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RATINGS: 87   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12633) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2012
Dull amber-copper and clear. The foam was very thick on this one. The aroma has plasticy phenols and a light dusting of spice. Dry and spicy character, with coriander and dried flowers, alongside some dusty yeast. Only a slight hint of alcohol late, with sweet malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Travlr (11976) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2012
Bottle. Golden yellow color, medium white head. Aroma of summer fruit and bubblegum. Taste is straw, banana, citrus. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bu11zeye (11952) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 16, 2014
(330ml bottle) Pours a clear yellow body with a small white head. Aroma of mustiness, yeast, florals, and minerals. Flavor of minerals, florals, yeast, coriander, dried banana, and grass with a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11555) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 7, 2010
75cl bottle, thanks mdfb79. Medium off-white head with nice lacing atop hazy apple juice body. Aroma is medium sweet, straw, some apple, orange. Taste is medium sweet, straw, some nectarine, apple, light wood. Light-medium body, light acidity, very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11130) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 27, 2011
750 c&c from Total Wine in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy dark gold with a foamy/creamy 4 finger off-white head. Aromas of citrus, yeast/spice, a soupçon of earth. Maybe pineapple? Med body. It is pleasant, earthy, yeasty, and citrusy bitter? Or herby bitter? Really quite nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 14, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2010 hazy golden ale with a thick creamy superb lacing white head. In aroma, pungeant creamy orange pulp, light cream corn, spiced and smooth. In mouth, a smooth candy sugar with loads of curacao, again the cream corn, coriander, quaffable, nothing complex, but good. On tap at Beck’s Brasserie, Feb. 26 2010.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9728) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Tap. Pours clear gold with an average, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (bread, cookie, straw, toasted), heavy hops (floral, herbal, pine, citrus), and light esters (fruity) with notes of bubble gum and honey. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, hay, straw, toasted), heavy hops (floral, herbal, pine, grassy, citrus), and average esters (fruity) with notes of banana, bubble gum, and honey. Full body, medium warmth and carbonation, low creaminess with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopscotch (9170) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Bottle… Clear golden ale with a huge, frothy, white head. Great retention. The bouquet is a swirl of bread dough, biscuit, plum and faint clove. Medium-bodied and lightly creamy with prickly carbonation. The flavor is a bittersweet medley of fruitcake and cookie dough. Finishes crisp and bready with mild, lingering bitterness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopdog (8952) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2012
750ml bottle. Poured a hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Lots of yeasty, earthiness. Some fruitiness in the background.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 21, 2011
Slightly disturbing label. This beer is a hazy amber-orange color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma of bananas, yeast and bread. Medium body with flavors of banana primarily, plus some other sweet fruit. Notes of yeast and bready malt as well. The finish is grain and yeast. Slightly above average overall.

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