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


on tap

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RATINGS: 300   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (1422) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2015
Blonde artisanale, appelée très sobrement, pour ne pas dire stoïquement, par son brasseur : « blonde artisanale des Flandres ». Niveau abv de 6,5 %. Exemplaire jeune, cueilli directement à la brasserie. Couleur blond très soutenu brillant, à la clarté nette. Bulles très fines par milliers partout, bien vives. Superbe. Mousse blanche très crémeuse, dont le nappage est splendide et stable à 3 mm. Arômes de malt grillé remarquable, avoine, houblon très fin mais de caractère, feuilles mortes, noisette. 1ère bouche soyeuse à veloutée, à la très belle entame malt/houblon. Arrière-bouche riche, maltée, parfaitement à l’équilibre. 2ème au magnifique malt, pointe d’épices, muscade. Arrière-bouche de caractère, avec un fondu important des saveurs et une très belle amertume. 3ème avec un grand malt, du tabac blond, des fanes de pomme de terre. Arrière-bouche longue, complexe, ferme. Longueur avec beaucoup de nuances, à la fois sur le malt et le houblon, très riche. Jambes fines, bien groupées, denses. Levure fine, un rien épicée, belle ligne. Alcool certes un peu juste, mais il travaille vaillamment, comme la Flandre... Finale remarquable, avec une justesse de ton exceptionnelle. CONCLUSION : remarquable blonde de très haut vol. J’ose à peine l’imaginer avec une ligne de levure plus noble !! On serait alors dans les sommets absolus !!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Hazy straw yellow, huge puffy white head. Nose quite hoppy, herbal, sharp and minty, lots of interesting spices going on. Dry and quite spicy, good malts, nice heft to it, rolls around the mouth pleasingly. Big sharp. Bready malts. Full and smooth, feels nice. Really good stuff.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
yodapl (88) - POLAND - FEB 19, 2014
19.2.14, 0,33, butelka. Owocowy, estrowy zapach miesza sie z chmielowym aromatem, roznym od APA, ale bardzo dobrym. Osobiscie zapach kojarzy mi sie nie co z 5 A.M. od BrewDoga, czuje tu truskawkowo-borowkowe slodkawe nuty. Piana słaba, opada bardzo szybko, jak w koncernowym lagerze. Kolor: opalizujacy pomarancz podpadajacy w miod pitny. Smak: piwo absolutnie niepelne, wytrawne. Piwo ma 6,5% alkoholu, czego nie czuc w ogole. Kwaskowe na finiszu. Dosc mocno nagazowane. Ciekawie miesza sie owocowa slodkosc, z tym kwaskowym, troche cierpkim smakiem. Po dolaniu drozdzowego osadu: kolor zmienia sie jansy braz, beż. Ładna piana, przez jakies 10 sekund. Zapach stal sie jeszcze slodszy, osobiscie kojarzy mi sie z konfitura, super. W smaku wciaz wspolgra slodkosc i kwasny finisz. Jak to piwo maskuje swoje procenty zasluguje na najwyzsze pochwaly- to sie da wypic w 10 minut! Moj pierwszy saison, Francuz wysoko postawil poprzeczke.

   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JAN 1, 2003
really good for french beer though it just says on the label that it´s from flanders. lots and lots of hops make it taste somehow green though it looks very amber indeed.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jtw (1153) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (5673) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
Holy crap, take caution on these beers when openning. I pulled a total amature cocky move, openning a beer on my computer desk while listening to music on my headphones. As this brew started shooting all over my desk and room I had to try to plug the bottle while trying to use my shoulders to get my headphones off all the while trying to salvage as much of the beer as possible. Needless to say I got half the bottle saved. After this wreck this beer was very nice. Lightly hoppy with a great light wheaty taste and fizzy crispness. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a strong white head. Light citrus taste along with the wheat. Finish has a faint but complimentary spice to it. Overall it just all blends very well together.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Potverdikke (14) - SWEDEN - JAN 20, 2012
Nice brett nose, really rustic. Dry, tart and bretty taste with a generous amount of hops. I would call it a saison rather then a BdG, but that’s just me. Really refreshing farmhouse ale. Having originally rated 7-3-7-4-16, I had to rerate it after finishing my glass. This really is an excellent beer and I LOVE the brett nose and funky taste.

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