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Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Saison
Esquelbecq, France
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RATINGS: 255   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6125) - 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 (13559) - 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 (1274) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichardGretton (4237) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 12, 2005
Bottled. Orange body with a very frothy head. The aroma is very dry and the flavour is again very dry and very English in nature. Overall a nice dry beer, very drinkable when cool.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2005
Light gold colored body. A huge white head that dissapates slowly. The aroma is light cherries and over ripe apples. There is also some bread and honey. You can tell this is dry hopped with the grassy note in the nose. The taste is lightly grassy with some bread and a little bit of dandelion. I think that the dry hopping is evident here and it throws off the entire package. Finishes with a slight peppery spice.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 3, 2005
Bottle. Hazy golden color with a big rocky head. Aroma is earthy and floral. Very dry mouthfeel with a lightly hopped, yeasty, earthy taste. Very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2644) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2005
Bottle, from Julioís. Has the Thiriez XXTRA label. Good nose, Citrus, lemon & grapefruit, grass, herbs, little sugar sweetness, yeasty doughy. 1st pour was clean golden yellow with a big head, 2". 2cd pour was hazy, otherwise same color. Bitter flavors, like the aromas with a little metallic thing. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, dry bitter finish. Tasty brew, it surprised me with itís nose. Is it possible for a nose to be dry? It reminded me of smelling hop pellets.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2005
This Saison was ok. Pumpkin aroma and it wasnít a good one. Very Heineken like flavors. Finished sour and dry.


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