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Belgoo Magus | Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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Belgoo MagusBelgoo Magus

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 82
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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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Belgoo Magus from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
3.78 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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