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

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 29
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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Ratings: 148 | Reviews: 116
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The gorgeous light orange color glows in the dark and is the perfect yellowish-orange. The head is solid and thick, white as the driven snow and just as beautiful.

Smell - The dry-hopping here doesn't knock you out like a dry-hopped IPA. It's just a more intense hop aroma than the standard fare. It's so smooth and well-rounded though. Amazing.

The malts are light and slightly nutty with some good orangish notes and just a hint of sour lemon. This bouquet is nicely done.

Taste - The taste is spot on. The hops are big and incredibly smooth, the light malts fruity with a bit of Tang, and the light leafy character gives it that farmhouse profile.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied ale is so delicate and fluffy in the mouth it almost redefines the term. The beer just evaporates when it hits your cheeks. You almost consume this ale by breath alone.

Drinkability - This is one farmhouse ale that you can session all night long. It is well-rounded in all aspects and earns very solid 4.5s all the way around.

Comments - Big thanks to JustErica for thoughtfully sending this bottle out to Seattle. She could not have made a better choice.

Update - I haven't had this is almost three years so thought now would be a good time to try it again in May 2008. This beer is so smooth and so tasty I upped the Drinkability to 5.0, and with a very modest ABV you can drink it all night long.

Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of dougbassett
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of mjohn27603
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light straw yellow out of bottle. Wow, the foam quickly overtakes the glass and very slow develops into a glass of beer. This is much lighter in color then most beers I've had lately. Almost too much foam. Beer is a very soft mouthfeel. Not acidic or that biting on the tongue. Hops presence is noticeable with some bitterness. Glad this is more than a pint. Very drinkable. This is hopped but not overly so. Very solid and goes down well.

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of gmcfarre
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a clear straw yellow color with massive frothy head that is off white and very rocky. Lacing is gorgeous.

S - Funky breaded yeast with a sour farmhouse scent. A wet dog without any unpleasantries. Slight clove and sour banana like fruit scent. Touch of lemon zest.

T - High carbonation yields a bubbly tingle at the forefront of this brew. Spicy/fruity middle with a light to medium body and touch of belgian hop bitterness. Mellow yet spicy. Tasty yet challenging.

M - Well carbonated with a mid to light body and drying finish.

D - Really tasty interpretation of the style with a very low alcohol content. Do you need to be a beer geek to enjoy this? I don't know, maybe this is just a great easy drinking and refreshing beer that makes a good intro to the style. Its just plain good.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is extremely well carbonated, it actually leaked through the cap during shipment to me and is still so carbonated, 2 weeks later, that it forms a five-finger thick head and allows only two-fingers of beer in my glass. The head is a pale cream colored, quite rocky and it forms a nice lace pattern as it slowly subsides, but never disappears. The beer is a pale blonde color with lots of floaties kicked up by the ample carbonation. The aroma smells like Summer; aromatics of blooming fields of wild flowers and grasses, light hay, a hint of lemon, a nice herbal hoppiness, and notes of pear and apple. The aroma is light and airy yet still complex in a subtle way.

The beer is quite light on the palate and quite dry as well. There is a grassy herbal note that compliments the dry grain character, and the finish has a nice sharp bitterness. This is nice and spicy as well. The flavors I can pick up are pepper, ginger, green tea (astringency), lemon, a bit of musty earthiness, and a note like grains of paradise. This has a nice solid bitterness throughout; really it is quite hoppy for a "light" beer. I really enjoy light, flavorful Belgian Ales, especially of the Saison persuasion.

Photo of pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of Realale
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy gold. Epic, extraordinarily fine bright white head. I do believe I could stand on it were I able to fit into the glass. Lasts and lasts as well.

Glorious hoppy nose. Wonderful combination of raw and late addition hop notes. Crunchy, bright, green leafiness with a citric earthy bite. A slight yeastiness adds complexity, and the undertones of bright crackery malt that appear as it warms complete the picture. Beautiful stuff.

Thin side of medium in the mouth. Earthy malt flavors have the initial spotlight, but the hops kick in with both flavor and bitterness on the midpalate, and take control of the extremely long bitter finish. Not as complex as the nose promises, but very refreshing on a hot St. Louis summer day.

Despite the monster head, the level of carbonation is actually quite low, which lends a thirst-quenching quality to the beer. Perilously drinkable. A lick of the lips long after the last swallow brings another wave of bitter, hoppy goodness. Mmmmm. In a world of overly-alcoholic, overly-spiced "saisons" this beer is a revelation. Great stuff!

Photo of bryanbrick
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1pt 9.4oz bottle, no dating apparent

I have to say that in my opinion Saisons are the most underrated of all beers. Just my two cents. As one of my fave styles I wish more people would be into them. But until then I'll do my best to support the great ones out there.

This is what a saison should pour like. Cloudy with floaties bouncing around the glass. Strong streams of carbonation persistent through out. With a uniform, dense head that persists and will come back with the slightest swirl of the glass. Spotty lacing on all sides that stick in place until they are disloged by more of the beer sliding into your mouth or receding back into the glass.

Aromatically there first is wiffs of vanilla and mint. But then the dry hopped character kicks in and pitches hay and alfalfa with some mild citrus tomes. A funky brett-like quality is laying dormant underneath. Just enough to remind you that this is no APA or IPA but a Saison first and formost. Would warrant higher marks if the notes were a bit more developed, right now this is a touch muted through out.

Stone, earth and the lower register of citrus are all apparent here. In other words this is the perfect, slightly bitter, but completley vibrant Saison. The palate is meshed tightly not wanting you to dissect what is going on. But flavors of honeycomb, preserved lemon, saffron, vanilla bean, yeast and farro (the grain, not beverage) are all bouncing around my tounge.

I don't use the word creamy much to describe Saisons but this is your first experience with the beer. The first sensation is a sort of palate coating one. Not from malt but rather how the carbonation expands. Through the center of that comes a beam of acid, and a bitter notes that washes it all away and keeps you engaged and wanting to take down all of the bottle.

If you are a fan of Saisons this is for you. If you are a hops person this would be your perfect gateway Saison. Either way it is a delicious bottle and at 4.5% something you don't really have to worry about sneaking up on you.

I had this with a 5 meat torta and it was killer, something about the mayo/jalapeno combo and this really got me fired up.

Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large green bottle, capped and with foil, no freshness/bottling date info provided. Pours yeasty/cloudy light orange amber. With a super fine tiny bubble head and sheen, leaving fine scattered lacing. Has the look of something special. Nose is multi faceted, yeasty, peppery, light funk and perhaps a wiff of the 'ole barnyard. Delicate mouthfeel, and notes of lemon and pepper. Drying, crisp and spicy hops add bite to the finish. World class, interesting, complex brew. Was great with spicy chineese food. Search for and seek out this fine creation

Photo of VoodooBrew
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big-time rocky head sits atop this Belgian beauty. The hop aroma takes on rustic notes, with a dash of marijuana in there somewhere. Then, hints of evergreen enter the picture as the aroma becomes increasingly interesting. Flavors are fresh and clean-- hops flavor appears first then a firm bitterness becomes the star into the medium finish. Belgian beer + hops = big winner. Solid!

Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enormous froth of wispy foam. Beautiful farmhouse-like aroma, which is very hoppy and herbal, but also tremendously fruity, leathery and yeast-led. Palate begins with a minty, herbal blast, which follows into light hints of liquid smoke, fruits, yeast and herbaceous-like hops. I find it very balanced, something I would surely drink everyday if I lived in France. The body is big and creamy and seems to elevate all the flavors.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to find this beer, but it worth seeking out if you're in France, or Paris specifically

Pours a dark copper with a thick, creamy head

Very strong hoppy aroma, hops are citrusy, piney, very similar to an American IPA

The taste is actually very well balanced. Very prominant citrusy hop flavours. Quite bitter from start to finish. The malt backbone is not altogether overshadowed. Complex, the best french beer I've had yet.

Creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Easy drinking, great complement to chicken

Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say the first time I had this beer, at Ebenezer's Pub...thanks Chris...I was BLOWN away. All that hoppy goodness in a 4.5% brew...say what!?

I have hd a few bottles since and now got to drink a few samples with the brewer himself at Mondial...awesome!

A-Hazy golden yellow with a thick, fluffy bright white head. Copious lacing.

S-Peppery spices with lemon citrus hops. An certain herbal quality too.

T-Super dry, very hoppy, and a bit of mint. The hop character builds and never goes away! Must have some kind of malt backing it but I cant find it nor do I care...this is all about the hops!

M-Medium-light body with long lasting dry bitter finish.

D-What can I say....the perfect marriage of low ABV and HOPS! I love this beer and advocate it to hopheads like myself everywhere I go. Thank you Daniel for producing such a wonderful brew....and making it available in the USA!

Photo of ElGordo
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 750ml bottle into my Duvel tulip glass. A cloudy bright golden-orange body is topped by a huge creamy white head with a meringue-like consistency. Ample carbonation continues to swirl for a while, emanating from around the etched "D" at the bottom of the glass. Just beautiful.
Aroma of fresh, spicy floral hops, with a touch of Belgian ale yeast. A hint of white pepper and lemon zest can be detected as well. Palate is mainly fresh, floral hops, and lots of them. Notes of grass, clove, and citrus, along with some earthy Belgian yeast. Finish is fairly dry, with a biting but not hugely bitter hoppiness. Body is light and crisp, like a good saison should be, with great carbonation that adds an almost creamy sub-layer. This is just about the perfect beer for a warm summer night. Were it not for the price (steep even with my discount from the shop), I would probably buy a whole lot of this beer. Damn good stuff.

Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw yellow body with a gigantic, soapy, white head that has a long retention. Clingy, soapsudsy, clumps of lace are all over the tulip glass.

Aroma: Earthy hop and yeast aromas are everywhere. Some funky barnyard notes play second fiddle to dominant hay and grassy hop leaf aromas. Some mild spicing of pepper and coriander is also apparent. Some faint citrusy lemon enlivens the bouquet to Belgian Saison like complexity.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, and the body is light and airy.

Taste: The label bills this as a "dry hopped French farmhouse ale", but it is essentially a Saison. Crisp and refreshing, lightly spiced, earthy yeast funk, dry lemonrind, and aggressively hopped for a Saison. Herbs, grass, and hay impart a substantial, dry, hoppy character to the taste. Lemony citrus reemerges toward the finish to add a nice sour twang to the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Excellent sipping French farmhouse ale, or Saison. Dry, herbal, hoppy, and lemony. Absolutely delightful, with incredible drinkability.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Estarrio
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up because the bottle description seemed enticing. This has far surpassed any expectation that I might have held.

First and foremost, open this one over the sink. Also, a little wetness on the glass will help tame one of the wildest heads that I've ever seen. The head is large, nonstop and truly has a life of its own. When it finally settles down to the point of drinkability, large frothy, white chunks of foam line the glass in a relentless persistence.

The beer behind the head pours a cloudy, bright, straw blond with lots of floaties and visible carbonation. This may be the best looking brew that I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe.

Considering the low ABV, I wasn't expecting a big beer...However, this may be the biggest beer, relative to the ABV that I've enjoyed to date.

The aroma is pungent, earthy saison bliss. The nose contains sweet malt, pepper, clove, coriander, aromatic hops, funky yeast, zesty lemon, banana and a musty, barn like presence. There is no shortage of complexities.

I finally decided to stop admiring the look and smell of this remarkable brew and get to the taste. Sweet malt and light candied sugar up front with a moderate spice profile. Banana, clove, coriander and pepper are all present. The dry finish is accompanied by both a bitter hop presence and a bit of tartness. The funky, pungent, earthy yeast flavors are very notable throughout. This does not taste like a beer that is under 5 ABV.

The body is what I would expect out of a saison with more than adequate carbonation. The drinkability gets a lift from the low ABV.

I wish that I had picked up a couple more bottles of this surprising gem! I highly recommend this!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a big wine glass at 53 F/ 12 C.

Hazy golden color, massive egg shell colored head that forms a stiff plateau, lace like froghopper foam.

Smells of lemony grassy hops, mint, savory spices and herbs, celery. Some muskiness that might even be skunk, but it's not a problem at all.

Tastes very dry, very hoppy, and minty. Plenty of grassy/herbal and lemony hop flavor and bitterness. Some spicy yeast, celery, and mineral. Minty flavor like spearmint lingers and grows. Long totally dry bitter finish, grass, lemon rind, mint.

Can be too fizzy, but good texture overall. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Great hoppy minty saison. Strange and wonderful.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Oooo!
Funk in Deep Freeze!
Just uncapped her, and it rolls right out...

Hazy blonde, with prodigious milk-white head towering above.

Aroma screams out sour and citrus, dry, sly, and sophisticated....reeking of crisp, lemony notes, and big, bright hops. Fresh and lively.

Well-featured hops rip right into the palate and glide happily along for the duration. Beyond that, a mellow saison, indeed. With each new sip, raw, unrelenting hops shine through in the flavor, and ride sidecar on out, fading just enough to aid drinkability. Citric tastes continues, as well, and bitterness is unabated, yet not too hard to handle.

Big carbonation, bright flavor, medium bodied, long, bitter, hoppy finish.

Damn good beer. Recommended. ($10 a bottle, at Blue Max, in Burnsville, MN)

Photo of AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unexpected surprise, this saison pours beautifully, a hazed lemon yellow with a massive, billowing, white head that retains excellently and coats my goblet in lace. A view from the top reveals craggy, rocky peaks in the densely whipped froth. A real beauty to look at.

Aroma is that of a saison, mixed with an English IPA. Soft fruit, lemon, citrus, and crushed rock minerality is heightened by sticky, fresh hop notes of grapefruit, pine, and wildflowers. Very rustic and hoppy at the same time.

Flavor thankfully follows, with very saison notes of dry lemon peel, white pepper, dry minerality, flower petals, and hoppy grapefruit, lemon, floral and fruit hops providing a long, bitter finish. Bone dry and very quaffable. This is what the French must drink after mowing the lawn.

Body is mediem, light and fluffy mouthfeel and a creamy, smooth texture. Very easy to drink due to the low abv. Overall very nice and enjoyable.

Thanks Brawley!

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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
91 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.