Belgoo Magus | Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
Belgium
brasserielabinchoise.be

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
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
11.64%
 
 
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3
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 50
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 KillaB
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of tripledbrew
2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of MrHyde1886
3/5  rDev -20.6%

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 hpeli
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of JHOtheBeerMonk
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of dlin0sbb
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jigglypuff
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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 LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of spacemanvt
5/5  rDev +32.3%

Photo of MacStinson
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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 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 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 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: http://www.belgoobeer.be/site/belgoo_witte.php
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 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 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 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 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 top..no 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 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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Belgoo Magus from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
3.78 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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