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Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Bière de Garde
Esquelbecq, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Unfiltered.
The first Christmas beer produced by Thiriez since 1997. Fewer hops than the Blonde; lightly toasted malts for color, and a hint of spice.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1675) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hugh head that stays, very cloudy amber appearance. Smell is crisp with a fruity essence. Taste is full flavored with a slight carbonation feel and smooth aftertaste. Refreshing during the summer and goes down smooth. Good farmhous ale. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5109) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014
July, 2006 Bottle from Kent Beer Festival. Unfiltered. Fresh tasting. Hints of chocolate and fruit. Perfumey hops. Very refreshing, softly carbonated, easy drinking, nicely balanced beer. Nothing too sweet, too dry, too bitter or too aggressive. An assortment of flavours that work together in harmony. Slightly different so catches the interest without being heavy or oppressive. There’s possibly some wheat in here. And some chocolate malt. It’s an interesting mix. Quite serious without being clever or stunning. Very enjoyable. Nice one. [4.0]
Jan, 2014 330ml dark glass bottle. Unfiltered. Gift from Piers - bought from BeerHawk. Slight gush. Muddy appearance, though had been stored for over a week. Candy sugar sweetness. Some fruit. Some musty notes. Pleasant drinking, though flavours are vague and muddled. A fruity little thing - few hops. A tad too much sweetness for my taste, and perhaps lacking interest and direction and focus. [3.1]

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle from Degarth. Thanks! Hazy deep coppery pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of hopcitrus, caramel malt, brown sugar, some fruit. The taste is caramel malty up front, with emerging brown sugar, hopcitrus, some apricotty notes, and some funk. Another complex beer that was a great part of my Independence weekend beer-a-thon!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KUEric (884) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 23, 2006
750ml Bottle: I saw this was new at Royal (and I believe to MO) so of course I had to get it. I believe three total Brasserie Thiriez are availbile. It pours with an explosive head that took multliple pours to get it all in my stien (only glassware I have to hold whole bottle, I’m sorry I know its not proper glassware). A this hazy orangey amber color beer with some floating to sinking sediments. A small ring of head remains atop the beer. The aroma is nice, nothing too distinct. the flavor is great. Rather mild, yet complex. Has figs in the background but for lack of better ability to describe it, it just hides in the background, seemingly wanting to explode onto the palate but remains in the background. Sugary up front, but spices do come through with an interesting finish. Nice toffee, malts, sugary, syrupy, doughy, wheatish, and definitly some apples.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2006
750ml. bottle at HW open house. Hazy amber color with a large off white head. Mild aroma that was somewhat grassy with a hint of honey. Spicy, fruity flavor with some caramel and a lighly bitter hop finish.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2006
Bottled. Aroma of malts and light spices. Hazy, orange color, off-white small head, few lace. Light sweet, light bitter, light spices. Flat and no character.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5362) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2006
This is a difficult pour, a fizzy yellow/beige head erupting from the light amber body and over the sides of the glass regardles of the care being used. Small particles swim through the glasseven when undisturbed for some time. The aroma is interesting, caramel coated peanuts, yeast, pear, and light spicing. The mouthfeel is fluffy, near unsubstantial. The flavor is a light, sweet malt - caramel and toffee - with pale brown sugar, light pome tastes, bread dough, and a soft nutty bitterness. It finishes sweet and sugary. It’s an interesting drink that makesme wish that i liked it more.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2569) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2006
750ml bottle. Fairly interesting, multi-faceted aroma, with notes of toasted grain, sugary sweetness and doughy, musty yeast, alongside lighter suggestions of mild spices and tart fruits, and including pepper, cinnamon, freshly cut grass, cake frosting, apple, mint, pear and white grape. Hazy medium-dark amber color, generously dusted with sediment and sporting a hugely frothy and lasting head. Flavor is lightly spicy and bitter to start, quickly becoming fruity and again lightly tart and crisp, finishing with a light, brown sugary sweetish malt presence meeting bready, lightly estery yeast and gentle, leafy herbal tones. Texture is highly creamy and effervescent, carrying the flavors well. Body is medium. All in all, somewhat intriguing. Allow sufficient warming for maximum results.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (3737) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Certainly pours a nice amber color, a mix of red and copper notes. The beer is incredibly well carbonated, it in fact starts to foam out of the bottle as soon as I pop the cap, and lots of floating yeast bits are kicked up and make it into my glass. Luckily it makes it’s way into my glass with out spilling a drop. The myriad, of quickly cascading streams of carbonation keep aloft a fluffy, three-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head that forms a rocky surface as times wears on. Malty aromatic notes of caramel and toasted grain are joined by a light fruitiness reminiscent of tart plums and raisins and a spicy yeast character that evokes notes of clove, pepper, and perhaps a hint of ginger. Overtime a nice sour sweet apple note becomes quite prominent and pleasant.

The taste is dry and spritzy up front, but leads to a fruity sweet note that is magnified by the caramel malt notes. The sweet malt notes and fruity yeast character remind me of sweet plums and fragrant apples; these notes actually linger for quite some time in the finish. The finish also has a lingering, lightly astringent bitterness to it, which adds a nice balance to the sweetness. This beer is so well carbonated that the spicy, zesty, almost peppery character of this beer is magnified in the front of the mouth as you first take a sip of this beer.

This beer is light and refreshing, yet still manages to have a nice heft to it that makes it a bit satiating as well. Refreshing, yet satiating I really how the beer strikes a balance between these two, disparate descriptors. As the beer loses a bit of its spritzy carbonation it begins to become a touch more satiating, but it is still not heavy or chewy. The malt character is quite nice here as well; I really like how the best Farmhouse Saisons can have such a pronounced malt character despite all of the other exotic yeast characters and flavors.

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3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Really, really, really fizzy. Light notes of peanuts and caramel corn, some apples. Honey, maybe. Nice flavors, but their intensity is lightened considerably by the carbonation. Dry, herbally bitter finish.


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