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RATINGS: 101   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BigBeer45 (1273) - Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2013
750 ml Bottle, this ale had a hazy gold-orange pour and made a large, fluffy white head that lowered to a thick cover that left lots of sticky lacing, the glass had a strong center flow of bubbles with many small streams at the sides of the glass, the bottom of the bottle had a wide ring of light brown sediment, this ale had aromas of pale malt, nice floral notes of wild flowers, light tropical fruit and citrus, a little yeast and some malt sweetness, this drink had flavors of light toasted malt and bread, hops that had a gentle spice and bitterness, the finish had light hop bitterness with some malt and malt sweetness trailing afterwards, the mouth feel was light to medium with average to lively carbonation, this drink had a very nice nose and flavor, and reminded me of the Troubadour Blond beer which is made by the same brewer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (2236) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2013
750ml bottle. Pours a clear golden yellow color with large fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, spice, bread, and honey. Taste is spicy belgian yeast, honey ,and citrus.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5944) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2013
kind of hard to read the name .. . hazy gold .. . mild head and lacing but sturdy .. . yeast and mild peelings, some grain .. . light mouth and quick finish. a decent brew but very plain and forgettable .. . . my friend once threw an apple at another friends face, point blank. it was awesome!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6036) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 14, 2013
bottled, thanks to bu11zeye, golden colored pour, glad I was able to find this, lots of malty yeasty, belgian candied sugar,

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (188) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2013
Has a very sweet almost honey smell. A nice bitter taste that isn’t overpowering. Goes down very smooth

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mjmangahas (1) - USA - FEB 28, 2013 does not count
At Total Wine Belgian beer tasting. Tied with St Bernardus 12 for best of the dozen we tasted. Bested all three Chimay. Great aroma and very smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2013
Pours clear gold with a lasting, creamy head with nice lacing. The aroma is of honey, cut grass, orange, wheat, fruit esters, and barnyard funk - really complex and pleasant! The taste is clean and dry, with lemon and caramel dominant, with a medium-light hop bitterness present in the finish. Medium bodied with likewise carbonation. Nicely balanced Belgian ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3270) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
Tap. Pours a hazed creamy light orange hue with a huge pillowy offshore head. Aroma surprisingly subdued. Old wet soggy grass. Banana. Over ripened pear. Taste is relatively potent rustic pear and banana parfait. Touch of grassy bitterness. Touch of cracker malts. Medium body with a dry finish. Pretty nice. Liked this just fine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SamP01 (590) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 29, 2013
Pours a golden orange copper with large long lasting off white fluffy head. Good head retention and lacing throughout. Aroma is fruity and citrusy with Belgian yeast and biscuit malt. Taste is citrus fruity flavor, Belgian yeast, biscuit malt, mild citrus hops with some mild vanilla notes. Palate is a medium body, smooth with sweet bitter notes. Finishes with sweet malt, yeast, fruity citrus notes with some mild bitterness. The ending is slightly tart oak aged lingering vanilla flavor. Overall a very good flavorful and enjoyable brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 9, 2013
330ml from Total Wine in Claymont. Pours clear orange with an aggressive head and a ton of carbonation in the glass. This is a complex smelling beer. There is a big apricot nose with some citrusy hoppy notes. Really inviting. The taste has a nice sweetness to it.. orange, maybe some banana, apricot.. a little spice on the finish. Very nice.

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