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RATINGS: 203   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1422) - BELGIUM - JAN 17, 2015
Blonde spéciale refermentée de 7% abv, réalisée par les mousquetaires du brassage... Couleur doré moyen mat, doté d’un léger voile très esthétique. Bulles moyennes partout. Mousse blanche crémeuse, stable à 2 mm. Arômes superbes d’avoine, malt superbe, froment, pointe de miel. 1ère bouche veloutée sur un superbe ensemble équilibré, fruité et fleuri. Arrière-bouche avec des nuances de whisky superbe. 2ème de grand art velouté, soft, malté. Arrière-bouche avec quelques épices et piments. 3ème à la texture exceptionnelle, ample. Malt/épice/houblon. Arrière-bouche superbe et équilibrée. La longueur donne tout cela avec d’autres nuances. Elle est savoureuse à souhait. Les jambes sont épaisses, bien marquées. Levure fine, douce, précise, un peu citronnée. Magnifique. Alcool très bien pour son sujet, et il s’en occupe... Finale sans équivoque. CONCLUSION : vraie bière travaillée de main de maître (d’ailleurs on la lui a tranchée sur l’étiquette …), une texture merveilleuse, saveurs sans failles. Oh Antigone, je relirai ton livre ...

   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
WanderinCelt87 (197) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5165) - Georgia, USA - JUL 15, 2011
Pours a somewhat hazy dark golden with a thick and rather persistent off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. The bottle I got foamed like crazy, so open with caution! Strong aroma is fruity, mainly apple with hints of pear and orange, with a yeasty undertone and just a hint of hops. Rich, mouth-filling flavor is malty and fruity, a little sweet, with hints of butterscotch, banana and caramel as well as a touch of hops - it seems as though each sip is a little different. Dee-lishus! Texture is creamy and fizzy, leaving behind a tingly, fruity, slightly sweet, slightly hoppy and edgy finish. Heartily recommended!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5673) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - AUG 5, 2011
This is a pretty spicy beer that tastes like a not-so-subtle saison. The crux of the body isn’t so strong, but the beginning and the end are quite spicy. Smooth, flavorful, definitely worth it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - APR 29, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy light amber color with an extremely large, very dense, white head. Lacing is very strong. Aromas of bananas, caramel, bread, and hay dominate. Palate is very smooth and creamy with a nice crisp finish. Flavors of banana and hay dominate again, but then it has a nice bitter aftertaste. This is an amazing beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SSSteve (4006) - - JUL 3, 2011
750ml bottle. hazy gold with a large, fluffy white head. nose is marshmallow, candy pineapple, yeast, pear juice. very dry. almost vaporizes on the tongue. no lingering finish. flavor is crisp and refreshing with pineapple and yeast. not a heavy beer. i liked it a lot. great label!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4742) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2014
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best before 9/19/2015. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head; amazing appearance. Aromas of big pear, apricot, apple, peach, grape, candi sugar, honey, bread, clove, pepper, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big pear, apricot, apple, peach, grape, clove, pepper, honey, bread, candi sugar, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of pear, apricot, apple, peach, grape, honey, bread, candi sugar, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. High carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very excellent Belgian pale ale! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast ester and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Palidor19 (3165) - Brandon, Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2011
love the look, feel and taste of this beer. its got a nice assortment of golden straw malts with a touch of floral arrangements. slightly fruity wiith honey like sweetness. the palate is very soft and the carbonation is not very fizzy but it does work its magic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dasdan (235) - BELGIUM - AUG 18, 2013
Gents Bierfestival 2013. Hazy orange body with large white head. Spicy taste and aroma. Dry finish. Best beer at th festival for me!!! ****

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