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RATINGS: 197   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%

KajII's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a medium murky golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that had awesome retention, reducing to a thin white layer and having excellent sheets of lacing. The aroma was of a grain malt and a moldy Belgian yeast with notes of banana, honey and citrus (orange and lemon). The taste was lightly sweet with a touch of malt and a hint of honey at first and had a nice bitter-sweet yeasty finish with a big note of citrus at the end. The flavor lingered for a good long time with the yeasty bitterness lasting the longest. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with a creamy dry texture and a medium carbonation. Overall a boldly flavored Belgian Ale without the heavy alcohol presence, very enjoyable...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klaing (237) - Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2016
Cloudy orange with effervescent head. Nice silky mouthfeel with prickly carbonation. Pear, melon and a grassy hoppy finish on the dry side. Hoppy for a Belgian and all the better for it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Franckg (923) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 14, 2016
Bouteille datée selon mon hypothèse du 11/06/2014, bue après 23 mois. Robe jaunâtre trouble avec un col de mousse rocailleux. Arômes de levures belges, orange, abricot, poire, épices. En bouche, levures belges intenses, sucre résiduel, orange, poire, abricot séché âcre. Finale amère de pelure d’orange avec un arrière-goût terreux. Texture huileuse et corps moyen. Correcte mais manque de fraîcheur.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BobyFischer (293) - FRANCE - MAY 7, 2016
Blond clair à peine trouble.Mousse blanche qui abonde quand on sert bien, se dissipe très lentement, adhère au verre et laisse un col moyen, fines bulles à moyennes-fines. Nez d’épices, de levures de poivre, notes métalliques.Aussi : du fruité frais peut être ananas... Corps assez plein,solide, alcool qui se ressent, notes épicées et levurées, encore cette touche métal pas des plus intéressantes. Equilibré et pas mauvais mais je m’attendais à mieux : jolie bouteille, bière maitrisée mais moyenne.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stoned99 (1019) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (11500) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
erickok (5041) - 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)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Neorej80 (498) - - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonkiedeaap (581) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
blackisle (1793) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
hednom (139) - Messelbroek, BELGIUM - MAR 28, 2016
Blonde beer with a white head, Light fruity aroma, bitter taste of hops, long lasting bitter aftertaste

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