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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2012
750 ml bottle; clear vibrant gold win eggy white head lingering; fizzy dry honey, wildflowers, grassy malt and lemon peels; the earthy honey notes are just about perfect; has a sharp, dry bitterness from the dry hopping that doesn’t quite fit with the flavors; sharp, lemony and bitter; finishes with a grassy sweetness; high and dry and digging the house honey flavor, but just a tad sharp for me; the Amber was a homerun, but this is just so-so

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Trev (1960) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2012
Gold pour, thin head. aroma is yeasty, pale malt, earthy, some apple like fruitiness and light grassy hop. Flavour is somewhat dry, biscuity, grainy, earthy, yeasty, grassy hop.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
From 750mL bottle. Light carbonic gaseousness and some stale hop floral notes. Mild sweetness, bitter orange peel, and a bit of BandAid. Funky but not in an off-putting way. Medium golden clear with huge foamy-frothy white lacing head that lasts and lasts. Medium watery body with medium-high carbonation. Starts fairly dry with some grainy sweetness and orange peel. Nice hoppy bitterness throughout, floral with some grain astringency. There is an off flavor here, sort of like BandAid. Otherwise, a nicely hopped and well-balanced saison with good bitterness, a good level of sweetness, and some mild funky notes in the after. A little bit of oxidation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
piscator34 (1995) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Gold in colour with a fair bit of haze and strong carbonation. Strong and grassy noble hops on the nose, with a bit of pilsner malt on the back end. The hop profile reminds me of Victory Prima Pils or Sam Adams Noble Pils. Slightly more balanced in the mouth with the malts coming through a bit stronger. Some rustic spiciness from the yeast in there too, but in a far more restrained way than I had expected. Light bodied and bone dry, with a solid satisfying bitterness. Nothing crazy or over-the-top here, but the execution is virtually flawless. A great beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (5934) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Draft, 16oz, $7.. The Avenue Pub, NOLA .. . Pours a corny gold .. high foam .. medium lacing .. . grass, hay, earth and honey .. . medium bitterness .. . pretty nice saison .. . .

Well, I’m here if you want to pick my brain.

Maybe we should leave it alone and let it heal.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2011
Pour is extremely bubble nice lacy head. Smell is wheaty fruit bananas and oranges. Taste is light tart little funk little moldy. Pretty good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (6148) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2011
9/9/11. 750mL bottle courtesy scotchzi. Tart citrus aroma with spiciness and yeast. Fruity flavor dripping with grapefruit and subtle yeast character. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (2906) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 9, 2011
bottle shared by larry at proof aroma is farmhouse funk, light malt and straw. taste is salty, lemon citrus, and lightly sweet light malts. slight dry fin. drinkable.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Nice and lite maybe my first from France. Pours a cloudy golden with a big head that disappears. The aroma is earthy and a bit sweet. the flavor has a touch of sourness, some of the earth and bread, and then you get a peppery touch from the hops. Nice dry finish.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Maverick34 (2352) - New York, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Draught from rattle. Cloudy yeller. Mild head. Aroma was somewhat piney and citrusish. Taste was kind of malty and bitter and earthy. Not what I expected.


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