bit of spice.

Taste is sweet, grainy, tart and generally refreshing. The similarity to pranqster is notable. There is a bit of caramel malt flavor in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with alot of tiny bubbles and a refreshing dry finish.

I believe this beer is quite quaffable and would like to see it at a much saner price point. The afformentioned Pranqster gives this one a run for the money at about 1/3 the price.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a clouded golden hue with bright white egg shell white head, with fine even Belgian lacing surrounding my Gulden Draak chalice. Aroma is biscuit sweet bread, spicy herbal elements hints of coriander/chammomile and citrus elements. Flavor coats the palate with a layer of spicy yeast and citrus notes, with some heavy pale malt semi sweet flavors. This bottle is labeled 9/10/10, and doesn't have much hop flavor but I'm sure if fresher this would change, however it holds up quite well and is in great shape ready for drinking. Mouthfeel effervescent carbonation, medium bodied semi dry finish. Overall not bad but 5 dollar a bottle, please give me an American micro.

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Photo of chinchill
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a Belgian snifter.

A: Hazy light apricot color body topped by a well proportioned bone-colored head. The head has rather poor retention and leaves little lacing.

Aroma: Somewhat weak aroma, even without a head. Fruity wheat beer wtih hints of citrus, apples and apricots.

T: A bit more spicy than the aroma suggested. Light, biscuity malt base with fruity tones including banana, lemon, and white grape. These are in good balance with the delicate spiciness. A good bit of yeasty/nutty flavor comes out in the slightly sour finish and aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body; lively and crisp carbonation; lightly astringent.

O: Refreshing and very drinkable, if rather pedestrian. Should work well with many foods.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle says it is brewed by Belgoobeer, but Belgoobeer's address is the same as Brasserie La Binchoise.

Belgoo Magus is 100% natural and is brewed with a 4 grain blend of malted barley, malted wheat, spelt and oats.

a: Cloudy yellow body with a fluffy white head.

s: Lemon and coriander with floral notes.

t: Lemon, peach, wheat and coriander with lots of yeasty notes.

m: Oats seem to lend a pretty smooth body to this highly carbonated brew.

d: Interesting new beer with some un-common malt additions. Good package, pretty decent beer. Nothing extra-ordinary, but no fatal flaws either.

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3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Timmermans wide Flute glass. Nice burnish brass color, cloudy appearance. White froth, lively crown at first turns in a thick, & lasting layer. Foamy spots are left. Slight sour, citric zest, herbal, sugary, fresh bread & wet yeast to the nose. Malty & slight tartar flavors. Light to medium body. Moderate to soft carbonation. Oily, dried, velvet & dense mouthfeel. Spiced, biscuit, bread crust flavors & coriander notes in the middle. Long bitter & astringent finish. Fruity & citric aftertaste. Well balanced refreshing beer!!

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/18/2010. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, honey, biscuit, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, hops, and pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, light banana, honey, biscuit, light clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Slight earthy yeast spiciness/hop bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Good complexity and robustness of fruity/earthy yeast, hops, and pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, fairly crisp, and slightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice and pleasant Belgian pale ale. All around good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and pale malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. It’s not as bold on yeast flavors as other Belgian pale ales, but still a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a refreshing beer. Persimmon skin pour, a bit lighter, and somewhat murky. Looks great in the sun, but I better drink it quick before it starts to skunk out...

Zesty aroma with a nice biscuit undertow. The spice is both herbal and grassy, if that makes sense--which I don't think it does.

Good balance of hop and yeasty spice. Light maltiness in the middle. Fruity, like over ripe apples only lighter. Quick snap on the end finishes off to an herbal bite and finally an alcohol push.
Would like to see the alcohol hidden a bit, as that would make it quite drinkable-er

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with a light dusting of yeast and a characteristic crown of Belgianesque proportions. The foam is antique ivory in color, shrinks acceptably slowly, and is no slouch when it comes to laying down lace. Looks like the boys at Belgoo got the look right.

Speaking of which, it appears as though Belgoo is not the same company as Brasserie La Binchoise, although they share the same building (and almost certainly the same brewing equipment). At least that's how I read the situation.

The nose is primarily pale malty, with a musky-earthy hoppiness and a yeast strain that is just estery enough to get the job done. Golden orchard fruit and a modest clove spiciness are the highlights.

Magus is a better than average version of the Belgian pale ale style that doesn't quite get over the hump into 'good' territory. It tastes and feels maltier than most, possibly because it uses 4 different grains: barley malt, wheat malt, spelt and oats. Lightly toasted bread is an apt comparison where flavor is concerned. Specifics include banana, pear, lemon and clove.

The Saaz hops are more musky than grassy and provide a balancing amount of bitterness that sneaks ahead on the finish. The lack of a kick-ass yeast strain is probably the beer's biggest negative, although that's too strong a word since this is enjoyable beer. It just needs another flavor gear on the top end.

As the look and sound of the pour suggested, the mouthfeel is fine and dandy. It has all the size it needs from the malt sugars and it has the creamy volume that can only come from perfect carbonation.

Magus is Estonian for 'sweet'... which the beer is not. It's also Latin for 'magical'... which the beer is also not. In any case, Belgoo Magus is a solid offering that needs to shine a little brighter to be worthy of the $4.25 price tag.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer got lost in my fridge, so it's got some age on it. Oops.

Pours a hazy apricot color with big floaties and a solid one inch eggshell head that dissipates slowly, leaving hints of lacing.

Aroma is dominated by citrus fruit, most notably tangerine, then peaches, followed by wheat and a heavy dose of belgian yeast esters. There's a subtle spicy hop note.

Flavor is slightly sweet caramel malt backbone, belgian candy sugar, complemented by citrus fruit and wheat, which are slightly muted at the finish. Again, peaches are evident, along with citrus fruit, leading to a hint of spice at the finish.

Body is moderate with fairly high carbonation, and a hint of alcohol warmth is felt.

Overall, wish I had tried this beer fresh. The citrus was somewhat muted, leaving a lackluster impression.

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Photo of crossovert
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle.

Pours a hazy gold, almost a pure gold color. The head is tightly foamed and bright white, the top is a bit rocky. It sticks for awhile before receding with not much lacing.

Great smell, quintessential for the style imo. It has a bit of fruit, a bit of spice, a pinch of hops and a very nice malt set.

Taste is a bit on the sweet side. There is some light spice, light fruitiness, mostly sweet bread tones.

Overall lit is a middle of the roadish Belgian pale.

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Photo of megahurts4
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Belgoo Magus

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, 1 finger head, and good lacing.

Smell: Wheat, slight yeast, malts, and some grain.

Taste: Slight wheat, yeast, subtle malts, and slight oat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light and smooth.

On first whiff, it seems that it would have a strong wheat flavor. Nope. The taste is of wheat, but also yeast and slightly grainy malts. Oats remain after the other flavors have subsided.

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Photo of richmof
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I will start with the obvious. This not a Belgian Pale Ale and I hope the mods can adjust the style. The brewery itself describes it as a Witbier:
It is, in fact a 4 grain beer, but the addition of wheat (the predominant grain to my palate), spelt and oats means you cannot classify Belgoo as pale ale.

As to appearance, it pours like a standard witbier, cloudy but with a decent head for a wit and decent retention.

On the nose, I get the typical white beer citrus but also pineapple.

This is a great summer ale. The combination of 4 grains means the beer has more structure than the standard Belgian whites - which I find a bit sickening and watery. You can certainly taste the wheat and spelt quite prominently, with the citrusy tang they impart. However, it is not too blanchey and there are deeper flavours at work too, like aniseed.

For a summer beer - not my preferred style - I find it quite drinkable.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 4 Pours a hazy, almost clear golden color. There's a 1/2 finger white head with fine bubbles that dissipates quickly but a ring remains around the edges. There is very smooth lacing. Bits of yeast sediment hover around the bottom of the glass.

S- 4 This has a nice malty smell to it. I think it is a little bread like from the yeast and there's a bit of dried fruit as well. Relatively inviting scent.

T- 3.5 Belgoo Magus has a pretty decent taste. Its malts are up front as expected from its aroma. There isn't much complexity here, though. Maybe a little bit of fruit is detected but I couldn't put a tag on a type.

M- 3.5 The first thing I felt with this brew was a high carbonation; probably a little too high. It is medium in body and fairly chewy. It's creamy yet syrupy, kind of odd. Not bad, though.

D- 4 This is a decent brew overall. It is pretty easy to put down and those who like the style should give it a shot. For me personally, it isn't a favorite taste but it is solid and I would enjoy it from time to time (especially if found on sale for 6.99/4-pack again). :)

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Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden transparency with a large white head slightly tinted yellow. Head stays full for a few minuets. Sediment was easy to pull up. Sediment cloud pours down wisping circles around the rising bubbles. Nice honey cream appearance with sediment, thick and clouded. A 1/4 in. golden transparency remaining at the bottom. Head thinning to a small layer.

Smell is sweet and enjoyed by my nasal cavities. Malty and lovely.

Taste is short with little after taste at the base of my throat. Left me wanting a tiny bit something more.

Feel is slick and coating. With pops and fizz tracing the high water marks of my mouth.

A very good beer, very drinkable.


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Photo of Squelch
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

aeeearance: slightly hazy. white head. nice lacing. extremely effervescent.

smell: malts. slight esters.

taste: refreshing. scaled down version of a triple. Very nice

Mouthfeel: Light. Very light for a 6.6% beer.

Overall: good beer. Will look for again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Love the graphics on this bottle. Love the bottle cap. Pours a clouded brown hued orange/gold with a decent purely white head. Nose is mainly citrus. Also seems strongly like some kind of citrus toned cleaning product. Flavor is oddly doughy with strong floral tones. Unique. Very floral-forward. Feel is smooth on liquid. Carbonation bites and nips at the mouth rather sharply. This is a nice ale to drink. A bit robust and intense, but carries some good characteristics that makes it an interesting ale to sip on.

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