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


on tap

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RATINGS: 267   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rederic (3207) - 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 (8500) - 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 (3481) - 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 (4895) - 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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 3, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 750 mL, capped bottle: starched white fluffy foam. Hazed gold. Aromatic herbs and Saaz-esk hops make up a fresh and lively aroma. Musty, earthy flavour with iron, grapefruit and floral notes playing the largest part. Tingly carbonation deliver the pale malts and peppery effervescence extraordinarily well. Long bitter finish with a light brown sugar sweetness. Very tasty indeed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 22, 2006
Bottled. Aroma of lychee, light spices and sugar? Hazy, dark yellow color, off-white head, fair lace. Light sweet, fruity, lychee, bitter, very well hopped. Light dry and flat mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3501) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 20, 2006
Pour is a cloudy yellow iwth a huge white head. A total gusher! Aroma is musty and floral. Flavor is hoppy and floral with notes of doughy yeast and a touch of citrus. Prob not the most flavorful BDG but still this is above average and a nice sipping beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gazza (726) - Worcester, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2006
75cl bottle from Booths supermarket, Knutsford. Bright gold with a full malt, biscuit and resinous hop nose - very inviting. Very full and grainy malt taste with biscuit and wheat then an intense flowery, grassy, bitter hoppiness that leads on to a balanced finish with lots of citrus hop and malt. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2006
Clear golden body full of suspended particles beneath a thick layer of tightly packed small bubbles. After an initial bout of skunky hops (Damn Green Bottles!), a smooth, creamy malt aroma wafts out of the glass, complimented by dry biscuits, whole grains, spicy, floral and lightly earthy hop character. Even bits of citrus pop up to offer an interesting complexity with lemon zest meshing with the layered malt and surprisingly little sweetness. The body is quite smooth and nearly creamy despite the quite active carbonation. The flavors is still dominated by the malt and is actually a little sweeter than I expected. The depth of malt character is still present, but a subtle caramel sweetness comes out. Luckily, near the a nice earthy hop bitterness counteracts the malty sweetness and leaves a nice tingle on the tongue. Probably my least favorite Thiriez beer thus far, but all told this puppy is tasty and class as hell. If it were just a little drier, it would really be everything I was looking for in this beer.

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