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La Blonde D'’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde - Brasserie Thiriez

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La Blonde D'Â’Esquelbecq / Thiriez BlondeLa Blonde D'Â’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

110 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 19
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Local name - La Blonde d'’Esquelbecq
US Import - Thiriez Blonde

Description on US bottle label:
“Daniel Thiriez’s rustic little brick-and-beam brewery graces the village of Esquelbecq, plunk in the middle of the rolling farm country of French Flanders. With a brewing degree from a Belgian university, and decidedly ‘Belgian-oriented,’ Monsieur Thiriez makes ales with an earthy, slightly wild character that recalls the early days of farmhouse brewing, before there was a border between France and Belgium. The delicate spicy champagne aromas of this thirst-quenching blonde beauty are quickly followed by a bracing rush of whole fresh hops.”

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-29-2005)
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benbazi

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-24-2014 19:44:20 | More by benbazi
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows Belgian yeast, spicy phenols, noble hops with spicy and floral notes, honey and light sweet bready malt.
Similar flavours. Novle hops, spicy Belgian notes, light candi characters and some bready malt.
Carbonation is perhaps a little high.

08-10-2014 11:56:58 | More by CrazyDavros
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afsdan

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

05-22-2014 18:52:52 | More by afsdan
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uturn

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-17-2014 20:47:01 | More by uturn
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

04-04-2014 22:31:25 | More by jrenihan
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -1%

04-04-2014 05:28:09 | More by yancot
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

The beer pours a dirty golden-copper with a huge head of pebble-like bubbles that settle to a half-finger’s width and leave a long fluffy serpent of lacing on the sides of the glass. In body the beer is a murky haze with very little of the other side of the glass making its way through the beer. On the nose, the beer smells beautifully rustic yet sweet. Barnyard funk, grass, pineapple, slight horse blanket, and cider mingle over the nose. I love the rustic nature of the nose, but it is a touch too sweet. As it warms, the funky barnyard scent blends hay, herbs, pineapple, and horse blanket nicely. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky sweet with mild tingly acidity and a rustic herbal bitterness that leads to a dry finish. In flavor, the beer tastes a touch less rustic than the smell. The beer begins as sweet cider with grassy rustic funk that turns to pineapple, then horse blanket. As the beer warms I do sense smooth bread malt and wheat. The finish is of prickly herbs, horse blanket, and a touch of cider. The aftertaste is off bitter hay and grass with a touch of barnyard. In the mouth, the beer feels crisp with a fluffy soft carbonation. The beer is on the light side of medium in the body. There is a crisp tingly feeling as well that lingers on the tongue as an astringency on the sides of the tongue while saliva seems to pool towards the middle of the tongue (strange enough). Overall, I really dig this beer. It is a slightly sweet brett saison with terrific barnyard character, which is admittedly one of my favorite styles. This beer is not perfect. It’s too sweet and needs more hop character for a ‘dry-hopped farmhouse ale,’ but I love this beer all the same. Hits the right barnyard notes. This beer is my jam.

03-06-2014 01:28:05 | More by Maxwell
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firesrage

Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

11-02-2013 04:14:00 | More by firesrage
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Auraan

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

Poured a gorgeous cloudy amber with a nice one-finger white head that grew to a two finger head, receded as I sipped and left a bit of lacing. Very nice to look at. Scents start with lemon juice, sour green apple, faint hints of lavender, white wine, but quickly give way to some herbal hop, tea and leaf scents, especially green tea, rich yeasty aromas and slight mustiness and faint funk as the beer warms. Different for a saison, not quite to the typical style, but with a deep, complex aroma of it's own. Taste is quite unique. Rich herbal characters begin the sip, very similar to a green tea, with a hint of honey in the background. There is a nice herbal hop bitterness throughout the sip, that becomes more prominant towards the backend. There is a nice earthniess and mustiness to the flavor. These flavors carry into the aftertaste. It tastes very fresh, almost like the flavor of a forest after a rain. The usual funk, apricot and other fruit and sour notes of other saisons are not present. Again, different from the style baseline, but very, very good. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate, yet bubbly carbonation, and a juicy finish. Truly fantastic and refreshing. Overall this is a fantastic beer. It's earthy and reminds me of wonderful tea, served chilled. It has a nice earthy quality, almost like what Tom Bombadil would give you if you asked for beer. On top of all this it's just refreshing, slightly complex and with an excellent aroma that changes and compliments it's earthy flavor. It's unique, different from other saisons, but in a good way. Rustic and earthy it's simply fantastic, and well worth far more than the $3.99 I paid for the bottle. The French can truly brew beer when they try.

10-27-2013 06:30:40 | More by Auraan
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twelveinches

Washington

4/5  rDev -1%

10-04-2013 05:41:41 | More by twelveinches
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MRsojourner

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

10-03-2013 00:26:52 | More by MRsojourner
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-31-2013 05:53:13 | More by djrn2
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HevvyMetalHippie

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

08-14-2013 01:30:33 | More by HevvyMetalHippie
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-12-2013 14:12:31 | More by acurtis
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Texas

4/5  rDev -1%

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Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

08-05-2013 21:15:58 | More by BartMcStout
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samEBC

Belgium

4/5  rDev -1%

08-03-2013 21:27:41 | More by samEBC
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safaricook

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -1%

07-21-2013 08:47:31 | More by safaricook
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Michigan

4/5  rDev -1%

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ystazi

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

06-26-2013 21:19:10 | More by ystazi
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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1%

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Maryland

4/5  rDev -1%

06-22-2013 19:07:39 | More by DRBiser
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-21-2013 13:41:47 | More by mdfb79
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Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

05-21-2013 00:49:16 | More by Kmat10
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Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

05-08-2013 01:50:57 | More by cadaugherty
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La Blonde D'’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde from Brasserie Thiriez
90 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.