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
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
82
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 82
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice classic riff on the style.
Pours a hazed golden orange with visible carb trails rising. Chunky lace all around the glass, with foam resembling pillowy mounds of mashed potatoes from Uncle Phil's dreams. Long lasting coverage, looks the part to a T.

Aroma is doughy with honeyed pale malt and light herbal tea leaf hops.
Taste is a little bit more herbal with a light hop earthiness, sweet malt and a lightly bitter dry aftertaste.
Crisp and clean, alternating sweetness upfront with a drying finish, ample carbonation. Rustic.
Overall this is a pretty classic saison. After having the Extra last night, I can say I prefer it, but the Blonde is closely related.

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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 Deltoro
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 330ml bottle found on my trip through Cassel last summer to Belgium. I heard that the ABV has changed to 6.0, well as this is a old bottle it still 6.5. Pours a hazy golden blond colour with a white head. Aroma is strong of summer fruits & flowers and with almost a perfume, also hints of spices, grain and some sourness detectable. Taste has summer fruits as well as sage & rosemary, slightly sweet flowers, spices, grains & hints of sourness. Medium bodied, strong carbonation. Finish is full of hopped bitterness & sweet fruits.

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Photo of shelby415
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sheppard
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark reddish gold. More amber than I would expect it to be. The head is a luxurious, pillowy, cloud. There's some clove aroma. The flavor is kind of muddled. Sweet and earthy. Rather disappointing.

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Photo of desint
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of abrodsky
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice blonde appearance with over an inch of white head on it. Aroma was a little bit of belgian phenolic spice rack.

Taste was a real dry, lemon, pepper, high carbonation experience. Prickly grassiness. This one was pretty clean as opposed to funky. Decent beer, but kind of a high price all things considered.

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Photo of risenz
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TrulySlide
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Thirsty_In_Chicago
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DavidHume
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of MisfitIK-9
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of polopaul20
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of parris
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFields
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Chico1985
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml split. Bottle reads 6%. Reviewed from notes.

A - Slow gusher. Pours two two twolips hazy darkish orange with some resting flecks at the bottom. A white head retains as a thick ring+slight cap and leaves bits of lace.

S - Earthy and fruity. Lemon, apple, bread and slight caramelish malts, peach, leafiness, wet hay.

T - More apple and straight-forward yeast profile here kinda gives it a stale feel compared to the nose. Still a good plethora flavors here, lots of pear, green grape, herbal hop, bready farm yeasts, grains, persistent sweet malt.

M - Carbonation is somewhat on the low side, somewhat big-feeling for 6%, light hop bitterness and a crisp finish, yeasty, pretty easy drinking.

O - Good fruit notes from the dry-hop and yeasts meld well with straight-up saison flavors, the smell was pretty promising but the taste seemed a bit meh in comparison. Was expecting more from the hops, though it's a good beer, it's lacking compared to lots of other saisons.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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