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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (9358) - 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 (2806) - 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 (7347) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (844) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle to wine glass Aroma of lacto bacillus, caramel, and candied fruit. Cloudy tangerine colour with medium particulates and a thin tan head. Wood, nutmeg, and light candied fruit.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ferris (2909) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle - Brown sugar, malt and some yeasty sourness. Cloudy amber with particles, foamy dissipating head. Very dry and dusty, an lack of body makes this just ok for me. Mild spices and a vanilla note does peek its head out.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT2 (8163) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 8, 2012
750mL thanks to Travlr.Slow gusher. Large creamy, beige head atop deep reddish ruby, rust. Good lacing. Mega malty nose with brown sugar, black cherry, some celery, dill, wet hay. Taste is bitter, minerally, black cherry soda, rustic malt. A bit bland. Effervescent rather than thick and malty. No oatmeal richness wanted in style. Not too bad. In a way it tastes like diet black cherry soda mixed with malta non alcoholic beverage.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 8, 2012
Bottle. Near Guaher. Very dark cloudy amber color, huge fluffy white head. Aroma of intense caramel. Taste is sweet cara el on toast. OK.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1307) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
Bottle. Aroma of malted barley. Lightly roasted malt. Caramel and toffee. A hint of earthy dirtiness. Some baking bread. Pours cloudy dark copper with lots of particulate. Pleasant flavor profile with notes of barley, toasted malt, biscuits, yeast and a hint of dry earthy hops. Creamy on the tongue with lively carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4039) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
750ml capped bottle pours a brown color which reveals amber hues when held to the light and has a massive white head with good retention and leaves a thin lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark fruits (perhaps raisins or plums) with some light grains and grassy herbal notes. Taste is the dark fruits and light malt sweetness with a herbal hoppy bitterness. Medium bodied with abundant carbonation providing a healthy mouthfeel. A nicely done saison which is quite hoppy for the style but still very tasty and recommended.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2012
Taster from bottle at Binny’s, Downers Grove. Nice warm, spicy smell, slightly cloudy caramel color. Taste is somewhat fizzy in the style of a warm ferment. A little fruity, and slightly nutty.


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