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Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Saison
Esquelbecq, France
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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 2, 2007
UPDATED: APR 11, 2010 In short: A barnyard blonde ale full of juicy flower petals. Very good and very refreshing.
How: Bottle (many many times) 750ml and 330ml. Usually very fresh
The look: Cloudy blonde body with lots of small particles topped by a large white
In long: Like with their excellent XXtra the aroma has a cool farm-evocating funky character to it. Body is rather thin but not watery. Some crisp pale malts and some basic cereals. This one is all about the yeast and hops. The dry-hopping is particulary generous in this one. Lots of juicy floral hops without much bitterness but with quite a bit of dry fruity flavours. An overall sensation of flower petals. Funky yeast with some citrus fruits and white pepper clash with the dry hopping create a finish that leaves a weird paper-like dryness and flavour. Very good. Overall, the beer is like a David Lynch movie, it starts-off great but the finish is pretty weird.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2007
cloudy orange pour with large rocky white head. lots of carbonation in this bottle. hop aroma with hints of coriander and yeast. initial taste yields a nice yeast flavor with coriander undertones, followed by nice dry hop bitterness. very dry, good mouthfeel. a very welcome change of pace.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5531) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2007
Yet another exploding bottle beer (which may be my new name for the Biere de Garde style) . At this point when any bottle of Biere de Garde is opened I have at least two glasses handy. After filling three glasses of beer and foam I noticed the pour was copper with lots of sediment and a sudsy off-white head. The aroma has lots of spice and funk ~ passonfruit, pepper, coriander, farmhouse, spicy hops and others. Medium body that starts out slick and smooth then the finish has some spritzy carbonation giving it a refreshing feel. The taste starts with nectar fruits, passionfruit, creamy malt and some spice. The finish adds some spicy hops and some sourness; quite crisp. Further down the bottle some lemon traits become apparent. While this can be a high maintenance pour style it is worth it. Another fine example of the style.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a lightly hazed deep gold, topped by an impossible amount of nearly white sudsy foam. Very good head retention and thick lacing. Subtly tart and fruity aroma accompanied by a lively honey and grain presence. Tasty beer, with tangy lime-like citrus tartness that could be hops or could be funk or could be both. I taste yeast and wheat. The malt is subtly honeyed and there is a pear-like fruit presence as well. Now toss in some candi sugar. A hint of cheesiness shows up in the finish, with fairly assertive citrus hop bitterness. Mild yet complex. Light to medium body, exceptionally gentle carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
Cloudy, orange-amber pour with massive head. Grassy, citrus-like aroma. Grassy-grain flavor with a fair bit of yeast. Nice hop bitterness matches well with other flavors. Not my favorite style by any stretch, but a quality brew.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Hazy golden color,good white head that has a long hangtime then fades slowly to leave a decent lace behind.The aroma was citrusy and hopping with a decent but not to strong malty side coming through.The taste was pleasant,good hop showing with a slightly sweet malt side that quickly changes to a bitter hop citrus middle and end.Fairly nice brew,still another spendy brew at $12/bot but the experience was worth i t.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2006
From a capped 750 ml. green bottle with a blurb along the left side of label, no bottling/freshness date I could find. Poured a cloudy, with a little sediment, golden orange with a large frothy, foamy white head, good retention, settled into a sudsy, creamy lacing. Aromas of herbs, spice, a farmhouse earthy, dry grassy, citrusy hops, and sweet pale malts. Good active carbonation and a crisp, dry, carbonated creamy light bodied mouthfeel. If the carbonation was a little less active I would have rated the mouthfeel higher. Delicious tasting, grainy, sweet sugary malts, a light musty, earthy yeastiness, spicy and herbal, dry leafy, sour citrusy hops with a nice soft bitterness, and a dry, cleansing crisp finish. I personally found this to be very enjoyable and I am glad I took a chance on it when I saw it on the shelves of one of my favorite beer stores, well worth trying.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2006
Dark yellow colored, medium sized white head. Nicely spiced and fruity, lemony aroma, yeast and apple come up also. Cloudy appearance, medium bodied. Strongly crispy palated. Flavor has even stronger spices with some lemon and yeast, bitter and drying aftertaste with some convenient hops. Good and rich flavored beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TBone (15911) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottled 6.5%
Orange color, some fine floating yeast, huge white head. Sharp lemony, citric aroma. Lemony spicy citric flavor. Fresh lemon and grass. Kind of Duvel-copy. This has nothing to do with a bière de garde -style.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottled. Hazy pale yellowish golden colour, huge fluffy head. Aroma is sour apple along with spices. Flavour is spicy (bitingly spicy) along with some wheat and sweet grassyness. Big spicy finish.


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