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RATINGS: 201   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
You may have taken a draw of this Belgian brew in the past, during your afternoon "client relations" meetings at Brasserie Beck. The double blonde was developed with the help of some intense Belgian brewers (as if there’s any other kind) known as the Brouwerij De Musketiers, and it actually helped Thor Cheston, Beck’s beer director, get knighted by the beer guild in Brussels.

And now, for the first time, they’re bottling it. It comes in a 750ml version—complete with corks and wire cages—and, at this very minute, it’s on a ship approaching our shores, where it’s due to arrive any day (icebergs notwithstanding) for your closer-to-home client relations. When it gets here, expect something citrusy and yeasty, but a little less potent than your typical Belgian

Commissioned for Restaurants by Robert Wiedmaier.

previously at 6.7% ABV, since 2015 at 7%

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Neorej80 (499) - - APR 5, 2016
Soft, nutty and malty, and a little yeasty aroma. Clear golden colour with a little head. Nice copperlike, yeasty, malty and dry aroma. Little alcoholic dry aftertasy. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonkiedeaap (634) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2016
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is golden colored and has a large and stable white head, with livingly CO2. The aroma is malty, light hoppy and yeasty, also some fruit notes (citrus) and a hint of spices. The taste is malty and light sweet, but also a little yeasty with in the background some spices and fruits. Finish is light bitter with some hop notes and a little dry yet refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (2043) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Poured into a trappist glass. Hazy pale to medium golden, small frothy white head, disappears quickly but thin layer remains, good lacing; aroma oats, pale malts, yeast, bread, honey, light peach; taste medium sweet and bitter, bready malts, grain, spicy notes, long duration, mild bitter finish with spicy, earthy and nutty notes; medium body, creamy texture, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation; elegant, well-balanced and tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hednom (146) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2016
Blonde beer with a white head, Light fruity aroma, bitter taste of hops, long lasting bitter aftertaste

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (2816) - SPAIN - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ The Beer Garden Store, Madrid, España. A: Hazy golden / Dorado turbio. T/S: Malt, sweet, citrusy, fruity, spicy / Malta, dulce citrico, afrutado, especiado.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8689) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2016
Taster at Taphouse. High creamy and long lasting white head. Hazy yellow body. Mild and weak fruity aroma. Dry and acidic fruity citrus pine flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nathanvc (220) - Brugge, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2016
At Bruges Beer Fest. It appears hazy golden with a big white head. The aroma contains apple, citrus, spices, herbs and yeast. Starts off medium sweet and becomes medium bitter in the lasting finish. Medium body and fizzy carbonation. Drinkable, but a bit too spicy and peppery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1361) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2016
Bouteille partagée en compagnie de Marco. Une jolie robe blonde surmontée d’une tête blanche fournie formée de grosses bulles. Fait très plaisant concernant les arômes de cette bières: ces derniers évoluent fortement au fil de la dégustation. Au premier service, je sens au nez beaucoup de fruits dans le sirop, un peu à la manière d’une boîte de fruits Del Monte. De la poire, du litchi, de l’ananas en conserve. Non pas que ces arômes soient particulièrement agréables, mais au deuxième service, ceux-ci se sont complètement métamorphosés. J’étais cette fois dans une croustade aux pommes avec sa cannelle moulue et son crumble de noix. Par la suite, un curieux mélange des deux. J’aurais peut-être dû rincer mon verre, ou alors ce dernier verre était peut-être simplement de trop! En bouche le liquide montre un profil de saveurs plus constant. Légèrement épicé, assez fruité également mais somme toute beaucoup moins complexe qu’au nez. Les fruits que je goûte (la poire notamment) me semblent sucrés mais plutôt insipides, comme les fruits de la boîte Del Monte finalement! Un corps d’une densité plaisante, un alcool qu’on ne sent pas. L’expérience olfactive était pour moi bien plus plaisante que le reste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3020) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Tap at Brugge beer festival 2016, Brugge, Belgium. A hazy golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Sweet, fruity, malty aroma. Tastes sweet, fruity, citrus, malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7849) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2016
75 cl bottle that pours hazy yellow with a white head. The aroma is yeasty and spicy with light soapy and citrus notes. Fruity and sweet spicy yeasty notes. Some malty notes. Some marmalade in the finish.

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