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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 210   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KyotoLefty (7878) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Camons (7789) - Hasselager, DENMARK - AUG 24, 2014
Draught @ Brasserie Thiriez, Esquelbecq. Pours amber with a creamy offwhite head. Aroma of malt, yeast, caramel, fruity hops, little spice. Flavor is light sweet, malty, yeast, caramel, little smoke, spice, some light fruity hops. Medium body, soft carbonation. 040814

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Hansen (7684) - Assentoft, DENMARK - MAR 10, 2015
BBE 2011. Amber coloured and almost clear. Has a lightly spicy aroma, light acid and some toasted malts. Flavor starts sweet, dark bread, more spicy notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle. Bronze beer with a huge off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with lemony citrus, spice, earth, and toasted grains. Then a long wait while the head just sat there. Earthy, peppery flavor with good caramel and some fruitiness. Medium body. High carbonation. Finishes dry. LIngering earthy spiciness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chriso (7513) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 11, 2012
Sample at the brewery in April 2008 (on tap I think). Amber with a slight haze. Lightly fruity aroma with a hint of toffee. Clean on the palate with some slightly bready malts. Slightly acidic edge on the finish. Touch of residual sweetness. Easy drinking. Fine but nothing particularly out of the ordinary.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (7352) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2009
750 ml bottle shared by Mark at the Bayou. Pours a cloudy amber color with a large foamy white head. The aroma is rich malts, light caramel. The flavor is lots of yeast, rich malts, light citrus and spices. Refreshing and fizzy. Not bad at all. Somewhat sour.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
swoopjones (6986) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2013
Bottle from brewery, good amber, but I just don’t like ambers. Caramel amber pour, caramel Martinez and fruity yeast in aroma. All that and raisiny sweetness in flavor, medium mouthfeel. Ok

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6749) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread/grain), lightly hoppy (flowers, orange), lightly yeasty (cobwebs, mold), with notes of peach, straw. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation. Could use a more richness and aromatic allure, but for what it offers, it’s very pleasant and very drinkable. Like the Xxtra saison, it’s only fault is in what it lacks.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (6740) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
33cl bottle from Abcbeers. thin creamy white head. Hazy amber pour. Herbal aftertaste. Pretty nice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (6644) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 13, 2015
330ml bottle from Beers of Europe, shared with Ashton McCobb. Pours clear red-amber, short-lived white head. Aromas of cherry, sandalwood, spice. Taste is spicy, light fruit. Light body, thin spicy finish.


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