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


on tap

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RATINGS: 185   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5174) - Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 31, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2014
July, 2006 Bottle from Kent Beer Festival. Unfiltered. Fresh tasting. Hints of chocolate and fruit. Perfumey hops. Very refreshing, softly carbonated, easy drinking, nicely balanced beer. Nothing too sweet, too dry, too bitter or too aggressive. An assortment of flavours that work together in harmony. Slightly different so catches the interest without being heavy or oppressive. There’s possibly some wheat in here. And some chocolate malt. It’s an interesting mix. Quite serious without being clever or stunning. Very enjoyable. Nice one. [4.0]
Jan, 2014 330ml dark glass bottle. Unfiltered. Gift from Piers - bought from BeerHawk. Slight gush. Muddy appearance, though had been stored for over a week. Candy sugar sweetness. Some fruit. Some musty notes. Pleasant drinking, though flavours are vague and muddled. A fruity little thing - few hops. A tad too much sweetness for my taste, and perhaps lacking interest and direction and focus. [3.1]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5096) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Light amber color that is almost golden. Light aroma of apple and some oak. There is also a little bit of flowers and pears. The taste has some nice caramel and peanuts. The mouthfeel is nice with some light flower notes in the background. There is also a little bit of hay in here. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5077) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (5077) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
33cl bottle from Abcbeers. thin creamy white head. Hazy amber pour. Herbal aftertaste. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAY 20, 2006
Bottled. Aroma of malts and light spices. Hazy, orange color, off-white small head, few lace. Light sweet, light bitter, light spices. Flat and no character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Mild gusher, as I am force to quickly grab the bottle and start sucking the foam as I reach for my largest available glass (Duvel - damn it) more foam and the bubble still acting like a micro Mount Vesuvius. OK, me thinks things have settled down. Orange amber color with a fluffy dark cream colored head. The color darkens slightly with each additional pour. Fall wildflower breeze flowing through the attic haymow,with old wood and dry grain included. Gentle pours required with this one. Light and airy on the palate, with enough heft to keep it on the tongue. I interject that I have been quite pleased with the brews from this brewery. Fairly light in flavor, but balanced and pleasant. Pale malt, honey, peaches, mild apples and herbal/wild flower hops balance. Finish is quite dry and rather uneventful. Some mild caramel and apple. Linger returns to herbal roots and a hint of light toffee. A perfect end of the day potation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (4950) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2013
Bottled, BB 10/2013, large sample. Hazy amber color with floating stuff, big off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, toffee, soft spicy notes, hint of raisin, slight grassy hop. Medium bitter in taste, some burned caramel. Slight metallic finish. Past its peak I guess.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thedm (4925) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 26, 2005
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy finely sized mostly lasting off-white colored bubbles that left behind a carbonated hazy amber brown colored body with yeast floaties and a good lacing. The aroma was mildly doughy with a malty base. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a mild malty doughy vinous aftertaste. The flavor was malty doughy smooth and tingly on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Strykzone (4825) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2014
Sampled at esbls. Cloudy, even opaque amberish. A gusher but the foam faded quickly. Apricots in the nose. Taste is fruit, yeadt, earth, funk. Pleasant drinking stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfhodense (4791) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - DEC 8, 2010
Pours cloudy amber with a beige head. Aroma is fruity, light sour and apple. Flavour is fruity, apple, pepper and light sour notes.

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