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Thiriez La Blonde d’Esquelbecq

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

bottled
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on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GuideDogSaint (727) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAY 23, 2015
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy orange brown with a white head. Aroma of bread and yeast, saison like. Bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (863) - Missouri, USA - MAR 29, 2015
2 year old bottle. Pours a muddy golden color with a nice creamy white head of foam that leaves sheets of lacing. Aroma of honey, light fruit, cantaloupe and some sweeter spice smell that I can’t put a finger on. The honeyed malt taste comes through in the taste also, along with some biscuit, light fruit, a very mild spiciness and some minerality. Finishes dry with a bit of lingering bitterness and minerality. Light/medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking and good but I would have preferred less of the honey character and more of the earthy and hop flavors.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (7372) - Hasselager, DENMARK - MAR 19, 2015
Bottle @ DØE. Pours hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of light malt, yeast, wheat, light honey, flowers. Flavor is malt, light sweet, wheat, yeast, spice, little honey, grass, flowery. Thin to medium body, lively carbonation. Nice refreshing easy drinking beer. 180315

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jice (168) - Grenoble, FRANCE - MAR 14, 2015
Excellente bière. Houblonnée, notes d’agrumes, bonne tenue en bouche. Encore!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
ksiwzos (82) - GREECE - MAR 12, 2015
Bottle from French e-shop Dark golden to dark orange color, quite clear for unfiltered with medium white head, medium open, lasting and lacing very well. Sweet aroma, pale bread crust, fruity and sugary, spicy(coriander, ginger), herbal hoppy notes, some light esters and phenols and some alcohol warmth. Taste is sweet, sugary and light ripe fruity, flower and honey notes, light tart, some spice(orange peel?). Hoppy(spicy, peppery, light citrus) finish that balances the sweetness and finally overpowers it in the long bitter-hoppy and dry finish. Medium body, soft carbonation Amazing brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3019) - BELGIUM - FEB 28, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2015 Older bottle at 6.5% ABV. Thick, sticky, moussy, very stable, lightly yellowish white head over a cloudy, brownish peach blonde robe, turning more ochre as the deposit is added gradually. Sweet, estery aroma of stewed pears, canned peach, honey, candi syrup, apple sauce, thyme, gingerbread, phenolic spiciness and band aid, cheap wodka, apple cake, straw, lightly cooked Brussels sprouts, cinnamon, hint of fried chicken, minerals. Taste begins with sweet, stewed fruit, honeyish and a bit sugary in a candi sugar kind of way, overripe pear, medlar and stone fruit, honey, rounded and quite crisp with minerally carbonation, weak sourish accent, leading to a malty, bready, honeyish, sweet middle phase and eventually into a spicy, lightly peppery and grassy hop bitterness trying to balance the initial sweetness and almost managing to do so; a slightly astringent but primarily warming ’jenever’-like alcohol presence is there too but subtly so. In all, a typical ’Belgian blonde’ from France, quite well-balanced and with a somewhat artisanal feel to it. I’d have this way over Leffe Blonde or Tongerlo Blond any day.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimspady (215) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 15, 2015
Straw yellow with giant white head. Typical saison, grass and straw, cloves, bananas. Slightly heavier than I like the style. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (5738) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours hazy golden amber, thin white head. Aromas of orange and white pepper, taste is more of the same, light white bread. Medium body, spice on the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (3674) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2015
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl. Appearance - golden with a decent head. Nose - oranges and lemons. Thin head. White bread. Light yeast. Taste - white pepper and lemon. Palate - light to medium bodied with a zingy texture and a long dry zingy finish. Overall - good example of a saison.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (3067) - Weelde, BELGIUM - JAN 25, 2015
with yves at his home hazy golden blond colored body with a white head and a spicy herby hop aroma a spicy herby hops yeast bitter sweet taste with a bitter finish


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