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Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Saison
Esquelbecq, France
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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


1.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hotstuff (4408) - 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? Donít know. Light-medium body. Not a good experience.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3668) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2518) - 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 bodyís 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.

4.2
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (12314) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6161) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (15317) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, 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!

3.9
   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!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JUL 14, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2006 Rerate 06.09.06 Gigantic rocky headed pour. Merengue-like foam. Lightly hazed golden. Fantastically intense grassy-hoppy aroma, rustic and bright and focused all at the same time. Medium-light bodied (how does this have as much body as this does, considering its dryness?) bone dry. This is mind-blowingly good. Perhaps Iím a touch euphoric as it is 5:30 on a beautiful 80 degree summer night, My almost three year old sun is blowing bubbles over by the stereo in the back yard, asking me to blow bubbles with him, but all I want to do is soak up the beauty of this beer. Iíve never dropped the 5 before, but Iíve had 2 in the last week (thanks Matt!) and Iím convinced that this is worth the 5. Insanely herbal hop character and Matt is totally right in that the hoppiness is totally unamerican. Off I go blissfully floating away with the world best (session) beer. Mind-blowingly amazing! Grassy flowery hop aroma. Bright hazy golden, abundant carbonation. Light bodied, dryish. Bitter, with a nice flowery hop finish. Insanely refreshing. This is real saison. 848416 7/14/2005


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