Seriously, Who Brought the Oranges?
A Review of Troubadour Magma by De Musketiers Brouwerij
Posted on 4/14/2011 by Chops
                   
Decent
Hmm, Troubadour Magma is a really weird beer. Everything about this beer is weird. The style is weird: a Belgian Triple IPA. What? I had a hard time figuring out how to add it to the BrewChief database. IPA? Imperial IPA? Belgian? Belgian Pale? No idea. There isn't even a category for this beer according to the BJCP, so I was tempted to put it under the Frankenbrew category. But it's not quite that odd, so Belgian Pale Ale it is.

When I opened the bottle, I immediately looked behind me to see if someone had just taken a baseball bat to a bag of oranges. It smells just like fresh squeezed orange juice. Seriously, if you were blindfolded and presented this beer, you'd think it was a fresh slice of orange. Even hefeweizens don't have that level of citrus aroma, so that was a pleasant surprise... but weird.

This is the second time this week I've had a lighter colored Belgian with a lot of sediment in the bottle. Is this a common thing that I'm not privy to? I know to expect it from darker Belgians, but seeing this in a lighter colored Belgian just gives me the creeps. You can see all those little particles swirling around the glass. It just looks, well, dirty.

The appearance comes across as an IPA colored hefe, a very thick and opaque bronze. The mouthfeel is a bit gritty, how you would expect a cloudy Belgian to be. The flavor is pretty abrasive at first. I did not like the first half of this beer, my brain couldn't figure out what the hell I was tasting. I see why they call it a Belgian Triple IPA, i.e. aggressively hoppy with sweet tones, but that makes no sense to my taste buds. The second half got much better. It settled down into a decent Belgian Pale Ale once I got use to the taste, but even in that category it was nothing to write home about.

So overall I wouldn't rate Brouwerij De Musketiers' Troubadour Magma as a great Belgian. It's certainly better than your average brew, but if you are in the market for a good Belgian, this isn't it.

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