Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra
Brasserie Thiriez

Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtraFlandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra
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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #206
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,015
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 12.86%
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
151
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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtraFlandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra
Notes: Local name - (Flandre-Kent) Les Frères De La Bière
US Import - Thiriez XXtra

Description on US bottle label:
“This is one rich and très hoppy golden ale. Working in his little rustic brick and wood beamed building, Daniel Thiriez makes this earthy, punchy, flavorful stuff in very small batches especially for the stout-hearted Frères de la Bière, a local caterie of special friends united by their thorough enjoyment of a rough and ready unrelenting farmhouse brew. Mon Dieu, that’s good!”
Reviews: 116 | Ratings: 151 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Knapp85:
Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a murky yellow color with a bubbly white head on top. The lacing was a little sticky but nothing too impressive. The smell of the beer was full of earthy hops and very grainy aromas. The flavor of the beer was roughly the same, it was a little chalky too in the flavor, kinda odd but I still liked the it. The mouthfeel of this brew was pretty smooth and only had a little bit of carbonation to it. Overall this brew was something that I liked but wouldn't rush out to get more of. Still worth trying though for sure.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ten bucks from West Lakeview Liquors. Supremely drinkable. I’m talking like clean German pilsener on a July day drinkable. Speaking of a clean German pilsener…the hop profile in this beer kind of reminds me of one… It’s really spicy and grassy in a noble sort of way. Funkiness is light but present. Complex yeast light fruit flavors are found throughout the nose and palate. Peppery/grassy bitterness finishes the beer rather dryly. Lemon zest citrus character is also found in the finish. Surprisingly complex for the low abv. Actually, I am quite astounded by this beer. I wouldn’t imagine it to be 4.5%. There just seems to be a lot more happening here than that ABV would usually allow. Body is a slightly hazy blonde with a ton of carbonation. Really, this beer is more carbonated than any I have had in a long time. One has to be quite patient with it as the beautiful white head takes minutes to settle. Be careful opening the bottle too. Mine nearly exploded with foam.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a snow white thick creamy head on a slightly hazy yellow body that becomes more hazy with the last pour. There is a tight strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface. The head sticks to the glass and laces back to the body lasting long after the beer is gone.
S- This beer has a fresh musty hop pellet aroma of green goodness with a green cinnamon quality and a fresh ground pale malt finish with a slight sweet wort finish.
T- This beer has a a soft smooth wheaty musty note with a nice green bitter snap finish. There is a slight chlorine note to the hops but it is a really pleasant taste.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat at all.
D- This beer has a great big fluffy white head that and a great hop flavor with some yeasty musty hint that offers a nice unique twist. This beer is very easy to drink and has a great freshness.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml green capped bottle purchased at Rich O's in Indiana. Awesome up close hop photo on the front. Pours into my tulip glass a cloudy pale yellow/orange hue with a huge white clumpy, frothy head on top. Tons of active carbonation rises up..quite a sight. Aromas of light grainy malts with mellow citrus accents of lemon peel, melon and orange. A wonderful, intense floral, herbal hop aroma enchants the senses. An earthy, rustic yeast twang is there as well, but it's the bountiful unique almost perfumy aroma of the hops that really shines here. Simply lovely.

First sip brings a light, musty grainy maltiness with hints of citrus fruits and earthy yeast. Not long after the poignant herbal, floral hops take center stage and delight the taste buds. A spicy, peppery flavor runs throughout the brew. Finishes smooth and a bit dry with a mellow bitterness. Such big, green leafy flowery hop flavors. Ultimately, this is a unique, rustic, complex and wonderfully tasty saison. Divine.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with plenty of fast moving carbonation. Goes down easy and is so refreshing. This is a definte session saison and I honestly wish I had another 750ml to follow up after this one. Goes to show that you can get an amazing amount of flavor out of a lower abv brew. Cheers to Daniel Thiriez for producing this amazing brew and to Shelton Bros. for bringing it to the U.S. and into my hands. Highly recommended to saison lovers and hop lovers alike. Not to be missed.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml, split

This is a great value beer - $11 for a really nice French saison. lovely hazy peach body, full and frothy white crest. Super smooth body - nice earthy hop tones, fits the farmhouse mold. Unfortunately a little green-bottle skunk present, but not too distracting. Like this beer a lot.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of paresis
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy burnt gold color with a sticky white head.

Smells of sweet citrus. Hints of caramel and toffee. Lots of earthy and floral aromatics.

Big thick mouthfeel. Tastes Like a giant beer even though it isn't. Clean and crisp. Well structured light effervesence well blended flavors all in balance and all subtle. Citrus fruits, floral and earthy flavors. Great balance with nice hop bitterness on the end.

Really unique with 4.5%. Tastes like it should be 10%. Great beer.

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Photo of zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Caudalie
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Jakep2021
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of Psychmusic
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of dougbassett
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of girlmeetsbeer16
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.25/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Drift
3/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of Fetusonfire
2.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Skunked. Damn you green bottles!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Brings the yellow and brings the haze, producing a 1"+ virgin white head. Looks pretty. Good retention. Hits you with grassy rustic notes.

Taste seems to be a bretty, funky, dry, earthy, rustic experience. Traditional farmhouse, not a wild ale souring it all up. The hops are subtle, they might be big for overseas, but hopheads might be disappointed. It comes out making the grassy hop meet farmhouse vibe, and I like it for what it is. Well carbonated, refreshing with a twist.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The body of this beer is colored a pale yellow tone. Slightly hazed. Huge, frothy snow white head. And it keeps getting bigger as it builds a rocky top. Nice aroma of yeast and a little candy sweetness mixed with some leathery earthiness. Lemon and anise add a nice little subtle touch. A nice earhty bitterness is noticed first. With a backing of crackery pils like malting. Pepper adds spice and lemon adds some bright citrus tones. Carbonation is jacked up too much (2 for 2 in that department now from this brewery). Very gaseous mouthfeel and burp inducing. Makes this less drinkable, even though the taste is decent.

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Photo of jermar
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dry-hopped in 25.4oz capped champagne-style green bottle with sediment. Label says "This is one rich and tres hoppy golden ale...earthy, punchy, flavorful stuff." Made in small batches for "the stout-hearted Freres de la Biere, a local coterie of special friends united by their thorough enjoyment of rough and ready, unrelenting farmhouse brew. Mon Dieu, that's good!" Can't really quibble with or add to any of that description.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized wine glass a slight hazed light golden with a large blooming white head that left globs of lace behind as it settled ever so slowly.Slight funk in the aroma like a horse blanket along with some mineral and honey a firm toastiness rounds out the nose.A real smoky character wich I didnt expect on the palate along with an herby dill and spicey white pepper like quality in the finish a little phenolic yeasty character in the background and somewhat dry.Complex to the hilt with alot of flavor a real summer quaffing style saison.

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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 151 ratings