Alengrin (5539) - BELGIUM - NOV 29, 2015 MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAY 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
My Bottom Line:
This appropriately fluffy Belgian Strong Ale juxtaposes bubblegum, flowers, toasted malts and hop resins in a profile which could be better defined.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A tower of foam sits atop the hazy amber glow.
-High levels of big bubbles wash away every sip effortlessly.
-The aroma is coarse and not engaging at all, especially for what is supposed to be a single-hop showcase.
-The hops aren’t bright enough; is this beer too old already?
-Straight yeast flavors get in the way of hops and malt.
-This is not nearly as good as their Westkust Imperial Black IPA.
I seem to have missed out on the first special editions of Troubadour Magma so very happy now to taste this, thanks Stefan for sacrificing this bottle.. Very thick and frothy, creamy, egg-white head, cloudy orange blonde robe. Very attractive aroma - though undoubtedly the hop fragrance must have faded after some years of cellaring - with impressions of orange peel, papaja, wet hay, curry spices, cava, toasted bread, wet leather, chicken broth. Fruity onset, hints of papaja, mango and orange, soft carbo, full-bodied caramelly malt sweetness as in the regular version, yeasty spiciness on top, ending in an earthy, leafy, gently bittering, dried citrus peel-like hop bitterness overlying the ongoing malt sweetness. Too bad I never tasted this young, but even in this vintage form, this is a fantastic beer. The Troubadour range began very modestly but has achieved great things in the meantime, and I feel they are still a bit underestimated. DwarfeD (3540) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - APR 12, 2015
75cl bottle shared at home. Somewhat hazy orange / golden with a medium white soapy head. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced bitter- and sweetness. Pine, grapefruit, peach, caramel, vanilla, spices, yeast and hops. A very tasty brew even after a couple of years. MadRobin (2988) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2015
On tap at Frisco Taphouse and Brewery in Columbia, MD.
Clear amber with a 1-finger, fine khaki head and excellent lacing.
Aroma of caramel, coriander, lemon zest and grass.
Taste of caramel, peach, yeast, lemon and a touch of spiciness. Malty, for a double IPA, but quite good with interesting fruity hops and spice flavors.
Full/medium body and low/medium carbonization with a silky mouthfeel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone tricksta_p (4879) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, spicy yeast, ripe fruits, hint of hops. Flavour is medium sweet with a light to moderate bitter finish. I’d have liked to have tasted this fresh two years ago, but aging has turned this almost into a Barley Wine, which is not a bad thing. Travlr (25528) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Bottle. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of caramel, subtle grass. Taste is sweet caramel, light straw. More like a tripel than a DIPA.
Stuedmaster (352) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 1, 2014
Nice amber/orange pour with a medium off white head that maintains and leaves thick lacing. Aromas of toffee, grass, sweet malt, slight spice (coriander?), bread. Very refreshing and balanced flavor, herbal and honey accents, not too bitter at all, just right. The caramel, toffee, and brown sugar are well offset by the bitter and earthy hops. Palate is smooth and silky, full body, creamy texture, medium carbonation, long bittersweet finish. This is a very well done Belgian Tripel/Imperial IPA hybrid, recommended. jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Rich burnt amber aroma and color with a full bodied flavor. Sweet peppery spiced toffee flavor with a slight bitter long finish. fitwitchik (433) - Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2014
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass cloudy reddish orange with a huge beige head.
Aroma is fruity funk.
Flavor is tangy hops & some barnyard. Caramel slight alcohol.
Highly carbonated. Malty. Would have liked to have tried this brew when it was first out couple of years ago. Still well above average Belgian DIPA. Habanero (4769) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK, DENMARK - SEP 1, 2014
Bottled. Pours hazy deep golden with a large, off-white head. Aroma of. caramel, lemon and citrus zest. Sweet flavor that ends up more dry and nice bitter. Medium bodied, oily texture and soft carbonation. A nice DIPA. Jerre (3767) - Waregem, BELGIUM - JUL 25, 2014
Taste @ home sept. 2013 from 75 cl bottle.
Deep copper/orange color, with thick off-white head.
Aroma of malts, some caramel, light alcohol, peach.
Taste malt, caramel, alcohol touch, bit of yeast, peaches.
Good fruits bitterness.