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Etoile Du Nord - Brasserie Thiriez

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BA SCORE
85
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 39
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaveAnderson on 03-18-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

They weren't kidding when they put "houblonnee" on the label. Had to warm way up before the hops were not overpowering. Still it acted more like a pale ale.

smbslt, Nov 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

evil_liver, Sep 16, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +18.7%

benbazi, Aug 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Hazee, Jul 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

barryjg, Jun 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

DrinkSlurm, Jun 01, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

CrazyDavros, May 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Andy_Luft, May 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

schnarr84, May 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Sammy, Apr 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DaPan, Apr 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

uturn, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

jrenihan, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Mar 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Caudalie, Feb 14, 2014
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

sonorb7, Jan 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7%

brandon911, Dec 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

Rwalford74, Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

BartMcStout, Aug 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7%

samEBC, Aug 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Kmat10, May 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

safaricook, May 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.8%

Farnswurth, Feb 25, 2013
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Etoile Du Nord from Brasserie Thiriez
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.