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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 254   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2009
Draft. A hazy golden beer with a lazing white head. The aroma has notes of straw, hay and a touch of malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of hay and a bit of sulphur. I had it presented as an IPA, which I don’t think it is.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (19194) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - APR 6, 2003
Bottled. Hazy golden in colour with rich, fine head. Flowery aroma. Softly malty with funky yeastiness and medium body. Average bitterness. Like an English bitter made with Flanders yeast...

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16289) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 2, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity malty spicy hoppy grassy aroma with weak hints of citrus. Fruity malty slightly yeasty hoppy citrus flavor.with earthy hints. Has a fruity malty spicy and weak hoppy grassy finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
harrisoni (13215) - 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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 3, 2006
Cloudy golden colour. Very fresh hop nose is foresty and herbal. The taste is again big fresh low cohomulone hops and a dash of yeastiness. Despite the boldness of the hops, they are soft enough to blend well with the big yeasty palate and clean but quite sweet pale malts.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11933) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11328) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 24, 2006
(750ml bottle) Big foamer -- unable to fit more than a 3 ounces in a glass while the white foam keeps coming out of the bottle -- I hate when that happens. When liquid finally gathers, it is lightly hazed straw. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, some floral, pepper, light grassy. Taste is medium sweet, herbal, some cookie, light grapefruit, lemon. Fairly dry finish. Light-medium body, nice crispness, very easy to drink. Enjoyable beer, once I could finally get it into my glass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 9, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2011
Name: Freres de la Biere Xxtra
Date: September 08, 2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy yellow, big frothy white head, thick lace
Aroma: sweet spicy malt aroma with a musty character
Flavor: sweet bready malt flavor with a nice cereal character, well balanced with floral hops, peppery spicyness comes in to add complexity and balance, lasting light bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 9, 2007
750 ml. bottle/$10.59 at Monument in Concord, CA. Hazy orange tinged gold color with a many fingered head. Aromas of light stone fruits and spice/yeast. Very creamy carbonation with a thin to medium body. Starts a bit funky, but with a nice level of floral hop. Decently bitter. Develops something like a peach tinge - at least some kind of ripe stone fruit. The head laces about, and the flavors develop. The finish is decently dry, decently bitter and very flavorful in an earthy/fruity/hoppy sort of way. In the end is hop. Not NW DIPA, not APA, just really nice hop.This is just excellent stuff.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
brokensail (10607) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Bottle on sale @ Wade’s Wines. Fucken a. Hazy straw pour with a big white head. Oh wow is this skunky. Grass, floral hops, and citrus peel. Some yeast, dough, and a bit of bread and biscuit. The flavor is fairly skunked as well. Grassy and floral hops. A touch of citrus, yeast, and sweet dough, biscuit, and bread.


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