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


on tap

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RATINGS: 303   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (14613) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeinDahlem (1475) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mtoast (336) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
750mL, 6%abv, estimated age is around 8 months old, consumed on 7/19/07. Bottle opens with a pop and surging foam, fuck where did I put my glass, oops little bit of foam on the floor, holy overcarbonated mess batman!! After the initial shock wares off, the abundant foam subsides into a pale hazy, whoa, slightly chunky, are those sea monkeys? Nevermind. Huge stark white foam with nice stickiness. Aroma is full of tropical fruits with some spicy undertones. Flavor is something akin to pureed granny smith apples. Crap, the second pour evolves into a catastrophic eruption of foamy goodness all over my damn desk. Yep, french waterfall onto the floor, hope the dogs like apples. Damn sea monkeys are taunting me now. I remember this beer being better about 6 months ago, but damn if I was a non-rating SOB then, so ptthhht.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Headbanger (3945) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2007
750 ml 6.0%-Slight hazy blond with a huge white head almost overly carbonated or bad. Aroma of hops and yeast. Taste of hop, fruit, and citrus. Nice tasting brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ethereal (2421) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2007
750ml bottle, 6.5% abv. Pours a hazy blonde with frantic carbonation leading to a huge frothy white head. It settles down to deliver an aroma and taste of fruit, spices and bread. It’s nicely hopped at the finish and the palate is spot on. Definitely worth savouring. My thanks to my friend Camille for supplying me with this :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - MAY 20, 2007
Cloudy Mandarin Color withe White Frothy Head. a Ton of Carbonation. Suspect Bottle Got Hot at Some Point. Fruity and Yeasty Aroma. Medium Mouthfeel. Nice and Sweet. Yeasty, Light Spice/Herbs...Nice Ctirus Fruit Notes...Dry Yeast Aftertaste.

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