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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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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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

t0rin0, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Aug 12, 2013
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
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Butterscotch-gold with so much carbonation that my desktop is now a mess and foam is continuing to ooze out of the bottle. The furiously ascending bubbles agitate the generous number of fine particulates to such an extent that it makes the beer look like a just-shaken snow globe. Now that the ecru-colored whipped egg whites cap has deflated to midglass, I can think about a second pour. Very little lace unfortunately.

The nose is more sweetly pale malty than expected and less hoppy. There's no question that noble hops are a major player, but Blonde isn't anywhere close to the hop bomb that is XXtra. Notes of spiced banana give the beer a hefe weizen yeasty vibe which is unusual... and welcome.

Hops contribute much more on the palate, making me a happy man. The usual Belgian saison flavors apply with at least a two-fold amplification over the classic versions. Brasserie Thiriez's recent love affair with hops--even if some consider it Americanizing the beer--is a welcome thing as far as I'm concerned.

Bracingily bitter, lemon peppery, warmly spicy flavors fill my mouth with each unending of the glass and make me wish that I had opened this bottle several months ago. There's still plenty of lupulin zing though. There isn't much farmhouse funk however. It's as if the brewers chose to focus on hops and not confuse matters by including other aggressive flavors. Fine by me.

It appears as if the insanely vigorous carbonation has burned itself out because the mouthfeel, as I enter the second half of the bottle, is fine until the finish, which feels a trifle flat. As a result, the flavor profile loses volume too quickly and leaves a mouthful memory of simplicity rather than complexity. With a steadier, more long-lasting carbonation, the final three scores might have been a half point higher.

In the end, Thiriez Blonde fits comfortably between the stupendously delicious Thiriez XXtra and the comparatively mundane Thiriez Amber. I'd like to see Brasserie Thiriez address the carbonation issue because this could easily be another in a long line of great saisons to come out of the best saison-producing region on planet Earth.

BuckeyeNation, Aug 12, 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 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 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 Jason
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Jason, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

mdfb79, May 21, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer explodes as soon as I pop the cap, it starts foaming up all over the place and I barely made it to the sink. This beer sits in my glass with a huge frothy head that is six-finger tall pale tan colored head. The beer is a murky orange-straw color with lots of yeast sediment. The aroma is quite herbal and a bit grass in the finish. Underneath this is a lightly toasted, slightly sweet grain note.

The taste has that same grassy herbal note, but is quite a bit sweeter than the dry aroma would suggest. The beer has a nice, light, yet sweet malt note to it. It finishes with a light, astringent (in a grassy way) bitterness. This beer is quite drinkable and is fairly light on the palate. This beer is quite tasty, though it may be a tad more sweet than I would like, perhaps a bit more bitterness in the finish.

Gueuzedude, Nov 21, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Gavage, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from the Beer Circus, East Croydon, London. The bottle's BB date is 06/2006.

A: cloudy, dark ooh-long tea/dark-amber colour with an effervescent frothy beige-coloured beer head with very good retention. Looking like a rich and serious stuff~~
S: the initially explosive perfumy and mixed-tropical fruity scent settles a bit too fast, leaving behind a timid but mixed aroma of flower esters, (slightly) musty yeasts, cold honey-tea, underlying sweetish malts along with that peculiar note of Chinese green-bean paste commonly detectable in typical Belgian pale ales. A tinge of light, zesty hop is left at the back. Overall, quite aromatic, but soft..
T: creamy texture of very mildly sweet malts+mildly zesty hops upfront accompanied by a very smooth texture of Chinese green-tea + honey-tea like mixed bitterness; the bitterness is even similar to the aftertaste when you chew some chopped-up herb tea leaves: the bitterness gradually increases deep down on the palate as warmed up in the mouth, but runs deep and smoothly down the throat. Good hop presence plus a little nuttiness at the back, too, but overall the main theme is dominated by the unusual bitterness. M: the mouthfeel is fantastic, soft and creamy naturally, while in the end it turns cleaner and drier against a lingering bitter base and somewhat warmish feeling in the throat.
D: overall this is a finely-balanced and distinctive Belgian pale ale. Without heavy influence of sweetness it allows one to enjoy the kind of subtlety one might expect of a cup of fine tea. At just 6.5%abv., I could drink it all night long... Good stuff!

wl0307, Sep 12, 2005
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 afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

afsdan, May 22, 2014
Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very little beer. Very much head. Yet another charged up Thiriez. (That makes 3 now.) The white foam takes up 2/3 of the glass. I must wait patiently for my sip of nectar. The beer underneath the thick crop is pale yellow and slightly hazed.

Aroma: Lemon zest, farmyard funk, anise, white pepper.

Taste: Farmyard earthiness. Herbal qualities. Cracked black pepper. Lemon pepper. And licorice. Musty as well.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and airy. A little gaseous. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Better mouthfeel would lead to better drinkability. The taste is good enough. But it's first of all, hard to get at the nectar. Second of all, airy and gaseous when I do get it.

Bighuge, May 30, 2006
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 PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

PEIhop, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -0.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Upon opening, the 750ml bottle, the beer exploded like Krakatau, this produced a huge sticky mess all over my desk, as I poured the beer, it created a astronomic frothy white head that took up half the glass, took several minutes to get the glass full. Slowly, ever so slowly it vanished leaving a nice golden body, with the lace a thin patchy sheet, nose has a sweet malt tone, hints of wet horse blanket, citrus like crispness. Front has a sweet and sour taste, some bitterness at the back, top is moderate in feel. Finish is dynamically acidic the hops controlled, very dry lingering aftertaste, “Saisons”, rank high on my list of great beer styles.

Gusler, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a cloudy golden blond color with streaks of amber and a thick foamy head.

Aroma: Certainly is dry hopped. Hint of spice with raisin. Smooth and malty.

Taste: Sweet and malty upfront with strong hints of raisin flavor. Smooth. Crisp. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat hoppy (from the dry hopping) with a smoothness.

Verdict: A very drinkable example of a farmhouse ale. I'm giving it high marks for drinkability and average on most other things.

Brad007, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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

wordemupg, Aug 02, 2012
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 scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A hazey blonde/ambrosia champagne is released from a 750ml bottle that just can't contain the carbonation any longer once the cap is pulled. Humongous head that easily overflowes the glass after a modest pour. The aroma is a little subtle, not as earthy as other saisons. But definelty effervescant with some spicey malts and light citrus hops. The tastes is dry, but not tart. Just champagne with some subtle Euro spices in the crystal like malts. The palate is very carboanted, but lacks that real earthy, yet subtle tartness is lacking in this saison.

scruffwhor, Jan 09, 2007
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La Blonde D'’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde from Brasserie Thiriez
90 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.