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

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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Hazy golden color,good white head that has a long hangtime then fades slowly to leave a decent lace behind.The aroma was citrusy and hopping with a decent but not to strong malty side coming through.The taste was pleasant,good hop showing with a slightly sweet malt side that quickly changes to a bitter hop citrus middle and end.Fairly nice brew,still another spendy brew at $12/bot but the experience was worth i t.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2006
From a capped 750 ml. green bottle with a blurb along the left side of label, no bottling/freshness date I could find. Poured a cloudy, with a little sediment, golden orange with a large frothy, foamy white head, good retention, settled into a sudsy, creamy lacing. Aromas of herbs, spice, a farmhouse earthy, dry grassy, citrusy hops, and sweet pale malts. Good active carbonation and a crisp, dry, carbonated creamy light bodied mouthfeel. If the carbonation was a little less active I would have rated the mouthfeel higher. Delicious tasting, grainy, sweet sugary malts, a light musty, earthy yeastiness, spicy and herbal, dry leafy, sour citrusy hops with a nice soft bitterness, and a dry, cleansing crisp finish. I personally found this to be very enjoyable and I am glad I took a chance on it when I saw it on the shelves of one of my favorite beer stores, well worth trying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2006
Dark yellow colored, medium sized white head. Nicely spiced and fruity, lemony aroma, yeast and apple come up also. Cloudy appearance, medium bodied. Strongly crispy palated. Flavor has even stronger spices with some lemon and yeast, bitter and drying aftertaste with some convenient hops. Good and rich flavored beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (15505) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottled 6.5%
Orange color, some fine floating yeast, huge white head. Sharp lemony, citric aroma. Lemony spicy citric flavor. Fresh lemon and grass. Kind of Duvel-copy. This has nothing to do with a bière de garde -style.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (24236) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottled. Hazy pale yellowish golden colour, huge fluffy head. Aroma is sour apple along with spices. Flavour is spicy (bitingly spicy) along with some wheat and sweet grassyness. Big spicy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2006
this is a decent beer. very light with a real nice citrus/wheat aroma. Very non offensive but missing something.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Holy crap, take caution on these beers when openning. I pulled a total amature cocky move, openning a beer on my computer desk while listening to music on my headphones. As this brew started shooting all over my desk and room I had to try to plug the bottle while trying to use my shoulders to get my headphones off all the while trying to salvage as much of the beer as possible. Needless to say I got half the bottle saved. After this wreck this beer was very nice. Lightly hoppy with a great light wheaty taste and fizzy crispness. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a strong white head. Light citrus taste along with the wheat. Finish has a faint but complimentary spice to it. Overall it just all blends very well together.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5220) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Smells good; not quite a shoppy in the aroma as the extra. Very big head with specks. Floaties in the beer too. A nice sweet lightly hoppy beer. Good bite and freshness. Lots of mouthfeel and creaminess. In between the extra and the amber.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10555) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 4, 2006
A big overpouring flow of white foam. Very foamy head, on lighter coloured body. A bit of spice and yeast aroma. Drinkable French saison taste, pleasant and moderate complexity noted in multi-coursed lunch. More spicy and not too sweet. Well hopped and appropriate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Aroma is a hearty grain/hop mix that has wheat/light barley notes and sweeter citrus components...think mandarin oranges as opposed to the more bitter Florida orange. Some herbal vegetal notes appear as well. The body is a hazy yellow/gold and holds a silly sized three finger thick and creamy white head that is moderately lasting .Fore is dry with an herbal/medicinal bitterness, mild vanilla notes, lemongrass, wheat husks, sweetened cereal flakes and a zesty (not quite spicy) finish that then fades into a somewhat floral aftertatse. I think this may be an under appreciated style. The few samples I have had seem to have a conistent profile, but none seem well received. I think it may be that there is not that one intense element that many styles have. This is a subtle beer, delicate and flowery both in flavor and structure. Yet this very drinkable...very approachable and I think it could be a serviceable crossover style.


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