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

bottled
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RATINGS: 233   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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3.1
GuideDogSaint (1498) - Xiamen, CHINA - MAY 30, 2015
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen. Pours hazy amber with an off white head. Aroma of mal, caramel and biscuit. Very sweet.

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.

3.6
tyler_mn (1475) - 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.

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.

3.1
HerrBierkoenig (1453) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 23, 2015
From 0,75l bottle, Pours: deep cloudy amber liquid, medium frothy tan head, Aroma: malty, caramel, bready, Taste: medium sweet, light bitter, light to medium sour, malty, bready, citrus, Palate: light body, average carbonation, slick mouthfeel, watery, Overall: drinkable, but too watery, too simple, not my favorite.

3.8
Jokes (1453) - 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 (1367) - 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.

3.7
thepatrickman (1355) - Jevington, 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.

3.4
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - APR 20, 2008
Bottle. Hazy amber thin head. Spicy floral bread and caramel aroma with some barnyard notes. Prickly mouth feel, quite carbonated. Doughy cracker flavor, malty with caramel. Decent body, little hop flavor or bitterness. Nice picnic ale.

2.9
Hopverdju (1267) - BELGIUM - NOV 17, 2016
Donker amberkleurig bier met beige schuim. Geur: moutzoetig, karamel. Smaak: licht zoet, mout, kandij. Lichte koolzuurprikkel. Smaakt eigenlijk als een zoeter tafelbier.


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