Etoile Du Nord - Brasserie Thiriez
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4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2014 12:47:39 | More by CrazyDavros
3.99/5 rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
33cl brown bottle purchased from Cave à Bulles in Paris.
Pours a bright, slightly hazed golden colour with a bit of orange in its depths. Head forms a solid fine film that leaves great, intricate lace. Body is quite fine but light, and holds powdery carbonation. Looks good.
Nose is dirty, earthy and vegetative: exactly the sort of robust characters you get from slamming a beer with stacks of European hops, and I love it. Freshly snapped celery, wet soil, mushroom mold, with a lilting fragrance from the yeast that makes it a bit sweeter and fruitier. Great stuff.
Taste starts out very clean, but the hop characters here almost come out harsh. Strong tobacco ash bitterness on the mid-palate along with vegetative or bitter herbal notes. Luckily, these clear up towards the back with a fragrant buoyant yeast tone to provide and end to the ash character. The bitterness continues, but it's fortunately very clean by the end, leaving a lingering resinous character that builds up the more you drink.
Feel is light and very clean. It makes it very, very easy to drink.
Don't think I'm slamming the characters on the palate: this is just the sort of bitterness I'm not used to, but it most certainly has its merits, and it's certainly the type of thing I think I could grow to love. Right now, an overhopping with these earthier hops seems like an acquired taste that I don't have, but give me a few more of this beer and I'll probably be extolling its virtues until the end of time.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2014 16:05:41 | More by lacqueredmouse
Etoile Du Nord from Brasserie Thiriez
84 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.