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


on tap

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RATINGS: 209   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
karsten (240) - odense, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2003
Orange-red colour. Fruity, malty, slight sweetness and cellar-like. A slight pleasant bitterness in the end. Medium-bodied. Easy to drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4423) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2005
Bottled. Dark brown beer with a strong fluffy head. The aroma is typically biere de garde fermented fruit, and the flavour is warming, strong and generally alcohol based. Overall a reasonable French beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5141) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 26, 2005
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a carbonated hazy amber brown colored body with yeast floaties and a good lacing. The aroma was mildly doughy with a malty base. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a mild malty doughy vinous aftertaste. The flavor was malty doughy smooth and tingly on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3482) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2006
Pours a murky brown with a big, longlasting, yellowish tanned head. Some lacing. Sweet and somewhat bitter. Nice yeasty aromas with hints of peppar. Seems to me like a mix of bière de garde and Belian ale. Medium bodied. Bitter, peppery finish. Nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - FEB 23, 2006
Thanks to dickinsonbeer. Major, major gusher, might have been from the road trip Paul took this one on though. Pours a hazy golden with a small lacing off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, piney, some other sweetness I can’t pinpoint. Flavor more sweetness and yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9854) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
750ml bottle shared courtesy of dick in some beer. Paul had to very slowly open this one over the sink. He mentioned that another Thiriez beer he had was a gusher too. Poured a deep and slightly hazy golden color with a small sized white head. Lots of small particles. Aromas of some spices, pine, citrus, and somewhat grainy. Tastes of citrus, lighter spices, citrus and light yeast. Thinner body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAY 15, 2006
This is a difficult pour, a fizzy yellow/beige head erupting from the light amber body and over the sides of the glass regardles of the care being used. Small particles swim through the glasseven when undisturbed for some time. The aroma is interesting, caramel coated peanuts, yeast, pear, and light spicing. The mouthfeel is fluffy, near unsubstantial. The flavor is a light, sweet malt - caramel and toffee - with pale brown sugar, light pome tastes, bread dough, and a soft nutty bitterness. It finishes sweet and sugary. It’s an interesting drink that makesme wish that i liked it more.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7251) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by Mark at the Bayou. Pours a cloudy amber color with a large foamy white head. The aroma is rich malts, light caramel. The flavor is lots of yeast, rich malts, light citrus and spices. Refreshing and fizzy. Not bad at all. Somewhat sour.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
goozen (3384) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - AUG 22, 2010
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy amber coloured brew with an full flavor of maltiness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8440) - Ursel, BELGIUM - MAR 24, 2008
Slightly hazy orange-ochre beer under small yellowish head. Watercress aroma, fresh, caramel and sweet malts. Slightly sourish, toasted and malty taste, a bit like sourdough bread, toasted, and maltcookies. Quite sweet main taste, if a bit dull, with always the sourish lining. Light to medium bodied, a bit like fruitjuice-without-pulp like MF. Not bad, just a decent session ale.

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