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

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BA SCORE
87
very good

63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez visit their website
France

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheLongBeachBum on 10-12-2004

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.”
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Photo of AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not loving this. Slightly tart, and odd. Love the blonde but this is just a little strange.

Photo of pat61
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thiriez Amber pours a clean creamy orange amber with a little haze and a 2” off-white foamy head that quickly dissipates. Caramel and fruity notes dominate the nose augmented by spice and floral notes. Light short cake covered in stone fruit and a trace of caramel dominate the palate with a moderate hop accent on the finish and a touch of tartness for balance. The carbonation is superb with fine soft bubbles that give a luscious mouth feel. It is very smooth and thirst quenching. The body is medium.

Photo of BartMcStout
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BJSmit
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of IanSpindler
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Kmat10
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of rallyr32
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of rarbring
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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L’Ambrée D’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Amber from Brasserie Thiriez
87 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.