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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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of BeerBelcher
1.62/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer was skunky...skunky like a Beck’s. And I couldn’t find any other component of this beer redeeming enough to get over that skunkyness. My encounter with this beer started out OK...it has a pale yellow appearance with a medium amount of head. However, its aroma was skunk plus some cloviness. Taste exhibited Beck’s (or maybe even Beck’s Light) levels of skunkitude, again with a bit of clove chasing after it to apologize. Definitely not recommended.

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Photo of gregmurer
2.05/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

first impression, the label is so nice. Then first issue, a gushing when opening the bottle (i had six of them, i drink'em for about 3 mounths, so it's not just a problem on my side...).
Not filtered, sure it's not... Not clear at all, a big trouble in a small glass, a nice light golden color, but too much cloudy for a blonde beer.
Smell... what smell?
Taste... It's supposed to be well hopped... as i'm a big fan of taras bulba, gooden carolus green, and those kind of beers.. i'm not impressed by the bittering or by the hoppy style.
Mouthfeel... boring...
and i didn't finish most of the six beers...

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.73/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: snifter. pours a murky yellow-orange with a massive white head, about four fingers high. outstanding retention and nice splotchy lacing.

S: some light funk in there, but mostly light earthy hops. light bretts. very grassy.

T: wow. that is sour. tastes like the rind of a lime. a lot of hops, I get some oils, and some high alpha in here, with a ton of citrus. good funk. The hops just aren't balanced enough for me.

M: dry and a little to bitter. high carbonation level. medium bodied.

D: a little too off-balanced for me. the one 750 mL was a little too much for me, especially being this dry.

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2.87/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Piss yellow with a slight haze. Nice thick bubbly white head. Second pour was all sediment, ruined the last 6 oz.

S: Mellow wheat and wild yeast. Hints of grass, orange peel, and coriander.

T: Sweet and zesty, light malts and wild yeasts. mellow tastes of coriander, orange peel, grass. almost no bitterness.

MF: very light ale, highly carbonated, grainy. loads of sediment at the end, made last of it undrinkable.

D: pleasent smell and taste, but much to be desired. A very light and very carbonated brew with not a lot to offer. Tons of sediment in the bottom which ruined the second pour from the bomber. I tried to avoid the sediment, but there was a ton. An ok brew, but an unpleasent experience. Won't be grabbing this one again.

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Photo of Fetusonfire
2.9/5  rDev -28.6%
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 Drift
3/5  rDev -26.1%

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3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.06/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy beige head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, cardboard, honey, herbal hop, and slight skunky aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and skunky flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with an odd cardboard, honey, and skunk presence that diminish the drinkability.

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Photo of EPseja
3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted this one with Yelterdow. Served at just above fridge temperature in a tasting tulip glass.

A - Large, soapy, pillowy off-white head showcasing many different sized bubbles. Hazy, pale straw gold in color with many beige particles in suspension. As the beer is moved gently from side to side, the particles sway with it, giving the illusion of thick viscosity, or a setting gel candle. Quite interesting indeed!

S - Fresh hay. Wild organic sweetness. Moderate floral hops. Wet cardboard. Some metallic notes that I associate with some Czech Pilseners. Very strange for this style.

T - Light, unsweet hoppiness in the beginning gives way to a yeasty middle. The finish is very dry and leaves a shadow of burnt pretzels and wet cigarette ashes; interesting, but bordering on detrimental. Long lasting dry, tart hoppiness. Displays much of the dryness of a Czech Pilsener but in an unbalanced way. Could use a bit more malt to even out the hop notes.

M - Slick and slippery. Thickens slightly in the mouth. Sharp, but rolling. Nothing impressive.

D - This is a one-glass saison due to it's out of whack balance. The dryiness and lack of sweet malt balance makes it an un-smooth drink. I'm disappointed by this fact given that it's low in alcohol and would have otherwise made for a fantastic "session saison" for a hot summer day. Heh heh.. say THAT 10 times fast!

Conclusion: An interesting concept with flawed execution. One thing however: this beer would be a fantastic pairing for any barbecued meal that brings some sweetness with it, such as a grilled honey glazed chicken or grilled apricot glazed pork chops.

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3.21/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served at just under fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very interesting, to say the least. Pale to medium gold in color with a beautiful, supple crown of 3" soapy foam with tiny bubbles. Particles abound, but the odd thing is the suspension... almost like gelatin, the particles move with the beer as if they're "trapped" inside. Points for uniqueness there.

Smell- Wet cardboard, fresh cut grass, a faint metallic note and some floral hops. This does exhibit the olfactory equivalent of a seriously hopped saison.

Taste- Here's where my interest begins to wane. Considering the amazing look and impressive aromas, the taste just doesn't deliver. What I get is a weak beginning and middle that finishes with a bone dry hop bitterness, like I would expect from a Czech pils. There is no malt to round out the beer's taste, this could use some balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin with low carbonation, which emphasizes the bigger than life hoppiness in a detrimental way. The only way I can imagine really enjoying this one is by pairing it with something that offsets the aggressive bite, maybe an asparagus salad with spicy chicken.

Not bad, but I will stick with the lesser hopped saisons in the future.

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.32/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured a clear straw yellow color with a huge rocky head. There was a steady stream of carbonation.

S: Spicy, hops floral and citrus aromas were the ones that jumped out.

T: The taste was funky and hoppy. There was a lemon zest kind of thing going on as well as a touch of band aids and paint thinner. Weird, but interesting.

M: On the thin side and carbonated.

D: A bit intense and not what I'm used to. I tried to hang. It was interesting.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Big yellow haze, tons of head. A glimmer of funk and grass aroma.

Taste, sour, bitter, you can detect minimal amounts of the heavily proclaimed dry hopping. Was very much a Belgian-esque influence moreso than the American dry hopping influence. Stayed away from sweet. But the hopping just didn't rise to the occasion. Remained dry throughout, but just wasn't my thing.

Had an aftertaste I can't figure out. Glad I tried it, but the label kind of reeks of false advertising from a hophead's perspective.

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Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark golden yellow with ripe banana hues and a frothy, pillowy two finger head with excellent retention that only slowly fades into a lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Earthy slight funky aroma with a lot of piny hop notes as well as some subtle oak. There is also a good bit of bready yeast and light crisp estery fruit notes, mostly apple and pear. While there is a noticeable hop presence, it was much less prominent than I expected or hoped for. A lot more of the traditional saison aromas come through after the initial earthy hops.

Very carbonated heavy mouthfeel. This beer is a lot fuller than I was expecting with a nice creamy body after an initial hop blast and heavy dose of carbonation. Some nice earthy bread notes come through midpalate along with some earthy funk and estery fruit notes. As mentioned above, there is a pretty prominent hop presence up front that is very earthy and dry with a strong pine character. This is followed by bready yeast and crisp citrus and light fruit notes. Lots of orange peel and lemon zest as well as hints of apple, pear and banana. Not very spicy or peppery and only slightly earthy but the high carbonation level hurts it's drinkability. Interesting hybrid of a dry hopped beer and a saison that I enjoyed trying but probably wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of KCHopHead
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought this bottle at one of my least favorite local beer stores because you usually have to blow off the dust from the bottles and who knows how long they've been sitting, but my hoppy radar was on and the label caught my eye.

Opened bottle right from refrigerator and got crazy carbonation head/foam. Hard to get any beer for a while. Nice white rocky head that had a lot of retention. Smell was decent and has some funk going on. Taste confirmed the funk and lots of citris hops. Taste was thin with some brett type. Very fizzy and light to the mouth. I'm glad I only got about a glass of the beer out of a 750ml bottle because I couldn't drink all 750ml with ease.

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Photo of ccrida
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml poured into my big Gulden Draak tulip, a gentle pour of the Thiriez XXtra yielded an almost full glass of white foam, super dense and painfully long lasting. The beer itself is a slightly hazy gold, with the massive head leaving huge chunky lace. The head alone would score a 5 if it wasn't so big that I've got a long wait after every pour.

Smell is pretty classic, dry minerals and sour citrus, floral and sugary, very appealing.

Taste is very full for a smaller beer, but not what I was hoping for (or smelled). Mainly just a big punch of noble hops, with a super spicy, bitter finish, and none of the sweet, delicate fruit from the nose. Very bitter and tonic like, overpowered by the spice of the hops. A bit of a let down, not bad, but not my style.

Mouthfeel has a crisp carbonation, but it's not as light as I was expecting, almost like tannins, perhaps dry-hopping particles?

Drinkability is average, this is pretty dry and bitter, and is not as digestible as it should be for the size. While the low ABV makes is sessionable, the price does not.

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Photo of geexploitation
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright, light golden color, cloudy with yeast, and a huge, beaded white head that almost overwhelms the glass. Lots of sticky lace and chunks of foam persist as the head itself dissipates. Very green hop aroma. Resiny, slightly piney notes with some white pepper and pale bready notes in the background. On the palate, huge carbonation fills the palate and stomach -- it serves to lighten the load a bit, but ultimately is too much carbonation. Quite acidic from all the hops. At the front of the palate, earthy hop oils dominate. Plenty of resiny hops throughout the palate, and just a little bit of spice to complement them. This beer is pretty one-dimensional; it delivers on the hops, but not on much else. I would expect more from a hand-crafted saison.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.47/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into red wine glass. Pop the cap and boom, foam everywhere.

Once it settles down, this one pours a vibrant orangey-gold with a stout 2-finger white head that settles down into a thinnish cap. Nice walls of lacing as the head settles.

Nose is really nice - spicy and floral, with a nice yeast presence contributing light farmhouse funk and smooth vanilla notes. Just a bit of pale malt sweetness round everything out.

Taste is kind of odd. Medicinal, soapy, very green, really weird. What I was looking for from the nose was totally overwhelmed with the off flavors - bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue, and echoes of pale malt and farmhouse yeast linger as well which are quite nice. Front half is awful, but the back half is really pretty tasty - odd.

Mouthfeel is decent; medium bodied, moderate carbonation, though the long finish; bit of grainy texture which is odd.

Drinkability is off mainly because of the weird off-flavors. A bit disappointed, because the nose had a lot of promise.

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Photo of bonbini26
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.51/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle. Sealed with a shiny black plastic covering on the neck leading one to have the impression that it may be corked, but once easily removed (thanks to one of those nifty pre-installed tabs) it revealed a large simple brass crown cap. Main label has three large hops arranged in a flying-V. Listed at 4.5% Alc. Vol., but with no freshness date. Imported by the Shelton Brothers.

Description to the left of the bottle explains:
“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!”

Appearance: Racy head is not as bad as the previous two Thiriez brews which I tried, but it does seem over-active. Deep white head forms with a uniform topping at first, but it soon collapses in an irregular manner which produces a rocky surface. Pale golden-yellow colored body looks thin at times, flashing with a faded straw look when back-lit. Carbonation is like Asti Spumanti.

Nose: Jaded limes mix with lemons and a low strength cut-grass background. Yeast is clean but evident, as is Hessian sacking and a dried lemongrass finish.

Taste: Rather simplistic, the lemon and hop-bitterness shine through. Sure, there are additional team players, but they are all huddled together it seems. Bright lime sharpness punctuates the ending, as does a tangy straw flavor with some tart character. The bottle finishes with a high bitterness, clean and tasty, but it doesn’t feel like anything “extra”.

Mouthfeel: Bright and full of shine, but with all the strength of the suns rays on a cloudy day it never quite seems to get going.

Drinkability: Refreshing, with a nice bitter hop bite in the twisting finish. The thin feel is disappointing though, yeah I know its only 4.5% but I have had English Pale Mild with twice the body of this. The well carbonated body helps, but it masks a thin torso which disappears faster than it should.

Overall: Most certainly an enjoyable beverage. But the tastes are rather too short-lived for my liking and the body a little unsupportive. At 4.5% it is certainly not a heavy hitter and a tasty brew, and it is one that is rather drinkable, but given the rather hefty price tag of $9.99, it is a tad over-priced for anything other than an “I’ll try it once for a go” sort of offering. Enjoyable stuff nonetheless, but an expensive treat. As always, thanks again to my own personal Thiriez West Coast distributor for allowing me to try this one. Merci Monsieur GrandÉnorme!

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Photo of RugbyBeerRepeat
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a large head that will stick around for the duration. I was surprised because the smell and the texture of the head reminded me very strongly of Duvel, which I did not expect from a hoppy saison. The color is a hazy medium-light blonde.

This beer is light-bodied and very drinkable. Even though it is dry hopped the hop flavor is not particularly strong. Low alcohol content (4.5%) contributes to its drinkability. It bills itself as a French farmhouse ale and it tastes as such.

Very nice mouthfeel. The carbonation will sting the bottom of your tongue. Bubbles continued to form at nucleation sites in my glass until the very end.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable and drinkable beer. That said, I will probably not buy this beer again. There just aren’t enough hops to satisfy my hop fetish. If I want a hoppy beer, I’ll go with an IPA. I liked it just as much as my favorite French farmhouse ale, Saison Dupont, but it is two dollars per bottle more expensive.

Without a doubt, a solid, enjoyable beer. Give it a shot.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.57/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some dry and bitter English style hops. Taste is also a weird mix between some funky farmhouse style ester with some dry notes coming from the English style hops with a nice Belgian style malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very different but interesting experiment in the end.

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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