La Blonde D'Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde - Brasserie Thiriez
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 01:28:05 | More by Maxwell
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4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-27-2013 06:30:40 | More by Auraan
La Blonde D'Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde from Brasserie Thiriez
90 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.