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Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Saison
Esquelbecq, France
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A joint beer venture between a Kentish and Flanders Craft Brewery using quality brewing ingredients.

Formerly known as Thiriez Xxtra, a special version of Etoile du Nord for the US market.

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3.9
tom10101 (6135) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2015
How: Bottle (750 ml) at Hill Farmstead tasting room. Split 2-ways with Franky Boy.

>>> Textbook classic Saison that is up against the best. Peppery, herbal, dry and quenching.

- Hazy orangey with a frothy white head, good retention and some lacing.
- Thiriez yeast is the first thing you get along strong herbal and peppery presence.
- There’s a very nice farmhouse character similar to what you can find in some Blaugies or Dupont and that we almost never get this side of the pond.
- Breadied malts, chewy cereals and caramel give this beer a solid malt backbone.
- The dry and peppery finish add to the quenching character of this beer.

Flavors: Thiriez yeast, pepper, herbal notes, breadied malt, cereals, caramel, mild citrus.

3.5
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2015
On draft at Isaacs. Notes of Bread, grass, flower, hop, citrus and sour notes. Finish was sour with straw and hay. It was surprisingly good.

4
ceason (30) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2015
Pours a golden-yellow with good fluffy white head. Nice earthy aroma of fresh hops, yeast and spices. Tastes of floral hops and spices with some yeast and citrus fruit. Medium bodied. Good carbonation.

3.8
solidfunk (9009) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 26, 2015
Wonderfully done. The perfect mix between hay aroma, light citrus and a hint of pepper. Golden pour with good head and lacing. Light bitter finish with a touch of tang. Tap at Churchkey.

4.1
Ontape (471) - Valley Village, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
750 ml bottle. Super good! I cracked this one open and my wife looked at me and said "What smells like weed?" Definitely has some dank, grassy notes on the nose. Taste is hoppy and dry, but with a surprising rich and full quality that you don’t usually get in a 4.5%er. Floral hops, light grain with a touch of bread and honey, light yeast. I could drink this all day.

4.1
ContemplateBeer (2089) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Aroma: Slight basement, a little lemon; lots of herbal and grassy notes with dry hopping most apparent. Appearance: Hazy gold with a foamy white head that settles into a bubbly skin. Flavor: Very dry throughout; herbal lemon tea up front and exceedingly so towards the finish; hops take over any sort of yeast funkiness this might otherwise have. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Thought quite highly of this; wonderful dry hopped Saison.

4.3
JulienHuxley (5843) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 26, 2014
Bottle from the Bierkoning. Hazy, glowing gold pour with white head. Aroma is hoppy, farmy, dank peppery hop, very light skunk, very peppery, white pepper, clean bready notes, crisp grain, light peppery saison yeast. Taste is bitter, hoppy, brilliant maltiness, very bready but not at all sweet, very dry in fact. Definitely part of a very exclusive category of saisons revolving around Saison Dupont, many attempt it but few succeed.

3.3
skortila (5894) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - JUN 29, 2014
Bottled @ De Molen 2nd Tuesday Tasting. The aroma has grass, some spicey tones. Bit hazy, yellow coloured beer with a thin head. The taste is moderate bitter, quite grassy. Dry finish.

3.8
caesar (7165) - Bunnik/Utrecht, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Bottled @ de Molen tasting, small sample. Slight hazy yellow to golden color, short frothy head. Aroma of spicy and grassy noble hop, just slight spicy yeast. Medium bitter in taste, slight dry. More like an urtyp or classic german pilsener, but hardly any farmhouse or saison character. No problem to me, it’s nice and flavorful.

3.6
Benzai (15726) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JUN 10, 2014
Sampled from bottle @ De Molen 2nd Tuesday Tasting. Clear golden color, medium sized white head. Smell and taste malts, nicely hoppy, nicely bitter. Not really what I had expected from a saison but it’s a nice beer.


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