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:
140
Reviews:
83
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
10.22%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 140 |  Reviews: 83
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 acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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 djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high dense white head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to die down, consistently leaving a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but isn't as earthy, also having notes of apples and yeast as well as hints of peppery spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is extremely easy to drink and seems to be a little lighter-bodied compared to other beers in the style (it's kind of like a saison but with an earthier taste). I would definitely want to have this again, especially when cooking a dinner.

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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 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 Phyl21ca
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with an average foamy head with some average retention and no lacing. Aroma of light tart notes with some typical Belgian malt. Taste is a mix between some tart notes and some lightly sweet Belgian malt. Full body with lots of lees and some average carbonation. Not bad but nothing standing out of the ordinary.

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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 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 Jason
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Gavage
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearnance: cloudy light orange in color with a very short head that creates a thick surface foam.

Smell: fruit sweetness and a floral bitterenss is mild but detectable.

Taste: caramel, fruit sweetness, pears, green grapes, with some nice bitterness and a touch of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lighty crisp at the finish. Aftertaste is short.

Drinkability: this beer was a bit sweeter and fruitier than expected. Not a bad beer but there are better saisons out there.

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Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer explodes as soon as I pop the cap, it starts foaming up all over the place and I barely made it to the sink. This beer sits in my glass with a huge frothy head that is six-finger tall pale tan colored head. The beer is a murky orange-straw color with lots of yeast sediment. The aroma is quite herbal and a bit grass in the finish. Underneath this is a lightly toasted, slightly sweet grain note.

The taste has that same grassy herbal note, but is quite a bit sweeter than the dry aroma would suggest. The beer has a nice, light, yet sweet malt note to it. It finishes with a light, astringent (in a grassy way) bitterness. This beer is quite drinkable and is fairly light on the palate. This beer is quite tasty, though it may be a tad more sweet than I would like, perhaps a bit more bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours murky orange with a really large and compact white head that takes a long time to dissipate, leaving rich lacings.

S: Wow, brettanomyces gives it a yeasty and “barny” vibe. Dry green apples and oranges. Spices; mainly peppers.

T: Follows the nose; brett and spices. Green apples, oranges, lemons, grapefruits and perhaps some melon. Very dry. Not as sharp as the smell, more balance. Some sourness as well.

M: Bitter and sour aftertaste, rather long for the style. Body is medium while carbonation is mild and smooth.

O: This is a very nice Saison – a little of everything. The bretts make it very interesting; provide an extra dimension.

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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 PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into tulip 1/8/12

A hazy peachy orange with lots of tiny particles being pushed around by lots of tiny bubbles that feed a large well sustained foam that leaves a couple random patches of lace

S lemon zest and sweet orange with lots of hops, herbal, leafy, and lots of citrus, faintly funky and some nice spicy notes

T matches the smell very well, maybe a little more spicy notes then the nose

M has some body too it and the bubbles give it some life, a little rindy yeast lingers on the finish

O pretty well rounded beer that I'll drink again, I know its a little silly giving a beer the highest mark in the overall but I felt it deserved a boost because it was so close too 4.5 in all areas

another great addition to the massive beer selection here in Alberta, now if we could only get some Westy 12's in these parts I'd be really impressed... oh OK then never-mind

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4.01 out of 5 based on 140 ratings.
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