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RATINGS: 163   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadRobin (2440) - Silver Spring, USA - MAR 17, 2015
On tap at Brasserie Beck in Kentlands, MD. Hazy golden color with a 2-finger near-white head and very good lacing. Aroma of coriander, light fruit, wheat, yeast and sweet lemon. Taste of light fruit, caramel, light citrus, coriander and yeast. Medium/light body and medium/high carbonization. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ST247 (471) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - MAR 13, 2015
On tap. Pours cloudy golden with creamy white head. Aroma malt and fruity. Taste is malty, bit cotrus, some bitterness. Dry and light bitter finish.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (2072) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2015
On tap at BB. Great belgian that is smooth and doesnt have the high bite to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EvilCat (106) - FRANCE - MAR 6, 2015
Bouteille. Bootlegger. Robe dorée, mousse blanc cassé dense, jolie carbonation serrée. Nez typique de céréales, de levure belge bien épicée aux notes légères de pêche blanche. Bouche tout aussi marquée, riche de céréale , d’épices, de miel de bruyère, ... Le tout est balancé par une amertume juste et une finale fruitée et florale légèrement sucrée et reglissé . Corps imposant et nourissier. Une blonde belge sans aucun doute.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MoritzF (8860) - Ottobrunn, GERMANY - MAR 3, 2015
(bottle, 33cl) Hazy, pale golden colour with a big and blond foamy head. Slightly musty Belgian yeasty and mildly fruity aroma with flowery notes and delicately bready and sugary malt. Moderately sweet and shy bitter flavour, medium to light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Pale malt character with hints of candy, something reminding of whipped cream and restrained fruity, floral and herbal hoppy flavours in the background; moderately sweet malty and delicately sugary finish with a whiff of herbal hoppy spice. 16.II.15

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7807) - Assentoft, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2015
Golden coloured and hazy. Has a white head. Aroma is sweet, yeasty. Flavor starts sweet too, lightly toasted and finish moderate bitter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rdb84 (368) - NETHERLANDS - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle. In tulip. Beautiful orange blonde pour with lasting head. Fresh aromas of citrus, cactus, figs, orange. Yeast deposit reveals cheese, some saison hints. Taste resembles a slightly citric saison, copper undertone, hints of cauliflower, development towards a faint cheese taste. Not bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike_77 (4104) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 10, 2015
Golden colour with fluffy head. Interesting flavour with yeast and candy up front and a light fruity tartness coming later.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hermod (4787) - Vantaa, FINLAND - FEB 7, 2015
33cl bottle, 7%. Nice label :) pours golden in color, frothy white head. Soapy, almost perfumy aroma, dried apricots as well, some wheat. Flavor is quite sweet, with some honey, malt, apricots. Finishes more dry, with some spicy notes. Drinkable, but not that fond of the sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Douberd (3457) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - FEB 4, 2015
(The Musketeers Antigoon) From the brewery that gave us those nice Troubadour beers, I am curious about this one. Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a tulip, ABV 7% Clear body, pale orange in colour, with a good sized white head on top, thick and with good retention. Medium lacing on the glass. Typical belgian ale aroma, much stronger when it’s poured but it faints out fast. Eventually some apricot and peach, light yeast, a bit nutty too. Taste is okay, again nothing out of the ordinary, more nutty now, yeast, light apricot. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Medium body, good carbonation. After all this was quite mediocre and average, okay to drink but nothing to write home about.

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