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


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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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.

   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

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - MAY 5, 2006
75cl bottle. Poured into Duvel tulip. Man! This thing gives some head! I wait about 10 min before drinking it, just smelling it and watching that head slowly fall, leaving chunks of lace all over the tulip. Impressive appearence. The aroma is tremendous...a massive mix of ripe fruit, sweet flowers(magnolias??), and fresh herbs...somehow it "smells sweet"...the aroma makes me physically feel something...powerful. Now if those headache causing candle shops at the mall had candles that smelled like this, I might be forced to buy a case! Mouthfeel is creamy and not sweet like the nose suggested...fairly dry and certainly bitter. The flavor is loaded with all those aspects in the aroma...wild honey sort of aspect with flowers and fruits...tangerine and lemon...its hoppy, but in a distinctively unAmerican way...very rustic...Iíve never tasted an American beer remotely like this...the closest comparison I have is De Rankeís XXBitter...I think the EXXtra might be even a bit more complex though...Iíll need to do a blind side by side to find out. Iíve gone through the better part of a case of these and after the first one I told Laura, "ya know, this beer has changed everything for me. everything." Its time to re-evaluate things! One thing...this is a very active beer, but it also really suffers from being served too cold...so be ready for a glass of foam...Large tulip is recommended.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JimyP (2) - Weehawken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2013 does not count
This hoppy saison delivers real taste with only a 4.5% abv making it one of my all-time top 10. I highly recommend it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a hazy straw color, topped by a huge mound of fluffy frothy white head of suds. Great head retention and lacing. Crisp dry aroma - hoppy for sure. Is this a hop bomb I smell? Nope - not a hop bomb, though it is on the hoppy side for a saison. I like that. The malt is very dry with flavors of wheat and crisp rye, slightly sweet and biscuity as well. The hops are both tangy and floral, with a long bitter grapefruit pith aftertaste accompanied by a short-lived bee pollen flavor. Incredible soft mouthfeel, gentle carbonation but lots of effervescence

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: APR 1, 2012 Hazy golden body with a large, rocky white head. Wonderful fresh cut grass hoppy nose with a touch of citrus and warm dough. The flavor fairly dry and moderately bitter with a decent malt pressence - cracker, bread, hay, with lots of herbal and grassy hops, some light lemon shows at the end. Mouthfeel is quite dense for a 4.5% beer, itís still light and spritzy though with plenty of carbonation. This beer belongs in the Louvre.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 16, 2012
bottle. real nice rustic, fresh grass, dank wet hops, farm aroma. taste is quite grassy, with some toasted dough, touch of perfume, old world, dank musty cellar. dry. real nice. complex, tasty, refreshing beer. little too good. actually, this is unbelievably good. the best thing to come out of france since those kate middleton photos.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
jstraw (1965) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Hazy gold with big, flotsam, white head, fine lacing / Nose of citrus, orchard fruit, yeast, little funk / Light to medium body, acidic, fruity but dry and finely balanced, with good, bitter finish / Delicate flavors of honey comb, orange, pear, white grape, resin, lavender, oak, cheese rind, chrysanthemum, straw, light barnyard / Terrific. Remarkable that this much flavor and balance is only 4.5%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 14, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 22, 2013 bottle-conditioned 750ml. billowy white head atop a hazy gold body. fresh noble hop spiciness and green grass / fresh leaves, and cheese rind / must in the nose with lighter touches of toasted grains. medium-high bitterness, medium-high acid and dry throughout, it has wonderfully soft velvety carbonation and well-suited rustic must from the yeast; very farmhouse / barnyard in character. delicious. it took me a while to find a bottle in good shape. well worth it. Thiriez are proving themselves capable of producing farmhouse ales on-par with the best to come out of Belgium.

   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 itís 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!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2007 Cloudy yellow body topped by an initially large white head settling down as a thing layer of foam. The aroma is a bit wild. Crisp malts and crisp hops with pineapples flavours around each corner. Pineaples, minerals and salty yeast join forces to create some kind of light but unique tartness. The hops are rather citrusy with a complex character moving from Belgian, English and flower petals. A bit Champaign-ish with hints of a Vieille Provision. Taste is unexpectedly intense coming from 4.5% beer. Thin body with a mean attitude, just like the women from this country.

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