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Benelux Spectrum (Helles Bock)

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Brewed by Benelux Brasserie Artisanale
Style: Heller Bock
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.52/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   EST. CALORIES: 186   ABV: 6.2%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4679) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2011
tap at chambly fest. nose: malts, lots of them, light acidity, alcohol. bright golden, tall and almost creamy head, excellent retention and lacing. taste is light acidity, malts, lots of grassy hops, hint of cereal sweetness, alcohol. soft carbonation, silky, medium body. nice brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 11, 2009
On tap at the brewpub. Slightly hazy pour, deep, honeyed golden, with a modest buoyant head. Nice aroma, with sharp grassy hops overlaying a somewhat anonymous malt character. Body was a bit on the thin side, and I agree with MartinT that it could stand to have been more crisp, dry, even a bit raw. Still solid, though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
A golden amber beer with a thin creamy white head. In aroma, nice malt with perfumey notes, light vanilla. In mouth, a crisp and oily malt, with light German hops, light oily mouthfeel, mineral notes. On tap at brewpub Oct. 31 2009.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6021) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
En fût. Verre de 12 oz. à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur de céréales. Apparence: La couleur est dorée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de céréales avec une pointe d’agrumes. Courte durée de l’arrière gout. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de céréale en arrière goût. (Rating #1426)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed biscuity malts minutiously move towards a herbal hop finale in this soft and round Heller Bock.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam circles the hazy honeyed gold.
-I get the impression that the filtered version of this was brighter and thus more impressive. I hope to get to try this one soon.
-The maltiness presents lots of cereal flavors.
-The overall result is drinkable, but maybe not crisp and hoppy enough for my personal tastes in Heller Bock.

On tap at the brewpub; keg-conditioned version.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Quevillon (2548) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2008
Bu sur place le 10/1/08, en fut (20 oz). Blonde dorée, peu de collet. Arome de céréal croustillant, malte zesté avec un peu d’agrume. Goût de malte citronné un peu sûrette, céréal frait et légèrement amère, finission sec. Bonne centième brassin!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 31, 2008
Clear, bright golden pour. Lasting frothy, but small head. Vibrant aroma: an ode to honeyed social tea biscuits. Extremely clean malts. Combining the miracle of freshness and maturity. Soft all along, basically rolling on the tongue as an expanding foam. Its initially rather intense carbonation fades surprisingly quick, letting the palate become a delicate cream - thick enough to enhance the honey nuances. Appealing, confident and rather intense hop presence quickly dries out the taste development. Refreshing nuances of lemon, herbs and spices are directly derived from it, so is a growing bitterness that never bothers. An unadulterated pleasure.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
asheft (2549) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 23, 2011
[cask at Beau’s Oktoberfest] Apples and honey fill the nose with some spices (star anise?) and spicy hops. Cloudy dark yellow with large, white bubbles. Bitter spicy herbal flavour, where the bitterness is woody. Lychee fruit and other tropical fruits. Not a German Helles Bockbier. Light body, moderate carbonation, moderate bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2008
In short: Full bodied and surprisingly hoppy lager. Juicy yet dry. Original and very good.
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: clear dark golden body topped by a white ring of foam
In long: Quite an unusual beast we’ve got here. A bit fruity (mainly orange and citrus) on the nose. The fluffy/spongy body conceals quite a bit of biscuit malts mixed in with citrus/orange flavours. Taste of graham cookies dipped in citrus juice. A little spicy and herbal too. Generously hopped with a hop profile that is hard to describe. Felt juicy (citrus) and dry grassy at the same time. Quite of bit of hop in this one. Finish is very dry, almost too much so. Really not what I’m used to in a Helles Bock but I don’t care this was very good. Other reviewers may experience something different because the brewer said this was an “advanced” release and the beer will be re-release after lagering some more. Might be different then and more typical Helles Bock but I doubt it will taste better. I’m glad I was able to taste this beer very young. The beer, not me… unfortunately.


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