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
BA SCORE
78.3%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 152 ratings
Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtraFlandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez
France
brasseriethiriez.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,723
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
152
Liked:
119
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
13.05%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an extremely large and fluffy white head. There is a lot of carbonation within the bottle, so you have to pour carefully to avoid an overflow. The laser etching at the bottom of the Duvel glass releases an amazing amount of bubbles escalating to the top to support the massive head. The appearance is just lovely.

The aroma is quite delightful as well. The aroma possesses a good amount of malt, ripe fruits, an array of spices, and floral hops. The taste starts out with some malt and spices, with the spicy hops making their presence felt in the middle and lasting well into the finish. The mouthfeel is light and crisp as the high amount of carbonation prickles the tongue.

This is my 500th review since becoming a BA, which is an exciting milestone. Overall, this is a fairly hoppy Saison from France that was delightful to drink. I will have to pick up another couple bottles in the future, definitely recommended!

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to grassrootsVT for this...
Appearance: Thar she blows! This one foamed like a volcano spewing white lava with yeast and hop particles dusted on top. Plenty of dusty fallout remains held in suspension in the straw yellow body. A large, fluffy head slowly fades out and leaves pillowy lacing around the glass.
Smell is of earth notes, light funk, citrusy, lemon, florally, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste is mostly of the aromas perhaps toned down slightly. along with a touch of pears and honey backing up the gently spiced, lemony brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, fluffy with CO2, herbal, and mildly spiced.

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Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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 wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from Trafalgar Wines, a tiny, quality beershop in Brighton just fifty meters away from a good Harvey's pub, Lord Nelson. On the beer label, it claims itself to be "A joint beer venture between a Kentish and Flanders Craft Brewers", though I have no idea which brewery that English partner is. It's a bottle-conditioned, blonde beer according to the label, expiring in Jan. 06, while the combination of the ideas of French Flanders pale ale and English bitter results in a very intriguing and enjoyable beer in front of me.

Appearance: in my tulip-shaped wine glass, it pours a slightly overly cloudy, dark yellowish hue because of never-settled yeasts in the bottle. It comes in an off-white, foamy beerhead with very good retention, and relatively low carbonation and very fine bubbles ascending from the bottom of the glass--looking rather like a cloudy English bitter really!
Smell: at the front, slightly dry honeyish, sugar-cane juicy, sweet pineapple, and deeply perfumy note of hops. At the back there are a bitter, almost hayish note of Goldings and some note of toasted wood-chips...
Taste: very creamy texture on the palate from the first sip... refreshing taste of bitter, roasted-nuttiness, toasted wood-chips, savoury flavour (almost like caramelised pork-skin!!), E. Kent Goldings hops(?) aroma firmly at the back, paving the way for a very dry, increasingly bitter aftertaste which lingers only too well.
Mouthfeel & Drinkability: subtle mouthfeel of bitter, floral hops sustains throughout... mild-bodied ale with medium flavour, this is a hybrid distinctive from French Blonde ale and English bitter, but stylishly smooth and satisfying by all means despite the low alc. strength~~ Highly recommended.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 DefenCorps
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks for the recommendation, Ryan. All told, I wonder how much the Sheltons are doing for homebrewing. $13 for a 750ml of a 4.5% dry-hopped saison in a green bottle? I'd almost rather homebrew.

It starts off clear, but once the cap's cracked, it gushes all over, nearly getting my keyboard even. A light orange with a gigantic, off-white head with excellent retention and lacing, this is a top notch saison. The nose has a wonderful dry-hop character (it's clearly a fresh release). In some ways, it's reminiscent of Taras Boulba, but hoppier. Mildly grassy, green, earthy hops, a little dusty. A delicate yeast character is present as well, with some lemon, pepper and a mildly bready saison base. A touch floral too.

The palate opens crisp and hoppy, wonderfully refreshing. Dry, cracker-like, lightly spicy with some pepper, clove, some floral character and an earthy hop flavor. The hops are similar to Saaz, but different, and the Shelton website tells me they use Bramling Cross. I can't recall having a beer with it, and it seems a blend of a grassy/earthy/twig-like character. A little lemon appears towards the finish, one that's long, drying, delicate and hoppy. The lemon character grows, really lingering, along with a touch of pepper. Light in body with crisp carbonation, the finish is top notch, perfect for the style. On the palate, the beer feels wonderful, though it is just a little too little between the hops and the saison base. Extremely drinkable, this is one of the best saisons I've had, one that I'll drink on tap but not too often out of a bottle.

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My bottle says "Extra" but same exact layout, must be an update or alternate imported style. Finally hitting up some French Saison.

A- Poured into a snifter and a goblet from the 750ml bottle. Golden-orange body with just a slight yeast haze and a large foamy white head. The foaminess of the cap isn't fizzy though and it sticks around for quite a while at about a finger high, after reaching out of the glass. Eventually this falls to a thick, creamy ring leaving plentiful piles of lace.

S- A blend of spicy, grassy, herbal hops with Saison yeast and some malts. All three elements are about equal in strength for me. Maltier aroma than I would expect with light caramel, Belgian pale, biscuit and some sweets coming through.

T- As with the aroma, a good balanced blend of yeast, hops and malt. The spicy, herbal, slightly citrus farmhouse yeast leads the way with malty hints of cracked grain dust, lightly toasted biscuit, sweetness and light caramel. Hops in the finish bring spicy, grassy and herbal notes.

MF- Foamy yet creamy light, somewhat dry body. Carbonation is on the high side but does not feel like it with the texture mentioned. Medium bitterness on the palate in the finish for this style.

More malt than I would expect but not in a bad way. A good balance of everything beer, nice herbal spicy finish is probably my favorite part. Certainly willing to try more from Thiriez.

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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 lordofthewiens
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Be careful with the pour; this is the largest head you might ever see. Yellow/orange color, voluminous head, thick, white, sticky. Pretty impressive. An earthy aroma, some citrus noted also. Very hoppy flavor, with some lemon. A most refreshing and enjoyable beer, and, at 4.5% ABV, you can drink a few.

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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 shelby415
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of glid02
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear lemon-yellow color with a bright white head that takes up almost the entire glass. This beer takes almost as long to pour as it does to drink. Once I finally get a nice amount in the glass the head stays as a rocky pancake leaving light lacing.

Smells of equal parts medicinal hops and cloves, with hints of funkiness underlying it all.

Tastes similar to how it smells. I believe this is the lowest ABV saison I've ever tasted but that doesn't mean it lacks in flavor. Sweet malt flavors mix with mild funk up front, followed by a nice amount of earthy hops. The ending manages to be sweet, bitter, and spicy at the same time.

Mouthfeel is good. As with the taste, the low ABV does nothing to take away from the mouthfeel - nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. It turned out to be a good thing that it took so long to pour as I got to savor this one longer than I would've normally.

Overall this is a very interesting beer. A weak saison with subtle hop characteristics. Definitely worth a shot.

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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 dirtylou
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
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 twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium golden color with a huge, pillowy, large-bubbled white head even with a very gentle pour. Has a moderately hazy appearance and a generally well done saison look.

Smells really good, excellent actually. Lemongrass, papaya, sweetened lime juice and a pile of decaying grass. Summery and spicy.

Dry and bitter tangerine-kiwi flavor with a bit of tartness. Surprising hoppiness is only accentuated by the high carbonation level. Malt profile is quite weak and makes the beer taste higher than 4.5%. I would be willing to bet only 2-row pilsener malt is used here. The dry hopping is a nice touch, but does not add much besides a bit more grassy hop aroma. A pretty unique brew, it was fun to drink!

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Photo of Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Holy explosion. Popped the cap and the gusher went off. So after the lengthy clean-up and wait here goes:

Pours a murky golden honey color with some yeast particles settling at the bottom of the glass. Not much need to explain the huge soapy pure white head. It took its sweet time to settle and left some chuncky lacing.

The aroma is sweet and spicy. Substantially candi sugar and floral honey bring the sweetness. Clove and pepper from the yeast provide an offset to the sweetness. There is a bit of a copper note to add another level of complexity. To round out the aroma, there is a leafy/grassy hop presence.

The flavor is more subdued. A light sweet belgian pale malt provides the base for the beer. Clove and pepper are the main flavors. There is some lemon tartness but not much. The candi sugar provides the sweetness with a touch of floral honey. Some grassy hops rounds out the flavor.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Sweet and spicy on the palate. Drinks fairly crisp and on the dry side.

Right in my alley for saisons. It could use a bit more flavor and a touch of funk but I could drink this all day. And at 4.5% ABV I could. Actually this brings in a ton of flavor for the abv level.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The gorgeous light orange color glows in the dark and is the perfect yellowish-orange. The head is solid and thick, white as the driven snow and just as beautiful.

Smell - The dry-hopping here doesn't knock you out like a dry-hopped IPA. It's just a more intense hop aroma than the standard fare. It's so smooth and well-rounded though. Amazing.

The malts are light and slightly nutty with some good orangish notes and just a hint of sour lemon. This bouquet is nicely done.

Taste - The taste is spot on. The hops are big and incredibly smooth, the light malts fruity with a bit of Tang, and the light leafy character gives it that farmhouse profile.

Mouthfeel - This medium-bodied ale is so delicate and fluffy in the mouth it almost redefines the term. The beer just evaporates when it hits your cheeks. You almost consume this ale by breath alone.

Drinkability - This is one farmhouse ale that you can session all night long. It is well-rounded in all aspects and earns very solid 4.5s all the way around.

Comments - Big thanks to JustErica for thoughtfully sending this bottle out to Seattle. She could not have made a better choice.

Update - I haven't had this is almost three years so thought now would be a good time to try it again in May 2008. This beer is so smooth and so tasty I upped the Drinkability to 5.0, and with a very modest ABV you can drink it all night long.

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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 zonker17
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Tuckers Maltings...

Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow colour... enormous, rocky white head filled the whole glass and faded slowly to nice thickish covering... lots of quite big carbonation bubbles rush to the surface... very light lacing...

Aroma - Strong peppery and grassy hops, damp hay, very floral, quite salty, medicinal notes, light anise, no real malt coming through, quite strong fresh herbal notes - light basil, coriander, some ginger. Spicy lemon and lime fruitiness, faint marzipan traces, some doughy notes...

Taste – Quite a lot of strong sharp citrus and grassy hop bitterness, lots of sea salt, pretty floral and perfumed, mouth watering sharp tangy fruits (grapefruits, lemons and some sour apples), lime peel hints, strong herbal notes, quite peppery, the slightest hint of biscuit malts, the faintest of honey sweetness...

Feel - Very sharp and dry... light bodied... very refreshing although might be a bit too sharp and acidic to be really drinkable...

Overall - A very good and slightly unusual Belgian Pale Ale... well worth a try...

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Photo of tpd975
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Whole Foods in Sarasota. Had never seen it in my life so I had to give it a try.

A: Pours a beautiful golden honey yellow with a huge thick foamy bubbly head. It takes forever for the head to die as it is constantly being fed by millions of tiny bubbles. There are some dark brown floaties that made their way into my glass.

S: Nice yeasty aroma with a spiciness to it. There are fresh green apples pushing thru as well. The farmhouse funk is there, but its just lingering in the background.

T: The best damn French beer I have ever consumed. There is a nice peppery taste that is noted right from the start. Citrus fruits and the tart apples also come thru. You are left with a yeasty bready taste with nutmeg in the finish.

M: Light and refreshing.

D: Very

Overall: I enjoyed this with cheese and crackers. It is a very finely made beer that is so complex when it comes to taste. It was so light and refreshing, yet big on taste. I would love to seek out more of these small scale farmhouse treasures. Let's hope Mr. Thiriez continues to share.

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Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of sulldaddy
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Splitting this bottle (750) at room temp with Stopper. The beer is poured into a snifter. Beer exhibits a hazy gold color with very large rocky eggshell colored head, that overflows the glass. Gradually recedes to a sturdy surface layer but hangs out throughout sampling. Aroma is herbal hops and some musty funk with a bit of honey and brown sugar as well. First sip reveals a lite body but also tingly carbonation that adds to the mouthfeel. Flavor is slightly fruity and honey sweet then herbal hops that actually get a little bitter like tea leaves on the finish. This bitterness is almost rindy and lingers a bit on the palate. An easy drinker with quite a bit of character.

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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
Beer rating: 78.3% out of 100 with 152 ratings
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