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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15314) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle - Bruxellensis Festival. Hazy gold, with thin beige head. Very hoppy aroma, carries it well too in the body with good pale malt. Really hoppy on end. Lovely.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (4868) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2006
Pours hazy gold into a tulip. Massive, rocky, bright white head leaves chunks as it recedes. Hay and lemon aromas. Crisp and fizzy with lemon honey and a slight hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JorisPPattyn (8565) - Ursel, BELGIUM - SEP 17, 2006
Draught Fully hazy orange; small but persistent white rim. Grapey nose, bit nutty, and some caramelly malt. Almondy taste, peach stones, perfumed flavours but as from pushed yeast. Medium bodied, slightly slick. Ugh. Serious problem with this almonds taste. I wonder if kegging this beer is doing it a favour...

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2006
Hazed golden color with a full, creamy, dense off-white head. Etched white lace. Mild honey, slightly floral - with a real thorn scent. Pollen and pine also work their way into the nose. Nothing special in feel. Rather sharp in flavors, with and acerbic mild pine and a touch of solvent. Some citrus and orange blossom honey. Fairly wild, but only mildly funky. Long linger with light pale malt, mild honey, floral hops and touch of grass. The linger is by far the best attribute of this one. There are not that many brews that show complexity in the finish, albeit a touch late in other areas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 31, 2006
(Bottled, 6.5% ABV) Hazy amber-golden color with a large, white and foamy head. Very soapy, lemony-fruity, spicy aroma with sharp, grassy hops. Soapy, grassy-hoppy, somewhat mead-like (lemon and raisins) flavor. Medium-bodied, quite foamy-carbonated palate. A nice, crisp brew with personality. It’s sad it was this bottle only - the other ("normal") one I sampled was more clearly hoppy, but lacked the crisp, yeasty-soapy-lemony fruitiness. It would probably have got only 3.4 points or so, as it had less personality...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3211) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 4, 2006
Hazy yellow gold hue, with a rocky white head, with a nice lacing, the nose is one of ripe apple fruitiness, yeasty, earthy pale malt, spicy cinnamon, hint of floral hops, and faint herbal note in the aroma follows through on a medim-bodied palate with a crisp sweet yeastiness, with ripe apples fruitiness, earthy herbal accent, with a floral citrusy hops note, good carbonation, nice effervescent beer, pale malt, when the beer is getting warmer, a faint peaish malt flavour seems to coming out, leading towards a floral hops bitterness finish. Very good bière de garde.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Thanks to Degarth for this one, and for those scoring at home, several Thiriez beers, including this one and the Ambree, and available now at Super Saver. The pour is hazy golden with a 3-finger, very fluffy white head. The aroma is very citrusy, with some hops, funky barnyardy yeasty notes, some spice, apricot, and a whiff of slight thiols. The flavor is dry on the palate, very floral and spicy, with some finishing chardonnay notes, apricot, and dry hops. Gets drier as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DYCSoccer17 (3498) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 17, 2006
Bottle shared by my brother, CHazyRPH (thanks). Slightly sour, funky nose with some pineapples present along with a floral and earthy hoppiness. Interesting floral aroma. Hazy golden color with lots of particles and a large frothy whitish head. Surprisingly sweet and a bit candy-like maltiness in the beginning. Turns a bit more roasted in the middle with a dry finish. Lingering earthy and floral hop bitterness persist. This is tasty. At the time of consumption, I did not realize this was a Biere de Garde. Tasted more like a Belgian Style Ale to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 6, 2006
6% bottle. Foamed out of the bottle with the removal of the cap. Giant lasting diamond laden foam which settled into a wave-like statue. Smells like fruit, particularly melons and tastes of pepper. Zesty and relatively well hopped. After a bike ride to Poperinge’s a nice summer transition from a liter of water to some IPAs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Fairly decent Bière de Garde, although less malty than most that I’ve had. The pour produces a hazy straw body with a foamy, slightly off-white head. The aroma is a pungent floral and herbal medley over sweet malt and a light citric tartness. The mouthfeel is light but highly carbonated with a peppery spiciness. It tastes of sweet malts, pink grapefruit, zest of orange, and finishes on a grapefruit rind bitterness. Pretty decent.

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