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Brasserie Thiriez

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 37
Photo of smakawhat
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Green bottle.. Skunk monster hiding?

Opaque and slightly muddy looking, but a good brown gold like body color, with lots of ample carbonation on the sides. White bubbles cut along, reaching to a creamy topped two finger solid white head. Frothy looking, and very pinhead even and always getting repopulated, solid looking saison.

Real fascinating aroma. Very large floral like hop aromatics, with real interesting estery quality. Moderate funk, with big sweet green herbs on the nose, that get more towards thyme and sage than mint. Hints of cut hay a bit as well, and some almost citrus lemon kicking in too. Very different smelling saison and unique. Excellent stuff. And luckily, no skunking.

Palate has a real unique feel and flavor. Excellent light body, but with good champagne like effervescent feel. Bubbly crisp mid palate with hints of honey and florals. Minimal gaseousness, but also a nice hop flavor to match. Slightly hints citrus, but finishes with mid earthy bitterness and peppery sensing light funk tones. Flirts with metallic qualities and hot phenols but never gets there, letting the hop angle give the sharp cut instead.

Real impressed by this brew, very tasty, and for 4.5% drinks full, flavorful and easy compared to most other beers in that range.

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Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Extra fresh, new shipment just arrived last week.

Rocky head of meringue, irregular crags and peaks rising well above the rim of the glass in a gravity-defying spectacle.
Long lasting retention, sticky sudsy lacing all around the glass. Bright golden orange with suspended micro-particles.

Aroma is certainly hoppy, more in a homebrew sort of way, hop pellets and tea, grassy.
Taste is zesty and lively, dry grassy hop bitterness, lightly spicy and vaguely piney. Crisp dry finish.
Grassy herbal hops thread their way throughout, accentuating a lean bodied and crisp saison.
Well made, quenching and dry, it begs another sip. A prototypical rustic saison.

Hoppy in the European sense of the word, certainly among the hoppiest in France.
Respect to Daniel Thiriez, a true giant of northern France.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark gold color. Hazy, but it was end of the keg. Lasting head which leaves spots for lace.

Sweeter to the nose than I expected. Creamy and attractive.

The taste features a pit fruit start but it's drier than the smell indicates. Thinnish body with an above average carbonation level. I kicked the keg, unfortunately.

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Photo of Meyers1023
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color, pretty clear with a good amount of bubbly white head. The smell hits you as you're pouring, very hoppy and earthy. The flavor follows suit as you get a good amount of hops with a little bit of skunkiness. Not sure if that's the intended affect by using the green glass but in my case doesn't take away from the experience. The feel is medium with good carbonation. This is an excellent farmhouse ale. There is something very different about it while also being very familiar.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i wish the green glass for the imports would stop, it really effects the quality of the beer over time, and by time, i mean the time it takes to come from europe to the united states. its a shame too, because this is a darn good beer even with a little skunk to it. really clear for a saison, although i left the thickest stuff in the bottle. its golden and rich looking, with a lasting inch of white head and a lot of bubbles scurrying to the surface to support it. the nose and taste are both quite hoppy, especially for europe, and especially for the style. a touch of dried grapefruit peel, but more of a fresh vegetal thing, pleasant with the yeast, but i am surprised the yeast isnt more interesting and robust. i expected a weird, funky, rustic ale here, and what i have is a far more subtle beer, more hoppy that saisony, and lacking just a bit in the department i expected it to most excel in. good carbonation and plenty of body for what it is. interesting beer, i like what the french do with this style, so weird what americans consider french saison yeast compared to what the actual french use. not my favorite beer in this style from there, but a cool one nevertheless.

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Photo of stakem
3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a 22oz snifter. The brew appears a dark burnt copper color with a soapy white topping comprised of large bubbles. The cap fades quickly leaving patchy swatches of lace.

The aroma has quite a bit of bready to biscuit maltiness. Slightly dusty and almost old feeling before a bit of fruitiness comes into play smelling more bright and appealing. I cant quite tell if the fruity aspect is yeast driven or from the dry hopping.

The taste is malty upfront with a bit of bready to biscuit-like accent. The aftertaste is like stale grain almost dusty and like cobwebs...unless there is also brett in this? There are hints of papery oxidation and a mild fruity touch almost like raison/currant. Like the nose, I cant quite tell if the fruity appeal to this is hop or yeast derived.

This is a light body brew with light carbonation and an interesting mix of character. Not quite sure what to think of this but it really feels strangely familiar. Id buy this again at the fair price point but would possibly want some reassurance that its fresher than this experience.

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Photo of hagbergl
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Had a pint of Thiriez Extra on draft at the wonderful Partisan DC (a sister restaurant of Churchkey) this weekend. Served in a large wine glass (great idea!).

Appearance: Thiriez Extra is a brilliant, hazy orange-gold color and is topped by a 2 finger white head. Good carbonation is evident. Spider-web like lacing sticks to the glass. A slight swirl brings the creamy foam back to life. A very good looking beer that exhibits all the best visual attributes of an authentic Belgian Pale Ale or Saison.

Smell: Lots of earthy and grassy tones jump from the glass, beautifully focused by the red wine goblet the beer came served in. The yeast has a distinct clove-like medicinal quality that meshes very well with the earthy, grassy, mildly spicy noble hop aromas to create something distinctly fresh, green, and refreshing.

Taste: The taste follows the nose beautifully--grassy, mildly spiced with notes of clove and pepper, with the additional elements of lemon and a tea-like herbal quality. The hop character is fairly pronounced, though the bitterness is only mild--this is still quite a balanced tasting beer despite the dry-hopping.

Mouthfeel: Though this beer is quite low in terms of ABV, wow does it pack an excellent amount of body. It's well-carbonated, in the medium-high range, and it has a creaminess that is characteristic of the best Belgian beers. Thiriez Extra also sports a very pleasant dryness in the finish. An extremely drinkable beer that goes down quite easily, it is great as the lead-off drink accompanying a meal.

Overall: Thiriez Extra is an excellent Saison/Blonde ale featuring exceptionally balanced flavor and mouthfeel. Highly recommended.

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Extra from Brasserie Thiriez
4.05 out of 5 based on 37 ratings.
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