Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Porter
Esquelbecq, France


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RATINGS: 162   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.12/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FrankJohansen (3614) - Sabro, - AUG 24, 2010
Bottle. Hazy dark brown colour with a large off white head. Aroma and taste of roasted malts, licorice and spice. Nice light porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SVD (1042) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 3, 2015
Bottle at home, black beer, small head, aroma is malt, chocolate and coffee, taste is watery, coffee, chocolate. hmm average.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12952) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Bottle from Cave a Bulles. Pours dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma of smooth dark malt with a chocolate note. Near medium body with pretty strong carbonation. Flavor is chocolate, dark malt, and I think a coffee note. Decent porter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bartlebier (2820) - Belchium im Biersgau, GERMANY - SEP 30, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2015 33cl bb12/2015, TDrinks Tilburg clearance. Nice opaque noir foincé pour with beige, organic crema. Smells like a pumpernickel/Schwarzbrot inflected Schwarzbier more than a porter: earthy nuts, char, black pepper, burnt breadcrust, some vanilla, bayleaf and berries. About the same in taste on just the right creamy-sessionable body, satisfying coffee-sour, woody roast with a hint of chocolate, hedgerow berry hops. Could as well be a an Alsatian "Schworz" (cf. Matten), as a more exotic "French-Flemish porter/des Flandres".

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Douberd (3711) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2015
(Thiriez La Maline) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into an english pint glass, ABV 5.8% Dark brown colour on the body, almost totally black. Small beige head sitting on top, good density, average foam retention. Aroma has light chocolate, red stewed fruits, light vanilla, prunes. Taste is not as exciting, little chocolate and light roasted malts, mildly sweet, some prunes. Medium thin body, biting carbonation. Decent porter, pleasant to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alengrin (3670) - BELGIUM - AUG 14, 2015
"Bière noire des Flandres" from one of the more progressive French brewers, indeed a porter, which is of course everything but Flemish in style. Dense and moussy, lacing, thick, pale beige head, colour hazy dark burgundy (not black but transparent). Nice aroma of cocoa powder, burnt brown bread, blue plums, hazelnut paste, black peppercorns, bayleaf, hint of liquorice candy and coffee grounds, some dried banana, lots of caramel, clear red port wine accent. Quite spritzy for the style, perhaps a tad overcarbonated, but nicely flavoured, with a subtle raisiny sweetishness at first, a touch of dried banana and blue grape peel, developing into a fairly full, caramelly and nutty maltiness, smooth and somewhat creamy, turning lightly chocolatey in the end but not quite, aided by peppery and earthy hop bitterishness and therefore drying in the finish, but a bittersweet, resiny liquorice-like ’stickiness’ still remains, though not unpleasantly so. Nothing overly complex, but a well-rounded, well-crafted example of the style which is neither Flemish nor French.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VDuquerroux (821) - Airvault, FRANCE - AUG 7, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2015 Bottle, 33cL. Home. A sparkling black beer with light mahogany hues at the bottom of my glass ; medium beige head ; medium retention. Toasty aroma, coffee (strong), herbs, acid note. Light sweet, light bitter ; light dry refreshing, acid note. Medium body, thin texture, average carbonation, toasty sweet herbal lasting finish. Overall, enjoyable beer ; coffee aroma ; herbal ; thin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
niquillis (2136) - Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle from Beer Dock, Crewe. Pours cola black with tan head. Well carbonated, loads of liquorice, a little thin. Easy drinking. Enjoyed it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RichardGretton (4469) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 23, 2015
Bottle. Black beer with a strong but soon disappearing head. The aroma is roasted with a fair degree of maltiness, and the flavour is very strongly roasted with bitterness, a gentle liquorice'ness and mild maltiness. Overall a nice stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
planky84 (2572) - , Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 29, 2015
Bottle from NWAF 2015, Derby. Dark brown pour with a beige head. Coffee, soy sauce and nuts aroma. Flavours of raisin, smoke and coffee. Very dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (7165) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 9, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe. Pours black with a short-lived tan head. Aromas of boot polish, liquorice, tar, shellacs at 78rpm. Noisy carbonation. Taste is light sweet, more tar and memories. Watching Grandstand on a Saturday afternoon with a minute-steak sandwich. WWF in the last 1980s. Sweet, but thin finish.

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