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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 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.

previously at 6.7% ABV, since 2015 at 7%


branspra's rating

4.3
   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!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (976) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
750ml bottle from private import. Aroma: apples, spices. App: hazy light golden with huge white head, awesome lacing. Taste and palate: full body, kinda smooth for the palate, light sweetness, light bitter finish. Overall: better than expected. Even though I don’t appreciate much the aroma and taste, the palate is right on. Really easy to drink, even though it’s near 7% abv.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (11456) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - APR 18, 2016
from Au Grain d’Orge, Crissier - clear bright golden beer under a solid and firm white head; fresh aroma of yellow fruits, esters; full-bodied, sweet and with affair but subtle carbonation; bready, yeasty and long yellow fruity finish with residual sweetness

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (4918) - Leuven, BELGIUM - APR 13, 2016
Light misty golden body, large head, bubbly. Belgian yeast notes, pear, young cheese. Full taste, very nice actually, not super bitter, but outspoken for the style. Lovely long and quite dry ending. Yummy spicy peppery notes too. Pleasant surprise from this anonymous looking bottle. (75cl bottle from Deconinck)

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Neorej80 (489) - - APR 5, 2016
Soft, nutty and malty, and a little yeasty aroma. Clear golden colour with a little head. Nice copperlike, yeasty, malty and dry aroma. Little alcoholic dry aftertasy. Nice beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonkiedeaap (566) - Leerdam, NETHERLANDS - APR 1, 2016
Bottle from Dranken Verheyen in Poppel. The beer is golden colored and has a large and stable white head, with livingly CO2. The aroma is malty, light hoppy and yeasty, also some fruit notes (citrus) and a hint of spices. The taste is malty and light sweet, but also a little yeasty with in the background some spices and fruits. Finish is light bitter with some hop notes and a little dry yet refreshing.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1729) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2016
Bottle 33cl. Poured into a trappist glass. Hazy pale to medium golden, small frothy white head, disappears quickly but thin layer remains, good lacing; aroma oats, pale malts, yeast, bread, honey, light peach; taste medium sweet and bitter, bready malts, grain, spicy notes, long duration, mild bitter finish with spicy, earthy and nutty notes; medium body, creamy texture, smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation; elegant, well-balanced and tasty.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hednom (137) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2016
Blonde beer with a white head, Light fruity aroma, bitter taste of hops, long lasting bitter aftertaste

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
melush (2240) - SPAIN - MAR 23, 2016
Bottle 33cl / Botella 33cl. @ The Beer Garden Store, Madrid, España. A: Hazy golden / Dorado turbio. T/S: Malt, sweet, citrusy, fruity, spicy / Malta, dulce citrico, afrutado, especiado.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skinnyviking (8413) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAR 17, 2016
Taster at Taphouse. High creamy and long lasting white head. Hazy yellow body. Mild and weak fruity aroma. Dry and acidic fruity citrus pine flavor with a good deal of hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long bitter finish.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nathanvc (166) - Brugge, BELGIUM - MAR 5, 2016
At Bruges Beer Fest. It appears hazy golden with a big white head. The aroma contains apple, citrus, spices, herbs and yeast. Starts off medium sweet and becomes medium bitter in the lasting finish. Medium body and fizzy carbonation. Drinkable, but a bit too spicy and peppery.


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