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


on tap

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RATINGS: 225   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2006
750ml bottle. Fairly interesting, multi-faceted aroma, with notes of toasted grain, sugary sweetness and doughy, musty yeast, alongside lighter suggestions of mild spices and tart fruits, and including pepper, cinnamon, freshly cut grass, cake frosting, apple, mint, pear and white grape. Hazy medium-dark amber color, generously dusted with sediment and sporting a hugely frothy and lasting head. Flavor is lightly spicy and bitter to start, quickly becoming fruity and again lightly tart and crisp, finishing with a light, brown sugary sweetish malt presence meeting bready, lightly estery yeast and gentle, leafy herbal tones. Texture is highly creamy and effervescent, carrying the flavors well. Body is medium. All in all, somewhat intriguing. Allow sufficient warming for maximum results.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FlacoAlto (4147) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2006
Really, really, really fizzy. Light notes of peanuts and caramel corn, some apples. Honey, maybe. Nice flavors, but their intensity is lightened considerably by the carbonation. Dry, herbally bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2006
For some reason I thought I liked this one a lot when I had it at a brewfest (bctc?), but when I had this last week, I wasnt nearly as impressed as I was with the blonde or the XXX. Still decent though. Very high carbonation- watch for exploding bottles! Even when taking the wrapper off, this one started hissing (I didnt even touch the cap!!!0 Very tempermental beer. Pours out with a nice amber body- actually lighter than expected- more of a light amber- deep orange. Nice fluffy sticky head though and great lace. Aroma is earthy spicy and floral hops. Herbal dry and spicy flavor with some caramelized malts and a moderately bitter finish. Smooth and dry finish. Pretty good I guess, even though most of these beers remind me more of saisons than biere de gardes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
muzzlehatch (4671) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2006
thanks to dickinsonbeer (dick-in-some-beer) Appears a hazy light gold with a chunky head that is from the 3/4 Liter bottle that spewed like a mother in labor. Smell is of plum, grapefruit, spices, and doughy bread. Taste is of the same aromas. Mouthfeel is smooth, mildly sugary, and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (11290) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
egajdzis (6075) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - 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 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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