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

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 149
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 14.74%
Wants: 35
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 Magpie14
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superior version of the blonde. A saison/biere de garde with a nice spicey nose, easy drinking, easy alcohol. Great foaming head on attractive yellow. Easy mouthfeel, and reasonable taste. Understated for lunch. Unexpectantly hoppy bitter. Refreshing.

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Photo of Phatz
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had Thiriez XXtra at Monk's cafe. Thanks to GueuzeGeek for the recommendation. We tried this side by side with the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Belgian IPA. A very interesting similarity while understandably different styles. Thiriez XXtra is a Saison driven by spices (and hops) and Houblon is more malt backed (and hops) but the both possess the Belgian style yeast and are particularly hoppy per style. Regardless, an interesting exercise. Thanks to phnphilly for participating in our taste test as well.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange gold with a massive massive head that was completely uncontrollable. It is not phnphilly's fault the head just overflowed *every* time. Thick white foam that took so long to receded I simply impatiently pushed my nose through it to get a taste of my beer.

Smell: Grassy hops and spices and a bit of lemon citrus and pepper. Seems to be dry hopped with the fresh grass bitter attribute.

Taste: Spicy hops and lemon lime bitter with a yeast Belgian attribute (note: it is a French beer that is simply a parallel) And earthy leather base heavily peppered and spiced and leave with another bite from the hops, and a small hint of tangy farmhouse saison funk. Full of flavor and yet never cloying. Good brew. Good Choice. Thanks GueuzeGeek.

Mouthfeel: The feel can be best described as spicy. Though that is the taste is is the feel on the cheeks as well. The body seems quite light but it is greatly over carbonated and the lively bubble with the spices just make it a prickly spicy brew.

Drinkability: I wouldn't session this. I enjoyed trying it but after the experiment it was time to move on.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of bort11
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This was a gusher when the cap was cracked. I had to get it to the glass quickly. Tall fluffy white head that is slow to recede. Bits of lace stick to the glass. Color is a hazy golden straw color.

Smell is musty and floral. Dry and clean. Taste is very dry. Fruity esters are like apple and pear skins. Grassy and floral hops notes.

Mouthfeel is very dry with a solid carbonation. Light bodied and easy to drink. It was surprisingly filling, though with the low ABV still very easy to drink.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a French beer, which reminds me of the Belgian Poperings Hommelbier, but without the caramelic taste. This is dominated by hop flavor and taste. It poured a very clear light amber with a lot of carbonation and a nice stable head.
Smell was perfect, almost like fresh hops, yet not sharp. There were also some grassy and resinous notes.
Taste was bitter and hoppy, leaving little room for other flavors. When the beer warms some ripe fruit (from the yeast) comes out. This profile reminds me of the La Chouffe strain, nice and fruity. The body was pretty thin and goes well with the taste.
Together with the hoppiness and high carbonation, it is a wonderfull refreshing brew.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow colour... enormous, rocky white head filled the whole glass and faded slowly to nice thickish covering... lots of quite big carbonation bubbles rush to the surface... very light lacing...

Aroma - Strong peppery and grassy hops, damp hay, very floral, quite salty, medicinal notes, light anise, no real malt coming through, quite strong fresh herbal notes - light basil, coriander, some ginger. Spicy lemon and lime fruitiness, faint marzipan traces, some doughy notes...

Taste – Quite a lot of strong sharp citrus and grassy hop bitterness, lots of sea salt, pretty floral and perfumed, mouth watering sharp tangy fruits (grapefruits, lemons and some sour apples), lime peel hints, strong herbal notes, quite peppery, the slightest hint of biscuit malts, the faintest of honey sweetness...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light bodied... very refreshing although might be a bit too sharp and acidic to be really drinkable...

Overall - A very good and slightly unusual Belgian Pale Ale... well worth a try...

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Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First a disclaimer, this is the 2nd time i've had this, and this bottle seems significantly different than the first. This label is slightly different as well. Originally the label had a photo of a hop field, this one is identical to the photo here.

A very volatile pour, several inches of billowing white foam rise up and over the rim of the pint. Rocky, uneven head atop a frenzied golden flurry of bubbles. Super fluffy head that exhibits staying power.

Lightly sweet aroma of dry hay, some dusty wheat, and some medicinal hop character.

Flavor has some soft and sweet pale malts, with herbal hop notes that grow increasingly medicinal over time. Some white grape in the aftertaste. The bitterness builds up, which is ok, but the medicinal flavor is distracting. It doesn't taste especially fresh, so age could be the culprit.

Spritzy and lively feel, carbonation sticks around. It's pretty thirst quenching despite the distracting flavor. I'd give it another shoot if I knew the bottle was fresh.

$8.99 from Warehouse Liquors in Chicago.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with a huge, pillowy, large-bubbled white head even with a very gentle pour. Has a moderately hazy appearance and a generally well done saison look.

Smells really good, excellent actually. Lemongrass, papaya, sweetened lime juice and a pile of decaying grass. Summery and spicy.

Dry and bitter tangerine-kiwi flavor with a bit of tartness. Surprising hoppiness is only accentuated by the high carbonation level. Malt profile is quite weak and makes the beer taste higher than 4.5%. I would be willing to bet only 2-row pilsener malt is used here. The dry hopping is a nice touch, but does not add much besides a bit more grassy hop aroma. A pretty unique brew, it was fun to drink!

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you want a impressive pouring beer, this is the one! Huge frothy ivory dense pillowy cap that literally leaves chunks of cloudy soft pillowy lace in the glass. There is a dimple left where the beer pours a volcano spot. A little too frothy and fast in the glass to be a 5/5.

Candy scents with a hint of honey and leafy Earthiness. Some vanilla aspects with a touch of toffee.

First swigs: A bone dry saison with a smack of cream soda hops. A crisp fresh doughy middle that mingles with a bright apple and pear, followed with a squeaky clean finish.

Light bodied, easy going and refreshing.

Last swigs: Creamy 7-Up with a light fruit hint. An easy drinker overall.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a once wild field that has been freshly mown. Herbal notes with slight citrus asspects. Hazy yellow in color with a massive snowpeak-like white head. Fore is slightly bitter, but quickly fades to reveal a sweet yeasty, malt laden base. Has sweetish citrus notes like lemon meringue or Key Lime pie. These citrus notes are the most outstanding and play nicely off a slightly bready maltiness that is present through all flavor ranges.

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Photo of jermar
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry-hopped in 25.4oz capped champagne-style green bottle with sediment. Label says "This is one rich and tres hoppy golden ale...earthy, punchy, flavorful stuff." Made in small batches for "the stout-hearted Freres de la Biere, a local coterie of special friends united by their thorough enjoyment of rough and ready, unrelenting farmhouse brew. Mon Dieu, that's good!" Can't really quibble with or add to any of that description.

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Photo of stimy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a hoppy aroma. The mouthfeel was of champagne. Bitter taste on the tongue from the hops.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed light golden with a large blooming white head that left globs of lace behind as it settled ever so slowly.Slight funk in the aroma like a horse blanket along with some mineral and honey a firm toastiness rounds out the nose.A real smoky character wich I didnt expect on the palate along with an herby dill and spicey white pepper like quality in the finish a little phenolic yeasty character in the background and somewhat dry.Complex to the hilt with alot of flavor a real summer quaffing style saison.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Be careful with the pour; this is the largest head you might ever see. Yellow/orange color, voluminous head, thick, white, sticky. Pretty impressive. An earthy aroma, some citrus noted also. Very hoppy flavor, with some lemon. A most refreshing and enjoyable beer, and, at 4.5% ABV, you can drink a few.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of tai4ji2x
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml green bottle, directly from the case to minimize light exposure. no date found on the bottle.

golden honey color, almost clear, but then the yeast flakes come in, no matter how carefully you handle the bottle. enormous rocky head slowly recedes to thin but frothy layer. a good amount of foamy, bubbly lace.

aroma: ripe pear, maybe apple, maybe peach skin. lots of bready yeast. mild grassy hop, plus hay hint. faint farmhouse odors with with a trace of sweet spices.

taste: fruity pear and white grape juice with bready yeast, into a grassy hop blast with moderate yet balanced bitterness. a bit more spicy and phenolic in the finish.

smooth, with faint astringency in the finish. moderate carbonation is very fluffy, with some prickle upfront.

again, leaning more towards biere de garde than a saison. a little less cloyingly sweet than the regular blonde, so a tiny bit more drinkable.

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Photo of sulldaddy
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Splitting this bottle (750) at room temp with Stopper. The beer is poured into a snifter. Beer exhibits a hazy gold color with very large rocky eggshell colored head, that overflows the glass. Gradually recedes to a sturdy surface layer but hangs out throughout sampling. Aroma is herbal hops and some musty funk with a bit of honey and brown sugar as well. First sip reveals a lite body but also tingly carbonation that adds to the mouthfeel. Flavor is slightly fruity and honey sweet then herbal hops that actually get a little bitter like tea leaves on the finish. This bitterness is almost rindy and lingers a bit on the palate. An easy drinker with quite a bit of character.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lemony colored, with a fat layer of creamy vanilla frosting and some dust in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wow! Hallertau! At least I think it is...Anyways, it smells really herbal, leafy, danky, weedy! Like rubbing hop buds and pot buds between your hands. An agressive aroma for sure, that won't please everyone, but for those who like plenty of nose and are getting tired of the same old IIPA hop bombs, this one if for you.

Taste: Very interesting taste as well, it starts off salty, then like the rind of a semi-soft cheese, Sir Laurier d'Arthabaska to be precise. Plenty of hop bitterness to finish it all off. Great stuff!

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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.

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Photo of metter98
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Next in line (for me) of the newly available Belgian (or in this case, French, but Belgian -style) beers that are kicked up with hops for the American palate, these beers tend to bring a new sensation to hoppiness for the beer lovers in the States (and hopefully elsewhere too!).

Pours a rich thick honey colored with a huge huge huge rocky white head in my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Very pretty but annoying in that the head is so huge in this glass that there is almost no liquid. The problem reappears with each top up from the 750 ml bottle ($9.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA).

Aroma is a gentle but solid hop that orangy, floral, and slightly organic. For a saison, the brett caused organic funk is almost completely drowned out by the hops.

Flavor is a nice rich malty orange soda (but not that sweet)- kinda creamsickle flavor (but not sweet) with a solid hop sharpness on top and at the end. Didn't care for it on the first sip, but gets better as time goes on, but overall I get a little tired of it as the bottle empties. Maybe because the flavor profile is good, but not that complex?

Mouth and drinkability- amazing amount of body for a 4.5%, I really like that. It's an easy drinker, but as I said, it kind of tires as it goes along. Hop bitterness at the back of the throat is a bit harsh.

Overall I really like this. Recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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