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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 194   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3263) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2006
Pours a murky brown with a big, longlasting, yellowish tanned head. Some lacing. Sweet and somewhat bitter. Nice yeasty aromas with hints of peppar. Seems to me like a mix of bière de garde and Belian ale. Medium bodied. Bitter, peppery finish. Nice enough.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 31, 2006
Fruity and doughy esters are offset by strong citrus and floral hops in the nose. Opaque tan-blonde coloured body is topped by a decent, off white head that recedes fairly quickly to a lasting cover. Curious hop flavour is pungent without overwhelming - floral, spicey, pot-like. Malt character is subdued but there are plenty of fruity esters and some toastiness apparent in the aftertaste. Medium body is quite dry with lively carbonation that intrigues the tongue. Snifter. Cellar temperature. Bottle (Half Time, Sep-05).

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JonMoore (1886) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange, thick white head, and lots of fine floating sediment. Aroma is sweet, fruity, yeasty and spicey. The flavour is lightly malty and fruity, yeasty with some light hops in the finish. Medium bodied, highly carbonated foamy, but nice mouthfeel. A very good, easy drinking Bière de Garde.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2005
Malty aroma, some fruit as well, cloudy tangerine with a slim of-white head. Taste is light malt, pears, and hops too. Medium bodied, soft sweetness. quite good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Huge foamy head raises fluffy and mountainous over the highly sedimented orange hue. Very doughy nose has that fluffy character from bubbly farmhouse ales. Fruit focused with orange up front, but approaching fruit salad characteristics. Interesting yeast in there, kinda musty and very estery, clementines like. This keeps on in mouth, where bready fruitiness dominates to our pleasure with the greatest precision. Not so complex, but evolving gracefully. Hugely bubbly palate, biting big bubbles activating the tastebuds constantly. Not my favourite from Thiriez, but still a remarkable offering in its efficient simplicity.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GregClow (2910) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle shared with Ralph, HogTownHarry, blankboy, DougShoemaker & mds - courtesy of DougShoemaker. Golden-orange with a moderate white head. Aroma is quite herbal and grassy. Flavour is herbal as well, with yeast & grain notes, and a mildly hopped finish. Sounds kind of boring in writing, but it’s actually quite enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blankboy (6197) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, Ralph, DougShoemaker & mds -- courtesy of DougShoemaker. Pours a hazy dark orange with a large lasting fluffy white head. Aroma of grain, yeast, spices and light grassy hops. Flavour of grain, yeast, some fruit and a mild hop bitterness. Not a favourite but it’s decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mds (2230) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
bottle. hazy orange body with little specks of yeast and a bright white head. aroma has spice and yeasty bread along with grassy hops. pretty good smooth texture - grassy grain flavours and yeasty cookies with only the slight hop bitterness. very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6127) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle (750ml). Shared with R, blankboy, GregClow, DougShoemaker, and mds, courtesy of DougShoemaker. Poured murky orange with a decent lasting foamy tan head. Aroma of orange pekoe tea, mild dry hop medley, orange juice, gentle grains (barley, rye, ...). Taste is surprisingly grainy, even milder hop component, yeasty - reminded me of fresh rye bread. Very dry mouthfeel - overall tasty, not outstanding but no flaws here.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
Pours a nice cloudy amber color with yeast in suspension and a thick offwhite head. The aroma is captivating, hay, fruits, mint leaves and yeast touch my nostrils. The flavor is very good with its mint, fruits, hay and yeast, the finish is sweet. The body has a light to medium thickness with a creamy texture and lively carbonation. This is excellent, another strong offering from Thiriez.


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