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22-11-2011, 09:23
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Ifirst had Troubadour Magma (http://www.troubadourbieren.be/en/troubadour-magma) at the Snowdrop Inn (http://www.thesnowdropinn.com/) beer festival (http://www.pencilandspoon.com/2011/09/snowdrop-beer-festival-or-perfect-beer.html), one of the bestbeer events I’ve been to in a long time. It was the last beer of my day, downedas we were walking out the door. The first mouthful made me stop, take anothergulp, then sit down. I immediately wanted to finish the glass and orderanother. It was incredible. Why had I never had this beer before? It’s a strongBelgian beer dry-hopped with American hops. Imagine a Tripel meets an American IPA.

ButI was drinking it as I was leaving. Lauren had hold of my empty hand and waspulling me out the door. She’d already sat and watched me drink beer for toomany hours and it was time to go. With one hand in hers, the other was rootedin the pub through the grip I had on my pint glass. Lauren versus a 9% beer,with me stuck in the middle. Both had the potential to knock me out but one wasabout to do it before the other had the chance...

Thenfor my birthday last week Lauren puts a big box in front of me. Ripping off thebeery wrapping paper, it contained all of the best beers from the Snowdrop –Saison Dupont, Anchor Bigfoot, Odells IPA and Troubadour Magma (it also hadsome Mikkellers and more Anchor – Lauren did good).

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Magma (9% ABV) had two days in the fridge before I busted it out. Tropical fruit, fruit saladsweets, vanilla ice cream with raspberry sauce, a perfumy fragrance, mango,roasted pineapple... Not many beers smell like this. The body has a sweetnessto it but that balances the bitterness at the end. The hop flavour rocks,there’s a dry finish to it all, and each mouthful is different and interestingand exciting. A brilliant beer. It’s the best Belgian beer I’ve drunk all year,in fact.

WhenBelgians do American hops well, they reallydo them well. This, Vivan Imperial IPA (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/viven-imperial-ipa/113539/), IV Saison (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/jandrain-jandrenouille-iv-saison/79849/), Chouffe Houblon (http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/chouffe-houblon-dobbelen-ipa-tripel/56757/). Delicious.


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