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RATINGS: 179   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   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.

Bricks' rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bricks (838) - Delaware, USA - NOV 17, 2012
Not too memorable though I found it a bit too sweet and just a little funky. Being smooth was its only good quality.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (4516) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
Bottle (750 ml) at home. Split 3-ways. Almost clear bright golden with a frothy white head, decent retention, leaving little lacing. Aroma is very yeasty (Belgian yeast) with citrus and generic yeast fruitiness alongside banana, floral/perfumy notes and mild peppery notes. Taste isn’t too sweet (moderate) with Belgian yeast, banana, citrus, mild peppery presence and mild herbalness. Medium body. Good carbonation. Ample mouthfeel. Mildly spicy and herbal finish. A good Belgian Ale with an ok balance and drinkability but very similar to so many Belgian Ale (including the much less pricey Troubadour Blonde).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rodenbach99 (3759) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2016
Bouteille de 750ml. Je n’ai pas trop aimé cette concoction où j’ai trouvé les goûts de levure trop marqué. Des épices qui sont loin d’être nobles à mon sens. Une finale un peu tout croche qui détonne. Pas pour moi et encore moins à 15 piastres.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4331) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Une blonde belge qui sait garder sa mousse. Au nez, les parfums d’épices (levures + houblons), de pain et de fruits jaunes sont plaisants sans être renversants. En bouche, belle chorégraphie des éléments constitutifs. L’équilibre est là entre les malts, la levure et les houblons. Je dirais que c’est bien réussi. Je ressens un plaisir à boire cette bière qui est bonne et qui n’est, en fait, qu’une belge parmi tant d’autres. Une bouteille à 15 piastres pour laquelle je n’ai aucun regret.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (12264) - Randers, DENMARK - JAN 11, 2016
Bottle. Creamy off-white good mostly lasting head. Yellow colour. Moderate malty and light hoppy aroma. Moderate bitter flavor. Average moderate bitter finish. Oily mpalate. Disapointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
paulvanpelt (444) - Reusel, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2016
Goudgeel met flinke witte kraag. Bitter. De neus is hoppig, gist. Vrij zacht. Beetje melig.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (6500) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle from Bar Deco, Antwerp. Poured a hazy medium amber with a frothy white head and a little broken lace. The aroma is yeast, light hop. The flavour is moderate sweet light bitter with a dry yeast mouldy blue cheese, toothpaste bitter, honey, citrus palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kajser27 (861) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 23, 2015
Unclear, amber-orange colored, medium to small offwhite head, OK lacing. Aroma is caramel, candy sugar, quite fruity, peachy, spicy yeast. Taste is medium sweet candy and caramel sugary, fruity, yeast, low+ spicy bitterness. Medium bodied, average carbonation, bit creamy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DwarfeD (2077) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2015
33cl bottle. Somewhat hazy golden with a small white head. Light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Medium sweetness with malty bitterness. Malts, peach, citrus and grass. Mediocre blonde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kavu (3473) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 8, 2015
A small taste from a friend (bottle) @ One Pint Pub. Pours hazy yellow with a high head. Aroma is grainy malts and wheat. Flavor is malts, yeast, wheat and alcohol. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
anders37 (20855) - Malmö, SWEDEN - DEC 6, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy weak yeasty aroma. Fruity spicy hoppy flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy finish with weak yeasty hints.

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