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


on tap

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RATINGS: 227   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4152) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - APR 22, 2006
UPDATED: APR 23, 2006 Certainly pours a nice amber color, a mix of red and copper notes. The beer is incredibly well carbonated, it in fact starts to foam out of the bottle as soon as I pop the cap, and lots of floating yeast bits are kicked up and make it into my glass. Luckily it makes it’s way into my glass with out spilling a drop. The myriad, of quickly cascading streams of carbonation keep aloft a fluffy, three-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head that forms a rocky surface as times wears on. Malty aromatic notes of caramel and toasted grain are joined by a light fruitiness reminiscent of tart plums and raisins and a spicy yeast character that evokes notes of clove, pepper, and perhaps a hint of ginger. Overtime a nice sour sweet apple note becomes quite prominent and pleasant.

The taste is dry and spritzy up front, but leads to a fruity sweet note that is magnified by the caramel malt notes. The sweet malt notes and fruity yeast character remind me of sweet plums and fragrant apples; these notes actually linger for quite some time in the finish. The finish also has a lingering, lightly astringent bitterness to it, which adds a nice balance to the sweetness. This beer is so well carbonated that the spicy, zesty, almost peppery character of this beer is magnified in the front of the mouth as you first take a sip of this beer.

This beer is light and refreshing, yet still manages to have a nice heft to it that makes it a bit satiating as well. Refreshing, yet satiating I really how the beer strikes a balance between these two, disparate descriptors. As the beer loses a bit of its spritzy carbonation it begins to become a touch more satiating, but it is still not heavy or chewy. The malt character is quite nice here as well; I really like how the best Farmhouse Saisons can have such a pronounced malt character despite all of the other exotic yeast characters and flavors.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
KUEric (943) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2006
750ml Bottle: I saw this was new at Royal (and I believe to MO) so of course I had to get it. I believe three total Brasserie Thiriez are availbile. It pours with an explosive head that took multliple pours to get it all in my stien (only glassware I have to hold whole bottle, I’m sorry I know its not proper glassware). A this hazy orangey amber color beer with some floating to sinking sediments. A small ring of head remains atop the beer. The aroma is nice, nothing too distinct. the flavor is great. Rather mild, yet complex. Has figs in the background but for lack of better ability to describe it, it just hides in the background, seemingly wanting to explode onto the palate but remains in the background. Sugary up front, but spices do come through with an interesting finish. Nice toffee, malts, sugary, syrupy, doughy, wheatish, and definitly some apples.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 Cloudy dirty golden copper body with an initially large beige head. Lots of small particles and I’m not talking about the bottom of the bottle. First glass out of a 750 was filled with it. Intriguing nose of mint, citrus, pear and whatever. Taste is even better. Soft caramel, doughy fruity yeast, grapefruits, red apples, dried fruits, apricots. Although I listed a bunch of fruits the beer didn’t feel that fruity. Rather sweet, more so than I expected. Kind of hard to describe I guess. Fruity sugar pie with a crusty crust is the best I can come-up with. Viscous creamy body. I really really like that brewery. Supposed to be an amber version of their Blonde d’Esquelbecq but honestly it didn’t feel anything like the blond. I don’t think this is typical of this beer because no other Thiriez has ever done that but this one gashed a lot and I had to drink it fast cause it kept coming out of the bottle by itself. At least unlike G.W. Bush in Irak this beer had an exit strategy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (4000) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pumpkin87 (231) - - MAY 31, 2015
Pours pretty amber with orange highlights, slightly hazy from effervescence and yeast, compact off-white head. Nose is sour cherries, funk, clover, honey. The first sip, though, is maple, followed by walnuts, more funk, tart raspberries, leather, soil, more honey and a hint of hot spice. Nice refreshing finish, though the body is thinner than it could be. Like dropping in at a farmhouse in late afternoon before continuing on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6101) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
Poured a hazy amber color with a small, white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices, citrus fruits, lemongrass, and tangerine. Taste of caramel malts, light spices, a dry earthiness, some citrus fruits, and light alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5858) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 31, 2007
Another exploding bottle biere de garde - this happens more times than not, but being prepared with two large snifters it caused no real problems. Pours amber with a fair amount of sediment and a HUGE pillowy off-white head. The aroma has lots of farmhouse spice and yeast, toasted malt, anise, sharp fruits and mellow apricots. Medium body that is very crisp and clean with sharp carbonation that is very complimentary to the flavors. The taste strarts with creamy fruits, noticeable malt presence, minor hints of cardboard and bits of earthiness. The finish has spice and spritzy carbonation giving it a crisp refreshing feel. The cardboard aspect disappears further into the bottle. Well done enjoyable biere de garde.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (5498) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2007
Explosive cloudy reddish amber pour into a tulip. Significant brown-flecked head fills and overflows. Then quickly recedes leaving sheet lacing. Earth and leaf aromas. Full, crisp, creamy caramel malt with slightly citrus bite -- but entirely drinkable. Would make a great session if it weren’t for the $$.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 5, 2008
750 ml bottle purchased at John’s Grocery in Iowa City. Gusher. Cloudy medium orange color. There was some chunky sediment floating around in the glass. Head was off white with decent retention. Attractive aroma of yeasty bread dough, spices, a dash of brown sugar, and a bit of ginger. Slightly sweet on the tongue with carbonation on the high end of the spectrum. There was a malty caramel backbone which supported other flavors of white wine, cereal grain, clove, and nutmeg. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (4454) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle from Chez Alain Cave a Bieres, Rennes, Brittany, France. Hazy red-amber coloured with a red fruit, currant and liquorice flavour, Christmas spice notes followed by warming caramel finish. Excellent!

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