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RATINGS: 215   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4/5   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 theres any other kind) known as the Brouwerij De Musketiers, and it actually helped Thor Cheston, Becks beer director, get knighted by the beer guild in Brussels.

And now, for the first time, theyre bottling it. It comes in a 750ml versioncomplete with corks and wire cagesand, at this very minute, its on a ship approaching our shores, where its 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%

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
nathanvc (353) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1733) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2016
Bouteille partage en compagnie de Marco. Une jolie robe blonde surmonte dune tte blanche fournie forme de grosses bulles. Fait trs plaisant concernant les armes de cette bires: ces derniers voluent fortement au fil de la dgustation. Au premier service, je sens au nez beaucoup de fruits dans le sirop, un peu la manire dune bote de fruits Del Monte. De la poire, du litchi, de lananas en conserve. Non pas que ces armes soient particulirement agrables, mais au deuxime service, ceux-ci se sont compltement mtamorphoss. Jtais cette fois dans une croustade aux pommes avec sa cannelle moulue et son crumble de noix. Par la suite, un curieux mlange des deux. Jaurais peut-tre d rincer mon verre, ou alors ce dernier verre tait peut-tre simplement de trop! En bouche le liquide montre un profil de saveurs plus constant. Lgrement pic, assez fruit galement mais somme toute beaucoup moins complexe quau nez. Les fruits que je gote (la poire notamment) me semblent sucrs mais plutt insipides, comme les fruits de la bote Del Monte finalement! Un corps dune densit plaisante, un alcool quon ne sent pas. Lexprience olfactive tait pour moi bien plus plaisante que le reste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (3276) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 17, 2016
Tap at Brugge beer festival 2016, Brugge, Belgium. A hazy golden/amber coloured pour with a medium white head on top. Sweet, fruity, malty aroma. Tastes sweet, fruity, citrus, malty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (8124) - Helsinge, DENMARK - FEB 15, 2016
75 cl bottle that pours hazy yellow with a white head. The aroma is yeasty and spicy with light soapy and citrus notes. Fruity and sweet spicy yeasty notes. Some malty notes. Some marmalade in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sjogro (3553) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2016
At Maakuns. Bottle shared by me. Hazy blonde with white head. Lemon yeast coriander triforce action. Bittersweet. Kinda dusty. Bit watery, bit too sweet perhaps but quite ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maakun (4925) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 12, 2016
Bottle shared thanks to sjogro. Very hazy golden with nice white head. Nice maltyness up front, light caramel and dough, biscuits, light creamy yeast, soft spices, light bitter French herbs. Under medium sweet with a surprisingly long lasting medium bitter finish. Medium bodied with a lot of carbonation. Decent standard Belgian blond.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tom10101 (5895) - 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 isnt 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 (4532) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 23, 2016
Bouteille de 750ml. Je nai pas trop aim cette concoction o jai trouv les gots de levure trop marqu. Des pices qui sont loin dtre nobles mon sens. Une finale un peu tout croche qui dtonne. Pas pour moi et encore moins 15 piastres.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (5463) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 21, 2016
Une blonde belge qui sait garder sa mousse. Au nez, les parfums dpices (levures + houblons), de pain et de fruits jaunes sont plaisants sans tre renversants. En bouche, belle chorgraphie des lments constitutifs. Lquilibre est l entre les malts, la levure et les houblons. Je dirais que cest bien russi. Je ressens un plaisir boire cette bire qui est bonne et qui nest, en fait, quune belge parmi tant dautres. Une bouteille 15 piastres pour laquelle je nai aucun regret.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HenrikSoegaard (13803) - 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.

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