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

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RATINGS: 232   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36/5   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
750 ml bottle. Clear orange in color with a nice huge fluffy white head and lots of floaties. Fruity and hoppy aroma. Light Citrus note. Nice hop flavor. Medium body and decent. Nice beer.

3.9
JonMoore (2067) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle. Hazy orange, thick white head, and lots of fine floating sediment. Aroma is sweet, fruity, yeasty and spicey. The flavour is lightly malty and fruity, yeasty with some light hops in the finish. Medium bodied, highly carbonated foamy, but nice mouthfeel. A very good, easy drinking Bière de Garde.

3.6
Enniskillen (2060) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 24, 2008
Gusher. Amber with I head that takes up most of the glass. Aroma is caramel, doughy, and a light sourness. Taste is caramel, light pale maltiness showing, a hint of smoke, light hoppiness. Besides the over carbonation, it was terrific.

3.3
miquelcrush (2053) - Granollers, SPAIN - AUG 14, 2015
Cervesa amb un pel massa de gas, en gust predomina el caramel i la galeta. Cerveza con un poco demasiado de gas, en sabor predomina el caramelo y la galleta.

3.5
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2005
Light amber in colour with a beige huge head. Lovely fruity caramel aroma with some musty notes. Toasted caramel, subdued fruits with a nice nutty finish. Medium bodied, tasty.

3.4
jamesie1857 (1975) - Sheffield, South Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUL 14, 2013
330ml bottle from Beer Hawk - Hazy golden-orange body with a moderate white head. Aroma is quite herbal and grassy. Flavour is herbal as well, with yeast and grain notes, caramel, subdued fruits and a nice nutty finish. Quite a good one.

3.7
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2006
Hazy amber color,good sized white head that had a long hang time then faded slowly to leave a decent lace behind.The aroma was hoppy with a decent malty side and a bit of band-aid or somethng that is kind of funky.The flavor was another surprise.Nice malty taste with a good hop showing some citrus and caramel and a nice smooth feel all around.Pretty decent brew and well worth trying again but there fairly pricey at $12/bot

3.3
UXO (1896) - CANADA - OCT 8, 2015
Appearance: clear medium amber with one finger of fluffy ivory head, good retention and patchy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: somewhat muted, caramel/toffee malt, dark fruit, spices, light earthy funk. (6/10) Taste: moderately strong sweet, mild bitter, light tart. (6/10) Medium body tending a little to the watery, lively carbonation, off-dry finish. (4/5) Not bad, but not as well done as their Étoile du Nord. (Though, to be fair, I enjoy saisons much more than ambers, so personal preference is probably a factor there.) The lighter, somewhat watery body and lively carbonation are a bit at odds with the darker malt sweetness and winter spices. They call this a "Bière de Garde," but the labels of “Winter Warmer,” Christmas Beer,” or just plain “Amber” would probably all work just as well. (13/20)

3.9
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Bottle. Pours a hugh head that stays, very cloudy amber appearance. Smell is crisp with a fruity essence. Taste is full flavored with a slight carbonation feel and smooth aftertaste. Refreshing during the summer and goes down smooth. Good farmhous ale. Cheers!

3.5
VDuquerroux (1821) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - OCT 11, 2015
Bottle, 33cL. Home. A dark brown orange opaque hazy beer withn a medium off-white head ; medium retention. Roast, caramel, light biscuit, herb, red berries. Light sweet, light dry bitter refreshing ; acid note. Light to medium body, average texture, light oily, average carbonation, dry fruity finish. Overall, enjoyable fruity bittersweet refreshing light beer ; nice balance.


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