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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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3.2
italarican (1606) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Bottle at Where the Wild Beers Are. Full orange pour with minimal eggshell head. Aroma of hay and malt. Extremely sweet of butterscotch and white sugar backed by funk. Cloying.

4.3
SuzyGreenberg (1604) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 15, 2012
750 ml bottle; dense brown with almost dirty, muddy texture and fizzy light cream head; wow, sometimes I’m blown away by a BdG aroma with the spelty wheat, husky grain and sweet honey; silky, light syrup in the mouthfeel; sweet honey, dry oaks, some dry fruit; delicate yet complex; crisp, clean lager-like feel to it with all the spelty, belgian goodness; one of the best BdG’s I’ve had yet; pure yum

3.7
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.

3.7
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2008
(750 ml bottle from Marcorelle’s) Pours clear darkish amber in my snifter. Large, foamy, doughy off white head takes a while to recede. Aroma of caramel, citrus and honey. Mouthfeel light, smooth and refreshing. Refreshing flavor of light caramel and citrus with funky, yeasty overtones. Maybe a hint of pepper on the back of the tongue towards finish in warmer, deeper in the bottle samples. This is a really nice beer although I wish the flavor was a little ’beefier’.

3.4
HopfenWeisse (1558) - - OCT 8, 2015
Clear amber orange color with big head. Aroma is fruity, malt. Flavor is spices, malt, yeast. Not bad.

3.7
thepatrickman (1503) - Lewes, East Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 5, 2017
On tap at York River Landing. Delicious and simple. This showcases the malt profile -- some bread, cereal, and toast, as well as a nice light caramel sweetness -- with a slightly peppery yeast kick. Good and easy drinking.

3.8
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - MAY 17, 2005
750 ml bottle that reads Amber. Pours a clear orange with a huge white fluffy head, and floaties. Aroma has big fruitiness and hops, with a touch of lemon zest or citrus. Malty smooth flavor, with a good dose of hop flavor, and mild bitterness. Medium body, reminds me a bit of an ESB.

3.4
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAR 24, 2005
Amber color (duh), tan head. Fruity and yeasty, slightly dry with some mild funkiness. Pretty pleasant, I’d drink again.

3.8
Jokes (1455) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2005
Clear, amber body with a fluffy, white head that quickly collapses into a thin, white line. Interesting aroma of spicy hop oil, tobacco, caramel, whole grains, earthy terroir, light wood and fresh flora. The body is silky smooth with low carbonation and plenty of malty backbone. Tasty and well balanced. Excellent, complex malt layers and elements of fruit, grains and toffee while remaining well attenuated. A crisp hop bitterness comes in near the finish to enliven the tongue and warm the soul. A nice, balanced Biere de Garde with some spiciness and crisp hop bitterness. I wish this was fresh, because the green bottle oxidized the hops some. If this were fresh, I bet this would have reached another level of tastiness.

3.4
EricE (1372) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Bottle from Oak Tree. Hazy orange yellow pour with a light tan head. Nutty malt aroma. Lots of citrus and grapefruit. Sweet biscuit and grapefruit flavor. Notes of nutty cereal and honey. Moderately hoppy finish.


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