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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
Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez visit their website
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 ccrida
3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (1,068 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 twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
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! (711 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +10%
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. (1,401 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (345 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 TheLongBeachBum
3.51/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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! (2,788 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 tpd975
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Whole Foods in Sarasota. Had never seen it in my life so I had to give it a try.

A: Pours a beautiful golden honey yellow with a huge thick foamy bubbly head. It takes forever for the head to die as it is constantly being fed by millions of tiny bubbles. There are some dark brown floaties that made their way into my glass.

S: Nice yeasty aroma with a spiciness to it. There are fresh green apples pushing thru as well. The farmhouse funk is there, but its just lingering in the background.

T: The best damn French beer I have ever consumed. There is a nice peppery taste that is noted right from the start. Citrus fruits and the tart apples also come thru. You are left with a yeasty bready taste with nutmeg in the finish.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: Very

Overall: I enjoyed this with cheese and crackers. It is a very finely made beer that is so complex when it comes to taste. It was so light and refreshing, yet big on taste. I would love to seek out more of these small scale farmhouse treasures. Let's hope Mr. Thiriez continues to share. (1,074 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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! (891 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden straw with a fluffy and moussy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was a strong Saaz hop aroma when first opened and poured. After a few minutes, that aroma flashed away and the head dropped back to reveal a slight belgian farmhouse character akin to that of a saison. The aroma was extremely earthy and pleasant with some slight components of cooked corn (DMS).

The flavor was crisp with a very well executed earthy hop flavor and bittering that were both interesting and surprisingly complex in such a low abv beer. The malt flavor that backed up the hop flavor and bittering was slightly sweet in the background when dicernable and had a corn flavor as well. The bittering was earthy yet leaves a citrusy characterist flavor on the palate.

The finish was just dry with lasting earthy and citric bittering and hop flavor causing the beer to finally leave the palate bone dry in the final long aftertaste. The body was medium light and well done. I believe corn was used in this beer, if not it contains similar aroma and flavor attributes to beers using flaked corn as part of the grist.

750 ml capped and foil sealed green bottle. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA. How much is a ticket to France? (1,295 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (679 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw color with particulate just floating around in suspension. The head sits about 4 fingers, falling to leave huge billows randomly over the top. Very cool looking beer here. The nose is big in the super noble hops. Spicey and grassy and awesome smelling. I know there are aromas hiding behind the hop. I get a light horsey aroma but hops are most dominant. The flavor is damn complex. The noble hop imparts a very grassy quality, but this melds seamlessly with the horse-blanket funk and spice to really leave no definition between them. Its so damn tasty. An incredible saison base overlayed with delicious hops. What a great marriage. The feel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. Great balance between mouthfeel and bubble. Highly drinkable brew. Low alcohol keeps the flavors from being hastled. A great beer. I am so happy I was able to try it. So tasty. (886 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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... (1,091 characters)

Photo of Crosling
4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (429 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (2,718 characters)

Photo of clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a very tall head that has great retention (takes forever to get a full glass) and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The particulate matter is in constant suspention - it just won't fall down. The aroma is like some nice noble hops with some slight funk and some interesting spices (from the hops), maybe even a little citrus. The flavor is really weird. The hops carry a grassy character here and there is a backing of slight funkiness, as is character in a farmhouse brew. Caramel malt is also evident, but the slight funk hangs on the palate (in a good, controlled manner). The mouthfeel is on the light end of thick and the drinkability is very good. (688 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 poured into a tulip very carefully as the head can get out of control in a hurry. This brew is exceptional in the appearance category. Rocky head that retains throughout and hardly fades at all. Slightly hazed golden body with fine carbonation.

Lots of hops in the nose and taste. The drying variety, maybe saaz? regardless its a full boquet of hops. Deep and complex, there is some funkiness to this but it unfortunately gets drowned out a bit by the huge hop smacker. There is a large tropical fruit element that has the power to make an appearance. As this warms the funk makes more of an impression and really turns this into a lovely offering. Finish is dry with lingering funk and hops.

Notes: Definately the best saison I've had in recent memory. So complex and when it warmed just 5 degrees or so the funk lets loose and that is when its at its best. Funk, Fruits, HOPS!! The French doing beer justice??? In this case you better believe it. (958 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (686 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.62/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green capped bottle purchased at Rich O's in Indiana. Awesome up close hop photo on the front. Pours into my tulip glass a cloudy pale yellow/orange hue with a huge white clumpy, frothy head on top. Tons of active carbonation rises up..quite a sight. Aromas of light grainy malts with mellow citrus accents of lemon peel, melon and orange. A wonderful, intense floral, herbal hop aroma enchants the senses. An earthy, rustic yeast twang is there as well, but it's the bountiful unique almost perfumy aroma of the hops that really shines here. Simply lovely.

First sip brings a light, musty grainy maltiness with hints of citrus fruits and earthy yeast. Not long after the poignant herbal, floral hops take center stage and delight the taste buds. A spicy, peppery flavor runs throughout the brew. Finishes smooth and a bit dry with a mellow bitterness. Such big, green leafy flowery hop flavors. Ultimately, this is a unique, rustic, complex and wonderfully tasty saison. Divine.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with plenty of fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy and is so refreshing. This is a definte session saison and I honestly wish I had another 750ml to follow up after this one. Goes to show that you can get an amazing amount of flavor out of a lower abv brew. Cheers to Daniel Thiriez for producing this amazing brew and to Shelton Bros. for bringing it to the U.S. and into my hands. Highly recommended to saison lovers and hop lovers alike. Not to be missed. (1,487 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)

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3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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