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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!”

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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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Photo of jermar
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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 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 bort11
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into a Boulevard Smokestack goblet. This was a gusher when the cap was cracked. I had to get it to the glass quickly. Tall fluffy white head that is slow to recede. Bits of lace stick to the glass. Color is a hazy golden straw color.

Smell is musty and floral. Dry and clean. Taste is very dry. Fruity esters are like apple and pear skins. Grassy and floral hops notes.

Mouthfeel is very dry with a solid carbonation. Light bodied and easy to drink. It was surprisingly filling, though with the low ABV still very easy to drink.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle.

Slightly hazy and pale yellow in color. Large, creamy, white colored head. Great lacing, no legs.

Smelled of flowers, oranges and grass. Hint of earthiness. Pepper.

Taste was more bitter than sweet, mainly grassy. Lingered well into aftertaste. Light, crackery middle. Touch of sweet - oranges.

Light in body. Medium to high carbonation. Dry.

Very light, not as complex as some saisons, but very good nonetheless. A saison for hop lovers.

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Photo of Beerzebub
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a big wine glass at 53 F/ 12 C.

Hazy golden color, massive egg shell colored head that forms a stiff plateau, lace like froghopper foam.

Smells of lemony grassy hops, mint, savory spices and herbs, celery. Some muskiness that might even be skunk, but it's not a problem at all.

Tastes very dry, very hoppy, and minty. Plenty of grassy/herbal and lemony hop flavor and bitterness. Some spicy yeast, celery, and mineral. Minty flavor like spearmint lingers and grows. Long totally dry bitter finish, grass, lemon rind, mint.

Can be too fizzy, but good texture overall. Very drinkable and refreshing.

Great hoppy minty saison. Strange and wonderful.

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Photo of emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First a disclaimer, this is the 2nd time i've had this, and this bottle seems significantly different than the first. This label is slightly different as well. Originally the label had a photo of a hop field, this one is identical to the photo here.

A very volatile pour, several inches of billowing white foam rise up and over the rim of the pint. Rocky, uneven head atop a frenzied golden flurry of bubbles. Super fluffy head that exhibits staying power. Looks just about perfect.

Lightly sweet aroma of dry hay, some dusty wheat, and some medicinal hop character.

Flavor has some soft and sweet pale malts, with herbal hop notes that grow increasingly medicinal over time. Some white grape in the aftertaste. The bitterness builds up, which is ok, but the medicinal flavor is distracting. It doesn't taste especially fresh, so age could be the culprit.

Spritzy and lively feel, carbonation sticks around. It's pretty thirst quenching despite the distracting flavor.
I'd give it another shot if I knew the bottle was fresh.

$8.99 from Warehouse Liquors in Chicago.

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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 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 stimy
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this at an "Art of Refermentation" beer tasting hosted by Garrett Oliver at the National Geographic.

These are my tasting notes:

This beer had a hoppy aroma. The mouthfeel was of champagne. Bitter taste on the tongue from the hops.

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Photo of goochpunch
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 watchnerd
3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New label with ’Extra’ instead of ’Xxtra’, 750 ml bottle. Bit of a gusher on opening, with foam overflowing glass and bottle alike. Three finger head that finally settled down after 15 minutes, leaving spotty and clumped lacing. Cloudy golden in color. Very very hoppy, fruity mids, with a dry finish. Is this really a Saison? Debatable, but I like it, regardless.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a evenly clouded orange yellow with a white head. Nose is beautiful; a mix of spices and funk. Flavor is very full of spices (some might think it too much so). Very full, hearty, and even flavor. Feel has a high carbonation to it and a good liquid feel as well with it being kind of inky and thick. Very drinkable and rustic. Not a light saison by any means. Extremely full and robust, this is one to put against food. A good fall time brew.

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Photo of DragYourBone
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wife picked this up for me...and I owe her one for this gesture alone.
My bottle displays EXTRA, not XXTRA.
Refrigerated bottle opened while preparing evening meal.
On first pour, the golden ale was capped nicely with an inch thick puffy head. Lots of carbonation sprites jetted upwardy, with a touch of funk at the bottom. Nice display.
The hops definitely came through on the first taste giving it a slight bitter taste that danced on my tongue as the carbonation fizzed away, while tangy flavors intermingled and finished with a slight tongue smack.
After drinking heavier bodied alee, this really hit the spot.
After putting my face in the glass and closing my eyes, I felt like I was transported to a rural farmhouse where crisp, bright notes of citrus, wheat, grass/hay? eminated.

After the first few sips, the bright notes really ronded nicely. Actually, since I'm not a huge hop head, the mellower tones were more than fine. Also, the scent took on a more musk aroma - like wet grass on a cloudy, rainy day near some fruit trees, and near an out of the way farm garden near an ocean.
This is my first foray into this style, but definitely not the last. I was totally surprised at the 4.5 ABV.
In a word, 'golden'....Oh, and it goes great with pasta.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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 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 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 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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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Packaged in a 25.4oz bottle with black wrapping around the top and then traditionally capped. Upon opening the beer, foam starts to slowly ooze from the top like Kilauea. Luckily, the foam stops at the crest of the bottles lip, saving me from having to clean up after myself. When poured into the glass, there is apporximately 1/4in of beer, the rest is all foamy head. I dont know about you, but I like beer, not foam. The head SLOWLY subsides, and begins to look like Great Stuff tm on top of my beer. The rocky, foamy head has the consistency of meringue on top of my moms lemon meringue pie. Mmmmm.

The aromas are slightly sour and have some citrus aromas to them as well. Very yeasty and earthy. Spicy and peppery.

After wainting nearly 10 full minutes, I am finally able to sample the beverage that lies beneath the rocky and stiff head. Citrusy, peppery, yeasty, earthy. Very pleasant and smooth. I am normally not a big Saison fan but this one seems to be one of the better ones I have had.

Pretty creamy in the mouthfeel. As big as the head is, there is not a lot of carbonation and effervescence in the mouthfeel. I guess all of the bubbles escape through the fizzy foam. Nice drinkability and certainly worth another shot, especially as summer winds down and my mind and body are itching for some winter/fall beers.

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

750mL bottle poured into St. Bernardus Chalice

A - Pours a clear straw yellow color with massive frothy head that is off white and very rocky. Lacing is gorgeous.

S - Funky breaded yeast with a sour farmhouse scent. A wet dog without any unpleasantries. Slight clove and sour banana like fruit scent. Touch of lemon zest.

T - High carbonation yields a bubbly tingle at the forefront of this brew. Spicy/fruity middle with a light to medium body and touch of belgian hop bitterness. Mellow yet spicy. Tasty yet challenging.

M - Well carbonated with a mid to light body and drying finish.

D - Really tasty interpretation of the style with a very low alcohol content. Do you need to be a beer geek to enjoy this? I don't know, maybe this is just a great easy drinking and refreshing beer that makes a good intro to the style. Its just plain good.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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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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 GClarkage
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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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 jwff
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glows a pale gold with a rocky white head. Pour this one carefully. Suspended yeast. Strong honey smell with a sweet yeast spice. Light funk. Brown sugar backs it with a faint earthy hop smell. Fresh, thick honey and spice flow through the mouth with a mild, but raw bitterness on the back of the tongue. Brown sugar and honey linger in a sticky finish. Medium mouthfeel which thickens as it warms. The low abv lends itself to sweetness, but never gets cloying. This is an interesting saison because the hops seem a bit out of place but lend an earthy, raw characteristic to this beer. Either way, I think this qualifies as nectar.

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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
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