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Etoile Du Nord - Brasserie Thiriez

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Reviews: 16
Hads: 47
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 17.24%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez
France | website

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale | 5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DaveAnderson on 03-18-2011

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Reviews by CrazyDavros:
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4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows spicy noble hops, faint vegetable notes, sweet light malt and spicy Belgian phenols.
Similar flavours , quite hoppy with more spicy and grassy notes alongside light grainy malt.
Good high carbonation works well.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle. 'The North Star'. Wow, all of a sudden, I pine for the 1980s NHL. And apparently well-hopped, as well, with a faded '55 IBU' sticker on the side. Ooh la la.

This beer pours a tumultuous, quick save from counter mishap, medium golden straw hue, with a tower of 3D webbed foamy head, which settles to expose, in kind, a broad array of Thai inlet version lace.

It smells of zesty and yeasty tropical fruit at first, just before a somewhat sugary pale wheaty malt come along to even things out. The taste is pungent, kind of sour pale malt, mildly funky yeast, bitter noble hops - the citrus and earthiness holding each other back from the precipice - and some latent hefty and savoury spices.

The carbonation is still quite peppy and playfully intrusive, the body a stunted middleweight, and kind of astringent in its foray into smoothness. It finishes rather dry, the plucky hops, acrid yeast, and somehow overly perceptible booze doing one hell of a number against the base, back corner table graininess.

I suppose this could have been a normal as could be French saison, but with the big hop additions, all bets are off. I can't believe the listed ABV (5.5%) - there appears to be so much more, and the hops give a more than certain je ne sais quoi to the proceedings, lifting all aspects to a higher level. Yeasty, kind of fruity, and with a standard malt sweetness for the style. Can you see the fault lines, if only a little?

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of benbazi
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO as a sell off. $1.75 for a 330/341/355ml bottle- no statement on the label. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high off white head that lasts for around 2mins before film out. Medium gold colour and unfiltered. EXTREMELY unfiltered as there is particulate floating around

S- Weird pine scent

T- Hits you with a bitter, herb, grassy bite right away. Settles off to a pine cone IPA flavor afterwards. I dislike the first 4-5sec after taking a sip then really enjoy this brew. Can't have that initial hit this bad as it destroys the enjoyment of the next sip, only looking forward to an aftertaste.

M- Dry and tart

O- If it was not for that first few seconds this would be a great brew. Will not buy again as this is not my style of brew.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with........ Sushi! This time it was dynamite roll and the tempura and wasabi just worked wonders with this brew.


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Photo of Rwalford74
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a cloudy orange color with an off white head, rather large one at that. Head falls slow, but does, to a small but present one. Very decent lacing, full and coating.

Smell is of hops backed by a typical French farmhouse aroma. Bit of funk and earthiness with flower like qualities. Wow, should be interesting.

Well, I never had a beer quite like this. Take a farmhouse ale and try and make it an IPA. Your nose makes you believe it's a saison as you take a drink but then you taste hops, not American DIPA hops but plenty of hops nonetheless. I quite like it. Funky tartness on the tongue and an obvious bitter finish.

Much fuller in the mouth than expected too. Medium bodied and mild carbonation. Oily hops on the tongue.

Interesting beer. Nice to see the French are interested in hops and trying, successfully so as is the case with this beer, to make hoppy brews. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at La Capsule Cave à Bière in Nancy, France. Gorgeous slightly hazy golden-yellow pour with a huge three finger pure white foamy snow-cone head with great retention and lacing. The nose was quite unique with earthy, grassy, grainy notes dominating along with hints of lemon zest, caramel, pear, white pepper, and some subtle skunky barnyard funk as well. The taste is earthy, herbal, and grassy with hints of white pepper, lemon, yeast, pear, subtle caramel and vanilla, and a really unique fresh hop character I've not tasted before. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy with the bitterness of the hops dominating. The finish is extremely dry and sour with just a touch of sweetness at the end. Overall, a unique Saison that's maybe not as refreshing as most, but still interesting enough.

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Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of rarbring
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy pale orange brew, a high white head that settles slowly and leaves good lacing. Good curtains.

The smell is sweet and malty, porridge with brown sugar, but also hoppy grass aromas. Some spices, clove, cardamom.

The taste is less sweet, some upfront brown sugar, then bitter oranges and clove, grape-fruit peel.

Medium low carbonation, slightly sticky, a medium body, a coarse dry finish.

A heavy sweet aroma that is not noticed in the beer which is lighter and drier than expected.

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Photo of KeyWestGator
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of crusian
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from pixieskid and Simon in Paris... thanks guy, you are amazing! was told this was pretty fresh.
Poured into a shitty hotel glass with about a finger of head. Dark golden color. Thought this was an ipa, but I don't speak French... so the bottle could say anything...
Nose is overpowered by grass... and obscure hops.
Taste is much the same... I would call this an ipa. The hops are not the typical ones used in an ipa, but they do the job... lots of grass on the palate as well. Crisp clean finish, which is nice. Very light malt presence. Hard to get over the grass though. The French are trying to start the craft revolution... and after seeing simons shop, they Re certainly doing a good job. Needs a bit more work though... I think they need to try and get some different hops. A blend with some since would work well with the grass here.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of zachloveshisbeer
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! I was told by a co-worker in the liquor store that I work at that this was one of those "must try" beers. As it was served in a huge 750 mL bottle I knew he was right and that if I didn't enjoy it, at least I could twist some people's arms into trying it. I opened it and poured it into a glass and immediately got hit with a skunky sort of Heineken-type smell, followed by a hint of Saison yeast which was very pleasant. It poured like a Saison and thankfully I had a clean, dishwasher-cleaned glass because the head just went on for days. The taste was very pleasant and easy-to-handle but the finish was big and fruity, which I attribute to the use of whatever kind of hop varietal was used. I did end up sharing some of this and most of the crowd at my girlfriends' parents place enjoyed it quite a bit because it was so different. I would drink it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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Etoile Du Nord from Brasserie Thiriez
85 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.