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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

113 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 18
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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Reviews by hwwty4:
Photo of hwwty4
2.9/5  rDev -28%
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.

hwwty4, May 08, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me this beer is made for socializing on nice spring/early summer days like today in western NY.Poured you guessed it blond with some burnt orange hue with a big fluffy white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it inched its way down slowly,herbal hops dominate the aromas with light notes of lemon zest and iron.Flavor wise it starts out quite dry and leafy and herbal with undertones of lemon but a lightly sweet honey character come thru midway it then settles back to a leafy hop finish.This beer is pretty delicate in my mind nothing hits you in the face but its like I said the perfect beer to drink in pleasant weather as it is quite refreshing at quaffable.

oberon, Jun 04, 2006
Photo of steveja57
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle. A really great Saison. Nice creamy white head,the aroma was slightly yeasty/funky, spicy, grassy. In the mouth a nice crisp flavor, very refreshing, not heavy or alcoholic, apples/pears with a hint of funk to keep things interesting. My favorite thing about this beer besides the delightful drinkability was the gorgeous creamy mouthfeel. An almost champagne-like mousse. One of the best Saisons I've ever had

steveja57, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jason, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev -0.7%

jisak74, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of ADR
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale ghostly yellow appearance, highly carbonated giant white head rises up over an inch in the glass. Beautiful complicated patterns of intricate lace. Tart aroma, almost sulfurous with a backdrop of lemon and stuffy confectioner's sugar. Carbonation seems to work its way out in the pour, this is very soft and light in the mouth, almost cottony. Mild with a not too sweet malt beginning, doughy with straw. Excellent snap of bittering at the finish, not drawn-out but more pointed like the snap of your fingers. Aroma adds another interesting layer to the beer. Excellent mouthfeel, I enjoyed this one a lot.

ADR, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of Auraan
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Auraan, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of sloejams
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle actually read "Bière blonde au Froment Esquelbècoise" but it must be the same as this beer.

My buddy ordered the bière blonde, which was admittedly better than my choice - La Rouge Flamande. Bastard. Thankfully, he shared quite a bit of it. The bottle was poured into a chalice for the unfiltered fizzy yellow nectar. Aroma of cloves and yeast. The taste was quite refreshing - some lemon, lots of yeast which even lent to some breadiness. Lots of flavor and quite drinkable.

sloejams, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

biboergosum, Jul 19, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big overpouring flow of white foam. Very foamy head, on lighter coloured body. A bit of spice and yeast aroma. Drinkable French saison taste, pleasant and moderate complexity noted in multi-coursed lunch. More spicy and not too sweet. Well hopped and appropriate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Sammy, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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

dirtylou, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of MrKennedy
4.03/5  rDev 0%
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.

MrKennedy, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of benbazi
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

benbazi, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of Seaba
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
Photo of bditty187
3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I’m glad I used my Duvel glass, this was one heady beer. The liquid was hazy gold in hue with a bronze highlight, when backlit the liquid looks very lovely! The head, as alluded too, was three plus fingers in height. The foam was white in color; head retention was perfect. The jumble of bubbles hung together nearly forever. It was meringue-like. Impressive! A tight cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was unorganized but very widespread. This is an attractive beer, no doubt about that. Little could improve the appearance.

The nose was lighter and airier then I would prefer. Marshmallows, grain, dry hop aromas, lemon zest, sugar cookies, Pilsner malts, and random (faint) spiciness. The potency is moderate. Honestly, the aromas don’t come together like I would want a “Saison” to do (or any Farmhouse ale). This beer needs more bite and more barnyard. I do like what I smell but I am not “wowed.” Hell, I’m not even satisfied… okay, it is inviting but the bouquet is so understated. No matter, I want to take a sip.

Mission accomplished. The palate, like XXtra has a dried celery and lightly nutty taste that I find distracting. Thin maltiness, cracker-like most of the time, at its best I’d call it cookie-like. Either way, the malt is frail. Light hop bitterness, mostly grassy with some earth and dull spice. At times, in the distance, petite fruit allusions come though. Of the three Thiriez beers all had very similar characteristics. House character? I guess. Honestly, it doesn’t vibe with me. While this beer is not bad I don’t really love it. At best it is okay. The flavor profile is far from bold but it really isn’t that delicate either… but I’m not going to call it bland. What I taste is a hodgepodge of faintly funky, earthy, and bready flavors. I would like more of all three, thanks. This beer leaves me wanting more…

Medium in body, on the thin side of things, the carbonation is moderately low but natural. The mouthfeel is agreeable but I can’t really find much special here. It’s workable.

In away, yes, this beer is drinkable… but not in anyway that impresses me. I can finish the bottle I have but I don’t think there is anyway I would buy this again. It is forgettable. It is boring. I can appreciate a delicate, well-crafted beer but for whatever reason this beer doesn’t jive with me, not every beer can be a hit. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City, IA.

bditty187, Dec 28, 2005
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

CrazyDavros, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is a hearty grain/hop mix that has wheat/light barley notes and sweeter citrus components...think mandarin oranges as opposed to the more bitter Florida orange. Some herbal vegetal notes appear as well. The body is a hazy yellow/gold and holds a silly sized three finger thick and creamy white head that is moderately lasting .Fore is dry with an herbal/medicinal bitterness, mild vanilla notes, lemongrass, wheat husks, sweetened cereal flakes and a zesty (not quite spicy) finish that then fades into a somewhat floral aftertatse. I think this may be an under appreciated style. The few samples I have had seem to have a conistent profile, but none seem well received. I think it may be that there is not that one intense element that many styles have. This is a subtle beer, delicate and flowery both in flavor and structure. Yet this very drinkable...very approachable and I think it could be a serviceable crossover style.

Jredner, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with an average foamy head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light tart notes with some typical Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between some tart notes and some lightly sweet Belgian malt. Full body with lots of lees and some average carbonation. Not bad but nothing standing out of the ordinary.

Phyl21ca, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of larsee01
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly poured from big green glass bottle into my New Belgium glass.

A--Super-duper foamy carbonated pour. Ascending vortex of super-carbonation like champagne on steroids. Beautiful deep gold and the foamiest head ever.

S--Grassy, grainy rustic smell. Sweet and then dry but tempered by the following floral hops. Musky yeast scent but not skunky.

T--Very clean, balanced and well-appointed. Mild florals from the hops coinciding with balancing sweetness. Modest bitter bite as a send-off. Lingering floral/fruity essence like honeysuckle.

M--Clean and lighter-bodied compared to other farmhouse ales I've had. Crisp and refreshing like a macro lager....not a 6.0% ABV farmhouse ale!

D--Absolutely drinkable, refreshing and enjoyable.

larsee01, May 01, 2009
Photo of jsanford
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

jsanford, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Immortale25, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

metter98, Mar 12, 2013
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La Blonde D'’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde from Brasserie Thiriez
90 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.