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

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RATINGS: 259   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


Boutip's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5031) - Gatineau, Quebec, - SEP 23, 2008
Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some dry and bitter English style hops. Taste is also a weird mix between some funky farmhouse style ester with some dry notes coming from the English style hops with a nice Belgian style malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very different but interesting experiment in the end.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ceason (20) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Pours a golden-yellow with good fluffy white head. Nice earthy aroma of fresh hops, yeast and spices. Tastes of floral hops and spices with some yeast and citrus fruit. Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
solidfunk (4904) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Wonderfully done. The perfect mix between hay aroma, light citrus and a hint of pepper. Golden pour with good head and lacing. Light bitter finish with a touch of tang. Tap at Churchkey.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ontape (442) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
750 ml bottle. Super good! I cracked this one open and my wife looked at me and said "What smells like weed?" Definitely has some dank, grassy notes on the nose. Taste is hoppy and dry, but with a surprising rich and full quality that you don’t usually get in a 4.5%er. Floral hops, light grain with a touch of bread and honey, light yeast. I could drink this all day.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ContemplateBeer (1661) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Aroma: Slight basement, a little lemon; lots of herbal and grassy notes with dry hopping most apparent. Appearance: Hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles into a bubbly skin. Flavor: Very dry throughout; herbal lemon tea up front and exceedingly so towards the finish; hops take over any sort of yeast funkiness this might otherwise have. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Thought quite highly of this; wonderful dry hopped Saison.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (3936) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle from the Bierkoning. Hazy, glowing gold pour with white head. Aroma is hoppy, farmy, dank peppery hop, very light skunk, very peppery, white pepper, clean bready notes, crisp grain, light peppery saison yeast. Taste is bitter, hoppy, brilliant maltiness, very bready but not at all sweet, very dry in fact. Definitely part of a very exclusive category of saisons revolving around Saison Dupont, many attempt it but few succeed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4749) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2014
Bottled @ De Molen 2nd Tuesday Tasting. The aroma has grass, some spicey tones. Bit hazy, yellow coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is moderate bitter, quite grassy. Dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (5595) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Bottled @ de Molen tasting, small sample. Slight hazy yellow to golden color, short frothy head. Aroma of spicy and grassy noble hop, just slight spicy yeast. Medium bitter in taste, slight dry. More like an urtyp or classic german pilsener, but hardly any farmhouse or saison character. No problem to me, it’s nice and flavorful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (9646) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ De Molen 2nd Tuesday Tasting. Clear golden color, medium sized white head. Smell and taste malts, nicely hoppy, nicely bitter. Not really what I had expected from a saison but it’s a nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (4162) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting. Aroma is German posts with extra hop and a hint of funky barn. But only slightly. Flavour is light to medium bitterness, fruity and spicy hops, some light barn. Nice one!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deanso (6242) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Sample at the Molen monthly tasting. thick creamy white head. Clear golden pour. a nice refreshing saison. Slight pepper


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