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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bb (9790) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2007
Bottle. Bronze beer with a huge off-white head. Sweet caramel aroma with lemony citrus, spice, earth, and toasted grains. Then a long wait while the head just sat there. Earthy, peppery flavor with good caramel and some fruitiness. Medium body. High carbonation. Finishes dry. LIngering earthy spiciness.

detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
] Pours a clear deep amber, topped by an impossible head of light tan foam. Too much head retention - foam oozes out of the top of the bottle, even after I’ve poured off 4-5 ounces. Light malt caramel aroma, with a soft fruitiness. Delicious beer - light caramel, some dark honey, sweet bread, and a touch of dried apricot. These sweet flavors are nicely balanced by the fresh earthy hops. Exceptionally smooth beer - medium body and lots of gentle carbonation.

jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - JAN 7, 2007
From a gold plastic wrapped, capped 750 ml. green bottle with a blurb along the left side of label, no freshness date, sampled at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. Poured a hazy orangey amber with a large frothy, foamy off-white head that slowly settled into a thin creamy foamy lacing, small amount of sticking. Aromas of lightly toasted cereal grains and earthy, spicy yeast, a light lemon fruitiness, and a soft herbal hop. Good active carbonation and a crisp, dry, softly slick, velvety smooth medium-light bodied mouthfeel. A nice malty and yeasty taste, toasted grainy with a subtle malty sugariness, earthy, peppery yeast, dry leafy, herbal hops, a good soft lingering bitterness, a subtle pear and citric fruitiness, the alcohol is well masked and provides a very soft warming presence in the palate, and a dry leafy, subtle citric and grainy finish. This is a brewery I am becoming more impressed with, this is well worth trying, good, smooth drinkability, I just wish it had a cheaper price.

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

Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 13, 2006
Dark orange colored, big light brown head. Rather thin aroma with yeast, spices and some sweet caramel, some weird banana in aroma also. Medium bodied. Flavor is also rather mild with spices and yeast, some berries and even metal in drying aftertaste.

TBone (18561) - Pori, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Amber red, floating fine yeast. Steady cloudy head. Grassy and fruity lemony nose. Crisp, grassy, a bit alcoholic flavor. Some caramel and sugars also can be tracked. Quite "Belgium" ale, not French or a bière de Garde at all.

oh6gdx (26485) - Vasa, FINLAND - DEC 10, 2006
Bottled. Reddish orange colour with yeast floating around, mediumsized beigeish head. Aroma is hops, yeast and barnyard. Flavour is sour fruits along with some caramellish notes. Gets quite nutty in the aftertaste.

dwyerpg (6498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 17, 2006
Not a lot of aroma. Head is carbonated in character. Very different from the Extra I just tried. Lots of mouthfeel, some creaminess and some malts. Indistinct flavor, but lots of earthiness.

BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 30, 2006
Bottle and served in my NB Worthy glass: Upon opening I was greeted by a moderate gusher which I was able to save 3/4 of the bottle, the pour of course had a huge head initially on top of a hazy sunset with little floaties and there was okay lace. Lucky the head did fade enough to drink the beer. The nose has grainy and floral qualities with grassy hops notes and a finishing touch of subdued sugar and ripened fruits which appear more as it warmed. The flavor profile starts slightly sweet with equal parts malt, honey, sugar before leading off to a yeasty and earthy midsection. The finish is herbal and a bit woody even, short and fleeting. The best part is the aftertaste which has a apricot and pear note that I like. The mouth feel is lively as expected with a dry finish. Overall it is an average beer with the whole greater that the parts.

JPDIPSO (6298) - Wauwatosa, USA - SEP 19, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2007 Mild gusher, as I am force to quickly grab the bottle and start sucking the foam as I reach for my largest available glass (Duvel - damn it) more foam and the bubble still acting like a micro Mount Vesuvius. OK, me thinks things have settled down. Orange amber color with a fluffy dark cream colored head. The color darkens slightly with each additional pour. Fall wildflower breeze flowing through the attic haymow,with old wood and dry grain included. Gentle pours required with this one. Light and airy on the palate, with enough heft to keep it on the tongue. I interject that I have been quite pleased with the brews from this brewery. Fairly light in flavor, but balanced and pleasant. Pale malt, honey, peaches, mild apples and herbal/wild flower hops balance. Finish is quite dry and rather uneventful. Some mild caramel and apple. Linger returns to herbal roots and a hint of light toffee. A perfect end of the day potation.

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