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

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BA SCORE
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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 28
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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BeerBelcher

Ohio

1.63/5  rDev -60%

This beer was skunky...skunky like a Beck’s. And I couldn’t find any other component of this beer redeeming enough to get over that skunkyness. My encounter with this beer started out OK...it has a pale yellow appearance with a medium amount of head. However, its aroma was skunk plus some cloviness. Taste exhibited Beck’s (or maybe even Beck’s Light) levels of skunkitude, again with a bit of clove chasing after it to apologize. Definitely not recommended.

06-06-2007 17:52:17 | More by BeerBelcher
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gregmurer

France

2.05/5  rDev -49.8%

first impression, the label is so nice. Then first issue, a gushing when opening the bottle (i had six of them, i drink'em for about 3 mounths, so it's not just a problem on my side...).
Not filtered, sure it's not... Not clear at all, a big trouble in a small glass, a nice light golden color, but too much cloudy for a blonde beer.
Smell... what smell?
Taste... It's supposed to be well hopped... as i'm a big fan of taras bulba, gooden carolus green, and those kind of beers.. i'm not impressed by the bittering or by the hoppy style.
Mouthfeel... boring...
and i didn't finish most of the six beers...

11-29-2008 14:41:17 | More by gregmurer
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

2.7/5  rDev -33.8%

A: snifter. pours a murky yellow-orange with a massive white head, about four fingers high. outstanding retention and nice splotchy lacing.

S: some light funk in there, but mostly light earthy hops. light bretts. very grassy.

T: wow. that is sour. tastes like the rind of a lime. a lot of hops, I get some oils, and some high alpha in here, with a ton of citrus. good funk. The hops just aren't balanced enough for me.

M: dry and a little to bitter. high carbonation level. medium bodied.

D: a little too off-balanced for me. the one 750 mL was a little too much for me, especially being this dry.

07-30-2008 05:38:48 | More by paulthebeerguru
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

2.85/5  rDev -30.1%

A: Piss yellow with a slight haze. Nice thick bubbly white head. Second pour was all sediment, ruined the last 6 oz.

S: Mellow wheat and wild yeast. Hints of grass, orange peel, and coriander.

T: Sweet and zesty, light malts and wild yeasts. mellow tastes of coriander, orange peel, grass. almost no bitterness.

MF: very light ale, highly carbonated, grainy. loads of sediment at the end, made last of it undrinkable.

D: pleasent smell and taste, but much to be desired. A very light and very carbonated brew with not a lot to offer. Tons of sediment in the bottom which ruined the second pour from the bomber. I tried to avoid the sediment, but there was a ton. An ok brew, but an unpleasent experience. Won't be grabbing this one again.

06-12-2009 15:30:00 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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Jakep2021

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -26.5%

01-18-2014 03:28:42 | More by Jakep2021
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%

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.

08-23-2013 17:51:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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EPseja

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%

Tasted this one with Yelterdow. Served at just above fridge temperature in a tasting tulip glass.

A - Large, soapy, pillowy off-white head showcasing many different sized bubbles. Hazy, pale straw gold in color with many beige particles in suspension. As the beer is moved gently from side to side, the particles sway with it, giving the illusion of thick viscosity, or a setting gel candle. Quite interesting indeed!

S - Fresh hay. Wild organic sweetness. Moderate floral hops. Wet cardboard. Some metallic notes that I associate with some Czech Pilseners. Very strange for this style.

T - Light, unsweet hoppiness in the beginning gives way to a yeasty middle. The finish is very dry and leaves a shadow of burnt pretzels and wet cigarette ashes; interesting, but bordering on detrimental. Long lasting dry, tart hoppiness. Displays much of the dryness of a Czech Pilsener but in an unbalanced way. Could use a bit more malt to even out the hop notes.

M - Slick and slippery. Thickens slightly in the mouth. Sharp, but rolling. Nothing impressive.

D - This is a one-glass saison due to it's out of whack balance. The dryiness and lack of sweet malt balance makes it an un-smooth drink. I'm disappointed by this fact given that it's low in alcohol and would have otherwise made for a fantastic "session saison" for a hot summer day. Heh heh.. say THAT 10 times fast!

Conclusion: An interesting concept with flawed execution. One thing however: this beer would be a fantastic pairing for any barbecued meal that brings some sweetness with it, such as a grilled honey glazed chicken or grilled apricot glazed pork chops.

08-03-2005 23:54:57 | More by EPseja
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -22.1%

750ml bottle served at just under fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very interesting, to say the least. Pale to medium gold in color with a beautiful, supple crown of 3" soapy foam with tiny bubbles. Particles abound, but the odd thing is the suspension... almost like gelatin, the particles move with the beer as if they're "trapped" inside. Points for uniqueness there.

Smell- Wet cardboard, fresh cut grass, a faint metallic note and some floral hops. This does exhibit the olfactory equivalent of a seriously hopped saison.

Taste- Here's where my interest begins to wane. Considering the amazing look and impressive aromas, the taste just doesn't deliver. What I get is a weak beginning and middle that finishes with a bone dry hop bitterness, like I would expect from a Czech pils. There is no malt to round out the beer's taste, this could use some balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin with low carbonation, which emphasizes the bigger than life hoppiness in a detrimental way. The only way I can imagine really enjoying this one is by pairing it with something that offsets the aggressive bite, maybe an asparagus salad with spicy chicken.

Not bad, but I will stick with the lesser hopped saisons in the future.

08-03-2005 13:26:44 | More by yelterdow
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

09-11-2013 03:27:04 | More by JohnnieNepal
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.28/5  rDev -19.6%

A: This beer poured a clear straw yellow color with a huge rocky head. There was a steady stream of carbonation.

S: Spicy, hops floral and citrus aromas were the ones that jumped out.

T: The taste was funky and hoppy. There was a lemon zest kind of thing going on as well as a touch of band aids and paint thinner. Weird, but interesting.

M: On the thin side and carbonated.

D: A bit intense and not what I'm used to. I tried to hang. It was interesting.

10-02-2008 23:26:40 | More by barefootbrewer
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ccrida

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev -17.2%

750ml poured into my big Gulden Draak tulip, a gentle pour of the Thiriez XXtra yielded an almost full glass of white foam, super dense and painfully long lasting. The beer itself is a slightly hazy gold, with the massive head leaving huge chunky lace. The head alone would score a 5 if it wasn't so big that I've got a long wait after every pour.

Smell is pretty classic, dry minerals and sour citrus, floral and sugary, very appealing.

Taste is very full for a smaller beer, but not what I was hoping for (or smelled). Mainly just a big punch of noble hops, with a super spicy, bitter finish, and none of the sweet, delicate fruit from the nose. Very bitter and tonic like, overpowered by the spice of the hops. A bit of a let down, not bad, but not my style.

Mouthfeel has a crisp carbonation, but it's not as light as I was expecting, almost like tannins, perhaps dry-hopping particles?

Drinkability is average, this is pretty dry and bitter, and is not as digestible as it should be for the size. While the low ABV makes is sessionable, the price does not.

05-25-2008 07:11:38 | More by ccrida
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

07-15-2010 17:41:27 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

3.4/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

02-10-2010 20:33:23 | More by JohnQVegas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -15.9%

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.

11-06-2009 04:34:15 | More by corby112
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geexploitation

Indiana

3.45/5  rDev -15.4%

Pours a bright, light golden color, cloudy with yeast, and a huge, beaded white head that almost overwhelms the glass. Lots of sticky lace and chunks of foam persist as the head itself dissipates. Very green hop aroma. Resiny, slightly piney notes with some white pepper and pale bready notes in the background. On the palate, huge carbonation fills the palate and stomach -- it serves to lighten the load a bit, but ultimately is too much carbonation. Quite acidic from all the hops. At the front of the palate, earthy hop oils dominate. Plenty of resiny hops throughout the palate, and just a little bit of spice to complement them. This beer is pretty one-dimensional; it delivers on the hops, but not on much else. I would expect more from a hand-crafted saison.

03-11-2007 22:11:43 | More by geexploitation
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

02-01-2012 03:33:37 | More by bonbini26
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

06-27-2012 23:05:50 | More by Caudalie
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

07-24-2013 17:39:31 | More by Thorpe429
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle. Sealed with a shiny black plastic covering on the neck leading one to have the impression that it may be corked, but once easily removed (thanks to one of those nifty pre-installed tabs) it revealed a large simple brass crown cap. Main label has three large hops arranged in a flying-V. Listed at 4.5% Alc. Vol., but with no freshness date. Imported by the Shelton Brothers.

Description to the left of the bottle explains:
“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!”


Appearance: Racy head is not as bad as the previous two Thiriez brews which I tried, but it does seem over-active. Deep white head forms with a uniform topping at first, but it soon collapses in an irregular manner which produces a rocky surface. Pale golden-yellow colored body looks thin at times, flashing with a faded straw look when back-lit. Carbonation is like Asti Spumanti.

Nose: Jaded limes mix with lemons and a low strength cut-grass background. Yeast is clean but evident, as is Hessian sacking and a dried lemongrass finish.

Taste: Rather simplistic, the lemon and hop-bitterness shine through. Sure, there are additional team players, but they are all huddled together it seems. Bright lime sharpness punctuates the ending, as does a tangy straw flavor with some tart character. The bottle finishes with a high bitterness, clean and tasty, but it doesn’t feel like anything “extra”.

Mouthfeel: Bright and full of shine, but with all the strength of the suns rays on a cloudy day it never quite seems to get going.

Drinkability: Refreshing, with a nice bitter hop bite in the twisting finish. The thin feel is disappointing though, yeah I know its only 4.5% but I have had English Pale Mild with twice the body of this. The well carbonated body helps, but it masks a thin torso which disappears faster than it should.

Overall: Most certainly an enjoyable beverage. But the tastes are rather too short-lived for my liking and the body a little unsupportive. At 4.5% it is certainly not a heavy hitter and a tasty brew, and it is one that is rather drinkable, but given the rather hefty price tag of $9.99, it is a tad over-priced for anything other than an “I’ll try it once for a go” sort of offering. Enjoyable stuff nonetheless, but an expensive treat. As always, thanks again to my own personal Thiriez West Coast distributor for allowing me to try this one. Merci Monsieur GrandÉnorme!

06-08-2006 04:30:26 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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KCHopHead

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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.

07-15-2009 19:42:23 | More by KCHopHead
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RugbyBeerRepeat

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%

Poured with a large head that will stick around for the duration. I was surprised because the smell and the texture of the head reminded me very strongly of Duvel, which I did not expect from a hoppy saison. The color is a hazy medium-light blonde.

This beer is light-bodied and very drinkable. Even though it is dry hopped the hop flavor is not particularly strong. Low alcohol content (4.5%) contributes to its drinkability. It bills itself as a French farmhouse ale and it tastes as such.

Very nice mouthfeel. The carbonation will sting the bottom of your tongue. Bubbles continued to form at nucleation sites in my glass until the very end.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. That said, I will probably not buy this beer again. There just aren’t enough hops to satisfy my hop fetish. If I want a hoppy beer, I’ll go with an IPA. I liked it just as much as my favorite French farmhouse ale, Saison Dupont, but it is two dollars per bottle more expensive.

Without a doubt, a solid, enjoyable beer. Give it a shot.

11-30-2005 00:09:04 | More by RugbyBeerRepeat
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%

The body of this beer is colored a pale yellow tone. Slightly hazed. Huge, frothy snow white head. And it keeps getting bigger as it builds a rocky top. Nice aroma of yeast and a little candy sweetness mixed with some leathery earthiness. Lemon and anise add a nice little subtle touch. A nice earhty bitterness is noticed first. With a backing of crackery pils like malting. Pepper adds spice and lemon adds some bright citrus tones. Carbonation is jacked up too much (2 for 2 in that department now from this brewery). Very gaseous mouthfeel and burp inducing. Makes this less drinkable, even though the taste is decent.

05-23-2006 02:49:54 | More by Bighuge
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some dry and bitter English style hops. Taste is also a weird mix between some funky farmhouse style ester with some dry notes coming from the English style hops with a nice Belgian style malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very different but interesting experiment in the end.

09-23-2008 19:43:43 | More by Phyl21ca
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bditty187

Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev -11.8%

Pale yellow in hue with a faded straw highlight, the color looks very similar to Duvel. Rather hazy and there isn’t much animation either. Yet the head was bright white and meringue-like. Wow, a soft pour produced over three fingers of froth. Head retention was excellent; it was very slow to fade to a size small enough to actually take a sip. Lacing started before I even took a sip, I absolutely love to see that. The actual lacing was very widespread once I started drinking it. The appearance of this beer is outstanding.

The nose is delicate. I often opine about the lack of a boastful bouquet. If the nose was any louder here I think it would hurt the charm of this beer. I detect hints of pears, lemons, earth, marshmallows, pepper, a spice medley (coriander, clove, ginger), and a faint cracker-like malt base. All of these aromas are soft and secondary to the most vocal player, the hops. Saaz hops are in the forefront with their spicy/earthiness and zesty/grassy underbelly. Still the overall potency is low. Yes, the nose is complex and articulate. Inviting, just listen for the whisper.

The palate is a bit of a letdown. I taste celery and dried nuts/wood along with pears, lemons, marshmallows, and pepper. Juicy fruit in the middle with a kiss of spice and then the finish is home to a solid smack of hop bitterness. The finish is the highlight of the palate. Still, the palate is not jiving with me; I mean, the flavor profile is okay but I would have liked a little more funk, a bit more “Belgian” (or French in this case) farmhouse qualities. Light grassiness, cracker maltiness in spots, and a smattering of herbal still can’t distract that celery taste. I am torn, I want to call this beer tame but I also want to call it cultured… refined. The low abv is different take on the style, I wish there was more beef however. Still, it is okay for what it is.

Medium-light in body, low but playful carbonation, the mouthfeel isn’t flat but it is soft, like drinking a cloud which is charming, I suppose. It is a tickle thin but it works very well with the “lightness” of the palate.

Drinkability, in the sense of easiness to drink, is very high. Many lesser beers also fall into this category too. Drinkability, in the sense of how bad to I want another, is low. Sure this beer is good and I can see the attraction and the lovely subtleties but I want more. No, I don’t want every beer to be massive and palate punishing. I guess, my biggest beef is the start of this beer, it seems flawed to me. Maybe it is or maybe I am. Celery/wood does not equal a good drink in this case. I love Farmhouse ales and Saisons but I don’t love this beer. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City, IA.

10-24-2005 13:16:13 | More by bditty187
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -11%

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.

09-24-2011 19:27:08 | More by Knapp85
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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.