Belgoo Magus | Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)

Belgoo MagusBelgoo Magus
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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.

Added by BradLikesBrew on 03-14-2009

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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 50
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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 KYBrewgrass
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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 gfreed
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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 SassyBootblack
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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 warnerry
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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 haveaduff2
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
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 KickInTheChalice
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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 DerekStek
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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 tubacharlie
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +4%
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 +9.3%
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 +2.4%
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%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.5%
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 +2.7%
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 +12%
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 -18.4%
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 +12.5%
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%
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 +2.1%
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 +5.3%
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 +13.3%
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 -1.9%
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 -7.5%
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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Belgoo Magus from Brasserie La Binchoise (Malterie des Remparts)
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 83 ratings
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