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L’Ambrée D’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Amber - Brasserie Thiriez

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.25%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Local name - L’Ambrée D’Esquelbecq
US Import - Thiriez Amber

Description on US bottle label:
“Daniel Thiriez painstakingly crafts his rustic farmhouse ales in a rustic farmhouse brewery in the beautiful countryside of French Flanders. This brisk Amber Ale is really a luminous golden-red. It is perfectly balanced, with a soft, fresh hop bitterness playing off a hearty whole-grain maltiness, and accented by an entrancing nose of earth and spice that is typical of French farm-country brewing.”

(Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-12-2004)
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

benbazi, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

CasanovaCummins, Aug 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

ystazi, Jul 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

BJSmit, May 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Sammy, Apr 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

uturn, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jrenihan, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of draheim
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is tart and oaky, earthy, a little sweet.

Taste follows nose. Amber malt, oak, and a sour earthy quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied w/ a semi-dry finish.

Overall a unique cross between a saison and a Flanders oud bruin. Nice.

draheim, Mar 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mdaschaf, Mar 21, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

IanSpindler, Mar 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Kmat10, Nov 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

samEBC, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

monitorpop, Aug 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

schnarr84, Aug 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

safaricook, May 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Googs, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is nearly clear amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. A careful pour resulted in a two finger high off white head that gradually died down, leaving a large pillow of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thick collar around the edge.
S: Light aromas of sour apples and pale malts are present in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a light amount of sourness with notes of grainy malts and apples as well as some hints of earthy yeast.
M: It feels nearly medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer tastes unique for a French bière de garde because it's a little sour (but not to the degree of a Jolly Pumpkin beers) and pleasantly adds an interesting twist to the taste. It is quite easy to drink and the bit of sourness also masks some of the grainy malts and earthy yeast.

metter98, Mar 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

rallyr32, Mar 05, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Mattias, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle - no US description on this label - pure francais, bebe!

This beer pours a murky medium-dark golden amber hue, with two fingers of fizzy, foamy faded beige head, which leaves a few sparse islets of lace around the glass as it hastily drops away.

It smells of sweet, musty bready caramel malt, some earthy, faintly funky yeast, overripe plums, subtle prickly spice, and soft grassy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet bready malt, some further defined spices, nutmeg and soft cloves, chiefly, which render an obvious gingerbread or cookie note, with a twinge of edgy white pepper, a lessened fermenting fruitiness, and dry, hay-like, wild grass hops.

The carbonation is a tad frothy, and more or less meek overall, the body a somewhat unstable medium weight, though this does little to affect the steady smoothness. It finishes with a trend to all things dry - crackery malt, dried fruit, musky yeast, and ashy, leafy hops.

A decent farmhouse amber ale, the inherent fruitiness rolling nicely with the friendly yeast jabs, and an agreeable, varying hop bitterness helping keep things interesting. A wee bit complicated, so better if you've the time to sit back and contemplate. Otherwise, it also slips down alarmingly fast, if that's your bag.

biboergosum, Jul 12, 2012
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2.78/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A brown/red brew, almost clear, an off-white head that is very short-lived, fizzy, leaving no lacing, small curtains.

Smelling dusty and old cellar, dried yellow peas.

Starting sweet, some brown bread, red fruit marmalade, old wet concrete and some bitter metallic finish.

Little carbonation, fizzy bubbles, rather soft and slightly oily texture, medium body.

Not interesting enough, just too sweet and a bit off.

rarbring, Jul 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

polishkaz, Jun 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

jisak74, May 02, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber, hazy pour with a quickly disappearing tan head. No lacings. This is the darkest Biere de Garde I’ve ever seen.

S: Fresh grass, honey and spices dominated by fresh fruits; oranges, pears and green apples. Faint sourness in the back.

T: This is very dry and fruity, almost like apple cider. A bit more maltyness than usually. Yeast and some spices. Otherwise the taste follows the nose.

M: Long bitter and dry aftertaste. Body is medium (actually rather full, considering the style) while carbonation is mild to medium.

O: A very nice Biere de Garde; perhaps the rich malt is a bit too much for some – I loved it!

Evil_Pidde, Mar 08, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Old discounted 1pt 9.4 oz green bottle. Not expecting much for $1.99

A-Pours dark copper with a violently carbonated head. Head fizzes and pops and the carbonation rising from the glass is incredibly aggressive. Head crackles down to a quarter-finger layer that leaves dotted lacing.

S-Aged apple cider. A previous review describes the smell as 'musky'. Musky is the perfect word for the nose. Smells like a barn. A tiny bit sour. I am expecting this to taste strange.

T-A bunch of strange flavors here. The flavor ends with a lasting dried grass/hay flavor. Oats and grains. Funked, and yeasty. Distilled fruits. Apple syrup. Unique flavor.

M-Carbonation is wild and expressive. Taste lingers forever. Medium bodied with a sap-like feel. Sugars coat the palate.

O/D-For 2 dollars, I do not care how old this beer is. Judging from past reviews, this one held up quite well during its extended stay on the shelf. Very different. Adds a new dimension to my tasting experience.

VelvetExtract, Aug 28, 2011
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L’Ambrée D’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Amber from Brasserie Thiriez
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.