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Marks & Spencer
Brewed at Brasserie Du Bocq

Style: Belgian Ale
London, England

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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.15/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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DruncanVeasey's rating

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, - MAY 20, 2013
Dark ruby with a fine, initially rolling beige top. Immediately weird and delicious Belgian aroma with dark sugar, blueberry muffin dunked in coffee and spices (grains of paradise, coriander?). Effervescent spicy stuff with light roasted notes; nosebleed, cheap coffee, liquorice, Fruit Pastille, a fenugreek/stale old coriander-like scoop of something out of the curry cupboard. The spice is very like Keith’s coriandered homebrew actually. Strong rusted notes. Brazen but I like it.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (2892) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 3, 2014
330ml bottle from M&S Edinburgh. Pours clear dark red-brown, short-lived beige head. Aromas of burnt sugar, light herbs, light metallic note and yeasty zing. Taste is more sugar and herbs. Thin on the palate and a sweet finish. OK.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Burgers (267) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAY 23, 2014
Darkish brown with beige head. Aromas of chocolate and light hops. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter. Medium palate and body. Lively carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jackafholmes (142) - - MAY 11, 2014
Bottle, guess where from? Dark brown, with no head. Aroma is yeasty and fruity with liquorice and spice. Tastes quite sweet and with dark fruits and liquorice. Carbonation feels rather strange, has a fizz that doesn’t suit it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tom303 (81) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2014
deep dark brown/red colour with a tanned head that ends up quite thin. Smells sweet and floral much like the taste with very slight bitterness it’s long and lingers a bit and almost cola like. Bit fruity as well.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cgarvieuk (14025) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 20, 2013
bottle at home ... dark brown ... thin tan head .. soft sweet dark malt nose ... soft toffee roast ... dark malts... light yeast ...d ark sugers ... very one dimensional...

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
john_henry (95) - - AUG 30, 2013
I have to say I was expecting more from this. I quite like Du Bocq’s saisons which there known for, but this is a little thin, quite tasteless, and overall in my eyes a pretty average beer.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
leaparsons (7976) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown and red with a diminishing foam. Aromas are chocolate and molasses with brown sugar. Earthy with dark berries and herbal notes. Flavours are herbal with chocolate and Weetabix malts. Berries with low roast notes and spices. Decent but very much standard.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
imdownthepub (10001) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2013
Bottled 330ml from M&S, Banbury. Chestnut with short lived off white head.This seemed to go flat quite quickly, it is really quite sweet and still, ripe berries, blackberry with a background of toffee, butterscotch. Slightly thick on the palate. Ok.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Hanoi (361) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 15, 2013
Bottle. Nose is cola bread yeast, some dark fruit. Taste is cola, some licorice, red berries. Taste fades on the mouth quickly and leaves a slight candy sugar/molasses cola finish. Mouthfeel is too thin for the style and too carbonated. Another baffling choice of beer from M&S. De Bocq who brew this make some fine beers, but this is awful. It’s too sweet. It can only be of interest to folk who have no access to other Belgian browns..

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
berkshirejohn (4396) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 9, 2013
33cl bottle. Deep magohany with a billowing cream head; typical Belgian yeast aroma; soft in the mouth with some very sweet, chocolaty malts; and a rather cloying finish with a slight yeasty prickle and some gentle hops. Pretty standard stuff.


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