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


on tap

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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3303) - Radom, POLAND - MAR 9, 2012
dough, spruce, cereal, citrus, herbs, cough drop, butterscotch, raisin, smoke, amber, hazy, minimal head, light sweetness, very bitter, medium sourness, umami, medium body, creamy, soft carbonation,

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Gurthnar (2136) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle. Hazy darker golden to orange colour. Some sediment. Medium airy stable head. Aroma of caramel, cinnamon. Also cereal and other unidentified spices. Taste medium bitter, light sweet, light sour. The finish is medium bitter, light sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (4481) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 22, 2012
Bottle from SB cons 2012-02-22 Göteborg AR: heavy roasted malt, pumpernickel bread, some licorice, AP: reddish woddy mahogny colored body, wee fizxy deminishing head F: roasted malt, brown syrup, bread, cardemummseeades, cola

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vignale (2172) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 16, 2012
Flaska på Bishop, Gustav. Halva flaskan skummar ut när kapsylen åker av. Bonus till personalen som öpnnade en till och bjöd på den. Rödbrun lätt grumlig vätska. Sötsyrlig vinäger doft. Skulle gissa på en snällare flamländsk rödöl. Fina toner av fuktigt trä plus snäll syra och ganska mycket sötma. Fruktigt som sötsyrliga plommon och aningens kärnbeska. God men lite för söt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (8065) - Down South, GERMANY - OCT 16, 2011
bottle, kindly donated by jaghana - merci beaucoup! Hazy amber colour, large and creamy off-white head. Sourish-fruity nose. Full-bodied, lovely malty base with caramel and fruit, balanced by a timid but interesting sourness. Balanced off by some aromatic hops in the finish, the tongue is played with by a miscture of caramel and malty sweetness, fruity sourness and hoppy bitterness. Highly interesting and fascinating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
presario (4705) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2011
Bottle. Dark amber with a big porous head. Light pepper and soft caramel scent. Sour slightly vinegar and confusing malt. Not a good beer. Too sweet and too sour and too confused.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
330ml bottle at home, 4th Dec 2010. Amber with an off-white head. Nice weight, good mouthfeel. Slightly sour nose, bit fruity. In the mouth, it has prune, pineapple and fig as well as mineral/stone hint. Doesn’t feel that strong. Grew on me.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Benzai (8908) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 28, 2011
Color is nice, dark and a little red. Smell and taste are off. Spices in the smell. Taste is a little sour. Not very good in my opinion.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DutchDrebus (4288) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - JUN 27, 2011
Pretty much like the other Thiriez beers. Living mouthfeel. Decent smell and taste. Bit of a dry finish. I think this is my favorite beer from this brewery. Not great, not bad. Very decent and balanced beer. Not mindblowing in any aspect.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5183) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4oz pour at Max’s Rare and Obscure Beer Week Part 4. Pours a hazy, burnt orange with a thin, creamy white head. Nose is orangey, light candy, malty, a little perfume. Flavor is grassy, a little medicinal, malty, yeasty. Obviously a Euro IPA. Medium bodied with a sweet finish.

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