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

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BA SCORE
91
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146 Ratings
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 29
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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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Sammy, Feb 11, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  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.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2%

djrn2, Aug 31, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Thorpe429, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.08/5  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.

metter98, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2%

GRG1313, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy pastel lemon. No wait, that's the head, there's no beer in the glass yet. The explosive, airy, rocky, meringue-like crown looks tremendous above the beer that is slowly replacing it from the bottom up. The liquid itself is tremendously hazy, with a ridiculous amount of what I presume is yeast and bits of hop. This is just the sort of unrefined, cluttered look that I love. Outstanding.

The nose is more hoppy than any saison that I've ever had and it's even more yeasty-spicy than it is hoppy. The dominant aromas are lemon pepper and clove, with floral, grassy noble hop notes and farmhouse funk just beneath the surface. If the flavor is even a rough facsimile of the nose, it'll be something special.

The flavor is indeed something special. This is a tremendously delicious and dizzingly complex beer. Prior to cracking the cap, I had expected an explosive hoppiness along the lines of De Ranke XX Bitter. After assessing the aroma, I began to wonder. After tasting, I wonder no longer. Thiriez XXtra is at least as hoppy as XX Bitter, maybe more so. The hops detonate on the palate with each mouthful.

I have never chewed on fresh hop cones, but I imagine that it tastes something like what I'm experiencing each time I upend the glass. The beer is almost witheringly hoppy and is as bitter and as dry as the biggest American hop bombs. It's just that it uses European varieties and it coddles them in a soft, airily light body. Hopheads only need apply.

This must be a relatively new bottle because the hops taste as fresh and as green as if they were on the vine mere days ago. The flavor profile is made up of bitter grass, white pepper, dessicated lemon pulp and spicy clove... all whirling, swirling, twirling around on the palate in ever-changing and ever-fascinating fashion. I'm glad the ABV is low because I want to keep my wits about me so that I can enjoy the final ounce as much as I enjoyed the first one.

I know saisons are supposed to be light-bodied and well-carbonated (and this one certainly is), but I can't help feeling that a little more viscosity would improve what is already a great mouthfeel. Of course, I could be wrong. Its lissome, buoyant nature makes drinking this fine ale as easy as breathing.

I'm ecstatic that some of the Belgian and French breweries have realized the wisdom in adding more hops to their pale ales and saisons. I'm also amused by the fact that they feel a need to add XX to the name of the final product, as if what they've done is somehow unseemly or even pornographic. I couldn't be more thrilled, however, when the beer is as exhilaratingly hoppy and as breathtakingly brilliant as Thiriez XXtra. C'est magnifique!

BuckeyeNation, May 14, 2006
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -11%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

oberon, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

emerge077, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Thiriez XXtra initially pours a clear golden body beneath a good-sized head of creamy bright-white foam. Subsequent pours, however, bring up the yeast giving it a bit of haze. The head retention is very good, and it leaves thin walls of lace throughout most of the glass.

The nose is bold and bright with grassy, resinous, lemony and even spicy hops over a mild, earthy malt base.

It's crisp in the mouth with a medium-light body and just slightly elevated carbonation.

The flavor delivers dripping, resinous, grassy, lemony, spicy/peppery and delicately floral hops awash in an earthy/mineral/straw-like maltiness that's backed by a brisk, drying bitterness that holds it all together rather than letting the hops go toppling... spilling out all over everything, and leaving it unbalanced. This one's really a tightrope walk of balance!

It's a unique beer in that it is so highly hopped for the style; and that it holds it's balance so well. But it's also fairly straightforward in what it is, delivering basically the same characteristics throughout the nose, flavor, and finish.... yet it's oddly compelling!

NeroFiddled, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a evenly clouded orange yellow with a white head. Nose is beautiful; a mix of spices and funk. Flavor is very full of spices (some might think it too much so). Very full, hearty, and even flavor. Feel has a high carbonation to it and a good liquid feel as well with it being kind of inky and thick. Very drinkable and rustic. Not a light saison by any means. Extremely full and robust, this is one to put against food. A good fall time brew.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
4.61/5  rDev +13%
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!

Slatetank, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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)

feloniousmonk, Nov 29, 2005
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.53/5  rDev +11%
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.

Gueuzedude, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07/19/07- Purchased at City Beer, in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Troubadour tulip.

Appearance- Mid goldenrod in color. Pours with a furious large pock marked doughy head. This head is literaly like whipped cream. It's thick and solid! Leaves wonderful huge chunks of lace behind. About the best appearance per style you can ask for.

Smell- Ahhh, very nice farmyard scent. A bit of urine and horse blanket as well as some sour lemon notes and some peppery spices.

Taste- Damn this is one hoppy ass beer. Never mind that it's a saison...it's hoppy nonetheless. Fairly dry, which is nice and a nice lemon pucker at the end of the swallow. A bit sweet as well...some light cookie dough magic going on here. Peppery as well which goes great with the hoppy dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Fairly high carbonation rate. Wonderful hops o' plenty left in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Score one for France! Probably the first and last time I'll ever be saying that. Wonderdful all around beer that I will be seeking out in the future. One of the top saison's I have had. The only negative I see is that the hops may be just a touch over the top per style.

GClarkage, Jul 21, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

corby112, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of weeare138
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grassrootsVT for this...
Appearance: Thar she blows! This one foamed like a volcano spewing white lava with yeast and hop particles dusted on top. Plenty of dusty fallout remains held in suspension in the straw yellow body. A large, fluffy head slowly fades out and leaves pillowy lacing around the glass.
Smell is of earth notes, light funk, citrusy, lemon, florally, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is mostly of the aromas perhaps toned down slightly. along with a touch of pears and honey backing up the gently spiced, lemony brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fluffy with CO2, herbal, and mildly spiced.

weeare138, May 01, 2007
Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

dbrauneis, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of Billolick
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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

Billolick, Mar 18, 2006
Photo of wl0307
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Trafalgar Wines, a tiny, quality beershop in Brighton just fifty meters away from a good Harvey's pub, Lord Nelson. On the beer label, it claims itself to be "A joint beer venture between a Kentish and Flanders Craft Brewers", though I have no idea which brewery that English partner is. It's a bottle-conditioned, blonde beer according to the label, expiring in Jan. 06, while the combination of the ideas of French Flanders pale ale and English bitter results in a very intriguing and enjoyable beer in front of me.

Appearance: in my tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a slightly overly cloudy, dark yellowish hue because of never-settled yeasts in the bottle. It comes in an off-white, foamy beerhead with very good retention, and relatively low carbonation and very fine bubbles ascending from the bottom of the glass--looking rather like a cloudy English bitter really!
Smell: at the front, slightly dry honeyish, sugar-cane juicy, sweet pineapple, and deeply perfumy note of hops. At the back there are a bitter, almost hayish note of Goldings and some note of toasted wood-chips...
Taste: very creamy texture on the palate from the first sip... refreshing taste of bitter, roasted-nuttiness, toasted wood-chips, savoury flavour (almost like caramelised pork-skin!!), E. Kent Goldings hops(?) aroma firmly at the back, paving the way for a very dry, increasingly bitter aftertaste which lingers only too well.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: subtle mouthfeel of bitter, floral hops sustains throughout... mild-bodied ale with medium flavour, this is a hybrid distinctive from French Blonde ale and English bitter, but stylishly smooth and satisfying by all means despite the low alc. strength~~ Highly recommended.

wl0307, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 19, 2009
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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.