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La Blonde D'’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde | Brasserie Thiriez

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La Blonde D'Â’Esquelbecq / Thiriez BlondeLa Blonde D'Â’Esquelbecq / Thiriez Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez
France
brasseriethiriez.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Local name - La Blonde d'’Esquelbecq
US Import - Thiriez Blonde

Description on US bottle label:
“Daniel Thiriez’s rustic little brick-and-beam brewery graces the village of Esquelbecq, plunk in the middle of the rolling farm country of French Flanders. With a brewing degree from a Belgian university, and decidedly ‘Belgian-oriented,’ Monsieur Thiriez makes ales with an earthy, slightly wild character that recalls the early days of farmhouse brewing, before there was a border between France and Belgium. The delicate spicy champagne aromas of this thirst-quenching blonde beauty are quickly followed by a bracing rush of whole fresh hops.”

Added by tjd25 on 10-09-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
81
Ratings:
138
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
13.47%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Reviews by Sephiroth:
Photo of Sephiroth
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with huge head, some yeasties, the body is a light straw color. Crisp, lightly spiced aroma, noticeable European hops.

Tastes quite refreshing. Maybe a touch of black pepper, amongst other things. Spices are outdone by the hops. Mouthfeel is light and creamy. Easily drinkable.

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Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Seems like we've seen more than a few of these larger format Belgian brews around here of late.

This beer pours a cloudy, medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of finely foamy off-white head, which leaves some random swaths of lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of mildly toasted pale malt, a bit of Belgian candi sugar, a tame white pepper essence, and rather prominent bitter leafy, weedy, and somewhat floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy malt, some moderated yeasty funky notes, soft peppery spices, a decent varied orchard fruitiness - apple, withered orange, and mild grapefruit/lemon acridity - hemmed in by a decent earthy and leafy hoppiness.

The bubbles are low-key, and all the better for it, the body an impressively rounded middleweight for the style, and more or less smooth. It finishes decidedly on the sweet side - fairly sugary pale malt, a waning earthy yeastiness, and still edgy fruity and leafy hops.

One sassy Saison, I must say - this seems very much like a pepped up version of the base style, not so much in the booze, but in the otherwise normally sedate aspects. Spice, yeast, and verdant hops make this a future-forward version of the traditional style. Me likey.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

man, i really like what these guys are up to. the extra, although it was so green bottle weird, was also good enough to make me go back and buy this one today, and while it has a similar issue with the green glass light struck thing, it is also really delicious and raw. the yeast in this one is fantastic, funky and thick, the dominant flavor agent, and although it says on the label its dry hopped, i didnt think it was half as hoppy as the extra. the subtle nature of the hops in this is one of its best assets, but i love all the new to me yeast swirling around in the beer, and the horsey nature of it all. americans dont do saisons all that well without brett i feel like, but the french and the belgians have it dialed in. fuller bodied than the extra and some of the other french ones i have had recently, but its flattering to the flavors, especially the spicy yeast. carbonation is there, but it doesnt warm up all that well. beer makes me so happy, so so happy, and something as unique and fun as this is a real treat. i just wish they would abandon the green bottles, its a bummer the beer doesnt come in as full swing as it could, but its still worth buying. stoked to have these guys in colorado.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Butterscotch-gold with so much carbonation that my desktop is now a mess and foam is continuing to ooze out of the bottle. The furiously ascending bubbles agitate the generous number of fine particulates to such an extent that it makes the beer look like a just-shaken snow globe. Now that the ecru-colored whipped egg whites cap has deflated to midglass, I can think about a second pour. Very little lace unfortunately.

The nose is more sweetly pale malty than expected and less hoppy. There's no question that noble hops are a major player, but Blonde isn't anywhere close to the hop bomb that is XXtra. Notes of spiced banana give the beer a hefe weizen yeasty vibe which is unusual... and welcome.

Hops contribute much more on the palate, making me a happy man. The usual Belgian saison flavors apply with at least a two-fold amplification over the classic versions. Brasserie Thiriez's recent love affair with hops--even if some consider it Americanizing the beer--is a welcome thing as far as I'm concerned.

Bracingily bitter, lemon peppery, warmly spicy flavors fill my mouth with each unending of the glass and make me wish that I had opened this bottle several months ago. There's still plenty of lupulin zing though. There isn't much farmhouse funk however. It's as if the brewers chose to focus on hops and not confuse matters by including other aggressive flavors. Fine by me.

It appears as if the insanely vigorous carbonation has burned itself out because the mouthfeel, as I enter the second half of the bottle, is fine until the finish, which feels a trifle flat. As a result, the flavor profile loses volume too quickly and leaves a mouthful memory of simplicity rather than complexity. With a steadier, more long-lasting carbonation, the final three scores might have been a half point higher.

In the end, Thiriez Blonde fits comfortably between the stupendously delicious Thiriez XXtra and the comparatively mundane Thiriez Amber. I'd like to see Brasserie Thiriez address the carbonation issue because this could easily be another in a long line of great saisons to come out of the best saison-producing region on planet Earth.

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Photo of oberon
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me this beer is made for socializing on nice spring/early summer days like today in western NY.Poured you guessed it blond with some burnt orange hue with a big fluffy white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it inched its way down slowly,herbal hops dominate the aromas with light notes of lemon zest and iron.Flavor wise it starts out quite dry and leafy and herbal with undertones of lemon but a lightly sweet honey character come thru midway it then settles back to a leafy hop finish.This beer is pretty delicate in my mind nothing hits you in the face but its like I said the perfect beer to drink in pleasant weather as it is quite refreshing at quaffable.

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Photo of steveja57
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle. A really great Saison. Nice creamy white head,the aroma was slightly yeasty/funky, spicy, grassy. In the mouth a nice crisp flavor, very refreshing, not heavy or alcoholic, apples/pears with a hint of funk to keep things interesting. My favorite thing about this beer besides the delightful drinkability was the gorgeous creamy mouthfeel. An almost champagne-like mousse. One of the best Saisons I've ever had

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of jisak74
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear blonde color with 1.5" of white head on the top of it. Aroma was if this makes sense, dry perfume. Pale malts and a mild yeast presence qualifying as Belgian.

Taste, enjoyable, thin body, heavy flavor delivery, again dry, slightly mild citrus notes, pithy bitterness. Carbonation was high. I don't know if this had pepper, of it the lemon like citrus qualities and high carbonation tend to make you think there might be based on those two factors together often giving a beer a little more prickliness that isn't too far from being peppery. Grassy as well. Really tame hopping, but par for the course for style. Never picked up on any of the earthy funky descriptors others have used. Thought this was really dry and clean.

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Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hazy pale ghostly yellow appearance, highly carbonated giant white head rises up over an inch in the glass. Beautiful complicated patterns of intricate lace. Tart aroma, almost sulfurous with a backdrop of lemon and stuffy confectioner's sugar. Carbonation seems to work its way out in the pour, this is very soft and light in the mouth, almost cottony. Mild with a not too sweet malt beginning, doughy with straw. Excellent snap of bittering at the finish, not drawn-out but more pointed like the snap of your fingers. Aroma adds another interesting layer to the beer. Excellent mouthfeel, I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a hazy orange body with a very strong carbonation of tiny bubbles racing to the surface. There is a nice off-white head of cream that turns rocky and pushes above the glass. This is a slow motion gusher that continues to grow out of the bottle after the first pour forming a lava flow of foam down the side of the bottle.

S- The yeasty perfume aroma is full with some soft apple juice aroma that takes on a honey comb quality as the beer opens. It finishes a sweet fruit and soft green hop note blend together with a fresh rain quality.

T- The dry sugary flavor has a green cola note and a dry yeast note that finish with a slight hop hint and some apple sweetness.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight slippery texture and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has a smooth well balanced blend of flavors but the apple fruity quality is a bit odd and out of place with the other flavors. The hops and yeast character were a bit soft and get over-powered by the apple notes, but it did pair nicely with some bacon wrapped chicken.

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Photo of Auraan
4.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy amber with a nice one-finger white head that grew to a two finger head, receded as I sipped and left a bit of lacing. Very nice to look at. Scents start with lemon juice, sour green apple, faint hints of lavender, white wine, but quickly give way to some herbal hop, tea and leaf scents, especially green tea, rich yeasty aromas and slight mustiness and faint funk as the beer warms. Different for a saison, not quite to the typical style, but with a deep, complex aroma of it's own. Taste is quite unique. Rich herbal characters begin the sip, very similar to a green tea, with a hint of honey in the background. There is a nice herbal hop bitterness throughout the sip, that becomes more prominant towards the backend. There is a nice earthniess and mustiness to the flavor. These flavors carry into the aftertaste. It tastes very fresh, almost like the flavor of a forest after a rain. The usual funk, apricot and other fruit and sour notes of other saisons are not present. Again, different from the style baseline, but very, very good. Mouthfeel is light bodied, with moderate, yet bubbly carbonation, and a juicy finish. Truly fantastic and refreshing. Overall this is a fantastic beer. It's earthy and reminds me of wonderful tea, served chilled. It has a nice earthy quality, almost like what Tom Bombadil would give you if you asked for beer. On top of all this it's just refreshing, slightly complex and with an excellent aroma that changes and compliments it's earthy flavor. It's unique, different from other saisons, but in a good way. Rustic and earthy it's simply fantastic, and well worth far more than the $3.99 I paid for the bottle. The French can truly brew beer when they try.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of sloejams
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle actually read "Bière blonde au Froment Esquelbècoise" but it must be the same as this beer.

My buddy ordered the bière blonde, which was admittedly better than my choice - La Rouge Flamande. Bastard. Thankfully, he shared quite a bit of it. The bottle was poured into a chalice for the unfiltered fizzy yellow nectar. Aroma of cloves and yeast. The taste was quite refreshing - some lemon, lots of yeast which even lent to some breadiness. Lots of flavor and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big overpouring flow of white foam. Very foamy head, on lighter coloured body. A bit of spice and yeast aroma. Drinkable French saison taste, pleasant and moderate complexity noted in multi-coursed lunch. More spicy and not too sweet. Well hopped and appropriate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle at the Publican - split and paired with oysters, pork rinds, sweetbreads, tongue, chorizo, etc.

cellphone notes

appearance: very lively bottle - foamy white carbonation spills out upon uncorking...pours a straw golden shade with a delicate foamy white head

smell: yeast. dry hopping is evident, sweet melon, tangerine citrus, fresh cut grass

taste: an excellent pairing beer - lively with subtle tartness, refreshing and palate cleansing. Peach, melon, citrus, pepper, caramel, belgian malt.

mouthfeel: lively, wild

drinkability: good

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Photo of MrKennedy
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle obtained via a Beermasons subscription and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a pale orange with a hazy look about it. Has a fair number of small black particles that stay suspended throughout detracting from the overall look of it. Has a large head of foam (3 fingers) that recedes to just more than a perimeter ring.

Aroma is of sweet grain mixed with some pepper giving it a real nice and inviting earthiness.

Taste is certainly on the sweeter side of things. Mainly an earthy grain flavour coming through. Nice and sweet however.

Mouthfeel is impressive, even with the high carbonation, this is not grating while the body of the beer suits the style, ensuring that it is replenishing and not just something to be "downed".

Overall a solid Saison. Naming it "La Blonde" doesn't really do it justice. A saison it is, a saison it does well. Word of warning though, it is a sweet one.

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Photo of benbazi
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of bditty187
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I’m glad I used my Duvel glass, this was one heady beer. The liquid was hazy gold in hue with a bronze highlight, when backlit the liquid looks very lovely! The head, as alluded too, was three plus fingers in height. The foam was white in color; head retention was perfect. The jumble of bubbles hung together nearly forever. It was meringue-like. Impressive! A tight cap lasted the entire consumption. The subsequent lacing was unorganized but very widespread. This is an attractive beer, no doubt about that. Little could improve the appearance.

The nose was lighter and airier then I would prefer. Marshmallows, grain, dry hop aromas, lemon zest, sugar cookies, Pilsner malts, and random (faint) spiciness. The potency is moderate. Honestly, the aromas don’t come together like I would want a “Saison” to do (or any Farmhouse ale). This beer needs more bite and more barnyard. I do like what I smell but I am not “wowed.” Hell, I’m not even satisfied… okay, it is inviting but the bouquet is so understated. No matter, I want to take a sip.

Mission accomplished. The palate, like XXtra has a dried celery and lightly nutty taste that I find distracting. Thin maltiness, cracker-like most of the time, at its best I’d call it cookie-like. Either way, the malt is frail. Light hop bitterness, mostly grassy with some earth and dull spice. At times, in the distance, petite fruit allusions come though. Of the three Thiriez beers all had very similar characteristics. House character? I guess. Honestly, it doesn’t vibe with me. While this beer is not bad I don’t really love it. At best it is okay. The flavor profile is far from bold but it really isn’t that delicate either… but I’m not going to call it bland. What I taste is a hodgepodge of faintly funky, earthy, and bready flavors. I would like more of all three, thanks. This beer leaves me wanting more…

Medium in body, on the thin side of things, the carbonation is moderately low but natural. The mouthfeel is agreeable but I can’t really find much special here. It’s workable.

In away, yes, this beer is drinkable… but not in anyway that impresses me. I can finish the bottle I have but I don’t think there is anyway I would buy this again. It is forgettable. It is boring. I can appreciate a delicate, well-crafted beer but for whatever reason this beer doesn’t jive with me, not every beer can be a hit. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of apasternak
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber with a large white head.
Nose shows Belgian yeast, spicy phenols, noble hops with spicy and floral notes, honey and light sweet bready malt.
Similar flavours. Novle hops, spicy Belgian notes, light candi characters and some bready malt.
Carbonation is perhaps a little high.

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