Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Saison
Esquelbecq, France
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A joint beer venture between a Kentish and Flanders Craft Brewery using quality brewing ingredients.

Formerly known as Thiriez Xxtra, a special version of Etoile du Nord for the US market.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - SEP 17, 2005
Hazy golden colour with a reddish hue. Appetising head. Aroma is grassy and yeasty with a certain green apples tartness. Flavour is quite complex with good bitterness matched by sweet maltiness.Medium body, dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2526) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 22, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2012 Pale yellow. Pillowy meringue of sticky foam. Perfumey, dusty phenols bombard the olfactory along with lemongrass, dough, and pungent notes of pepper-dusted herbal hops. Sprightly carbonation, but well managed and surprisingly soft. Pungent hop commencement is swiftly chased by a keen fusion of crackers and doughy malts. Rounded honeydew melon encompasses a zestful flurry of black pepper and feathery dryness. Depth-lending phenols boost its quenching nature and emphasize the powdery malt textures, which cling to the palate. Glazed malt sweetness pillars the body as notes of perfume and peppery hops continue to invigorate. Finishes snappily dry with a seamless balance of gritty yeast and spicy hops, but has an intricately woven buttered malt softness which gracefully caresses the body’s hardness amid a brash punctuation of leafy herbs and peppery, lemony hop bitterness. A rustic and stylish rendition. Would be a nice accompaniment to the picnic basket.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6162) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
Pale golden hue, big fluffy white head lasts a while. Generous aromatics, vibrant lemony hops, floral and spicy of noble ancestors. Mostly dry palate, though the biscuity and honeyish maltiness is sufficient. Bready and peppery yeastiness pairs along the delicate lemon, spicy, grassy hops. Firm medium body, moderately high carbonation. I was stunned to see this clocks in at 4.5%, this is packed with hoppy flavors, straightforwardly dry, eminently refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3699) - Isle Of Beer, Lincolnshire, ENGLAND - AUG 23, 2005
Bottle conditioned, from The Beer Cellar in Lincoln. Hazy lemon gold with lots of floaters, thin but lasting white head and moderate condition. Strange fruity and herbal nose with some earthy hoppiness in the background and maybe a hint of pineapple and phenol. Quite dry and yeasty in the mouth with more earthy woodiness apparent and some sweet honeyed malt notes. Finish is yeast bitter and chalkily dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - JUL 23, 2005
I love the hoppiness of this beer, has some funk ala Orval and others - are Styrian Goldings used for that strawlike funkiness? Anyway, beautifully constructed, very flavorful and cobwebby, citrusy, very thirst quenching!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (15792) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2005
Bottle. Gold beer with lasting white head. Hoppy citric slightly sour herby aroma, more citrus hoppy in the mouth. Herbiness continues through to the nice herby almost vegetal finish. Extremely interesting with excellent flavours

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 15, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a large rocky white head. Aroma of florals, lemon, soap, mustiness, and grapes. Flavor of grass, metallic, earthiness, light citrus, and enhailing firework fumes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - JUL 21, 2005
Clear light lemon gold with a high carb lasting white head. Aroma is brilliant, flowery, zesty and spicy. Flavour is a mixture of a honey sweet malt start with a long, dry hop finish. Brilliant zesty citrus notes, along with loads of spicy esters. Nice saison!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 16, 2008 750 ml bottle. Pours an awesome hazy yellow with a massive creamy white head and and good lace. Aroma is incredibly earthy with lots of saaz like spice, and tons of other noble hops. Light bready malt aroma as well. Flavor is slightly skunky from the loads of herbal and earthy spicy hops, but is kinda balanced with the nice malts and spice-like finish. Nice crisp and relateively clean finish. Creamy and full mouthfeel despite the 4.5% abv. worth the $7.50 IMO.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hotstuff (4532) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 6, 2005
Bottle. Large white head that was mostly lasting, fair lacing, fine, small & medium sized bubbles, carbonated, and a straw yellow hue. Aroma was malty, hoppy, sweet, and spicy. Flavor was acidic, astringent and down right yucky tasting. Bad bottle perhaps? Don’t know. Light-medium body. Not a good experience.

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