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

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RATINGS: 306   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bière de fermentation haute, non filtrée et non pasteurisée. Refermentation en bouteilles. Les spécialistes y retrouveront le style belge.

Note: Recently reformulated to 6.0% ABV, although older 6.5% bottles may still be found.

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3.4
fiulijn (20938) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 18, 2008
Cloudy blond color. It has some sweet malty aroma, with a citrusy touch. As pouring it, it was dense (as much as possible for a low gravity Ale), and indeed the body is reasonable, with a good flavor of dry malt and light cereals. I wonder which hop they use (Golding? Hallertau?), but indeed it’s good, both for the quite strong bitterness and its aromatic contribution. A good one in the French beer landscape.

4.5
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2008
Hazy straw yellow, huge puffy white head. Nose quite hoppy, herbal, sharp and minty, lots of interesting spices going on. Dry and quite spicy, good malts, nice heft to it, rolls around the mouth pleasingly. Big sharp. Bready malts. Full and smooth, feels nice. Really good stuff.

2.8
Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Gusher, another... Light amber with little floaties, nice white head, but is excessive. Aroma is a light maltiness, with dried fruit, and floral notes. Taste is lightly malty with a very subtle tartness, and hay character. Body is overly carbonated.

3.6
watchnerd (22) - San Mateo, California, USA - JAN 8, 2008
Another near-gusher from Thiriez, hyper carbonated and ejaculating out of the top of the bottle. Not as unique as the Extra, but an enjoyable blonde. Great head, nice lacing, moderate hop presence. An enjoyable brew. Worth the money compared to blondes brewed in North America? Debatable.

3.7
SSSteve (4006) - - DEC 30, 2007
cloudy gold with a large white effervescent head. crisp, herbal hop aroma. flavor is herbal, mint, fresh hops, ginger, lemon. a very unique hop profile with this brewery. i really enjoyed the "xxtra" from them as well. a real treat on a sunday night.

3.7
bhensonb (15489) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 12, 2007
6.0% bottle from Monument in Concord, CA. Aroma of yeast, citrus and light spice. Hazy orange gold color with lots of tiny bubbles and a quite huge white head. Medium body with quite creamy carbonation. A bit of mild earthiness, some caramel, some veg, some floral hop, some not so spicy yeast. It tends to drop into a dry state with herb/floral notes. It suddenly resolves into a dry fruitiness. It’s really good; really special; really hard to describe accurately. If you like real ale, I doubt you’ll regret having this one. The aroma persists from sip to sip. A trip.

3.4
Floback (550) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 8, 2007
Pint bottle pours a massive 2 inch off-white head that just won’t go away. A dark orange-gold body churns with carbonation and multiple brown flakes. Lacing is elusive yet cloying. Aroma is hard to discern from Belgian Strong styles: grains, yeasty funk, soap, subtle citrus. Tastes are similar with alcohol upfront. Overly-carbonated and medium/full bodied. Crisp aftertaste with a slight boozy mouthfeel. Not bad.

3.7
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Upon opening, the 750ml bottle, the beer exploded like Krakatau, this produced a huge sticky mess all over my desk, as I poured the beer, it created a astronomic frothy white head that took up half the glass, took several minutes to get the glass full. Slowly, ever so slowly it vanished leaving a nice golden body, with the lace a thin patchy sheet, nose has a sweet malt tone, hints of wet horse blanket, citrus like crispness. Front has a sweet and sour taste, some bitterness at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish is dynamically acidic the hops controlled, very dry lingering aftertaste, “Saison’s”, rank high on my list of great beer styles.

3.9
JoeinDahlem (1580) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 22, 2007
Bottle @ Brassigaume fest. Cloudy, bright yellow with lovely, fluffy, white head. Smells grainy and a little sweet. Hearty, bready flavor, with a nice dusting of hops and a dry finish. Very lively MF. Overall, incredibly balanced, bitter without going overboard, dry and refreshing. Reminiscent of a great saison, and nearly flawless. Loved it.

2.5
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 12, 2007
A Mes rate: Bottle at GBBF. Very over carbed dull blonde. Sweet and spicy, bitter finish. Yadda yadda yadda.


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