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

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RATINGS: 248   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
msnelling09 (154) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdiBeer (1069) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 2, 2014
Aroma: caramel malts, yeast, light citrus fruits. Appearance: hazy pale dark gold, medium white frothy head. Taste: medium sweet. Palate: hints of alcohol, sweets continue, turning slightly bitter in the average-long finish. Bottle from Beer Hawk, England.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
deanso (5250) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 28, 2014
33cl bottle from ABCBeers. Thin white head. Slightly hazy blond pour. A solid saison

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yodapl (60) - POLAND - FEB 19, 2014
19.2.14, 0,33, butelka. Owocowy, estrowy zapach miesza sie z chmielowym aromatem, roznym od APA, ale bardzo dobrym. Osobiscie zapach kojarzy mi sie nie co z 5 A.M. od BrewDoga, czuje tu truskawkowo-borowkowe slodkawe nuty. Piana słaba, opada bardzo szybko, jak w koncernowym lagerze. Kolor: opalizujacy pomarancz podpadajacy w miod pitny. Smak: piwo absolutnie niepelne, wytrawne. Piwo ma 6,5% alkoholu, czego nie czuc w ogole. Kwaskowe na finiszu. Dosc mocno nagazowane. Ciekawie miesza sie owocowa slodkosc, z tym kwaskowym, troche cierpkim smakiem. Po dolaniu drozdzowego osadu: kolor zmienia sie jansy braz, beż. Ładna piana, przez jakies 10 sekund. Zapach stal sie jeszcze slodszy, osobiscie kojarzy mi sie z konfitura, super. W smaku wciaz wspolgra slodkosc i kwasny finisz. Jak to piwo maskuje swoje procenty zasluguje na najwyzsze pochwaly- to sie da wypic w 10 minut! Moj pierwszy saison, Francuz wysoko postawil poprzeczke.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JulienHuxley (3046) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - JAN 18, 2014
Bottle. Hazy gold pour with smallish white head. Aroma is bready, light farmy grassy notes, belgian yeast. Taste is crisp and bready, fresh bread, quite spicy finish, nice belgian character. Palate is light, crisp and well carbed. I’m taking a liking to this brewery, solid belgian ale.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
johndoughty (3979) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Golden and clear with a small head. Gentle bitterness coupled with the well balanced nature of this beer makes for a pleasant drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6739) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
Bottle. Shared with Parksy and Grippitis. Hazy yellow, lively white head. Pale malts, slightly sweet, with notes of celery and fresh cut hay. Barely detectable spice. Not bad, but not a Saison I’d recognize.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - DEC 23, 2013
750mL from Knightly Spirits, Orlando, FL. $5 on sale, green skunk shelf turd. Slow gusher upon opening. Medium white head formation. Heavy carbonation. Nose is skunk plus sticky candy corn. Maybe a flash of grassy hops and almost an impending Brett character that never pans out. Not very fresh, a tad sickly. Taste is drained, candy corn, lemon. Hefty carbonation. Decent, not fresh or hoppy. Still the palate has effervescent, dryness, and slight cripsness. The nose has some stale oddities, but isn’t totally offensive. I know Thiriez has the brewing talent....just a shame fresh examples don’t make it to the states.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3203) - Radom, POLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bardzo dobre zlote piwo sezonowe. Ale o sporej tez metnosci i po przelaniu drozdzy robi sie prawie brazowe. W smaku tresciwe i drozdzowe z lekkim smakiem pieczonego banana, piana spora i trwala, fajna jak w belgijskich triplach. Zapach intensywny przypominajacy stare wilgotnedrewno.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (6800) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 4, 2013
330 ml bottle. Lot 317. BBE 10/2013. 6.5%. From saveur-biere.com.
Hazy light brown colour with a medium sized off-white head. Malt, wood, yeast and berries in the aroma. Not very fresh aroma. The flavour is hoppy bitterness, yeast, malt and some pepper notes. Not that Blonde in any way but the flavour is pretty decent. Drinkable.


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