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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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very good

78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 129
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 12.9%
Wants: 19
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 bottle. The blonde was recommended by the beer store owner - and for good reason. Pours a lofty head [into a chimay glass] - a rocky froth that reminds me of dupont. A trail of natural carb bubbles from the bottom - like some fallen scuba diver lingering at the bottom of my glass. A beautiful floral aroma definitely provided by a bountiful amount of whole leaf hopping. A damn nice appearance! Inviting me in... first taste: damn. A belgian influenced biere de garde - the light almost lagered crisp/clean flavor profile of a de garde with a healthy accent of dry hops and a saison like conclusion...this beer is all about the finish. Second taste - earthy. Very earthy. all my thoughts: a farmhouse beer. A well built beer that conjurs up images of field hands and publicans on a summer afternoon. The earthy spice and the whole leafs hops definitely dance across my tongue while perceptions of country water [helped, no doubt, by the beer's label]. The beer transitions nicely throughout the session -
a must try...
[and i must try their other beers!]

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3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A silky ocean of foam stays on top of a very active golden orange color body. The smell is firm, fresh and very yeasty, as if we were baking bread in the glass. Quite fruity too, a bit reminiscent of a witbier. The taste is fruity and bready at first, but gets overwhelmed by a sharp and deep hop character that brings a thickness in the mouth and a grapefruit-like astringency. Some Orval notes in this brew. Some peppery notes slightly bite the tongue. The hoppiness is a bit oily too, and I don't know how I feel about that. The mouthfeel is round and enjoyable (the mouth seems to be wrapping the beer up in one grasp), melting in the mouth before the hops appear in a quite unusual way for a belgian pale ale. It gets dry, very dry, and therefore less palatable. Some annoying graininess appear in the aftertaste. An interesting beer, but with a high liters of water you need/glasses of beer you drink ratio.

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La Blonde D'’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde from Brasserie Thiriez
89 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.