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


on tap

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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow body with a picturesque, colossal, rocky (root-beer float like), long-lasting off-white head with excellent lacing. Aroma of spicy yeast, orange zest, lemon, and herbs. Mild flavor of malt, light citrus, and herbs with creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2006
Light body. A bit more polished and not as much stuff floating around as in some other biere de garde. Very drinkable with a nice snap.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Garrat (1303) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2006
Bottle.(abv 6.5%) Light gold in colour with a large head,aroma of apples and pears,taste is dry with summer fruit,wood and leather and a light sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 22, 2005
Cloudy blonde pour with a thick, frothy white head. Aroma of spicy malt and citrus, the hops are detectable but not more. The flavor is dominated by a good spicy hops that is joined by citrus fruits, it feels slightly musty too, the finish is bitter. The body has a light to medium thickness with an oily texture and moderate carbonation. This bière de garde feels very authentic but I prefer other offerings from Thiriez, like Xxtra or Amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Like a Belgian farmhouse, but more complexity backing up the yeasty bready flavors. Beautiful cloudy golden yellow with a moderately deep, thick, white head. Good lemon zest, good hoppy bitterness, but not excessive for its type. Very, very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2005
This beer explodes as soon as I pop the cap, it starts foaming up all over the place and I barely made it to the sink. This beer sits in my glass with a huge frothy head that is six-finger tall pale tan colored head. The beer is a murky orange-straw color with lots of yeast sediment. The aroma is quite herbal and a bit grass in the finish. Underneath this is a lightly toasted, slightly sweet grain note.

The taste has that same grassy herbal note, but is quite a bit sweeter than the dry aroma would suggest. The beer has a nice, light, yet sweet malt note to it. It finishes with a light, astringent (in a grassy way) bitterness. This beer is quite drinkable and is fairly light on the palate. This beer is quite tasty, though it may be a tad more sweet than I would like, perhaps a bit more bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Hazy golden in color with a large white head. Aromas and flavors of lemon grass,pepper,citrus fruit and spice. Creamy,silky mouthfeel with a bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle: Light orange with suspended particles, sweet spicy aroma with hay, honey, pepper and lemon. Pricky carbonation, ends bitter with a sharp aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (6353) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), moderately yeasty (cobwebs), with a strong note of lemongrass, other notes of marijuana (probably a combo of being slightly skunked and the overtly herbal character), urine, SweetTarts, lime zest. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. To be honest, it’s kind of weird. A little acrid and off in the nose, which is a shame because some of the other aromas are quite enticing. Nice flavor balance and doesn’t really taste dirty, but it’s hard to get super excited about it overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schanulleke (8) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2005 does not count
Not a Biere de Garde, but a very refreshing blond with a bite. A quite hard but not unpleasant bitterness.

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