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

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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.


Boutip's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4637) - 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (4424) - 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 (4893) - 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, itís nice and flavorful.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (7220) - 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 itís a nice beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dEnk (3681) - 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 (5018) - 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

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vaiz (3257) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Bottle @ 2nd Tuesday tasting at De Molen, hosted by dEnk. Clear golden pour, foamy white head. Aroma of German hops, spicy, some citrus and quite crispy. Flavor is quite bitter, German pilsener and spicy. Nice balance.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nickls (1809) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 7, 2014
Tap. Slightly hazy yellow orange, with a thin white head. Slight earthy hop presence, hay, grass and fairly muted overall. Flavor is more interested with sour grass, sweet hay, and minerals. Light soft still body.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (1858) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2014
Draft at Churchkey. Pours almost clear amber with a fizzy white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like dry bitterness, grassy, lemon, herbs, spices. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet lemon, sweet grass, and dough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3295) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 6, 2014
Tap at Churchkey. Pours clear gold with creamy white head. Aroma is cracker malts, light floral notes, light barnyard notes, and some citrus, with faint funk. Flavor is dry malts, grassy hop and grapefruit bitterness, and faint citrus esters; dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (4303) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - APR 4, 2014
Bottle: Served in a shaker: Medium to bigger sized white foamy head on top of a cloudy yellow colored beer. Aromas yeast, bread, herbs, some grass, plants and a hint of flowers. Flavours of yeast, herbs, some hops, grass, light hint of flowers, bitters, hints of malts, citrus, spicy and some clay. Aftertaste bitters, herbs, yeast, light dry and some grass/plant tones. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied and a light dry creamy texture.


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