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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: 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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (5333) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from brewery, good amber, but I just don’t like ambers. Caramel amber pour, caramel Martinez and fruity yeast in aroma. All that and raisiny sweetness in flavor, medium mouthfeel. Ok

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tommann (2488) - Dudley, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 18, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours dark orange brown with no head. Aroma is caramel, apple and burnt toast. Taste is quite grainy, bready, grainy, yeasty finish with some apple on the aftertaste.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TickerTerryDJ (633) - Redditch, Worcestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2013
33cl bottle from Cotteridge Wines.Amber pour with slight haze and a smallish non lasting white head.Malt aroma with hints of fruit.Caramel malt and some fruit in the taste of this easy drinking and reasonably tasty brew.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 12, 2013
Yeah. Well. Nothing like the other Biere de garde I had. Classifications are often a nonsense. I think. Definitely not a good name for my member. Though it may provide confusion and disorientation which may be fairly well representative of how well it performs. Enough. Malty, sweet, some dark fruit but not much. Reminds me of the Old Thumper I had recently. Now that’s a much better member name.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dommod2011 (698) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - FEB 10, 2013
Farmhouse. Darker than I expected and more malty but then I knew nothing about biere de garde. Very dry with little body. Ok, nothing more, nothing less.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (2382) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2013
750ml green bottle with a cap. Amber pour, hazy. Good foamy thick head at first pour, but dies down to a ring. Nose has slight farmhouse note, but moreso has a lemony citrus hop. Taste has brown bread like malts, touch of caramel. Finishes quite dry, hint of citrus hop that fades quickly. Lots of carboantion, and medium bodied, its dryness and carboantion akek it very drinkable and refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (3173) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 26, 2012
Every French ’micro’ bewer needs to have a blond and an amber... so here we go. Pours an attractive copper body with stable grey white head. Pleasant caramel and pine notes, some twigs and general forest smells. Just enough hops to not fall apart. Pleasant small sweetness to match the standard malts; still very little malts, but I suppose this beer is made to not scare people. Bitterness versus sweetness balance is well in order, but I still feel somewhat unimpressed due to the unimaginative approach. Ah well, it tastes fine.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9094) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Bottle. Pours lightly hazy brown, somewhat rusty with a medium, fizzy off-white head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and caramel malt, dates, cellar notes and faint hops. Flavor is malt dominant, no real hops, faint bitterness, light esters and a sweet finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndySnow (2469) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 17, 2012
Sample @ SBWF 12. Dark amber colour with an off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with hints of fruit. Flavour is sweet fruit, bread.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7344) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2012
Sample at the brewery in April 2008 (on tap I think). Amber with a slight haze. Lightly fruity aroma with a hint of toffee. Clean on the palate with some slightly bready malts. Slightly acidic edge on the finish. Touch of residual sweetness. Easy drinking. Fine but nothing particularly out of the ordinary.


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