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

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez

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

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Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 139
Photo of wl0307
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle from the Beer Circus, East Croydon, London. The bottle's BB date is 06/2006.

A: cloudy, dark ooh-long tea/dark-amber colour with an effervescent frothy beige-coloured beer head with very good retention. Looking like a rich and serious stuff~~
S: the initially explosive perfumy and mixed-tropical fruity scent settles a bit too fast, leaving behind a timid but mixed aroma of flower esters, (slightly) musty yeasts, cold honey-tea, underlying sweetish malts along with that peculiar note of Chinese green-bean paste commonly detectable in typical Belgian pale ales. A tinge of light, zesty hop is left at the back. Overall, quite aromatic, but soft..
T: creamy texture of very mildly sweet malts+mildly zesty hops upfront accompanied by a very smooth texture of Chinese green-tea + honey-tea like mixed bitterness; the bitterness is even similar to the aftertaste when you chew some chopped-up herb tea leaves: the bitterness gradually increases deep down on the palate as warmed up in the mouth, but runs deep and smoothly down the throat. Good hop presence plus a little nuttiness at the back, too, but overall the main theme is dominated by the unusual bitterness. M: the mouthfeel is fantastic, soft and creamy naturally, while in the end it turns cleaner and drier against a lingering bitter base and somewhat warmish feeling in the throat.
D: overall this is a finely-balanced and distinctive Belgian pale ale. Without heavy influence of sweetness it allows one to enjoy the kind of subtlety one might expect of a cup of fine tea. At just 6.5%abv., I could drink it all night long... Good stuff!

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Photo of twelvsies
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A perfect beer for a warm summer evening, or afternoon, or breakfast. Appears an appetizing hazy orange color with a huge lasting bright white head. Smell and taste are both nicely complex. Mild fruit notes of apple skin, straw, orange peel and nice spicy hops. Herbal notes as well. This beer also has a nice biscuity, nutty, toffee-ish taste to it which is unusualy excellent, and a backdrop of mild pale wheaty malts. The hops really make this saison stand out from other ho-hums in the style. Medium bodied mouthfeel and as I said before, this stuff is super drinkable and really really refreshing. I'm glad this brewery is seemingly starting to catch on in the states. Gotta try some more...

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Photo of putnam
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Scented of pine, lime peel and grapefruit peel, this orange liquid erects a nice pile of foam before retreating into a white foam-crusted well. Lemon basil bread crusts and scorched sugars give depth to the bouquet. Very clean and rich on the palate, though not sanitized in any way. There is a soft, nutty, meaty element to the texture and flavor that is unlike other Saisons I've drunk. It's almost like a mixture of English Bitter and Saison Dupont, only more appropriate than that must sound. Pinpoint accurate in total dryness. I will keep one of these in the fridge and the balance of a case in the basement for the rest of the summer.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No overwelming head and golden/bronze collored and foggy beer. Nose is impressive flavored and very spicy. Both hoppy and malty. Citric note there and overal very fresh. Good yeastnote and complex but hops seem to dominate mostly. Taste is full also being sweetmalty, very (dry)hoppy, fresh cause of fruitnote( is the American hops?) and a dry feeling overall. Litle empty and some extra CO2 would be great but overal a very good brew and one of the best recently tasted!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden with a huge white and frothy head which rose very tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was nicely spicy and earthy when first poured with a sensational dry hop aroma. As the head dropped the aromatics lessened slightly but still came forth with a pronouced earthy and floral hop presence coupled with a spice and a farmhouse ale aroma.

The flavor was decidedly bitter, but well done. The bittering was crisp and contained what I took to be styrian dry hopping and an earthy presence with some spice complexity thrown in for good measure. The flavor did contain a nice malt backbone but it was overshadowed in an instant by the bittering and hop flavor.

The finish was dry with lasting hop bittering and flavor and a slight spice bite as the beer continued to dry out long into the aftertaste. The body was medium and the mouthfeel was creamy as a result of the body and the carbonation. The dryness forces you to drink the beer and the flavor commands one to seek out another bottle.

750 ml capped bottle. $10 at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA.

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Photo of grassrootsVT
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 bottle. The blonde was recommended by the beer store owner - and for good reason. Pours a lofty head [into a chimay glass] - a rocky froth that reminds me of dupont. A trail of natural carb bubbles from the bottom - like some fallen scuba diver lingering at the bottom of my glass. A beautiful floral aroma definitely provided by a bountiful amount of whole leaf hopping. A damn nice appearance! Inviting me in... first taste: damn. A belgian influenced biere de garde - the light almost lagered crisp/clean flavor profile of a de garde with a healthy accent of dry hops and a saison like conclusion...this beer is all about the finish. Second taste - earthy. Very earthy. all my thoughts: a farmhouse beer. A well built beer that conjurs up images of field hands and publicans on a summer afternoon. The earthy spice and the whole leafs hops definitely dance across my tongue while perceptions of country water [helped, no doubt, by the beer's label]. The beer transitions nicely throughout the session -
a must try...
[and i must try their other beers!]

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Photo of tjd25
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A silky ocean of foam stays on top of a very active golden orange color body. The smell is firm, fresh and very yeasty, as if we were baking bread in the glass. Quite fruity too, a bit reminiscent of a witbier. The taste is fruity and bready at first, but gets overwhelmed by a sharp and deep hop character that brings a thickness in the mouth and a grapefruit-like astringency. Some Orval notes in this brew. Some peppery notes slightly bite the tongue. The hoppiness is a bit oily too, and I don't know how I feel about that. The mouthfeel is round and enjoyable (the mouth seems to be wrapping the beer up in one grasp), melting in the mouth before the hops appear in a quite unusual way for a belgian pale ale. It gets dry, very dry, and therefore less palatable. Some annoying graininess appear in the aftertaste. An interesting beer, but with a high liters of water you need/glasses of beer you drink ratio.

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