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


on tap

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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.

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TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Lustrous copper. White foam settles to clumpy islands of silky consistency. Earthy, fennel hop scents with hints of spiced apples and caramelized malt hulls. Mistily dry on the palate. Fluffy carbonation, but dense. Hint of fruity acidity and juicy hops initially fuse with spicy hops as a chewy nutty-malt bedding becomes established. Softening dab of banana nut bread echoes the hard mineral foundation. Near-perfect attenuation, here. Tight, deeply caramelized malt notes. Fruity esters contribute trace levels of slickness, but otherwise remain in the background. Finishes with a suggestive nutty malt spine along with a countering edge of musty yeast, minerals and dryness which spawn a flurry of pleasantly raspy earthy hops. An extremely well-rounded example. If only the aroma was more refined and the flavor contained more malt to withstand to the fruitiness.

Volgon (2761) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2005
750ml: Hazy light to dark orange with huge puffy rocky head that grows in the glass and leaves a light lacing. Grassy peppery aroma with a hint of lemon and a bit of mustiness. Rich taste that ends a bit bitter at the end with a bready ending. A perfect Thanksgiving beer.

Indra (2710) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - APR 30, 2006
750ml bottle. Fairly interesting, multi-faceted aroma, with notes of toasted grain, sugary sweetness and doughy, musty yeast, alongside lighter suggestions of mild spices and tart fruits, and including pepper, cinnamon, freshly cut grass, cake frosting, apple, mint, pear and white grape. Hazy medium-dark amber color, generously dusted with sediment and sporting a hugely frothy and lasting head. Flavor is lightly spicy and bitter to start, quickly becoming fruity and again lightly tart and crisp, finishing with a light, brown sugary sweetish malt presence meeting bready, lightly estery yeast and gentle, leafy herbal tones. Texture is highly creamy and effervescent, carrying the flavors well. Body is medium. All in all, somewhat intriguing. Allow sufficient warming for maximum results.

Mortlach (2532) - Rome, ITALY - APR 26, 2016
330ml bottle bought @Johnny’s Off License (Rome). Pours amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, brown sugar, light roasted notes and ripe fruit. Flavour is unbalanced, very sweet and malty. Medium body, light carbonation. Ok.

Ethereal (2471) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 9, 2011
330ml bottle at home, 4th Dec 2010. Amber with an off-white head. Nice weight, good mouthfeel. Slightly sour nose, bit fruity. In the mouth, it has prune, pineapple and fig as well as mineral/stone hint. Doesn’t feel that strong. Grew on me.

tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of malted barley. Lightly roasted malt. Caramel and toffee. A hint of earthy dirtiness. Some baking bread. Pours cloudy dark copper with lots of particulate. Pleasant flavor profile with notes of barley, toasted malt, biscuits, yeast and a hint of dry earthy hops. Creamy on the tongue with lively carbonation.

dfearnley (2405) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 23, 2012
Bottle to wine glass Aroma of lacto bacillus, caramel, and candied fruit. Cloudy tangerine colour with medium particulates and a thin tan head. Wood, nutmeg, and light candied fruit.

NoiZe (2394) - Zeist, NETHERLANDS - OCT 2, 2010
Amber colored brew. Sourness in the aroma. Sour, vinous flavor. Too unbalanced.

rudolf (2360) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2005
@ Shelton Brothers tasting. Sweet gold/tan. Peachy, fruity nose. Yeast, alcohol, orange, grapes. Flavor has intensely sweet orange, clove, yeast. Slightly alcoholic finish.

mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
bottle. hazy orange body with little specks of yeast and a bright white head. aroma has spice and yeasty bread along with grassy hops. pretty good smooth texture - grassy grain flavours and yeasty cookies with only the slight hop bitterness. very good.

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