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


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FlacoAlto (3800) - 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 (6219) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (872) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 16, 2005
light gold. head dies pretty fast. grapefruit and coriander flavor. reminds me of la trappe tripel except not quite as tasty. light, clean and highly drinkable. a nice ale on a summer night. i could sip on many of these, especially at 6.5%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sunevdj (3172) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2005 Pours a hazy yellow with a white dissappearing head. Aromas of yeast and dry hops. High CO2 level. Nice dry beer; good as aperatif. Dry finish, I wissh the nice yeasty flavor would last longer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2495) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 6, 2012 Straw colored with a golden shimmer. Tight froth of brilliant white foam and sticky lace. Spicy esters, cedar, lemon cake, and earthy hops on the nose. A light swirl releases hints of toasted straw. Creamy mouthfeel with spongy density. Opens with a sharply bitter wallop of spicy hops atop a toasty husk base. White pepper and lavender hints accentuate the spicy phenolic snap. The body’s creaminess plays beautifully off the supple malt, which unleash more tongue clinging starches as things progress. Hops discharge a precise sting of perfume amd lime zest before a sumptuous dousing of glazed malt sweetness. Astoundingly bright and captivatingly hoppy from start to finish, though, despite the substantial malt anchor. Dazzling yeast character shows a hint of bubblegum, but becomes more herbal and “wild” as it seamlessly blends with the spicy esters. Harmonious finish of toasty, doughy malts over a whipped blanket of yeasty fullness and lime and lavender echoes. Hops continue to tickle the palate long after the finish. Another rustic beauty from this charming countryside brewery.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1098) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 9, 2005
big old 750 mL green bottle. damn, this is supremely appealing. it’s freshly mown hay and creamy wheatmalt, with only a touch of doughy yeast. the body belies the obvious hops overtone, where the wild fermentation shines--leave it to the french to make something that is so unpredictable that it is so simply predictable. my god, this beer IS summer. when it’s cold, it’s something that goes down so easily it will frighten you, but if it’s hot outside, every single over-warm tastebud will utterly BEG you to supply it with another swig of this beer. drink this like it’s your job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2005
750 ml bottle from Winooski Beverage, Winooski VT. Bright amber-gold body, gigantic lasting bubbly-marshmallow white head...very spicy, sour nose with subtle fine hints of butter and dogwood...body smooth and creamy, alcohol lightly apparent, bitterness evident but not overpowering the heavy malt grounding, earthy and lightly sweet towards the finish though a woody dryness creeps in as well. Quite pleasant and quaffable, the best I’ve had from this brewery.

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