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


on tap

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RATINGS: 205   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
deanso (6371) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 3, 2014
33cl bottle from Abcbeers. thin creamy white head. Hazy amber pour. Herbal aftertaste. Pretty nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (6200) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle (750ml). Shared with R, blankboy, GregClow, DougShoemaker, and mds, courtesy of DougShoemaker. Poured murky orange with a decent lasting foamy tan head. Aroma of orange pekoe tea, mild dry hop medley, orange juice, gentle grains (barley, rye, ...). Taste is surprisingly grainy, even milder hop component, yeasty - reminded me of fresh rye bread. Very dry mouthfeel - overall tasty, not outstanding but no flaws here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6155) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Glouglouburp (6104) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2008 Cloudy dirty golden copper body with an initially large beige head. Lots of small particles and I’m not talking about the bottom of the bottle. First glass out of a 750 was filled with it. Intriguing nose of mint, citrus, pear and whatever. Taste is even better. Soft caramel, doughy fruity yeast, grapefruits, red apples, dried fruits, apricots. Although I listed a bunch of fruits the beer didn’t feel that fruity. Rather sweet, more so than I expected. Kind of hard to describe I guess. Fruity sugar pie with a crusty crust is the best I can come-up with. Viscous creamy body. I really really like that brewery. Supposed to be an amber version of their Blonde d’Esquelbecq but honestly it didn’t feel anything like the blond. I don’t think this is typical of this beer because no other Thiriez has ever done that but this one gashed a lot and I had to drink it fast cause it kept coming out of the bottle by itself. At least unlike G.W. Bush in Irak this beer had an exit strategy.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jonas (6052) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - JUL 29, 2014
Tap at Irreale. Cloudy red orange, offwhite low cream. Very light minerally nose and entry, melonoidin, clayish notes, flat light roast. Medium light body. Quick toasted grassy finish. Anonymous Not super exiting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
larsniclas (5953) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (5767) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
caesar (5678) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5617) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - MAR 3, 2014
Bottle from ABC Beers, Den Haag. Poured a cloudy medium amber with a frothy white head. The aroma is yeast, light fruit and a little wood. The flavour is medium bitter with a smooth yeast malt hop bitter palate. Medium bodied with average carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (5576) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 26, 2011
4oz pour at Max’s Rare and Obscure Beer Week Part 4. Pours a hazy, burnt orange with a thin, creamy white head. Nose is orangey, light candy, malty, a little perfume. Flavor is grassy, a little medicinal, malty, yeasty. Obviously a Euro IPA. Medium bodied with a sweet finish.

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