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


on tap

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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Alengrin (3365) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slimspady (217) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (6585) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (4067) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Wim (3158) - 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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Yves (2539) - Turnhout, BELGIUM - JAN 24, 2015
Shared with wim at my home. Hazy blond colored beer with small white head and only few carbonation visible. Herby fruited aroma. Full sparkling palate. Finish is hopped bitter sweet fruited.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (16394) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2015
Draft at Churchkey. Slightly hazy bright yellow color, massive white ice cream cone head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of mixed herbs and flowers growing in high mountain meadows with Julie Andrews singing nearby. Taste is delicate spring flowers, sage, rosemary, subtle but noticeable barnyard dust and cobwebs. Delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TET (2158) - FINLAND - JAN 10, 2015
A slightly brown beer with a big and blond head. The aroma is strognly fruitful, flowers and almost a perfume, spices, grain and some sourness. Taste has fruits, slightly sweet, flowers, spices, hint of sourness. Medium bodied, strong carbonation, fresh to drink. Nice and balanced beer, tastefull. Quite similar than La Chouffe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Erzengel (5638) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 1, 2015
* Old rating, 0,75l, best before 07/2011, lot 10/208. Trüb-würziges, leicht säuerliches und hefiges Bier. Würzig-spannend. Bier-deGarde mit pfeffrig-gewürzigem Aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrewBoxer (2454) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Bottle pour at Jimmy's 43 battle of the Belgian event. Tan color with a yeasty bready flavor. Kind of like a bier de garde

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