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Thiriez La Blonde dEsquelbecq

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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bière de fermentation haute, non filtrée et non pasteurisée. Refermentation en bouteilles. Les spécialistes y retrouveront le style belge.

Note: Recently reformulated to 6.0% ABV, although older 6.5% bottles may still be found.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kermis (4806) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUL 11, 2014
Bottle shared from ABC beers. Pours hazy golden brown with an off white head. Aroma of Belgian yeast, light peppery saison yeast, light fruity. Flavour is light sweet and moderate bitter. Medium bodied with soft carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DruncanVeasey (7112) - NUNEATON, Top 13, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - JUL 9, 2014
330ml bottle@6.5%, lot 402. Pours hazed brass with an audibly fizzing white cap. Wine gum and jasmine on the nose with lime-squirted chick pea and the citrus of hops and coriander seed. Strong prickling flavour of temples and patchouli incense ash with demented yeast and musty spice cupboard. Mid-bitter finish with big hop bite for style. Dirty dishcloth lowlands hops. Bonus point for sheer weirdness and drinkability. Out there.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (1387) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUL 4, 2014
33cl bottle. Quite a nice blonde. Pours gold with nice head. Moderately sweet with some wheat, spice, zest, yeast, good farmhouse saison mouthfeel. Perfect beer for the France vs Germany game.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (607) - Lille, FRANCE - JUN 11, 2014
On tap @ 4 Ecluses, Dunkerque - France. Color: amber beer with medium carbonation and medium white foam. Smell: malt and caramel domination with a good floral taste. Taste: good balance of malt and hops with caramel notes. Really drinkable. Aftertaste: caramel, sugar cane and sweet bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
caesar (4957) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 4, 2014
Bottled from Lekkerbier at 6.5% ABV, BB12/2013, large sample, served in a trappist glass. Pours a clear golden color with some small debris floating around and small to medium lasting frothy slight off-white head, leaving some lacing. Aroma is quite spicy, bit coriander and orange, slight peppery, bit citrus, bit grainy (hint of wheat?), slight caramel note. Bit sweet in taste, slight bitter. Finishes more towards the bitter, where the initial taste is more fruity sweetness. Medium carbonation, medium body. Nice stuff.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
crlnts (217) - SWITZERLAND - MAY 15, 2014
Color of oxidized banana. Sweet. Malt. Taste of alcohol. Oily. Tastes of orange.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
shaynsawchuk (435) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
330 mL bottle. Cloudy, light to medium copper with a spritzy foam of white head. Perfumey nose with floral notes, zesty lemon, mild grainy, bready malt, spicy Old World hops and a hint of mossy barnyard. Incredibly dry, the malt is perceivable, but somehow not sweet at all. Bitey hop tinged finish. Light to medium body but with a very creamy palate. Full carbonation. Lingers long and complex.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dfroms (216) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 21, 2014
Draft during Thiriez tap takeover at Les Trois 8 in Paris, great luck! Pours a hazy straw color with voluminous head. Aroma is fantastic: grassy hops, banana, doughy pilsner malt, light spice. Super fresh. Taste is bready malt, orange, lemon zest, herbal hops, prominent lingering bitterness. Refreshing. Full mouthfeel. Archetypal Franco-Belgian blonde, and I feel lucky to have tried it so fresh and on tap.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (6917) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAR 21, 2014
330ml Flasche. Ins Glas ergießt sich ein helles bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner großen Schaumkrone. Geruch hefig fruchtig, würzig. Geschmack hefig, Gewürze, trocken fruchtig.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
msnelling09 (149) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 5, 2014
The beer pours a dirty golden-copper with a huge head of pebble-like bubbles that settle to a half-finger’s width and leave a long fluffy serpent of lacing on the sides of the glass. In body the beer is a murky haze with very little of the other side of the glass making its way through the beer. On the nose, the beer smells beautifully rustic yet sweet. Barnyard funk, grass, pineapple, slight horse blanket, and cider mingle over the nose. I love the rustic nature of the nose, but it is a touch too sweet. As it warms, the funky barnyard scent blends hay, herbs, pineapple, and horse blanket nicely. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky sweet with mild tingly acidity and a rustic herbal bitterness that leads to a dry finish. In flavor, the beer tastes a touch less rustic than the smell. The beer begins as sweet cider with grassy rustic funk that turns to pineapple, then horse blanket. As the beer warms I do sense smooth bread malt and wheat. The finish is of prickly herbs, horse blanket, and a touch of cider. The aftertaste is off bitter hay and grass with a touch of barnyard. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp with a fluffy soft carbonation. The beer is on the light side of medium in the body. There is a crisp tingly feeling as well that lingers on the tongue as an astringency on the sides of the tongue while saliva seems to pool towards the middle of the tongue (strange enough). Overall, I really dig this beer. It is a slightly sweet brett saison with terrific barnyard character, which is admittedly one of my favorite styles. This beer is not perfect. It’s too sweet and needs more hop character for a ‘dry-hopped farmhouse ale,’ but I love this beer all the same. Hits the right barnyard notes. This beer is my jam.


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