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

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Reviews: 78
Hads: 128
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 19
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tjd25 on 10-09-2004

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.”
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

man, i really like what these guys are up to. the extra, although it was so green bottle weird, was also good enough to make me go back and buy this one today, and while it has a similar issue with the green glass light struck thing, it is also really delicious and raw. the yeast in this one is fantastic, funky and thick, the dominant flavor agent, and although it says on the label its dry hopped, i didnt think it was half as hoppy as the extra. the subtle nature of the hops in this is one of its best assets, but i love all the new to me yeast swirling around in the beer, and the horsey nature of it all. americans dont do saisons all that well without brett i feel like, but the french and the belgians have it dialed in. fuller bodied than the extra and some of the other french ones i have had recently, but its flattering to the flavors, especially the spicy yeast. carbonation is there, but it doesnt warm up all that well. beer makes me so happy, so so happy, and something as unique and fun as this is a real treat. i just wish they would abandon the green bottles, its a bummer the beer doesnt come in as full swing as it could, but its still worth buying. stoked to have these guys in colorado. (1,210 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml split. Bottle reads 6%. Reviewed from notes.

A - Slow gusher. Pours two two twolips hazy darkish orange with some resting flecks at the bottom. A white head retains as a thick ring+slight cap and leaves bits of lace.

S - Earthy and fruity. Lemon, apple, bread and slight caramelish malts, peach, leafiness, wet hay.

T - More apple and straight-forward yeast profile here kinda gives it a stale feel compared to the nose. Still a good plethora flavors here, lots of pear, green grape, herbal hop, bready farm yeasts, grains, persistent sweet malt.

M - Carbonation is somewhat on the low side, somewhat big-feeling for 6%, light hop bitterness and a crisp finish, yeasty, pretty easy drinking.

O - Good fruit notes from the dry-hop and yeasts meld well with straight-up saison flavors, the smell was pretty promising but the taste seemed a bit meh in comparison. Was expecting more from the hops, though it's a good beer, it's lacking compared to lots of other saisons. (978 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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. (286 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,748 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,722 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but isn't as earthy, also having notes of apples and yeast as well as hints of peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and seems to be a little lighter-bodied compared to other beers in the style (it's kind of like a saison but with an earthier taste). I would definitely want to have this again, especially when cooking a dinner. (832 characters)

Photo of impending
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

B+

750ml into a tulip. Pours a lightly hazed pale yellow, dense clumping egg shell white froth, nice lacing remains behind.

Sweet yeasty rich aroma, apple, pear and an underlying mustiness.

Flavor is slightly fruity and grainy, minor citrus rind. Touch of white pepper joins the bitter comprised of rind and wet grass but altogether minor. No sharp edges. Less than medium bodied mouthfeel.
cheers
jd (403 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear blonde color with 1.5" of white head on the top of it. Aroma was if this makes sense, dry perfume. Pale malts and a mild yeast presence qualifying as Belgian.

Taste, enjoyable, thin body, heavy flavor delivery, again dry, slightly mild citrus notes, pithy bitterness. Carbonation was high. I don't know if this had pepper, of it the lemon like citrus qualities and high carbonation tend to make you think there might be based on those two factors together often giving a beer a little more prickliness that isn't too far from being peppery. Grassy as well. Really tame hopping, but par for the course for style. Never picked up on any of the earthy funky descriptors others have used. Thought this was really dry and clean. (738 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a pint glass. Foams up pretty good when poured. An unusual saison....much different flavors than I am used to but it works!!! pours a hazy butterscotch color with a medium size delicately bubbly white head. Head retention is about average for a saison. Little lacing.

Smell is fairly pronounced. There is a vinuous aroma, more like a table wine than the wine aroma and taste found in some Imperial stouts (port wine). There is also a fairly pronounced apple cider aroma s well. I like the saison lemon zest and funk more than this, but the aroma is still pretty good.

Taste is similar. Some white table wine, more apple juice or cider. As the beer warms, some tartness and a tiny bit of funk are more prominent, no barnyard/horseblanket aspects here. I was shocked at the low abv. This is a big beer flavor wise. May not be typical saison, but the flavors jump out at you.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich. The tartness and very slight hoppiness are welcome. Does not feel like a low abv beer.

Different but still good. I didn't give it the high marks that most reviewers did. A bit expensive (at least at Superior Market in Sunnyside NY). It is good but not great. (1,214 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 1/8/12

A hazy peachy orange with lots of tiny particles being pushed around by lots of tiny bubbles that feed a large well sustained foam that leaves a couple random patches of lace

S lemon zest and sweet orange with lots of hops, herbal, leafy, and lots of citrus, faintly funky and some nice spicy notes

T matches the smell very well, maybe a little more spicy notes then the nose

M has some body too it and the bubbles give it some life, a little rindy yeast lingers on the finish

O pretty well rounded beer that I'll drink again, I know its a little silly giving a beer the highest mark in the overall but I felt it deserved a boost because it was so close too 4.5 in all areas

another great addition to the massive beer selection here in Alberta, now if we could only get some Westy 12's in these parts I'd be really impressed... oh OK then never-mind (896 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of fine, foamy off-white head, which leaves some random swaths of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of mildly toasted pale malt, a bit of Belgian sugar, a tame white pepper essence, and rather prominent bitter leafy, weedy, and somewhat floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy malt, some moderated yeasty, funky notes, soft peppery spices, a decent varied orchard fruitiness - apple, withered orange, and mild grapefruit/lemon acridity - hemmed in by a decent earthy, leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are low-key, and all the better for it, the body an impressively rounded middle weight for the style, and more or less smooth. It finishes decidedly on the sweet side - fairly sugary pale malt, a waning earthy yeastiness, and still edgy fruity, leafy hops.

One sassy Saison, I must say - this seems very much like a pepped up version of the base style, not so much in the booze, but in the otherwise normally sedate aspects. Spice, yeast, and verdant hops make this a future-forward version of the traditional style. Me likey. (1,138 characters)

Photo of rarbring
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy pale straw colored brew, with a short white head that leaves no lacing and has small curtains.

The smell is funky yeasty, spices and lime almond.

Tasting sweet lemon marmalade, cardamom and clove.

High carbonation, small foamy bubbles, a medium body, a dry finish.

Feels very genuine, like beer made for centuries. (326 characters)

Photo of danedelman
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-amber copper with a nice 1 finger head.

S-very nice roasted malt almost butterscotch smell with candi sugar.bit fruity but do not have any sourness or funk in the nose like I was thinking.

T-very malt forward. Roasty/toasty malts with a nice fresh earthy hop lurking on the back of the tongue to really balnce this one beautifully. I don't get the funk or sourness at all.

M-full bodied and very lively in the mouth.

O-will buy again. Not what I was expecting but very good. (481 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky orange with a really large and compact white head that takes a long time to dissipate, leaving rich lacings.

S: Wow, brettanomyces gives it a yeasty and “barny” vibe. Dry green apples and oranges. Spices; mainly peppers.

T: Follows the nose; brett and spices. Green apples, oranges, lemons, grapefruits and perhaps some melon. Very dry. Not as sharp as the smell, more balance. Some sourness as well.

M: Bitter and sour aftertaste, rather long for the style. Body is medium while carbonation is mild and smooth.

O: This is a very nice Saison – a little of everything. The bretts make it very interesting; provide an extra dimension. (658 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great thanks to cstromberg57 for throwing this surprise in. Never heard of the brewery or had a beer from France before to my recollection. Poured into a pint glass. Label says 09/2011

A- Pours a super cloudy dark gold color and, from a very careful pour, yields a finger and a half of white head that retains for quite a long time before finally retreating to 1/4 inch. Thick, fluffy lacing as I swirl.

S- Immediately catch on to the brettanomyces yeast funk that smells very fresh and pungent. It has a familiar medicinal aroma to it that I can't put my finger on.

T- Tart in the onset but with a full sweetness on top. The Brett is just screaming out of this one too but in a good way that's not so puckering that you can't taste the fruitiness. In this case, there's lemon, orange, kumquat and grapefruit all shining the way they were meant to.

M- This is my favorite part of the blonde. Fizzy, spritzy bubbles with a bit of dryness at first but is immediately swept aside by the quenching finish. The wild yeast also provides a medicinal coating on the tongue that's not unwelcome. Has a champagne-like quality overall.

O- So this is what a true saison tastes like. Beautiful. (1,188 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle obtained via a Beermasons subscription and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a pale orange with a hazy look about it. Has a fair number of small black particles that stay suspended throughout detracting from the overall look of it. Has a large head of foam (3 fingers) that recedes to just more than a perimeter ring.

Aroma is of sweet grain mixed with some pepper giving it a real nice and inviting earthiness.

Taste is certainly on the sweeter side of things. Mainly an earthy grain flavour coming through. Nice and sweet however.

Mouthfeel is impressive, even with the high carbonation, this is not grating while the body of the beer suits the style, ensuring that it is replenishing and not just something to be "downed".

Overall a solid Saison. Naming it "La Blonde" doesn't really do it justice. A saison it is, a saison it does well. Word of warning though, it is a sweet one. (906 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip thanks to Beermasons.

Browny orange, cloudy and brimming with fine sediment, with a big white head that leaves tiny spots of lace and a resilient ring.

Nose is nicely floral and a little sharp, with honeysuckle, melons, grass clippings and peppery spice. Quite delightful.

Taste shows a touch of sourness initially, but sweet is definitely the order of the day. There's flower nectar, pear, candy sugar and a touch of bitter rind. Not a huge spice presence, but enough to keep it from becoming cloying.

Surprisingly full and syrupy. Carbonation is lively on the tongue but medium and unobtrusive across the palate. Lingering bitterness and great length.

Yum. This is my third Brasserie Thiriez beer and I'm well impressed. That they manage to pack this much flavour into low to moderate alcohol brews is clear evidence that the French need to do more beer. (904 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a hazy orange body with a very strong carbonation of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. There is a nice off-white head of cream that turns rocky and pushes above the glass. This is a slow motion gusher that continues to grow out of the bottle after the first pour forming a lava flow of foam down the side of the bottle.

S- The yeasty perfume aroma is full with some soft apple juice aroma that takes on a honey comb quality as the beer opens. It finishes a sweet fruit and soft green hop note blend together with a fresh rain quality.

T- The dry sugary flavor has a green cola note and a dry yeast note that finish with a slight hop hint and some apple sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a smooth well balanced blend of flavors but the apple fruity quality is a bit odd and out of place with the other flavors. The hops and yeast character were a bit soft and get over-powered by the apple notes, but it did pair nicely with some bacon wrapped chicken. (1,106 characters)

Photo of hwwty4
2.92/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Found this new saison at the local, due to its decent reviews I figured I would give it a whirl. Poured a capped 750ml into my Triple Karmeliet tulip.

I cracked this open and instantaneously wished i would have opened it over the sink. Saison everywhere. This bad boy is a foamer. Once I got over the shock and got a glass under it, it poured straight foam. Maybe a 1/2 inch of beer with the rest head. For the amount of head that was present almost no lacing The aroma reminds me of caramel green apples. Almost an artificial green apple aroma. Lots of sweet caramel. Just a hint of floral hops. The flavor is much the same. Overwhelming sweet. Lots of caramel, with just a hint of tart green apple. A bit of yeasty biscuits. Very little hop presence. The mouthfeel is really sweet and full. Not dry at all. Overall, I wonder if I got a really old bottle. Most reviews talk about the hop presence but I get nothing like that. Just a wisp. (941 characters)

Photo of GatheringBrews
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, bright golden color with a fluffy white head.

Tart and citrusy taste with just the right farmhouse funk. Also has notes of spice. Just a tiny bit of hops in the finish.

Even better with some of the yeast swirled into the beer, which seems to add some body and balance. (285 characters)

Photo of jsanford
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer in the bottom of a cooler at my local shop. It was moldy and on sale for $5.99. I have no idea how old it is. Poured into a tulip.

A - We've got a gusher! Once all that died down it poured a lovely golden hue with 4 finger of bubbly head. Lotsa little floaties bounding around, too. Looked like champagne.

S - Juicy pears, lemon and sweet cracker malt with a bit of yeastiness.

T - Pear and apple dominate with some sweet, bready malt and a bit of old funkiness.

M - Very crisp and bubbly with a dry finish.

D - Quite drinkable. We had this with a Pear and Spinach salad as a first course and I can think of no better pairing. Easily takes the place of a champagne, I will seek this one out for dinner parties. (733 characters)

Photo of cpanossian
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a 750 ml green glass bottle at RSVP in Portland Maine.

Didn't notice until I uncapped the bottle that inside the neck under the cap was dried crud (spent yeast and wort?) - possible that the cap was not a perfect seal?

I poured a tulip glass and let it breathe for a few minutes. Aroma was inviting, slightly fruity with hint of citrus. Tast was delicious, mildly crisp, lightly sweet, just a hint of tartness. Pale orange color glowed wonderfully in tulip glass. Terrificly refreshing on a summer day.

Have not seen or experienced too many French craft beers yet, but am mildly interested in exploring the genre.

The Thiriez website is compellling too - wouldn't hurt my feelings to visit their brewery in Esquelbecq - looks like beautiful country. (759 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle at the Publican - split and paired with oysters, pork rinds, sweetbreads, tongue, chorizo, etc.

cellphone notes

appearance: very lively bottle - foamy white carbonation spills out upon uncorking...pours a straw golden shade with a delicate foamy white head

smell: yeast. dry hopping is evident, sweet melon, tangerine citrus, fresh cut grass

taste: an excellent pairing beer - lively with subtle tartness, refreshing and palate cleansing. Peach, melon, citrus, pepper, caramel, belgian malt.

mouthfeel: lively, wild

drinkability: good (553 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another saison in my summer saison series, although it doesn't say saison "farmhouse" counts. Pours real nice with a little gush, golden straw color with a puffy tight white head. No real lacing to speak of. Smells of a little yeast, lots of lemon, and a good bit o green bottle. I usually hate green bottle but somehow I'm diggin this one. Taste is dominated by flavors of grain, lemon, and very grassy hops. Unlike alot of the saturday saisons this one is not all about the yeast. There is a good bit o green bottle flavor happening here, I'm questioning if this is light struck. Lovely bottle conditioned mouthfeel, slightly bubbly. Other then the greeness, its ok to drink. Honestly I'd give this one more shot to see if the bottle was light struck, but if it was the same I wouldn't go here again. (802 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearnance: cloudy light orange in color with a very short head that creates a thick surface foam.

Smell: fruit sweetness and a floral bitterenss is mild but detectable.

Taste: caramel, fruit sweetness, pears, green grapes, with some nice bitterness and a touch of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lighty crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this beer was a bit sweeter and fruitier than expected. Not a bad beer but there are better saisons out there. (497 characters)

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