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


on tap

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RATINGS: 229   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
minutemat (4421) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2015
330ml bottle @ Shrewsbury Beer Share, Dec 15, courtesy of Paolo. Many thanks! Pours hazy amber. Earthy aroma. Taste is a straightforward biere de garde, a little unexciting but bearing some nutty warmth and a smooth mouthfeel. Nice enough, would probably enjoy more having a full bottle to myself in a nice rural Flanders Estaminet.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackHaddock (6375) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2015
Shared bottle at the December 2015 Shrewsbury Beer Share Group meeting: cheers Mat for this and others! Loved the aroma of this amber brew, sadly the taste wasn’t as intense or interesting as the nose. Spicy, malty and fruity smell, taste just malty to me: where did all the exciting esters my nasal organ found disappear too? Maybe a full bottle rather than a 5th might have helped answer that question.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (6732) - Out of the EU, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 3, 2015
Keg at mother Kelly’s, London. It pours a clean amber color with a small white head. Aroma is biscuity and sweet with honey mixed nuts roasted malts and bubble gum. Taste has some nts biscuit booze and yeast. Medium bodied woith ok carbonation. Overall, not my genre

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Flanfl (627) - Lyon, FRANCE - NOV 15, 2015
Cloudy amber body, no head. Aroma of yeast, caramel malt and biscuit, hoppy grass. Flavours of caramel, citrus, grass. Slightly bitter. Slightly sweet and bitter finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
spacecube (1562) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 15, 2015
Bottle, pours dark brown, small tan head. Aroma is medium malty, light roast, some dark fruits. Sweet, palate thins out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VDuquerroux (1266) - Airvault, FRANCE - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A dark brown orange opaque hazy beer withn a medium off-white head ; medium retention. Roast, caramel, light biscuit, herb, red berries. Light sweet, light dry bitter refreshing ; acid note. Light to medium body, average texture, light oily, average carbonation, dry fruity finish. Overall, enjoyable fruity bittersweet refreshing light beer ; nice balance.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
UXO (1524) - CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of fluffy ivory head, good retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: somewhat muted, caramel/toffee malt, dark fruit, spices, light earthy funk. (6/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, mild bitter, light tart. (6/10) Medium body tending a little to the watery, lively carbonation, off-dry finish. (4/5) Not bad, but not as well done as their Étoile du Nord. (Though, to be fair, I enjoy saisons much more than ambers, so personal preference is probably a factor there.) The lighter, somewhat watery body and lively carbonation are a bit at odds with the darker malt sweetness and winter spices. They call this a "Bière de Garde," but the labels of “Winter Warmer,” Christmas Beer,” or just plain “Amber” would probably all work just as well. (13/20)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
HopfenWeisse (1491) - - OCT 8, 2015
Clear amber orange color with big head. Aroma is fruity, malt. Flavor is spices, malt, yeast. Not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (9348) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 13, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2015 Bouteille 33cl, lot#503, BB 12/2016. Couleur ambrée, col crémeux blanc-cassé. Arôme offre un bouquet renfermé tirant sur des houblons frais et une note de basse-cour/ferme. Herbacé avec un rétro plaisant épicé rappelant la muscade. Palais au profil demeurant axé sur un épicé plaisant. Je note un côté de coriandre et muscade? le tout est ponctué par un malté carapils. Houblonné moyen légèrement citronné. Petite pointe grillée perce en fin de bouche, pour une effervescence moyenne voire faible. Le tout brille par son côté épicé qui tient sa part de bière de fin d’année.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
miquelcrush (2049) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 14, 2015
Cervesa amb un pel massa de gas, en gust predomina el caramel i la galeta. Cerveza con un poco demasiado de gas, en sabor predomina el caramelo y la galleta.

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