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

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 262   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.


3.9
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thegreenrooster (3371) - 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.

3.8
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2006
Accidentally let this bottle fall onto its side as I was rearanging the beers in my closet and it started leaking, so I opened it up and a got a huge gusher. Not infected, but just rediculously overcarbonated. Pours a nice pure blonde, almost opaque due to the disturbance with some tiny floaties and a massive white head that doesnt fade. Beautiful head actually. Nice lacing as well. Aroma is of tea leaves, herbal and spicy hops, some barnyard notes, as well as other spicy phenols. Flavor is nice and spicy, cloves, light bready malt, some barnyard and light plasticy phenols. Hoppy and herbal, with a light bitterness. Pretty clean finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 9, 2006
750cc bottle. Opened turned head and looked back to see a sneak gusher starting up. Pours a fairly clear light golden color with little suspended bits dancing around the liquid. Full 2" light beige head that receeds at a languid pace and leaves a coating lacing behind. Aroma is a touch musty, some earthy hops and a touch of spackle. Medium to light bodied and quite carbonated. Refreshing, light feeling on the palate. Moderately sharp hop bite and modestly drying. Slight earthy tones in flavor also. Nicely done.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
legion242 (2303) - Richardson, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2006
An ok example of the style. Not a lot of depth. Excellent head and lace. Just not earthy enough for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Pastry dough, green papaya, lemon, fresh cut grass and icing sugar in the pleasantly invoting aroma. Opaque milky yellow body is topped by a generous, fine bubbled, long lasting, white head that recedes to a lasting cover and positively coats the sides of the glass. Doughy yeast character balances wonderfully with a sharp bitterness and tart citrus character. Medium body is very dry with lively carbonation that is refreshingly effervescent. Snifter. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Half Time, Sep-05).

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12039) - 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.


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