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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra - Brasserie Thiriez

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 148
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.49%
Wants: 33
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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France

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2005

Local name - (Flandre-Kent) Les Frères De La Bière
US Import - Thiriez XXtra

Description on US bottle label:
“This is one rich and très hoppy golden ale. Working in his little rustic brick and wood beamed building, Daniel Thiriez makes this earthy, punchy, flavorful stuff in very small batches especially for the stout-hearted Frères de la Bière, a local caterie of special friends united by their thorough enjoyment of a rough and ready unrelenting farmhouse brew. Mon Dieu, that’s good!”
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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, split

This is a great value beer - $11 for a really nice French saison. lovely hazy peach body, full and frothy white crest. Super smooth body - nice earthy hop tones, fits the farmhouse mold. Unfortunately a little green-bottle skunk present, but not too distracting. Like this beer a lot. (298 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled from a stemmed glass.

The color is straw gold with a thick hazed look with copious head of pillowy white. The smell is unique with lots of herbal hop aroma with a light white grape odor with subtle spice from the yeast.

The taste is incredible. Lots of yeast complexity with a slight honey-like malt with vinous flavors and a mild spice with nice herbal flavors adding to the peppery taste. Overall I would not hesitate to have this again -a top notch saison with the dry hopping giving that little X-tra, a great beer, Thanks Tim for sharing and Terry H for the recommendation! (652 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a fluffy white head, some nice lacing.

Aroma is a blend of earthy, grassy barnyard funk and floral hops.

Taste follows nose. Bright citrusy hops and biscuity pale malt, earthy saison yeast and just a touch of honey.

Mouthfeel is crisp, drinkable and dry. Light and refreshing.

Overall a rock-solid, well-crafted saison, just plain good across the board. (403 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My bottle says "Extra" but same exact layout, must be an update or alternate imported style. Finally hitting up some French Saison.

A- Poured into a snifter and a goblet from the 750ml bottle. Golden-orange body with just a slight yeast haze and a large foamy white head. The foaminess of the cap isn't fizzy though and it sticks around for quite a while at about a finger high, after reaching out of the glass. Eventually this falls to a thick, creamy ring leaving plentiful piles of lace.

S- A blend of spicy, grassy, herbal hops with Saison yeast and some malts. All three elements are about equal in strength for me. Maltier aroma than I would expect with light caramel, Belgian pale, biscuit and some sweets coming through.

T- As with the aroma, a good balanced blend of yeast, hops and malt. The spicy, herbal, slightly citrus farmhouse yeast leads the way with malty hints of cracked grain dust, lightly toasted biscuit, sweetness and light caramel. Hops in the finish bring spicy, grassy and herbal notes.

MF- Foamy yet creamy light, somewhat dry body. Carbonation is on the high side but does not feel like it with the texture mentioned. Medium bitterness on the palate in the finish for this style.

More malt than I would expect but not in a bad way. A good balance of everything beer, nice herbal spicy finish is probably my favorite part. Certainly willing to try more from Thiriez. (1,399 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, cardboard, honey, herbal hop, and slight skunky aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and skunky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an odd cardboard, honey, and skunk presence that diminish the drinkability. (665 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml
$9.99
West Lakeview

Thiriez EXTRA pours with an enormous amount of head. Upon first pour I get 3/4 glass full of white dishsoap-like foam that takes an eternity to subside. Leaving big chunky lacing down the tulip. Underneath the head rests a straw golden hazy body with streams of carbonation rising to the head. This beer has the soapiest looking head I have ever seen. After another pour the head turns as sticky as meringue and wont even budge.

Now this, for a Belgian beer, is a hop attack from the smell of things. Wonderful aroma. Some of that funk comes through in the form of sweaty socks and a field of wildflowers. The thing I love about the aroma though is the copious amounts of hops thrown in. All of them grassy and mouthwatering. It almost has a candi sugar sweetness but I doubt any was added since the alcohol is only 4.5%.

Flavor is identical to the aroma except the pale somewhat biscuity malts are present. Crisp, refreshing hop bite throughout. Grassy and hay like qualities coming from the hopping along with the wildflowers and mild sweat socks that make this beer delicious.

Body is on the lighter side of medim with an airy quality on the back of the tongue. Finishes pretty dry with a touch of residual sweetness.

So refreshing and crisp. With the lower abv. this beer is about as drinkable as you can get.

Outstanding saison from Thiriez. This is my first of their beers and from now on I'll be picking up the others available. Unfortuanately I think there's only one or two others imported. Excellent!

Reviewed: 8/27/07 (1,562 characters)

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt gold color with a sticky white head.

Smells of sweet citrus. Hints of caramel and toffee. Lots of earthy and floral aromatics.

Big thick mouthfeel. Tastes Like a giant beer even though it isn't. Clean and crisp. Well structured light effervesence well blended flavors all in balance and all subtle. Citrus fruits, floral and earthy flavors. Great balance with nice hop bitterness on the end.

Really unique with 4.5%. Tastes like it should be 10%. Great beer. (472 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with earthy flavors and lots of hops (compared to other beers in the style). There are also some hints of honey.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is a good aperitif because it’s light-bodied and the amount of hops really clears out your palate. (717 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow in color with a half finger tall white head. The head reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges. Light lacing is observed.

S: There is a light wheat aroma with lots of earthiness and mustiness. I can definitely detect the hints of grassy and floral hops.

T: There are a lot of grassy and earthy flavors in the taste of this beer with some light bitterness in the finish. Very light hints of mustiness/funkiness but there are some (very few) hints of sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light dryness in the finish.

O: Very refreshing and a great beer to start a food and beer pairing dinner. Easy to drink and sessionable. (832 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a murky yellow color with a bubbly white head on top. The lacing was a little sticky but nothing too impressive. The smell of the beer was full of earthy hops and very grainy aromas. The flavor of the beer was roughly the same, it was a little chalky too in the flavor, kinda odd but I still liked the it. The mouthfeel of this brew was pretty smooth and only had a little bit of carbonation to it. Overall this brew was something that I liked but wouldn't rush out to get more of. Still worth trying though for sure. (536 characters)

Photo of TheDoorman
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky yellow body with a sharp scent of grass and straw (which is really the defining feature of this beer), followed by a light, refreshing body and a crisp dry finish.

I was not impressed by the Thiriez Blond at all, but this is quite good. I might say that this is a beer that really typifies the style. Nothing dramatic, but a really good, solid saison that I will definitely reach for again. (398 characters)

Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy explosion. Popped the cap and the gusher went off. So after the lengthy clean-up and wait here goes:

Pours a murky golden honey color with some yeast particles settling at the bottom of the glass. Not much need to explain the huge soapy pure white head. It took its sweet time to settle and left some chuncky lacing.

The aroma is sweet and spicy. Substantially candi sugar and floral honey bring the sweetness. Clove and pepper from the yeast provide an offset to the sweetness. There is a bit of a copper note to add another level of complexity. To round out the aroma, there is a leafy/grassy hop presence.

The flavor is more subdued. A light sweet belgian pale malt provides the base for the beer. Clove and pepper are the main flavors. There is some lemon tartness but not much. The candi sugar provides the sweetness with a touch of floral honey. Some grassy hops rounds out the flavor.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the palate. Drinks fairly crisp and on the dry side.

Right in my alley for saisons. It could use a bit more flavor and a touch of funk but I could drink this all day. And at 4.5% ABV I could. Actually this brings in a ton of flavor for the abv level. (1,227 characters)

Photo of DaveHS
4.92/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours straw yellow with about 2 inches of thick, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves beautiful sticky lacing.

S-Fresh cut grass, hay, musty, earthy barnyard funk, white pepper, fresh cut flowers. and grassy hops.

T/M-A lovely, nuanced saison that's on par with some of the best Belgians. Light to medium bodied with chewy, lush carbonation. The alternately bitter and grassy hops provide a solid backbone for the musty earthy flavors. This beer has a wonderful herbal/floral character, with an emphasis on lavender.

D-Thiriez makes some of my favorite saisons. I will be revisiting some of Thiriez's other products. (634 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy, lightly burnt gold with a big, rocky, white head that holds forever and leaves very pretty lace. nose is grassy, floral, earthy, perfumy hop (amarillo? goldings?) atop a nice, husky french grain character that is very raw and earthy smelling as well. taste is good and follows suit well. hops are barely bitter and the yeast character gets to shine a little bit more in the taste, expressing barn and farm that transports you to the brewer's paradise. this beer really tells a story of where it is from. seems to be very traditional and rustic. the milder carbonation level takes away a tiny bit of zing, but i believe this is actually proper for the style. mouthfeel besides that is creamy with a hint of chalkiness (from maybe the water?). 4.5% goes down way too easy. just wish something like this could be accessible for about a third of the price!! (859 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for the recommendation, Ryan. All told, I wonder how much the Sheltons are doing for homebrewing. $13 for a 750ml of a 4.5% dry-hopped saison in a green bottle? I'd almost rather homebrew.

It starts off clear, but once the cap's cracked, it gushes all over, nearly getting my keyboard even. A light orange with a gigantic, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a top notch saison. The nose has a wonderful dry-hop character (it's clearly a fresh release). In some ways, it's reminiscent of Taras Boulba, but hoppier. Mildly grassy, green, earthy hops, a little dusty. A delicate yeast character is present as well, with some lemon, pepper and a mildly bready saison base. A touch floral too.

The palate opens crisp and hoppy, wonderfully refreshing. Dry, cracker-like, lightly spicy with some pepper, clove, some floral character and an earthy hop flavor. The hops are similar to Saaz, but different, and the Shelton website tells me they use Bramling Cross. I can't recall having a beer with it, and it seems a blend of a grassy/earthy/twig-like character. A little lemon appears towards the finish, one that's long, drying, delicate and hoppy. The lemon character grows, really lingering, along with a touch of pepper. Light in body with crisp carbonation, the finish is top notch, perfect for the style. On the palate, the beer feels wonderful, though it is just a little too little between the hops and the saison base. Extremely drinkable, this is one of the best saisons I've had, one that I'll drink on tap but not too often out of a bottle. (1,579 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, moved to the right spot,

A: Pours a translucent dark yellow, big poofy white head, some lace.

S: Lots of grassy hops, some spice.

T: Big amounts of coriander type spice, very earthy hay-like hop character. A lot of flavour packed in for 4.5%.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, crisp, not thin for its size.

D: A real good lighter saison, probably more traditional as to what they were 150 years ago. (420 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exploded the instant the cap cracked - sprayed everywhere. Sweet. My bar needed a good wipe-down anyway.

Pours with a billowing, soapy white head that fades to bubbles, and leaves sticky lacing. Body is a silvery-golden color, mostly opaque from the yeast, with some carbonation present. Looks thick, even though it's only 4.5%.

Good musty aromas up front, with some zesty lime-like fruity quality. Some pineapple juice as it warmed. Slight pepper in the mix, too. Inviting.

Very refreshing - light mouthfeel, with plenty of light, citrusy hops leading the way. Lemon grass and hay. Slight mustyness. Fairly juicy, and not as dry as I'd prefer, but a really nice balance overall in the flavors. This has to be one of the most delicious <5% ABV beers I've ever sampled.

This beer has summer written all over it. Not a terribly great representation of the Saison style, but it sure is tasty, nonetheless. (909 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big yellow haze, tons of head. A glimmer of funk and grass aroma.

Taste, sour, bitter, you can detect minimal amounts of the heavily proclaimed dry hopping. Was very much a Belgian-esque influence moreso than the American dry hopping influence. Stayed away from sweet. But the hopping just didn't rise to the occasion. Remained dry throughout, but just wasn't my thing.

Had an aftertaste I can't figure out. Glad I tried it, but the label kind of reeks of false advertising from a hophead's perspective. (506 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: heavily clouded yellow and pale gold run amuck throughout. The foamy crown is most impressive with tremendous staying power as a fine layer of bleach white icing remains with half my glass gone. Lacing is worthy of praise as well

S: the nose gathers dry grains, crusty hops, and tart barnyard funk. For the most part I find it pretty mild mannered in the nose with grains dominating

T: the palate unlocks a nice group of flavors. It has some light malt dimensions and textures that combine straw and hay notes. A pinch of caramel is working within as well. What is most interesting are the hop flavors consisting of grassy, earthy, and spicy notes. Hops are in good order as the spiciness takes on a peppery character after numerous sips and gulps, a nice bite to this one. It finishes crisp and dry with a pinch of lemon

M: feel is champagne like with "fizzy" being the correct description. Body is light and very airy

D: good stuff. I find this beer interesting and nice on a stormy night (997 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.47/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into red wine glass. Pop the cap and boom, foam everywhere.

Once it settles down, this one pours a vibrant orangey-gold with a stout 2-finger white head that settles down into a thinnish cap. Nice walls of lacing as the head settles.

Nose is really nice - spicy and floral, with a nice yeast presence contributing light farmhouse funk and smooth vanilla notes. Just a bit of pale malt sweetness round everything out.

Taste is kind of odd. Medicinal, soapy, very green, really weird. What I was looking for from the nose was totally overwhelmed with the off flavors - bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue, and echoes of pale malt and farmhouse yeast linger as well which are quite nice. Front half is awful, but the back half is really pretty tasty - odd.

Mouthfeel is decent; medium bodied, moderate carbonation, though the long finish; bit of grainy texture which is odd.

Drinkability is off mainly because of the weird off-flavors. A bit disappointed, because the nose had a lot of promise. (1,016 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a snow white thick creamy head on a slightly hazy yellow body that becomes more hazy with the last pour. There is a tight strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface. The head sticks to the glass and laces back to the body lasting long after the beer is gone.
S- This beer has a fresh musty hop pellet aroma of green goodness with a green cinnamon quality and a fresh ground pale malt finish with a slight sweet wort finish.
T- This beer has a a soft smooth wheaty musty note with a nice green bitter snap finish. There is a slight chlorine note to the hops but it is a really pleasant taste.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.
D- This beer has a great big fluffy white head that and a great hop flavor with some yeasty musty hint that offers a nice unique twist. This beer is very easy to drink and has a great freshness. (921 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark golden yellow with ripe banana hues and a frothy, pillowy two finger head with excellent retention that only slowly fades into a lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Earthy slight funky aroma with a lot of piny hop notes as well as some subtle oak. There is also a good bit of bready yeast and light crisp estery fruit notes, mostly apple and pear. While there is a noticeable hop presence, it was much less prominent than I expected or hoped for. A lot more of the traditional saison aromas come through after the initial earthy hops.

Very carbonated heavy mouthfeel. This beer is a lot fuller than I was expecting with a nice creamy body after an initial hop blast and heavy dose of carbonation. Some nice earthy bread notes come through midpalate along with some earthy funk and estery fruit notes. As mentioned above, there is a pretty prominent hop presence up front that is very earthy and dry with a strong pine character. This is followed by bready yeast and crisp citrus and light fruit notes. Lots of orange peel and lemon zest as well as hints of apple, pear and banana. Not very spicy or peppery and only slightly earthy but the high carbonation level hurts it's drinkability. Interesting hybrid of a dry hopped beer and a saison that I enjoyed trying but probably wouldn't seek out again. (1,338 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: The carbonation is immediately apparent upon opening the bottle and before pouring...once poured it appears a cloudy lemon color with high carbonation producing a nice 2 inch thick frothy white head. Decent retention and lacing. Very, very nice...almost perfect for style.
S: Farmhouse funk hits first, closely followed by minerally, earthy hops. In the background some floral, citrus, and herbal notes. Very nice mix of hops and traditional saison aroma.
T: Lemony citrus, herbal hops, and farmhouse funk lead the taste. Hint of peppery spice. Loses a bit here though compared with the wonderful aroma.
M: Very light body. Mostly smooth with a hint of hoppy bite at the end. A little too light for style.
D: Tough to get more drinkable than this. A very nice brew with a pleasant 4.5 ABV. Very easy to drink a lot of this one...and you won't suffer badly for it! Not my favorite saison, but definitely one to check out. (964 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice, hazy, straw-colored beer
S: decent nose but a bit too earthy (maybe too much yeast influence?)
T: very nice beer, but again, a slight astringent off flavor (yeast?)
M: good, earthy, farmhouse style ale
D: surprisingly lower in alcohol (4.5%), nice to see an average alcohol beer instead of all these ultra-alcohol 8+ imperial beers that seem so prevalent nowadays (372 characters)

Photo of KCHopHead
3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought this bottle at one of my least favorite local beer stores because you usually have to blow off the dust from the bottles and who knows how long they've been sitting, but my hoppy radar was on and the label caught my eye.

Opened bottle right from refrigerator and got crazy carbonation head/foam. Hard to get any beer for a while. Nice white rocky head that had a lot of retention. Smell was decent and has some funk going on. Taste confirmed the funk and lots of citris hops. Taste was thin with some brett type. Very fizzy and light to the mouth. I'm glad I only got about a glass of the beer out of a 750ml bottle because I couldn't drink all 750ml with ease. (672 characters)

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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
91 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.