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

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91
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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!”

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2005)
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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt gold color with a sticky white head.

Smells of sweet citrus. Hints of caramel and toffee. Lots of earthy and floral aromatics.

Big thick mouthfeel. Tastes Like a giant beer even though it isn't. Clean and crisp. Well structured light effervesence well blended flavors all in balance and all subtle. Citrus fruits, floral and earthy flavors. Great balance with nice hop bitterness on the end.

Really unique with 4.5%. Tastes like it should be 10%. Great beer.

jtierney89, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Psychmusic
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Psychmusic, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Caudalie, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -2%

wesley14, May 14, 2012
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 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 pirmannt1
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

pirmannt1, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev -2%

beef13, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

bonbini26, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

zonker17, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -2%

GRG1313, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -2%

LostHighway, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -2%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +22.5%

PEIhop, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
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 TheDoorman
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

TheDoorman, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Gmann, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
4.93/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours straw yellow with about 2 inches of thick, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves beautiful sticky lacing.

S-Fresh cut grass, hay, musty, earthy barnyard funk, white pepper, fresh cut flowers. and grassy hops.

T/M-A lovely, nuanced saison that's on par with some of the best Belgians. Light to medium bodied with chewy, lush carbonation. The alternately bitter and grassy hops provide a solid backbone for the musty earthy flavors. This beer has a wonderful herbal/floral character, with an emphasis on lavender.

D-Thiriez makes some of my favorite saisons. I will be revisiting some of Thiriez's other products.

DaveHS, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of timtim
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy, lightly burnt gold with a big, rocky, white head that holds forever and leaves very pretty lace. nose is grassy, floral, earthy, perfumy hop (amarillo? goldings?) atop a nice, husky french grain character that is very raw and earthy smelling as well. taste is good and follows suit well. hops are barely bitter and the yeast character gets to shine a little bit more in the taste, expressing barn and farm that transports you to the brewer's paradise. this beer really tells a story of where it is from. seems to be very traditional and rustic. the milder carbonation level takes away a tiny bit of zing, but i believe this is actually proper for the style. mouthfeel besides that is creamy with a hint of chalkiness (from maybe the water?). 4.5% goes down way too easy. just wish something like this could be accessible for about a third of the price!!

timtim, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

DefenCorps, Sep 15, 2010
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 BeerImmediately
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exploded the instant the cap cracked - sprayed everywhere. Sweet. My bar needed a good wipe-down anyway.

Pours with a billowing, soapy white head that fades to bubbles, and leaves sticky lacing. Body is a silvery-golden color, mostly opaque from the yeast, with some carbonation present. Looks thick, even though it's only 4.5%.

Good musty aromas up front, with some zesty lime-like fruity quality. Some pineapple juice as it warmed. Slight pepper in the mix, too. Inviting.

Very refreshing - light mouthfeel, with plenty of light, citrusy hops leading the way. Lemon grass and hay. Slight mustyness. Fairly juicy, and not as dry as I'd prefer, but a really nice balance overall in the flavors. This has to be one of the most delicious <5% ABV beers I've ever sampled.

This beer has summer written all over it. Not a terribly great representation of the Saison style, but it sure is tasty, nonetheless.

BeerImmediately, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
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

Magpie14, Jun 22, 2010
Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.