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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
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108 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.15%
Wants: 18
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.”

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putnam

Michigan

4.9/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scented of pine, lime peel and grapefruit peel, this orange liquid erects a nice pile of foam before retreating into a white foam-crusted well. Lemon basil bread crusts and scorched sugars give depth to the bouquet. Very clean and rich on the palate, though not sanitized in any way. There is a soft, nutty, meaty element to the texture and flavor that is unlike other Saisons I've drunk. It's almost like a mixture of English Bitter and Saison Dupont, only more appropriate than that must sound. Pinpoint accurate in total dryness. I will keep one of these in the fridge and the balance of a case in the basement for the rest of the summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2005 20:14:50 | More by putnam
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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Slight hazy golden...the head is huge and foamy....laces nicely and remains.

Smells like most saisons...malt, spice and a hint of citrus.

I loved this stuff with the first sip. Complex combo of slightly sweet banana, pear, lots of spices that I can't really sort out, but great !..a little hint of funk and some really nice hops in a dry finish.

The mouthfeel was perfect....silky high micro-carbonation. Medium body.

At 6% this is a very drinkable beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2006 11:47:26 | More by Hautacam
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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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Immortale25

North Carolina

4.71/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2012 00:53:32 | More by Immortale25
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CharlesRiver

Connecticut

4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml bottle corked with plastic foil wrapping. I have been waiting to try this beer for awhile. Pours out much lighter than I expected. A bright yellow, very effervesant. A good size white head keeps growing as the beer sits.

The smell is bright and big. Floral notes, apples and pears as well. Some hop notes with some spice as well. Taste is suprising. Lighter than expected in terms of body. Carbonation is not too much as the million bubbles would show. Very well balanced in the beginning. The malt kind of drops off at the end and the hops take over. Grassy aftertaste. Superb.

I am amazed at how smooth this beer is. This is a beer that I could enjoy all night in the summer, fall, winter or spring. Can't wait to try the other from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 23:34:09 | More by CharlesRiver
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.68/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice light golden color with a 3 finger head that falls to a nice healthy coat over top. The nose is blasting me with noble hops. Crisp and very inviting. I really like it. There is a light malty sweetness hanging in the back, but the hop dominates it. The flavor is just as nice. Strong, but not intense very herbal noble hops ae present. Again the light sweetness is there, but still behind the beautiful herbal and spicey hop. Tasty beer. I would guess that there is a base pilsner malt on the malt character. A light bitterness hangs on the finish. Man, this brew is tasty. The feel is moderate with a nice active carbonation. Such an easy driniking beer. I will definately pick this up again if I see it. The hop is just outstanding on this. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 00:02:56 | More by kmpitz2
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden with a huge white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely spicy and earthy when first poured with a sensational dry hop aroma. As the head dropped the aromatics lessened slightly but still came forth with a pronouced earthy and floral hop presence coupled with a spice and a farmhouse ale aroma.

The flavor was decidedly bitter, but well done. The bittering was crisp and contained what I took to be styrian dry hopping and an earthy presence with some spice complexity thrown in for good measure. The flavor did contain a nice malt backbone but it was overshadowed in an instant by the bittering and hop flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bittering and flavor and a slight spice bite as the beer continued to dry out long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy as a result of the body and the carbonation. The dryness forces you to drink the beer and the flavor commands one to seek out another bottle.

750 ml capped bottle. $10 at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2005 19:01:15 | More by GCBrewingCo
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meathookjones

Virginia

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750ml. Cloudy golden orange with a huge head that collapse into an island of foam in the center of the glass. It leaves about as much lace as possible on the glass. Nice floral hoppy aroma with a goof amount of funky farmy notes. A bit spicy and also some sweet fruit mixed in. Sweet fruits mixed with a great spicy hoppiness over farmy flavors. Some pepper and other spices along with some earthy tones. Finishes up with a light hop spiciness and some mild fruit notes. Fairly light body but fitting, crisp and refreshing with good carbonation. I could drink this all day simply wonderful stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2006 18:44:39 | More by meathookjones
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steveja57

California

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 17:35:34 | More by steveja57
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twelvsies

Maine

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A perfect beer for a warm summer evening, or afternoon, or breakfast. Appears an appetizing hazy orange color with a huge lasting bright white head. Smell and taste are both nicely complex. Mild fruit notes of apple skin, straw, orange peel and nice spicy hops. Herbal notes as well. This beer also has a nice biscuity, nutty, toffee-ish taste to it which is unusualy excellent, and a backdrop of mild pale wheaty malts. The hops really make this saison stand out from other ho-hums in the style. Medium bodied mouthfeel and as I said before, this stuff is super drinkable and really really refreshing. I'm glad this brewery is seemingly starting to catch on in the states. Gotta try some more...

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 23:18:30 | More by twelvsies
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bryanbrick

California

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am completely awed by this beer. A great "Blond" that is more of a Saison style.

Great persistent and lasting head, slightly rocky and with tons of lacing all over the glass.

Funky barn like nose with lots of fresh pine, mushroom and warm, wet earth. A great example of what a Saison should smell like.

Crisp and full of life from the onset with layers of earthy, vegetal flavors and some high carbonation. That same carbonation is my only complaint here. It seems a bit out of wack with the rest of the beer. Lemon rind, peach pit and some nutmeg like flavors all combine seamlessly.

I drank this on a cold rainy night. I can only imagine how this would taste on a hot summer day while grilling meat in the BBQ.

Easily one of the best Saisons I've had next to Northmean Blonde. A must try for any fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 05:45:38 | More by bryanbrick
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yossarian14

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-12-2012 16:38:39 | More by yossarian14
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HoistinBrews

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-07-2012 23:24:09 | More by HoistinBrews
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

09-02-2012 03:15:34 | More by PEIhop
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silenius

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy gold with a large rocky head. As I drain the beer, the foam sticks to the glass. Beautiful.

Taste begins with a slightly spicy hoppiness with an earthy herbaceous middle. I believe this beer if slightly skunked, but that simply added a little complexity in my opinion.

Taste is a solid herbaceous hoppy flavor with a mild malt middle. The hops flavor lingers after the beer is drunk.

The beer has a perfectly creamy and thick mouthfeel to start with a bit of zing in the middle. It ends with a bittering dryness. The first sip is a pleasing at the last.

To me, this seemed like a close knock-off of Dupont's Saison. Nice show.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 15:58:19 | More by silenius
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Auraan

Arizona

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
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paterlodie

Belgium

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No overwelming head and golden/bronze collored and foggy beer. Nose is impressive flavored and very spicy. Both hoppy and malty. Citric note there and overal very fresh. Good yeastnote and complex but hops seem to dominate mostly. Taste is full also being sweetmalty, very (dry)hoppy, fresh cause of fruitnote( is the American hops?) and a dry feeling overall. Litle empty and some extra CO2 would be great but overal a very good brew and one of the best recently tasted!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2005 17:12:50 | More by paterlodie
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Evil_Pidde

Sweden

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 12:03:24 | More by Evil_Pidde
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Walken

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brasserie Thiriez: Blonde, Saison
750 ml. bottle: poured into a tulip.
Appearance: Pours a hazed gold/straw color with a humongous pillowy head of fluff that shows very little intention of fading. It does eventually die down, leaving fat chunks of lace on the sides of the glass.
Odor: Underripe pear, funk, spice and wax with a sticky, honeysuckle aroma in the background. There's a certain candy-like malt character in the nose as well, under everything else.
Consistency: Light, bordering on medium body, carbonation is soft and unobtrusive.
Flavor: Slight caramel malt sweetness and a bit of orange ester hide in the background, allowing the hops and yeast to shine. Bitterness is clean but firm, with a bit of spicy, floral hop flavor that melds nicely with the black pepper notes from the yeast. There's a flash of acidity and honey flavor before the clean, off-dry finish.

I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, more drinkable than many other great saisons and certainly on par with them. Very unique as well. Do yourself a favor and check this one out. Special thanks to the Shelton Brothers for bringing great beers like this into the country.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 22:54:24 | More by Walken
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champ103

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. At first a large white head of over two fingers rises. The foam gently recedes and leaves light lace behind.
S: At first dry biscuit malts and some yeast. Funky horse blanket with slightly sour fruits. Apples and pears. A sweet vanilla aroma as well. Lots of wonderful layers in the nose.
T: Follows the nose. Very dry biscuit flavors. More vanilla flavor than I detected in the nose, which makes this sweeter than I thought it would be. A good fruit medley and plenty of Belgian funk and horse blanket.
M/D: A medium body that is crisp and refreshing. A little to much prickly carbonation for my tastes. Easy and smooth to drink. I will have know problem finishing the 750ml bottle.

This is one of the best Saisons I have tried. A beer that is perfect for the summer months specifically. Though I would love to drink this all the time. There are lots of subtle complexities, and perfectly balanced. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 20:23:55 | More by champ103
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joe1510

Illinois

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

750ml
$9.99
Sam's Marcey

Thiriez Blonde is a dry-hopped saison that pours a deep golden with fine particles that cause just a touch of haze. Blonde is darker then its little brother Xxtra. Lively carbonation explodes to the surface and keeps the head alive and pillowy. The clean white head leaves spotty lacing on its way down. This beer simply looks refreshing.

Pale maltiness kicks things off in the nose along with a candi sugar like sweetness, although I'm pretty sure none is added. Plenty of grassy hay like hoppiness from both the hop additions and the dry hopping, mostly from the latter. I would love to get a bottle of this fresh from the brewery to see how all that hoppiness jumps out. There's a nice touch of both sweet and tart lemon in here that sort of weaves its way through all the other aromas and creates a wonderful freshness.

Pale malt meets the tongue just as it did the aroma, not much flavor there but a slight sweetness before orange and lemon drops come in mid-palate. The candy is combined with a grassy noble-like hop bitterness that just keeps growing throughout. A bit of tart lemon comes through on the finish creating a very nice drink. This is one of those great summer beers.

This beer has a really good body, light with a healthy carbonation that keeps things moving along while massaging the tongue. The body leaves a drying effect on the swallow.

Thiriez Blonde is a highly drinkable libation, great thirst quencher, and supremely enjoyable. The dryness keeps me coming back again and again until I realize I'm drinking far too fast.

This is another grit beer from Brasserie Thiriez. This and the Xxtra are two beers I can not get enough of. Both are wonderful and the dry hopping adds another level to one of my already favorite styles.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 02:24:33 | More by joe1510
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2006 01:22:47 | More by ADR
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jsanford

Georgia

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2010 03:27:20 | More by jsanford
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geexploitation

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours bright and golden, with a delicately bubbled but quite voluminous bone-white head. Lots of little floating yeasties in the beer. The aroma is thick and almost pungent with green, herbal continental hops. At lower temperatures it is almost skunky (although perhaps time has just allowed that aspect to blow off), but things get softer and rounder with time. Underneath the hops are barely discernible malts and some rich, fecund yeast smells. On the palate, smooth and sweet for an instant before the evocative, very green hops come crashing in with a bitterness that never lets go. There's a bit of fruit, namely pears, and some brisk herbal flavors toward the finish. The beer has good length and lasting bitterness. Overall, this very hoppy saison is long on charms and short on detractions. It doesn't measure up to the best of the genre in terms of complexity, but it is very pleasant and stretches the style in a moerate and pleasing manner. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 04:34:15 | More by geexploitation
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RickSawyer

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a blone, white pine colored brew with a tightly wound compact head that holds the glass nicely. Settles to a thin disk afloat the beer. Smell is sweet, short bread, white cake, strawberry, hay, raspberry syrup, and some citrus (hops) opening a nice floral boquet to the nostrils. Taste initially is sweet, bready, hints of green hay, touch of mango and citrus hops. Finish is a bit vegital with some corn. Champaign-esque mouthfeel. Quite enjoyable saison.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 22:15:28 | More by RickSawyer
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La Blonde D'’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde from Brasserie Thiriez
90 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.