Countbeer (6591) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 5, 2013
I couldn’t control myself, this 75 cl bottle laughed at me from the cooler for a few weeks now. Waiting longer doesn’t make it any better...
I thought this would be nice with a spicy Asian and spicy South American dish. Though the outcome wasn’t that good: a lot of alcohol... So we wait a bit. We wait till the spices fade away and the beer breathed for a while.
The looks of this beer are ok and quite typical: a medium sized sticky creamy head with a murky darker orange colored beer underneath.
After all these years I thought this would be an old DIPA, one way it is but on the other hand, the aroma’s still reveal a nice and pretty up to date hop aroma (along with the citrus fruit character herby floral hop tones there are also some malts and alcohol)
The flavours are mostly hop centered, with hop fruit and even some hop flowered flavours. There’s a lot of creamy tones with some alcohol drenched malts, bitters, floral tones, some herbs and caramel.
A light floral tone marks the aftertaste wherein the alcohol firstly dominated the aftertaste but after some seconds the floral tones take over together with a sprinkle of spicy hoppy herbs.
The carbo is quite low, the mouthfeel is very thick creamy almost oily, the body is more than medium but less than completely full and the texture is sticky, creamy and a bit thicker and light oily ish.
After those 1,5 years (almost 2 years) this beer is still quite good, it’s drinkable, bit alcoholic at first but let it breath and all that’s left is a nice DIPA that is maybe as good as it is fresh (as I think it might be a bit stingy when fresh)... Anyways a decent beer with quite a nice palate. glennmastrange (2900) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2013
Bottle. Moderate malt notes of cereal and caramel, moderate to heavy pine and orange for the hops, light o moderate musty for the yeast, with hints of apple, honey and starfruit. Head is large, frothy, off-white with good lacing and is mostly diminshing. Color is hazy amber/orange. Flavor starts slightly sweet and lightly to moderately bitter, then the long finish is moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, slick, with a lively carbonation and a dry finish. Awesome fruitiness throughout in this beer. Maybe a reach as a DIPA, but there are plenty of DIPA nuances in it. Gearz (80) - Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2012
I liked the regular Troubadour Magma better than this one.
Still very pleasant but the extra hops put it in class that it can't reign over.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bottle at Cajun Cafe Fal Beer Fest 2012. Pours a hazy orange with a white head. Nose is sweet malt, some cardboard, some tangerine and apricot, and some booze. Flavors of sweet malt, caramel, apricot, cardboard, and light grapefruit emerge when opened. Light to medium in body and a bit syrupy. mcberko (18589) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy, opaque dark orange with a towering beige head. Nose is quite herbal, with weird notes of what I can only describe as feet and body odour, some stale hops, and a biscuit malt backbone. Flavour is quite a bit better, despite the bottle’s age, and quite complex, with citrusy hops, dough and biscuit malts, and some yeasty notes. Didn’t realize the bottle’s age when I acquired this, as it was sitting on the shelves – I can imagine this would have been quite a bit more vibrant six or more months ago. Nevertheless, a nice Belgian-esque IIPA.
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 17, 2012
A steady pour into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan, creamy head that leaves lots of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is an amber color that shows a lightly hazed, bright red-pink stained, gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of candied grapefruit zest, lots of cracker like whole grain malt, and an ample caramelized bread character. Touches of supporting, citrusy pine, fresh spruce tips, plus lots of extremely floral citrus blossom notes are also noticeable. This is well balanced in the nose between the ample hop character and the expressive malt notes.Robbievegas (230) - Las vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2012
Lightly sweet tasting, which accentuates lots of citrus hop character, the beer finishes with a nicely biting bitterness, a touch of catty herbal hop character and some green pine like notes. The finish also has a lot of yeast character to it that contributes an ample phenolic character with some clove, a slight plastic / medicinal notes, a soft mustiness, and some spicy higher alcohol notes. As the beer warms up the hop character, especially the citrus becomes a bit more prominent. The body of this beer is quite chewy and viscous, though it has enough lightness to be fairly quaffable. The malt character isn’t quite as noticeable as it is in the nose, but still contributes a pale malt sweetness, touches of whole grain cracker character, some bready notes, and some sweet, almost caramelized character.
The yeast spice and phenolics are a bit too sharp to make this beer quite as balanced as it should be; it definitely gets better as it warms up, but still is a bit too sharp and phenolic in the finish.
Tried this on tap at Mongoose versus Cobra in Houston, TX. A great hoppy beer with fruity, citrus notes.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ober (2818) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - SEP 12, 2012
A hazy yellow/orange colored beer, with a white thick head. The aroma of fruits like citrus with hops. The taste is fruity, citus and orange. There are hop bitters, with a little spices. The aftertaste of sweet fruits and bitter hops. SudsMcDuff (8469) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Not a clue where i had this, Hay Merchant i think .. . Pours a deep gold .. good foam, lacing is quite good .. . crisp .. sweet pine, sap, and reduced sugar .. . i liked it .. . . otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2012
On the chest of a barmaid from Sale,
Was tattooed all the prices of ale.
Whilst on her behind,
For the sake of the blind,
Was precisely the same, but in Braille
Appearance: a floating blanket of while cream slowly rises atop a dense blanched orange brew. Swirls with lace and thick clumps of foam.
Nose: orange cream soaked angel food cake. Lemon cake. Lemoncello and orangecello. Skinless whole white grapefruit. Mint leaf and dew-dropped generic forest greenery. Vibrant. Yeasty doughy spice in the middle – short and unobtrusive.
Palate: grabs my tongue and slaps it around with massive notes of orangecello and lemoncello. Spice comes in hard and fast right before the swallow with white pepper grains of paradise. Raw ginger leads into candied ginger. Ghostly esters of mint leaf and forest greenery flitter along the edges. Amidst it all and holding it all together is that wonderful Belgian yeasty doughy spiciness I love so much.
Final Thoughts: since my first tasting of this beer I have been lucky enough to savor another glass of this delicious brew. I hope that Brouwerij The Musketeers do as their label promises and release another Troubadour Magma Special Edition featuring another prominent and popular “American” hop for 2012. Until then, Cheers!