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

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L’Ambrée D’Esquelbecq / Thiriez AmberL’Ambrée D’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Amber

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BA SCORE
87
very good

56 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

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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jsanford

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this bottle in the back of the cooler at my local shop. Think it's pretty old, this doesn't get distributed to us anymore.

A - Pours a dark orange-amber with a huge foamy head that dissipated quickly. Lots of gnarly "floaties".
S - Aromas of honey, flowers, pepper and herbs, and pears with a gentle caramel malt backbone.
T - Similar to the nose, more pears, herbs and pepper. the honey notes really dominate this for me, though. Almost like carbonated, alcoholic honey. Quite tasty.
M - Medium-light bodied with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel that surprised me. Highly carbonated with a dry finish.
D - Nice and drinkable, especially in lieu of champagne as a meal-starter.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 16:01:14 | More by jsanford
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml brown glass bottle w/ cap, no date found. (more recent batches use a green glass bottle, with a golden plastic wrapper around the cap.)

from notes, tasted in june 2009. poured into duvel tulip.

deep amber honey color. nearly clear on first pours. tho subsequent pours all have particles of sediment afloat. ENORMOUS head formation, with overflowing meringue icebergs! off-white and fluffy like a latte. slowly fades to constant thin layer, replenished by etching. puffy foam. consistent big rings of lace, w/ curtain in between.

aroma: apple, pear. caramelized maltiness. gentle grassy hops, spice/pepper and herbs, w/ gentle to mod phenols. faint farmhouse character. more ripe apple and herbal notes into the end.

taste: apple fruitiness, light caramel, gentle euro hopping w/ mild to moderate bitterness. moderate phenols bring up the spiciness (nutmeg?) and herbs (parsley? coriander?). complex, but just a tad on the watery side.

light to medium body, w/ some light astringency from phenols. crisp w/ otherwise moderate, fluffy carbonation.

taste score should be 3.8, and overall drinkability 4.5; numbers are adjusted to reflect this.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 14:28:42 | More by tai4ji2x
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Richardberg

New York

3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured into a pint glass. Enormous white head leaps out of each pour, even an hour after the bottle was opened. Doesn't retain too long but leaves a fair bit of sticky lacing. Beer is a hazy yellow-orange -- really hazy -- enough to be totally opaque despite the light color.

S - golden malts, farm funk, cider, bit of white pepper & lemon zest

T - main smell components appear as you'd expect, but the more subtle elements (peppery/zestyness) don't. somewhat unpleasant aftertaste, dunno how to describe -- not bitter -- acrid? soured? (in the sense of "rotten", not "acidic") overall character is ok but too weak for a light ale that's nearly 6%.

M - light body, well carbonated but not as ultra fizzy as the head might indicate. main complaint: it's very watery.

D - moderately easy to drink but not especially enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 04:09:11 | More by Richardberg
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rhenning

New York

3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

25.4 fl oz green bottle purchased @ Met Foods, Brooklyn and poured into Ommegang chalice glass.

Hazy bronze in color, a gentle pour yields 2.5-3 fingers of fluffy bone white head that recedes to a smattering of foam within a minute or so. No lacing to speak of.

Nose is sweet, consisting of pear, warm apple cider, a pepperry spiciness/mustiness that I can't quite put my finger on, light yeast and a touch of alcohol coming through.

Taste generally echoes the smell, without many surprises; Malty sweetness right up front that sticks around throughout the palate, tree fruit cider, a bit more hop presence than in the nose, but less perceived alcohol as compared to the smell.

Mouthfeel is medium and pretty thirst quenching. The haze makes the beer look more viscous than it actually is.

The bottle went down pretty easily so I gave it better than average marks for drinkability. It's just a little sweet and juicy for more than a couple of pints.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 02:36:18 | More by rhenning
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weissbierdrinker

Belgium

2.65/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a muddy amber color with a thin head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell is of musty fruit, carrot, and some kind of trash smell I can't describe.

Taste is of peach, carrot juice, etc. Not very pleasant at least to my taste. Looked like it would be a good beer, but it's not. I'll try something else.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 23:38:18 | More by weissbierdrinker
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Biere de Garde.

Cider colored with a large, fizzing white head. Constant jetstream of tiny bubbles emitting from the glass bottom. Good retention. A little heavy on the active carbonation as foam shot out as I opened it and proceeded to spew even when left on the counter.

Smells farmy. Earthy fruits such as spiced apples and vegetables like squash come to mind.

Tastes of heavy, bready caramel that mellowed out into roasty apricot and fall fruits. Yeasty, somewhat musty, character. Aggressive fizzy carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 19:49:09 | More by donkeyrunner
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TheycallmeTim

New York

4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Thiriez hearts bubbles. The carbonation on these beers is insane, although this bottle was more tame than others (of Blonde and XXtra) that I've had. Still, head was a good three and a half fingers of chunky off-white foam. It does die quickly, though, and gets eaten up by a deeply red, auburnish body with flecks of all sorts of stuff in it. Thiriez to me is the goldschlager of beers.

S--The fruit on this is very present, both citrus and stone. I'm getting mango, apricot, some cherry, and a little bit richer plum or even prune. Damn. Some back-end esters bite you with clove intensity, too. The yeast isn't pronounced on the nose as much as it is in their other beers.

T--Another fun, wild ride, as you traverse fruit and even wine vinegar spectrums, with a hint of breadiness behind the sweet and sour. Not for the faint of heart--Thiriez beers challenge me and this one was no exception, but it, like Ommegang's Rouge, ultimately makes me happy I got on board. The balance for the complexity is incredibly, as you get even a little bit of what one reviewer said beautifully was "dusty hops." For me I only got a trace feel of that at the end, but it was enough to impress. Not nearly as piney and fresh as the dry-hopped XXtra or Blonde, with a deeper malt character, but that just means it's just right for weather that includes a nip of winter wind.

M&D--Both are excellent, although the ABV is a touch high for such an inviting beer. Hey, can't complain. Overall the creamy champagne feel is where it's at--I'm sleeping in the hayloft tonight. Viva la funkay!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 22:12:40 | More by TheycallmeTim
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ccrida

Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle poured into an impy pint, Thiriez Amber is a real gusher, pulled from the cellar and thrown in the fridge for about an hour wasn't enough to stop it from filling my glass with 90% foam, spilling on the counter when the cap didn't come off immediately, and slowly over foaming as I let it sit a second. When it's all said and done, it's hazy amber with very fine dark particle sand a sugary looking, medium bubbled head that leaves pretty heavy, foamy lace.

Smell is classic BdG, strong sugary caramel malt that is amplified by the fruity farmhouse esters that I love so much, very candy like, but not in a simple syrup kind of way, more complex.

Taste is also heavy on the sweet fruity esters and malt backbone, a little iron, and dusty hops on the finish. Just so damn good. So much flavor, but smooth and balanced and easy drinking, just incredibly well done, exactly what I want from a BdG. I have come to really love low ABV, full flavored beers, and this one is about as good as it gets, save for extra dimension provided by wild ales!

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, medium light bodied, with a nice chalky bite of bicarbonate drying it out.

Drinkability is the tits. Can you ever have enough? No! I want to suck on this all night...and a have some more when I wake up!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 05:45:48 | More by ccrida
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange that carries a brown touch. Nose is slight antiseptic. Flavor carries the same. A bit wilder than I would have expected really. Slight citrus is there (oranges). But the antiseptic really keeps a constant presence. I have to say that it's really dry too. Feel has a well bodies liquid and the carbonation is slightly lower. It's interesting that this is a biere de garde. It strikes me as fairly wild. Overall this is something worth trying, but you really need to be open to the slight funk that lambics and wild ales bring to be able to fully appreciate this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 00:28:14 | More by RblWthACoz
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ATPete

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on draught at the Thiriez Brasserie.

A- Nice amber brown color, semi opaque, with s small and quickly dissipating white head. Some lace.

S- Farmy, earthy, herbal, some fruit notes of cherry, grapefruit and some hop.

T- Tastes much like the nose, a little bit of funkyness, overall a good malt structure, semi tart.

M- Medium feel, tiny bubbles and lots of them.

D- Very good

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 18:13:50 | More by ATPete
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from one of the big bottles to a tulip glass. Started as a deep amber color - which changed to a brown when I poured the remainder into the glass - with a very thick consistency. Lots of sediment. Huge amount of head and good lacing.

The smell was pretty interesting. It had a somewhat funky, barnyard aspect to it, but was also rich in hops and spices.

As far as the taste goes, the aforementioned hops and spices made the biggest impact. There was a slightly acidic quality to it, though not overwhelmingly so.

This had a good amount of carbonation, but, as I said, the finish was a bit acidic for my taste. A mixed bag on the mouthfeel.

This is decently drinkable beer, though not my favorite. It is nice to see the French can actually do beer well.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 15:11:33 | More by avalon07
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thierrynantes

France

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Appearance: Beautiful orange-amber color, white foam head persistent
Smell: beautiful aromas and malted roasted
Taste and mouthfeel : bitterness well balanced
Drinkability: a good beer in the style "Bière de garde"

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 11:27:06 | More by thierrynantes
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NoLiberty

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Cloudy hue and amber-orange color. Good head, not huge, but lasts the whole drink.
Aroma: Total apple and apple cider. Sweet and crisp. Really nice and different.
Taste: Apple all up front, clean and light malt middle and cool hop finish. Wet and sweet. Nice.
Mouth: Mild, light bodied. Wet with light carbonation.
Drink: Good beer, very drinkable. Pretty unique.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 22:59:52 | More by NoLiberty
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sleazo

New York

4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a rich reddish golden, with a big foamy white head. Lacing is tight but a bit sparse.

S-Black pepper intermingles with a rich musty scent and a bit of sugar.

T&M-More of that black pepper hits you upon first sip. The effervescence pushes more spice around the mouth. This is followed by a candi sugar sweetness that coats the tongue a bit. There is then a vague noble like hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The phenolic characteristics really come out as it warms. Very well done.

D-not too high in alcohol but the sweetness does get to you a bit in the end. i was happy to share this one. Still it is one beer and one brewery I would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2007 03:38:19 | More by sleazo
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farHillsBrewer

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Recommendation: Have a large pitcher on hand for the opening.

This beer was truly an experience. My wife won it as a door prize and it aged a bit in my cellar but had been in the fridge for at least a month. One word describes the opening ceremony: Eruption. I lifted a corner of the cap and felt like I was wrestling a rattlesnake for the next few minutes. We got 2 eight ouce glasses out the 25.4 in the bottle. The rest was on the floor, sofa, tables, vanity and some unfortunately down the drain, as it continued foaming over while I was mopping up.

All that aside, this was a very enjoyable brew.

When the foam settled back into liquid form it was a hazy reddish brown. The yeast was obviously stirred up by the cataclysm of the opening. The head was snowy white and hung on till the glass was empty. The lacing was somewhat less than expected. I couldn't help noticing the sweet yet spicy aroma which included some citrus notes.

The carbonation provided a tingly mouth-feel that eventually turned into something quite nice, adding to the enjoyment.

The taste was a complex malty blend of sugar, toffee, with some raisin and apricot and some peppery spice, along with the faint sourness associated with belgians. The flavor was long-lasting and finished with the pepper and extended with some satisfying hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 16:39:53 | More by farHillsBrewer
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Jredner

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint 9.4 oz bottle $9.99. The aroma is sweet candy sugar, sweet malts, mild raisin notes, some citrus and spice a soft floral aroma that is very inviting. The body is a bright copper/amber color and supports a massive three fingers thick head that is ivory white, fluffy and lasting. Fore is dry and grainy with toasted breads, mild baked raisin and caramel flavors, honey and sweet malt. Very tasty. The carbonation is biting and gives some crispness to the rounder, lightly sweet base flavor.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2007 18:05:56 | More by Jredner
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overcast overripe apricot with so much carbonation that the beer is very nearly opaque. As I type, there's a slow-motion eruption of foam from the bottle that hasn't slowed in the several minutes since the crown was cracked. The foam in the glass is ecru in color and is as airy and insubstantial as it gets. Not one shred of lace actually sticks to the glass. I love the rustic look of the beer though, even more so as it becomes murkier and murkier with each successive pour.

I like the nose too. This isn't the most aromatic or the most complex Biere de Garde that I've ever smelled (all five of them), but it's grain-like and yeastspicy and even a trifle hoppy. As I continue to sniff, I'm not as enamored as I was at first. The head is nearly gone; maybe the best parts of the aroma went with it.

The flavor is the nose in liquid form. I've always thought of Biere de Gardes as one of the more complex styles. Thiriez Amber isn't all that complex. That isn't to say that it isn't good, just that the flavor profile is a 'what you taste is what you get' sort of proposition. Actually, it isn't all that wonderful. The beer needs a flavor hook and hasn't really been given one.

As advertised, this is one of the least hoppy versions of the style that one is likely to run across. I still had high hopes that there would be enough toasted maltiness and enough spiciness to get the job done. The beer certainly doesn't lack whole grain flavor (Grape-Nuts cereal) or spiciness, but there's nothing to tie it all together, no spark to light the fuse and get the mouth party rollin'.

I'm not so sure that the yeast strain is so wonderful after all. It seems to me that any Belgian yeast worth its salt wouldn't allow such an unfocused flavor profile as this. I'd like to be able to say that Thiriez Amber could at least be enjoyed with all manner of artisinal cheeses, but it would probably lose what little personality is possesses after the first bite. This isn't bad beer at all, it's just that my disappointment is bringing out more negative comments than positive ones.

The body is acceptable. The mouthfeel could use a little help. What started out as one of the most bubblicious beers that I've ever seen, is now very nearly flat. With regards to carbonation, the beer passed from 'too much' to 'too little' without ever stopping at 'just right'. I'm not sure what the cause is, but the brewery would be well advised to fix the problem. Thankfully, my bottle of Thiriez XXtra didn't suffer the same fate.

Thiriez Amber isn't a Biere de Garde that I can recommend. I find it interesting that the most delicious and most accomplished version that I've ever had--of what is one of the most Belgian (and French) of all styles of beer--was brewed in Michigan, USA. For the time being at least, Jolly Pumpkin's excellent Oro De Calabaza is the style leader in my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 22:21:59 | More by BuckeyeNation
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carln26

Missouri

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy copper color with a bubbly tan head. Nice nose, less spice forward than many beers of this style. It’s more about the yeast. Just a ton of yeasty bread dough followed by light spice, a little cardamen, some white pepper. There is some dark fruit dates, and a little pomegranate on the finish. Flavor has more of the yeasty quality, I really find that refreshing. More spice than I get on the nose, I think this beer may have a little pepper in it. The heat on the finish feels more like pepper than alcohol, but I could be fooled. Loads of sweet malt come through midway. More of the pomegranate, dark caramel, a little bit of pear. Nice light mouth feel, Good drinkability. The only thing I don’t like about this beer was the shower I got when it opened. It was a little too carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 20:17:36 | More by carln26
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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle. Sealed with a shiny gold plastic covering on the neck leading one to have the impression that it may be corked, but once easily removed (thanks to one of those nifty pre-installed sliver tab thingies) it revealed a large simple brass crown cap. Main label has a country feel to it, but seems to be a US import version. Listed at 5.8% Alc. Vol., but with no freshness date. Imported by the Shelton Brothers.

Description to the left of the bottle explains:
“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.”


Appearance: As with the Blonde, but worse, heavily carbonated, simply over carbonated and it’s not funny! Even after a quiet untouched week in the fridge the opening immediately induces a frothy leak. The first glass is all foam and the second is not far off, after a glass and a half is evacuated from the bottle the forth in the bottle continues to expand upwards and out. Something is dreadfully wrong here. Aside from the user issues when it does settles, the egg-shell head has an expansive foamy appearance and make-up and when it settles it is still at least 1” thick. Hazed light brown body with golden orange sunset flashes at the base of my Maredsous Glass. Virulent streamers and a few pin prick sized yeasty bits in the hazed body too if I’m not mistaken. Once it settles down, it doesn’t look too bad.

Nose: Struggled with this one, I really didn’t seem to get much of anything here. A candy sugar sweet malt trace in and amongst some soil and an earthy smell. Strange to say the least.

Taste: Along with the nose it has a slow start. Toffee malt, freshly turned soil and a hint of caramel, which reminded me of some 1 pence soft chewy toffees that I bought in England as a child. The earthiness is balanced with a sweet caramel angle which stays. Finish has a smidgeon of hop interference, but it is short lived, and retains the sweet malts at the death.

Mouthfeel: Over-carbonated, burp juice extraordinaire. Medium depth starts to lighten as you get to the back of this one. The punishing levels of dissolved carbon dioxide are not only annoying with the constant top-ups but a little too much in the long term also.

Drinkability: Nice enough but I soon started to get a little bored with this one, it just sort of, dies off. Somewhere along the line it had the promise to be something special but just ends up as a solid Amber Ale with the merest farmyard hint.

Overall: I had the distinct pleasure to visit Brasserie Thiriez way back in April 2003 during my annual Easter Belgium trip with Wakefield CAMRA. At that time I wasn’t too taken with the range of beers to be perfectly frank and the Amber was my least favorite of all of them when I sampled it at the brew at the Brewery. Even now with some improvements, it still not one of my favorites. Needs to do more to earn its “farmhouse” moniker, right now, if you’ve ever seen the Thririez Brewery you’ll know what I mean when I say, that it is too stainless and clinical and still AAA - An Average Amber, at best. An Amber Alert Thank You to BigHuge for sending this one West, much appreciated.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2006 02:55:49 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Bighuge

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got a gusher here. Foams over and keeps foaming and foaming after I pop the bottle cap off. Even after I pour what I can into a goblet, the bottle continues to foam over.

So this beer is an orangeish amber color. Dirty white head. And LOTS of it. More than half my glass to begin with. Aroma is lemony, pepper and yeasty. Some hay as well. Herbal hop traits too. Taste is candy like in swetness, but earthy in the hop department. The mouthfeel is quite spritzy and very gaseous. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2006 02:09:41 | More by Bighuge
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Certainly pours a nice amber color, a mix of red and copper notes. The beer is incredibly well carbonated, it in fact starts to foam out of the bottle as soon as I pop the cap, and lots of floating yeast bits are kicked up and make it into my glass. Luckily it makes it's way into my glass with out spilling a drop. The myriad, of quickly cascading streams of carbonation keep aloft a fluffy, three-finger thick, amber tinged tan colored head that forms a rocky surface as times wears on. Malty aromatic notes of caramel and toasted grain are joined by a light fruitiness reminiscent of tart plums and raisins and a spicy yeast character that evokes notes of clove, pepper, and perhaps a hint of ginger. Overtime a nice sour sweet apple note becomes quite prominent and pleasant.

The taste is dry and spritzy up front, but leads to a fruity sweet note that is magnified by the caramel malt notes. The sweet malt notes and fruity yeast character remind me of sweet plums and fragrant apples; these notes actually linger for quite some time in the finish. The finish also has a lingering, lightly astringent bitterness to it, which adds a nice balance to the sweetness. This beer is so well carbonated that the spicy, zesty, almost peppery character of this beer is magnified in the front of the mouth as you first take a sip of this beer.

This beer is light and refreshing, yet still manages to have a nice heft to it that makes it a bit satiating as well. Refreshing, yet satiating I really how the beer strikes a balance between these two, disparate descriptors. As the beer loses a bit of its spritzy carbonation it begins to become a touch more satiating, but it is still not heavy or chewy. The malt character is quite nice here as well; I really like how the best Farmhouse Saisons can have such a pronounced malt character despite all of the other exotic yeast characters and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2006 22:52:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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Billolick

New York

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Large bottle, capped and w/o freshness dating, bottle calls this a "rustic farmhouse ale", not sure how it lands in the "American amber/red ale category"?... Pours cloudy, dark amber, with active carbonation and lots of tiny bubbles continueing to stream upwards. Head is light tan, frothy, long lasting and leaving coating and thick lacing. Nose is brightly of citrus peels and some light chocolate. This ia a brightly flavored and tasty brew, notes of vanilla, honey, citrus, chocolate, caramel and toffee,yeasty breadyness, floating under the surface, lovely stuff, complex, smooth and nuanced. Well worth a try, yes they do brew world class beer in France!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 17:07:51 | More by Billolick
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to dickinsonbeer (dick-in-some-beer)
Appears a hazy light gold with a chunky head that is from the 3/4 Liter bottle that spewed like a mother in labor.
Smell is of plum, grapefruit, spices, and doughy bread.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth, mildly sugary, and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2006 20:01:03 | More by weeare138
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice clear amber golden with an off-white tall and frothy head which fell very slowly to coat the glass.

The aroma was earthy with a notable citrus punctuation. Further, the aroma was fruity with a bit of grass and an bit of herbal and floral character. Somewhere behind all that lurked a smidge of spice and a hint of caramel.

The flavor was earthy and lightly citrusy with a nice bittering level. The flavor contained a bit of a tea (not astringent however) flavor and a caramel flavor that complemented the entire experience. The flavor was fruity and lightly floral (can a flavor be floral?) with a bit of light spice thrown in just to add even more complexity.

The finish was dry with a lasting hints of caramel, earthy hop presence and light citrus with a fruitiness that continued long and pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium light and the carbonation made the beer seem creamy.

Not an American Amber, but more of a Belgian Pale Ale, although the beer really wasn't that pale. In Farmhouse Ales by Markowski he names it in the Biere de Garde category with just a bit too much hops. With more malt backbone I could buy that, but for purposes here I'd just call it great beer!

750 ml capped bottle. Thanks to dmeadows and OneBoxBIF for this beer I had been searching for!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 23:53:38 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bronzy and quite effervescent, it started off with a fat layer of honeycomb meringue, and it kept on bubbling and churning like a miniature volcano in the middle of my glass, I enjoyed watching that. A few flakes were found laying around the bottom, not enough for me to be repulsed.

Smell: A real sour, almost lactic aroma. Like a funk-less lambic, or freshly squeezed lemonade. I tried hard to pick up anything else, but just couldn't. A little one-dimentional, but I liked it anyway.

Taste: Excellent presence in my palate, much more malt body than I expected, it finished off chewy with an unripe exotic fruit flavor, like a caramel coated mango. This is my second solid offering from Thiriez, I'll try to seek them out more.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2005 00:19:28 | More by Goldorak
L’Ambrée D’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Amber from Brasserie Thiriez
87 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.