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

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

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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!”

Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-05-2005

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5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of DaveHS
4.92/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours straw yellow with about 2 inches of thick, fluffy white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves beautiful sticky lacing.

S-Fresh cut grass, hay, musty, earthy barnyard funk, white pepper, fresh cut flowers. and grassy hops.

T/M-A lovely, nuanced saison that's on par with some of the best Belgians. Light to medium bodied with chewy, lush carbonation. The alternately bitter and grassy hops provide a solid backbone for the musty earthy flavors. This beer has a wonderful herbal/floral character, with an emphasis on lavender.

D-Thiriez makes some of my favorite saisons. I will be revisiting some of Thiriez's other products.

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Photo of TripelJ
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy, pale, peppered golden-blonde. The voluminous head resulting from the pour needs no encouragement (Read: Open near a sink or have a towel handy...) Aromas of fresh grains, followed by a wind of citrus and floral hoppiness entice olfactory curiosity. Subtley sweet, grassy malts mingle with the palate briefly, but are out-classed by dry, floral hops. The bitterness lingers, but is not unpleasant. Numerous short pours into a large balloon glass quickly rejuvenate the fluffy head making each sip commence with a kiss from the clouds. All of this, plus a low alcohol content, make for a tremendously sensational, session saison.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at the Linwood in Boston, this review is from notes I made later that night.

Pours a slightly hazed gold with a pillowy white head and draping lace trails. The aroma us if earthy English hops and lemon drops. The taste has a lot of aroma hops, more herbal than piney or citrusy. Malt sweetness is well structured and intricate and provides perfect balance. The finish is bitter with tonnes of grassy, floral hops.

This is a fantastic beer, hoppy, complex and extremely drinkable. Seek it out!

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw color with particulate just floating around in suspension. The head sits about 4 fingers, falling to leave huge billows randomly over the top. Very cool looking beer here. The nose is big in the super noble hops. Spicey and grassy and awesome smelling. I know there are aromas hiding behind the hop. I get a light horsey aroma but hops are most dominant. The flavor is damn complex. The noble hop imparts a very grassy quality, but this melds seamlessly with the horse-blanket funk and spice to really leave no definition between them. Its so damn tasty. An incredible saison base overlayed with delicious hops. What a great marriage. The feel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. Great balance between mouthfeel and bubble. Highly drinkable brew. Low alcohol keeps the flavors from being hastled. A great beer. I am so happy I was able to try it. So tasty.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of DogFood11
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 poured into a tulip very carefully as the head can get out of control in a hurry. This brew is exceptional in the appearance category. Rocky head that retains throughout and hardly fades at all. Slightly hazed golden body with fine carbonation.

Lots of hops in the nose and taste. The drying variety, maybe saaz? regardless its a full boquet of hops. Deep and complex, there is some funkiness to this but it unfortunately gets drowned out a bit by the huge hop smacker. There is a large tropical fruit element that has the power to make an appearance. As this warms the funk makes more of an impression and really turns this into a lovely offering. Finish is dry with lingering funk and hops.

Notes: Definately the best saison I've had in recent memory. So complex and when it warmed just 5 degrees or so the funk lets loose and that is when its at its best. Funk, Fruits, HOPS!! The French doing beer justice??? In this case you better believe it.

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Photo of putnam
4.72/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Stunning, rocky, bone white head leaps up and sticks. The liquid.is colored more like balsa wood than cattails. Fuming lemon and herb aromas are brilliant in their purity and tightness. Wood resins and bean husks till about as under aromas. Grassy, Sauvignon Blanc, cottonseed, and raw dough flavors. Blanched Spanish almonds. Extraordinarly crisp and dry. Thrilling. Intense. Undeniably useful as a drink to wash down aged goat cheese, fresh greens and butter fried fish.

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Photo of twelvsies
4.7/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a wicked saison. This was one of those times where I just grabbed something off the shelf that I hadn't ever had before, or heard much about, and in this situaiton had a surprisingly great outcome. Pours a bright yellow, with bits of orange shining through. Nice creamy head on this one, a real treat to oggle. Lots of spicy smells, of both the sweet and savory varieties, such as nutmeg, and corriander, respectively, as well as a load of black pepper. Taste is wonderfully subtle. Nice bitterness up front, rather than in the finish, is a nice change. Then it tapers off to a grassy, dusty, and uncharacteristically (for a saison) hoppy boquet. Really peppery as well. Delicious, and complex, but not trying too hard. Excellent dry mouthfeel brings the beer to a new level. This is a real gem of a brew, and I think it's fairly new, at least to our country, so if you can find it, get it, and enjoy.

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4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GCBrewing for sharing this 750ml bottle with a few of us.

This beer poured a hazy light yellow straw color with a creamy head.

Holy Hops, Batman. Aroma -- hops; Bittering -- hops; Flavor -- hops; Aftertaste -- hops. Not like IPA hoppiness, but a fresh and lighter beer without anywhere near the malt. Some lemon and a little of the farmhouse look and smell.

A very enjoyable, light and refreshing beer.

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Photo of waughbrew
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very hazy very pale yellow with a very light-looking white head and fierce lacing. Ooh! That is fresh hoppage! How does an imported 4.5% beer in a green bottle stay so fresh? and leafy. spicy. herbal. musty. Flavor is just as fresh, but with an even spicier attitude that lingers on for a long time. An array of spiciness including black pepper and capsaicin. Feels awesome as the medium body carries the high carbonation across perfectly. Too easy to drink, this is probably the best hop-flavor profile that I have had. Only 4.5%? My god, what a beer.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

1Pt 9.4fl oz green bottle, capped. Pours out a beautiful yellow-gold witha very large, fluffy white head. This thing is here to stay!

Smell is spicy hops all the way. Grass, yeast and something sour. Very lively in the mouth. Taste holds tons of grassy hops. Sweet malt in the beginning doesn't last long. Aftertaste is dry and lonnnngg. So easy drinking and packed full of flavors.

I can see a lot of people not liking this beer but I love it. Low alcohol makes this a great session beer. Once again, I am blown away by this brewery. I am enjoying a Danish Blue with this beer. The cheese slightly over powers this beer but not bad.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fluffy pastel lemon. No wait, that's the head, there's no beer in the glass yet. The explosive, airy, rocky, meringue-like crown looks tremendous above the beer that is slowly replacing it from the bottom up. The liquid itself is tremendously hazy, with a ridiculous amount of what I presume is yeast and bits of hop. This is just the sort of unrefined, cluttered look that I love. Outstanding.

The nose is more hoppy than any saison that I've ever had and it's even more yeasty-spicy than it is hoppy. The dominant aromas are lemon pepper and clove, with floral, grassy noble hop notes and farmhouse funk just beneath the surface. If the flavor is even a rough facsimile of the nose, it'll be something special.

The flavor is indeed something special. This is a tremendously delicious and dizzingly complex beer. Prior to cracking the cap, I had expected an explosive hoppiness along the lines of De Ranke XX Bitter. After assessing the aroma, I began to wonder. After tasting, I wonder no longer. Thiriez XXtra is at least as hoppy as XX Bitter, maybe more so. The hops detonate on the palate with each mouthful.

I have never chewed on fresh hop cones, but I imagine that it tastes something like what I'm experiencing each time I upend the glass. The beer is almost witheringly hoppy and is as bitter and as dry as the biggest American hop bombs. It's just that it uses European varieties and it coddles them in a soft, airily light body. Hopheads only need apply.

This must be a relatively new bottle because the hops taste as fresh and as green as if they were on the vine mere days ago. The flavor profile is made up of bitter grass, white pepper, dessicated lemon pulp and spicy clove... all whirling, swirling, twirling around on the palate in ever-changing and ever-fascinating fashion. I'm glad the ABV is low because I want to keep my wits about me so that I can enjoy the final ounce as much as I enjoyed the first one.

I know saisons are supposed to be light-bodied and well-carbonated (and this one certainly is), but I can't help feeling that a little more viscosity would improve what is already a great mouthfeel. Of course, I could be wrong. Its lissome, buoyant nature makes drinking this fine ale as easy as breathing.

I'm ecstatic that some of the Belgian and French breweries have realized the wisdom in adding more hops to their pale ales and saisons. I'm also amused by the fact that they feel a need to add XX to the name of the final product, as if what they've done is somehow unseemly or even pornographic. I couldn't be more thrilled, however, when the beer is as exhilaratingly hoppy and as breathtakingly brilliant as Thiriez XXtra. C'est magnifique!

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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Slightly hazed yet brilliant golden body with very powerful carbonation. Forms a huge, frothy, white head that continues to grow after the pour. Once settled, the head leaves some thick raised lacing on the glass. A few floaties here and there, but they aren't bothersome. Has a light, crackery malt aroma without much yeast character save for a bright apple fruitiness. Malt is, what I can best describe as, "French" in character. By this I mean there is a typical breadiness and honey character to the malt that I get from a lot of French beers, specifically farmhouse bieres and biere de gardes. Hops give this a great floral and earthy character which really evokes the whole "farmhouse" ambiance. Flavor starts off with juicy apple which immediately gets trampled over, only temporarily, by abundant hops. It's more of a straight hop bitterness at first that takes hold, but as this bitterness subsides, the breadiness of the malt and the floral/earthy flavors of the hops come forth and meld together well. The finish is very dry and slightly acidic with a lingering bitter. The hop and malt flavors remain steady in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is light bodied and has a very spritzy carbonation. Drinkability is very high as this meets my general drinkability criteria: extremely refreshing and extremely complex/flavorful.

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Photo of clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a very tall head that has great retention (takes forever to get a full glass) and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The particulate matter is in constant suspention - it just won't fall down. The aroma is like some nice noble hops with some slight funk and some interesting spices (from the hops), maybe even a little citrus. The flavor is really weird. The hops carry a grassy character here and there is a backing of slight funkiness, as is character in a farmhouse brew. Caramel malt is also evident, but the slight funk hangs on the palate (in a good, controlled manner). The mouthfeel is on the light end of thick and the drinkability is very good.

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4.65/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden straw with a fluffy and moussy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was a strong Saaz hop aroma when first opened and poured. After a few minutes, that aroma flashed away and the head dropped back to reveal a slight belgian farmhouse character akin to that of a saison. The aroma was extremely earthy and pleasant with some slight components of cooked corn (DMS).

The flavor was crisp with a very well executed earthy hop flavor and bittering that were both interesting and surprisingly complex in such a low abv beer. The malt flavor that backed up the hop flavor and bittering was slightly sweet in the background when dicernable and had a corn flavor as well. The bittering was earthy yet leaves a citrusy characterist flavor on the palate.

The finish was just dry with lasting earthy and citric bittering and hop flavor causing the beer to finally leave the palate bone dry in the final long aftertaste. The body was medium light and well done. I believe corn was used in this beer, if not it contains similar aroma and flavor attributes to beers using flaked corn as part of the grist.

750 ml capped and foil sealed green bottle. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA. How much is a ticket to France?

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4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

07/19/07- Purchased at City Beer, in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle with no freshness info. Poured into my Troubadour tulip.

Appearance- Mid goldenrod in color. Pours with a furious large pock marked doughy head. This head is literaly like whipped cream. It's thick and solid! Leaves wonderful huge chunks of lace behind. About the best appearance per style you can ask for.

Smell- Ahhh, very nice farmyard scent. A bit of urine and horse blanket as well as some sour lemon notes and some peppery spices.

Taste- Damn this is one hoppy ass beer. Never mind that it's a saison...it's hoppy nonetheless. Fairly dry, which is nice and a nice lemon pucker at the end of the swallow. A bit sweet as well...some light cookie dough magic going on here. Peppery as well which goes great with the hoppy dry bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Fairly high carbonation rate. Wonderful hops o' plenty left in the aftertaste.

Drinkability- Score one for France! Probably the first and last time I'll ever be saying that. Wonderdful all around beer that I will be seeking out in the future. One of the top saison's I have had. The only negative I see is that the hops may be just a touch over the top per style.

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4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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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4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this with me, enjoyed chilled from a stemmed glass.

The color is straw gold with a thick hazed look with copious head of pillowy white. The smell is unique with lots of herbal hop aroma with a light white grape odor with subtle spice from the yeast.

The taste is incredible. Lots of yeast complexity with a slight honey-like malt with vinous flavors and a mild spice with nice herbal flavors adding to the peppery taste. Overall I would not hesitate to have this again -a top notch saison with the dry hopping giving that little X-tra, a great beer, Thanks Tim for sharing and Terry H for the recommendation!

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Photo of Patrick999
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

You know, just looking at this classy bottle adorned with hop cones, I know it's going to be good.

Poured into tulip a pretty goldenrod...holy crap, this foams up more than Duvel. It eventually settles down, leaving a mountainous rocky white head that sticks around. Cloudy and lots of "stuff" floating around. I really like that. Gives it a wild, fresh look. Simply, one of the best-looking beers to which I've borne witness. It does the Duvel tulip justice and then some.

Even at 4.5%, this really smells like a farmhouse ale. Lots of fresh, fresh apple, fragrant herbs, spices, and just a tad funky. I don't get as much sheer hop as I would have expected for this being dry-hopped, but I have to remember that we're not dealing with American hops here.

Taste - as it warms a little, I get quite a bit of that fresh apple taste, a tad sweet....not a sour apple at all. Behind that, spicy and substantial - full bodied for such a "weak" ale. Well-carbonated, but not at all prickly. Exceptional feel.

Drinkability - Far, far bigger than your typical 4.5%. Extremely flavorful and truly enjoyable. If this was easier for me to come by, I'd be all over it constantly. Mr. Thiriez, please make more beer and send it over my way. Here's one for France, big-time. If this is the way they brew beer in France, I need more. Perfectly evocative of the French countryside in summer. I should be sitting outside a Paris cafe with a 750 of this and an assortment of fine French cheeses, watching the women go by. I'd be one hell of a happy man.

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4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

25.4oz dark green bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy pale gold color with a big, slow-fading pure white head and lots of sticky and sliding lace.
It smells like a fist full of freshly rubbed hops or resinous buds. Another smell that comes to mind is a dry desert and cut oak.
This moderately malted brew has a fresh bagel taste with a mild grassy finish.
The hops are edgy and sharp-edged, but not over done. Resinous floral hop flavors abound.
Ever inhale deeply on a slightly clogged unlit hash pipe? Me neither, but it might have a taste very reminiscent to that.
At 4.5%abv, it's one of the few brews I've had that tastes stronger than it actually is. This brew is quite different from anything out there today. Uniquely flavorful and totally refreshing!

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4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Thiriez XXtra initially pours a clear golden body beneath a good-sized head of creamy bright-white foam. Subsequent pours, however, bring up the yeast giving it a bit of haze. The head retention is very good, and it leaves thin walls of lace throughout most of the glass.

The nose is bold and bright with grassy, resinous, lemony and even spicy hops over a mild, earthy malt base.

It's crisp in the mouth with a medium-light body and just slightly elevated carbonation.

The flavor delivers dripping, resinous, grassy, lemony, spicy/peppery and delicately floral hops awash in an earthy/mineral/straw-like maltiness that's backed by a brisk, drying bitterness that holds it all together rather than letting the hops go toppling... spilling out all over everything, and leaving it unbalanced. This one's really a tightrope walk of balance!

It's a unique beer in that it is so highly hopped for the style; and that it holds it's balance so well. But it's also fairly straightforward in what it is, delivering basically the same characteristics throughout the nose, flavor, and finish.... yet it's oddly compelling!

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4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden yellow with some sediment floating about under a tall fluffy white head. Thick rings of sticky white lace were left decorating the glass. About an inch of a white foam cap stood strong while this was consumed. Light funky notes mix with bitter grassy and earthy hops. Mild spices and a dash of lemon round out the nose. Plenty of grassy hops jump out over a light spiciness and yeast flavors. The prickly bitterness plays well with light peppery notes and bit of malt sweetness. Dry bitter hoppy finish. Lively with carbonation in the mouth and smooth drinking. For everything that’s going on in this brew its very drinkable. The hops and typical Saison flavors work well together even with the large amount of hops. Excellent take on the style.

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4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Thiriez EXTRA pours with an enormous amount of head. Upon first pour I get 3/4 glass full of white dishsoap-like foam that takes an eternity to subside. Leaving big chunky lacing down the tulip. Underneath the head rests a straw golden hazy body with streams of carbonation rising to the head. This beer has the soapiest looking head I have ever seen. After another pour the head turns as sticky as meringue and wont even budge.

Now this, for a Belgian beer, is a hop attack from the smell of things. Wonderful aroma. Some of that funk comes through in the form of sweaty socks and a field of wildflowers. The thing I love about the aroma though is the copious amounts of hops thrown in. All of them grassy and mouthwatering. It almost has a candi sugar sweetness but I doubt any was added since the alcohol is only 4.5%.

Flavor is identical to the aroma except the pale somewhat biscuity malts are present. Crisp, refreshing hop bite throughout. Grassy and hay like qualities coming from the hopping along with the wildflowers and mild sweat socks that make this beer delicious.

Body is on the lighter side of medim with an airy quality on the back of the tongue. Finishes pretty dry with a touch of residual sweetness.

So refreshing and crisp. With the lower abv. this beer is about as drinkable as you can get.

Outstanding saison from Thiriez. This is my first of their beers and from now on I'll be picking up the others available. Unfortuanately I think there's only one or two others imported. Excellent!

Reviewed: 8/27/07

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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 152 ratings