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


on tap

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RATINGS: 277   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4917) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10019) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (10933) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 6, 2006
pours a slightly hazy blond colour, very foamy, solid hoppy nose showing notes of grapefruit and lemon; a respectable malt body maintained by a good carbonation, robust bitterness; long fruity and hoppy finish with some residual sugars - sharp and very pleasant

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Pours a hazy gold with a generous creamy head. Smells of perfume, wildflowers, grass, hay, some sugar. Tastes slightly bitter with a nice underlying touch of sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15806) - 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 (5020) - 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 (8800) - 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 (5133) - 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 (4700) - 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...

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