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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: 194   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3061) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 22, 2012
2*330 ml bottles bought in a mixpack and shared at tasting. Pours hazy dark amber with a frothy off-white head that slowly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet, malty and tiny metallic with plums, raisins, bread, apricots, sweet oranges, caramelized nuts and toffee. Taste is very sweet and fruity with bread, wild strawberries, wood, hazelnuts, toffee and hints of vanilla. Mouthfeel is tiny watery, slightly sticky sweet and light to medium bodied. Finish is slightly sweet and very tiny sour with bread, wood, yeasty esters and plums.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marsiblursi (3028) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2012
(Bottle) Pours dark amber brown with an off-white head. The aroma holds toffee, caramelized nuts, grass, light spices/herbs and dough. The flavour is light to medium sweet and light bitter with nuts, caramel, light grass and light dough. The mouthfeel is round and fairly clean with a light carbonation. Nutty and tiny phenolic finish. Light to medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11527) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2012
Bottle at Gott i Lådan, Billdal, 120421. Amber beer, nice offwhite head. Yeast floating in the glass. Malty toffee aroma, nutty, fruity. Malty flavor, chocolate, nuts, roasted, hazelnuts, caramel, hop notes. Nutty finish, hops and fruity notes.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tkrjukoff (4101) - SWEDEN - APR 21, 2012
Bottle 33 cl, GIL. Pours clear dark copper amber with a grest beige head leaving lace. Aroma is weak to medium malty fruity spicy and caramel sweet. Flavor is nutty acidy and malty in start, a bit watery, more fruityness and bitterness kicks in in the middle with some sweetness sustaining to the end. Nice dry bitter aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dazz3 (1554) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2012
Sampled at Larsniclas testing. Pours amber with a big light brown head. Smells red berries and caramel malty. Tastes sweet nutty malty abit barry with a similar finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5745) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2012
Bottled GIL Hazy amber. Medium tan head. Sweet and malty aroma and flavur with sweet berries. Nutty flavour with some raspberries.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
olsvammel (3578) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 9, 2012
Sample at ÖÖWF 2011. It poured a dark hazy orange-golden liquid. Peppery smell with caramel. Mild taste but also with peppers and caramel. Easy to drink.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
rhialistic (156) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2012
33 cl bottle shared with gnoff, sampled on March 10, 2012 Cloudy light brown color, thin yellow head. Aromas of cotton candy and grain. Malty bready and sour taste. Thin with a sweet and sour finish. Seemed off.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2012
750 ml bottle; dense brown with almost dirty, muddy texture and fizzy light cream head; wow, sometimes I’m blown away by a BdG aroma with the spelty wheat, husky grain and sweet honey; silky, light syrup in the mouthfeel; sweet honey, dry oaks, some dry fruit; delicate yet complex; crisp, clean lager-like feel to it with all the spelty, belgian goodness; one of the best BdG’s I’ve had yet; pure yum

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gnoff (7979) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 11, 2012
33 cl bottle via brekeriet (thanks to Nisse666!), sampled on March 10, 2012
BB 09/2012, Lot 266
Cloudy brown color, small yellow head. Spicy, grainy, fruity scent. Sweet, spicy, fruity, bready taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium low bitterness.


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