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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: 205   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 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichardGretton (4407) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (5084) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3461) - 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.

3.3
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JorisPPattyn (8396) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
schuimkroaat (427) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 7, 2008
33 cl bottle. Coppery colour, slightly cloudy, modest white head of a fine, delicate structure. Malty nose with sourish, almost pungent herbal and fruity notes; quince, raisins. Honey-ish and sourish taste with a mild hoppy finish. Velvety palate.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7452) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 7, 2008
From a bottle in Paris, November 2006. Medium to dark amber color. Pretty decent head. Very cloudy with sediment. Aroma of yeast and amber malts. Slightly fruity flavor, lots of yeast. Malt is really thin, as is the body. A bitterish flavor that might be hops but is really different. A touch sour. There is also a bit of that earthy taste that often comes in biere de garde, but not so prevalent here. There is a definite graininess, although a very simple and rustic one. OK, but the malt is not really there. Lacking a bit of punch. Somewhat bland. Highly carbonated. Earthy, malty, slightly caramel beer, but not really impressive.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4312) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2009 The aroma isn’t anything special but it does have butterscotch, yeast, sour fruit, brown sugar, and spices. The appearance is amber with lot of floating particles and a large head. The flavor is complex and like the aroma. The palate is soft. Overall a likable beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1521) - 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.


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