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


on tap

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RATINGS: 271   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 20, 2005
Fine carbonated head from a 1pt corked bottle. Not thery fruity even with a sour/bitter finish. Very drinkable at 4.5%.

dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2005
Hazy light gold in color with a huge mousee like white creamy head. Aroma is funky,earthy, with a mild musty note. Flavor starts out bitter, with a light acidity,tannins,dry,astringent finish with spice and vegetable character.Finishes with a green grassy bitterness. Body is thin is a good amount of carbonation.

Ernest (7819) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 7, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 20, 2012 Bottle. Head is initially large, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, cracker, sourdough bread), moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of lemon zest, straw, and pepper. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation. Finally some fresh bottles to re-rate. The aroma is quite lovely...floral/herbal hops are up front, with delightful malt character and yeast characteristics underneath. It’s sweeter in the mouth than the 4.5% would suggest, but not in a cloying way. I really wish it was crisper, as that would perhaps hurtle this into 4+ territory, but it is certainly a very enjoyable brew (saison or not...this certainly does not quench one’s thirst due to the high sugar content, but the nose is saison-like).

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2007 The Lure:
Fizzy protuberances leap from the citrusy, green hop exuberance. Simple, unadulterated hop glory in a body akin to Norman dry cider. And the head just won’t die!

The Festivities:
Lengthy leafy hops last until swarthy herbal bitterness subsides, at least a few minutes after the sip. There are some watery and milky passages, but they help immensely to make the hops bloom. The green wooden character of the hops melds with the dry haystack persona of the malts. Svelte body, almost too thin, and citrusy, pineapple fruitiness help assure a pleasurable quaff.

A hopoholic’s brunch.

NB: The hops fade rather quickly, leaving too much room for the yeast. Not as dry and gripping then, but still a fine pint.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 1, 2005
Cloudy blonde color with a lot of floaties and a medium bubbly white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Very seductive aroma of floral noble hops, spices, herbs and yeast. Very good flavor of floral noble hops, salt (!), spices and herbs with a bitter finish. The body is light with a creamy mouthfeel and lively carbonation. This one comes as a great surprise to me since I never heard of this brewery, it’s very well made, well balanced and highly drinkable, great stuff.

FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 1, 2005
This beer is extremely well carbonated, it actually leaked through the cap during shipment to me and is still so carbonated, 2 weeks later, that it forms a five-finger thick head and allows only two-fingers of beer in my glass. The head is a pale cream colored, quite rocky and it forms a nice lace pattern as it slowly subsides, but never disappears. The beer is a pale blonde color with lots of floaties kicked up by the ample carbonation. The aroma smells like Summer; aromatics of blooming fields of wild flowers and grasses, light hay, a hint of lemon, a nice herbal hoppiness, and notes of pear and apple. The aroma is light and airy yet still complex in a subtle way.

The beer is quite light on the palate and quite dry as well. There is a grassy herbal note that compliments the dry grain character, and the finish has a nice sharp bitterness. This is nice and spicy as well. The flavors I can pick up are pepper, ginger, green tea (astringency), lemon, a bit of musty earthiness, and a note like grains of paradise. This has a nice solid bitterness throughout; really it is quite hoppy for a "light" beer. I really enjoy light, flavorful Belgian Ales, especially of the Saison persuasion.

GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 30, 2005
Aroma:Floral and herbal hops.... Appearance:Hazy gold small chunk of yeast.... Flavor:hallertau hops,flower......

CapFlu (5132) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2005
(750ml bottle) Sampled at Goldorak’s Sunday MTL Gathering. White pepper sediment; lasting creamy whtie head with a golden body. Nose of marijuana, pepper and lemon. Tart, yeasty, lemony with a bitter finish. very good.

thedm (6319) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2005
This bottled brew poured a very large sized head of foamy white colored mostly lasting finely sized bubbles that left behind a carbonated hazy yellow colored body and a good lacing. The aroma was musty with fruity banana notes. The mouth feel was tingly initially thin on flavor and finished with a strange cross between a lambic and a malty flavor. Not much to my liking.

Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 18, 2005
Lemony colored, with a fat layer of creamy vanilla frosting and some dust in the bottom of the glass.
Wow! Hallertau! At least I think it is...Anyways, it smells really herbal, leafy, danky, weedy! Like rubbing hop buds and pot buds between your hands. An agressive aroma for sure, that won’t please everyone, but for those who like plenty of nose and are getting tired of the same old IIPA hop bombs, this one if for you.
Very interesting taste as well, it starts off salty, then like the rind of a semi-soft cheese, Sir Laurier d’Arthabaska to be precise. Plenty of hop bitterness to finish it all off. Great stuff!

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