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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2008
(750 ml bottle from Marcorelle’s) Pours clear darkish amber in my snifter. Large, foamy, doughy off white head takes a while to recede. Aroma of caramel, citrus and honey. Mouthfeel light, smooth and refreshing. Refreshing flavor of light caramel and citrus with funky, yeasty overtones. Maybe a hint of pepper on the back of the tongue towards finish in warmer, deeper in the bottle samples. This is a really nice beer although I wish the flavor was a little ’beefier’.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gramity (1573) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle at Where the Wild Beers Are. Full orange pour with minimal eggshell head. Aroma of hay and malt. Extremely sweet of butterscotch and white sugar backed by funk. Cloying.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
750 ml bottle that reads Amber. Pours a clear orange with a huge white fluffy head, and floaties. Aroma has big fruitiness and hops, with a touch of lemon zest or citrus. Malty smooth flavor, with a good dose of hop flavor, and mild bitterness. Medium body, reminds me a bit of an ESB.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Amber color (duh), tan head. Fruity and yeasty, slightly dry with some mild funkiness. Pretty pleasant, I’d drink again.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Clear, amber body with a fluffy, white head that quickly collapses into a thin, white line. Interesting aroma of spicy hop oil, tobacco, caramel, whole grains, earthy terroir, light wood and fresh flora. The body is silky smooth with low carbonation and plenty of malty backbone. Tasty and well balanced. Excellent, complex malt layers and elements of fruit, grains and toffee while remaining well attenuated. A crisp hop bitterness comes in near the finish to enliven the tongue and warm the soul. A nice, balanced Biere de Garde with some spiciness and crisp hop bitterness. I wish this was fresh, because the green bottle oxidized the hops some. If this were fresh, I bet this would have reached another level of tastiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle from Oak Tree. Hazy orange yellow pour with a light tan head. Nutty malt aroma. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. Sweet biscuit and grapefruit flavor. Notes of nutty cereal and honey. Moderately hoppy finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle. Hazy amber thin head. Spicy floral bread and caramel aroma with some barnyard notes. Prickly mouth feel, quite carbonated. Doughy cracker flavor, malty with caramel. Decent body, little hop flavor or bitterness. Nice picnic ale.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (1234) - 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.


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