Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Brown Ale
Esquelbecq, France


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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Bière brune 100% malt. Non filtrée et non pasteurisée. Refermentation en bouteilles. 5,8 % Vol. Alc.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brekeriet (139) - - FEB 10, 2011
Aroma: fruity, strawberry, tree. Taste is well balanced with medium but long bitterness. Nice appearance with ok head. Lively palate. Overall a good and interesting christmas beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ContemplateBeer (1580) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Aroma: More like a Flanders Oud Bruin than a brown ale; light to moderate apple cider vinegar, some oak, tootsie roll chocolate and maybe a hint of cinnamon. Appearance: Very murky dark cola brown with a foamy tan head that settles into a solid skin. Flavor: Vinegar is there, but is overtaken a bit by chocolate; a little dry puff of spice toward the finish. Palate: Full body, thick texture, effervescent carbonation, slightly bitter finish. Overall: An interesting one; liked some things going on here, but when it came time to drink this fell a little short for me. Still, I’d try it again if given the chance.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2014
750ml green bottle. Unknown vintage. Murkbrown pour. Skunked nad oxidized in the smell. The flavor is surprisingly clean, nice sharp spice notes, some hops even, nice to dirnk though oxidized a bit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tmoreau (2562) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Shared 750 ml. bottle, labeled as Biere de Noel, poured to snifters, showing a cloudy, amber/copper color, with a frothy/billowy head of off white foam that gradually settled to a sizeable ring & modest film, while leaving some clingy waves & spots of lacing on the glass. The nose was malty, sweet, yet a bit dry, with esters as fig, plum, and candied orange, and a touch of holiday spice. Lively effervescence uplifted a light to medium body, with fruity flavor elements as the aroma’s, and a combination of tart, bitter, & lightly dry notes that continued into the finish. Tasty, Oud Bruin/holiday faire that was quite enjoyable even during this early summertime.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ansjelaah (1505) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle 75cl @joes. Brown color with a white head. Smells herbs, bit sour. Tastes herbs, pepper, bread, sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Benzai (8911) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2014
75cl bottle shared with Joes, Ansjelaah and Dutchdrebus @ weekly tasting. Clear amber color, full sized soapy white to off-white head. Aroma is malts and lightly herbs or spices. Taste is more herbs and spices, certainly more spicy, a hint of pepper, slightly sweet-bitter. Thin to average texture, average body at best, a bit fizzy carbonation. Doesn’t strike me as a typical christmas beer apart from the herbs and spices. After a while you get used to the taste and it’s actually decently drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DutchDrebus (4288) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - MAY 7, 2014
Bottle @ joes shared by benzai. Hazy amber colour with a small to medium off-white head. Smells herbs, slightly sourish, yeasty. Tastes malty, slightly sour, dusty.. Weird beer. Medium body, soft carbo.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ShivanDragon (1796) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2014
kastanjebruin, helder en schuimige kaki kraag aroma is zoet, mout, rozijn, caramel de smaken zijn matig zoet, matig bitter, zwak moutig, pepertje, zwakke body, dun van textuur, normaal van co2, verder caramel en laat voor mij niet zo’n bijzondere indruk achter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (1335) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
As Thiriez Bière De Noël. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bready malt, yeast, dark fruits, caramel toffee, spices. Medium sweet flavour. Enjoyable if average winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (1389) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours light orangish brown with fluffy off white head. Aroma was an immediate Brett. Ok I am thinking where is the spice for this winter beer. Get really nothing else in the aroma. The flavor is mild spice and Brett. Maybe some orange in there. Just about the only thing I get is Brett. Decent enough but just ok for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoesefat (298) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Nice sweet aroma, caramel and herbs. Poured cloudy brown with tons of carbonation -- my bottle may have been overprimed, it erupted everywhere when I opened it! Sweet caramel, cinnamon and ginger flavors.

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