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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   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 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Goldorak (439) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2005
Bronzy and quite effervescent, it started off with a fat layer of honeycomb meringue, and it kept on bubbling and churning like a miniature volcano in the middle of my glass, I enjoyed watching that. A few flakes were found laying around the bottom, not enough for me to be repulsed.
A real sour, almost lactic aroma. Like a funk-less lambic, or freshly squeezed lemonade. I tried hard to pick up anything else, but just couldn’t. A little one-dimentional, but I liked it anyway.
Excellent presence in my palate, much more malt body than I expected, it finished off chewy with an unripe exotic fruit flavor, like a caramel coated mango. This is my second solid offering from Thiriez, I’ll try to seek them out more.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2007 The Lure:
A lofty head forms intricate lacing around the peaches and apricots. Hay-like maltiness and oranges/citrus fruit assure a probably quenchable pride.

The Festivities:
Sweet fruitiness benefits from the dry hay within. A cushiony mouthfeel emerges from the big bubbles (almost too expansive though) and capable maltiness. Papaya and citrus fruit rise confidently above the classy, restrained profile.

Transcendence:
Warm winds whistling in between barn boards.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2005
750ml: Hazy light to dark orange with huge puffy rocky head that grows in the glass and leaves a light lacing. Grassy peppery aroma with a hint of lemon and a bit of mustiness. Rich taste that ends a bit bitter at the end with a bready ending. A perfect Thanksgiving beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11925) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours lightly cloudy amber body with a huge rocky off-white head that lasts. Aroma of musty leaves, light florals, and notes of citrus. Flavor of spicy yeast with a hint of fruit in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6142) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, orange), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with notes of peach, straw. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Could use a more richness and aromatic allure, but for what it offers, it’s very pleasant and very drinkable. Like the Xxtra saison, it’s only fault is in what it lacks.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schanulleke (8) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 30, 2005 does not count
Not a Biere de Garde. Great character of munich malts. Bitter. Less well balanced than the blond

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4920) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 26, 2005
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a carbonated hazy amber brown colored body with yeast floaties and a good lacing. The aroma was mildly doughy with a malty base. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a mild malty doughy vinous aftertaste. The flavor was malty doughy smooth and tingly on the tongue.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bottle. Poured a huge off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting, contained fine, small & medium sized bubbles, poor lacing, minimal carbonation, and an orange brown almost copper hue. Malty, caramel, fruity, and hoppy aroma. Flavor was sweet, fruity, malty, some caramel, and light citrus taste. Mouthfeel was tingly. Medium body. Definitely worthy of a try.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2435) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Lustrous copper. White foam settles to clumpy islands of silky consistency. Earthy, fennel hop scents with hints of spiced apples and caramelized malt hulls. Mistily dry on the palate. Fluffy carbonation, but dense. Hint of fruity acidity and juicy hops initially fuse with spicy hops as a chewy nutty-malt bedding becomes established. Softening dab of banana nut bread echoes the hard mineral foundation. Near-perfect attenuation, here. Tight, deeply caramelized malt notes. Fruity esters contribute trace levels of slickness, but otherwise remain in the background. Finishes with a suggestive nutty malt spine along with a countering edge of musty yeast, minerals and dryness which spawn a flurry of pleasantly raspy earthy hops. An extremely well-rounded example. If only the aroma was more refined and the flavor contained more malt to withstand to the fruitiness.


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