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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

146 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 27
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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beef13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

02-01-2012 18:22:13 | More by beef13
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LostHighway

Maine

4/5  rDev -2%

12-07-2011 16:33:14 | More by LostHighway
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

07-26-2012 15:45:03 | More by rolltide8425
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jermar

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 23:38:07 | More by jermar
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2%

08-31-2013 05:52:43 | More by djrn2
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

11-26-2011 02:31:14 | More by Rochefort10nh
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2%

07-14-2012 18:54:08 | More by savagepm
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stimy

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 17:52:43 | More by stimy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 00:12:41 | More by oberon
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 14:28:37 | More by lordofthewiens
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draheim

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 22:07:51 | More by draheim
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 07:13:35 | More by tai4ji2x
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 00:50:56 | More by Goldorak
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4.05/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 04:02:08 | More by sulldaddy
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dirtylou

Washington

4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 20:32:07 | More by dirtylou
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:45:07 | More by metter98
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 18:34:43 | More by weeare138
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 13:57:14 | More by dbrauneis
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ten bucks from West Lakeview Liquors. Supremely drinkable. I’m talking like clean German pilsener on a July day drinkable. Speaking of a clean German pilsener…the hop profile in this beer kind of reminds me of one… It’s really spicy and grassy in a noble sort of way. Funkiness is light but present. Complex yeast light fruit flavors are found throughout the nose and palate. Peppery/grassy bitterness finishes the beer rather dryly. Lemon zest citrus character is also found in the finish. Surprisingly complex for the low abv. Actually, I am quite astounded by this beer. I wouldn’t imagine it to be 4.5%. There just seems to be a lot more happening here than that ABV would usually allow. Body is a slightly hazy blonde with a ton of carbonation. Really, this beer is more carbonated than any I have had in a long time. One has to be quite patient with it as the beautiful white head takes minutes to settle. Be careful opening the bottle too. Mine nearly exploded with foam.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 20:23:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
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cjgator3

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an extremely large and fluffy white head. There is a lot of carbonation within the bottle, so you have to pour carefully to avoid an overflow. The laser etching at the bottom of the Duvel glass releases an amazing amount of bubbles escalating to the top to support the massive head. The appearance is just lovely.

The aroma is quite delightful as well. The aroma possesses a good amount of malt, ripe fruits, an array of spices, and floral hops. The taste starts out with some malt and spices, with the spicy hops making their presence felt in the middle and lasting well into the finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp as the high amount of carbonation prickles the tongue.

This is my 500th review since becoming a BA, which is an exciting milestone. Overall, this is a fairly hoppy Saison from France that was delightful to drink. I will have to pick up another couple bottles in the future, definitely recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 04:26:55 | More by cjgator3
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Dukeofearl

California

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 02:32:17 | More by Dukeofearl
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timtim

District of Columbia

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!!

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 23:20:42 | More by timtim
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tpd975

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 18:09:22 | More by tpd975
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lostbearbrew

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 750ml bottle in Asheville. Poured a straw colored golden hue with shades of orange in the glass. Nice head which dissipated quickly and only lightly laced the glass.

Very strong up front Saaz or Tettnang hops and Saison yeast phrenolics in the nose. Very earthy, very peppery, very hoppy. Overly so, for a Saison, but I'm not complaining...I love hops.

Great flavor that began with hops, then a little sweetness of malt, then the taste went sort of grassy, with a earthen or barklike taste, maybe hay? - then faded to a dry finish, alive with earthy and spicy notes. Very addictive, although VERY dry in the long finish, this beer sort of sits on your tongue and rides for a long time. Suprising complexity for a 4.5 abv beer, and somehow the layers keep developing the longer this sat in the glass. The second glass was better than the first.

Quite drinkable – I’d love to have this fresh on tap, to see how it compares to the bottled version. I’ve been meaning to get back to France anyway….

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2005 17:51:07 | More by lostbearbrew
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4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Slightly hazy and pale yellow in color. Large, creamy, white colored head. Great lacing, no legs.

Smelled of flowers, oranges and grass. Hint of earthiness. Pepper.

Taste was more bitter than sweet, mainly grassy. Lingered well into aftertaste. Light, crackery middle. Touch of sweet - oranges.

Light in body. Medium to high carbonation. Dry.

Very light, not as complex as some saisons, but very good nonetheless. A saison for hop lovers.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 19:49:40 | More by
Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
91 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.