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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: 191   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mdi (573) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 12, 2006
75cl bottle. brown colored beer, very bubbly, pours with a massive tan head that hangs around. Spicy, earthy aroma, a bit phenolic. Velvety body. Quite malty. Moderate bitterness. At first, it seems to be a pretty simple BdG...malty is its most apparent character...but the spiciness from the yeast(& hops??) really adds another dimension to this beer. Very well done.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - FEB 25, 2006
750 ml capped bottle from Julios in Westboro, MA (Feb 2006). Cellar temperature in a Duvel glass. A fairly loud hiss as the cap is popped, and a vigorous billowy meringue head fills most of the glass....as it dies chunky lace is left and a nearly opaque, yeasty apricot-juice body appears underneath.....the nose hovering above this delightful site captures warm bread, honey and soft ripe fruit (apples, peaches) in a yeasty lightly sour bath.....soon the tongue wants to take part, and it finds syrupy apricots, lightly buttered sourdough and a dash of white pepper....eventually the whole mouth must have it’s due and as the soft liquid goes down, touches of citric acidity and minerals are found amdist the otherwise pillowy soft, moderate-to-highly carbonated, fresh character of this happy, warm beer well fitting the fireside on a very cold, blustery night.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7861) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Bottle from Degarth. Thanks! Hazy deep coppery pour with 2-finger off-white head. Aroma of hopcitrus, caramel malt, brown sugar, some fruit. The taste is caramel malty up front, with emerging brown sugar, hopcitrus, some apricotty notes, and some funk. Another complex beer that was a great part of my Independence weekend beer-a-thon!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (7609) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - AUG 3, 2007
Bottle. Pear, orange, and malt aroma. Cloudy orange and amber color with a giant head. White pepper, peach and celery flavor. Very nice beer - dry with light fruitiness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quack-Duck (7919) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8038) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 6, 2014
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2014 From tap at Brasserie Thiriez.
Mostly clear dark amber body with an off-white head. Spicy cara red malt cinnamon and tobacco and red apple. House strain shows its core rustic mustiness. Herbal hops with faint citrus oil notes. High caramelization, enough so that a trace of smoke is suggestable. Velvety texture, soft as can be, the signature body of Thiriez in full effect. Off-dry, low acidity, relatively low bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maeib (8726) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2005
Bottled. A hazy amber coloured beer with little head. The aroma is very hoppy and sharp. The taste has a nice sour farmyard quakity with the hops again nicely noticeable. Slightly spicy and very tasty.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2005
(750ml bottle) Pours lightly cloudy amber body with a huge rocky off-white head that lasts. Aroma of musty leaves, light florals, and notes of citrus. Flavor of spicy yeast with a hint of fruit in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2005
Huge foamy head raises fluffy and mountainous over the highly sedimented orange hue. Very doughy nose has that fluffy character from bubbly farmhouse ales. Fruit focused with orange up front, but approaching fruit salad characteristics. Interesting yeast in there, kinda musty and very estery, clementines like. This keeps on in mouth, where bready fruitiness dominates to our pleasure with the greatest precision. Not so complex, but evolving gracefully. Hugely bubbly palate, biting big bubbles activating the tastebuds constantly. Not my favourite from Thiriez, but still a remarkable offering in its efficient simplicity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 15, 2006
Bottle. Deep amber colored, moderately opaque with lots of neat little floaties in suspension. Great big ole’ light khaki head composed of varying sized bubbles. Good lacing. Aroma is much more on the sweeter and maltier side than the other Thiriez beers. Medium bodied with a lively carbonation that dances across the tongue and palate. Malty and slightly drying. Residual malty sweetness in flavor with a pleasant earthy hop bitterness towards the finish. Nicely done as are the others sampled from this brewer.


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