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Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Saison
Esquelbecq, France
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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5101) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
(750ml bottle) Sampled at Goldorak’s Sunday MTL Gathering. White pepper sediment; lasting creamy whtie head with a golden body. Nose of marijuana, pepper and lemon. Tart, yeasty, lemony with a bitter finish. very good.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
thedm (5668) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2005
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy white colored mostly lasting finely sized bubbles that left behind a carbonated hazy yellow colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was musty with fruity banana notes. The mouth feel was tingly initially thin on flavor and finished with a strange cross between a lambic and a malty flavor. Not much to my liking.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
Lemony colored, with a fat layer of creamy vanilla frosting and some dust in the bottom of the glass.
Wow! Hallertau! At least I think it is...Anyways, it smells really herbal, leafy, danky, weedy! Like rubbing hop buds and pot buds between your hands. An agressive aroma for sure, that won’t please everyone, but for those who like plenty of nose and are getting tired of the same old IIPA hop bombs, this one if for you.
Very interesting taste as well, it starts off salty, then like the rind of a semi-soft cheese, Sir Laurier d’Arthabaska to be precise. Plenty of hop bitterness to finish it all off. Great stuff!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2005
FBR brought a bottle of this back from Premier Gourmet, but it’s labeled as "Extra". This is really my kind of saison! Pale hazy golden, perfect head and lacing - a real beauty to behold. Aroma is herbal and hoppy, grassy fields, some malts. Palate is soft but also brite with lively carbonation and the full flavors add to the body. Taste is sweet, spicy, tart, hoppy, pepper, dry at the finish, earthy, herbal. This is fantastic, I need more!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
thebeertourist (5187) - 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.

1.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
hotstuff (4864) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rauchbier (3802) - 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 (2674) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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 (12717) - 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.


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