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

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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
Ratings:
152
Reviews:
116
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
13.02%
 
 
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35
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2
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Photo of bditty187
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in hue with a faded straw highlight, the color looks very similar to Duvel. Rather hazy and there isn’t much animation either. Yet the head was bright white and meringue-like. Wow, a soft pour produced over three fingers of froth. Head retention was excellent; it was very slow to fade to a size small enough to actually take a sip. Lacing started before I even took a sip, I absolutely love to see that. The actual lacing was very widespread once I started drinking it. The appearance of this beer is outstanding.

The nose is delicate. I often opine about the lack of a boastful bouquet. If the nose was any louder here I think it would hurt the charm of this beer. I detect hints of pears, lemons, earth, marshmallows, pepper, a spice medley (coriander, clove, ginger), and a faint cracker-like malt base. All of these aromas are soft and secondary to the most vocal player, the hops. Saaz hops are in the forefront with their spicy/earthiness and zesty/grassy underbelly. Still the overall potency is low. Yes, the nose is complex and articulate. Inviting, just listen for the whisper.

The palate is a bit of a letdown. I taste celery and dried nuts/wood along with pears, lemons, marshmallows, and pepper. Juicy fruit in the middle with a kiss of spice and then the finish is home to a solid smack of hop bitterness. The finish is the highlight of the palate. Still, the palate is not jiving with me; I mean, the flavor profile is okay but I would have liked a little more funk, a bit more “Belgian” (or French in this case) farmhouse qualities. Light grassiness, cracker maltiness in spots, and a smattering of herbal still can’t distract that celery taste. I am torn, I want to call this beer tame but I also want to call it cultured… refined. The low abv is different take on the style, I wish there was more beef however. Still, it is okay for what it is.

Medium-light in body, low but playful carbonation, the mouthfeel isn’t flat but it is soft, like drinking a cloud which is charming, I suppose. It is a tickle thin but it works very well with the “lightness” of the palate.

Drinkability, in the sense of easiness to drink, is very high. Many lesser beers also fall into this category too. Drinkability, in the sense of how bad to I want another, is low. Sure this beer is good and I can see the attraction and the lovely subtleties but I want more. No, I don’t want every beer to be massive and palate punishing. I guess, my biggest beef is the start of this beer, it seems flawed to me. Maybe it is or maybe I am. Celery/wood does not equal a good drink in this case. I love Farmhouse ales and Saisons but I don’t love this beer. I purchased my bottle in Iowa City, IA.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of errantnight
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up from my trip to Paris because it was a bottle covered in hop leaves (and I was craving hops by the time my trip was finished), and as it turns out, this is simply Thiriez Extra with a French label. Oh well... reviewed today during a break from cleanin' the ole apartment and watching some football.

Pours a luxurious crystal clear pale gold.. a little yeast at the end clouds it up just at ad, but this is three or four fingers of head into my Bruery tulip with great lacing. Bubbles a little on the larger side, so as it recedes it gets that gorgeous craggy look leaving little islands of foam atop the lasting head. This is a damned good looking beer.

Despite the hops all over, the aroma on this is largely restrained. The hops of course are noble in origin, much more subtle and spicy and earthy than openly floral. A subtle easy pilsner malt sweetness underlies it with only a tiny hint of yeasty esters coming through as a bit of ripe fruit.

For all this, it's a mildly disappointing brew to actually drink. The high carbonation lends a prickly carbonic feel, but the minerality overwhelms the delicate malt and yeast character, leaving the equally mild hop noble hop flavor just around the edge as a bit of of spice. For all the carbonation, kind of a sticky, cloying after-palate, where some sweetness and yeast flavors finally reside... but you'd rather this finish clean and taste those flavors mid palate.

The carbonation level feel as effervescent as champagne, but it lifts early, leaving a slight chewiness on the back end. It's not hard to drink, but it's so spritely I can't see being super pleased with this carbonation except on a hot day with a nice bit of shade.

It's not unpleasant by any means, but it doesn't quite come together like a really great Pale or Table Saison (the latter seems more like what this beer is going for).

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Photo of watchnerd
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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 bishopdc0
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is by far the most variance I've had in reviewing one single beer. Absolutley beautiful looking beer. Huge frothy head, sincere golden hues, almost a pillowy existance- picture what Goldschlager looks like... Nice fruity eminations, followed by a wooded backbone on the nose. Bigest disappointment- taste. Are Saison's supposed to be this sour? Fine, if it's a characteristic of the style, I probably shy away from this style from now on. I guess I just don't like it. A little weak in the ABV category; resulting a a pretty easy to drink concoction.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice, hazy, straw-colored beer
S: decent nose but a bit too earthy (maybe too much yeast influence?)
T: very nice beer, but again, a slight astringent off flavor (yeast?)
M: good, earthy, farmhouse style ale
D: surprisingly lower in alcohol (4.5%), nice to see an average alcohol beer instead of all these ultra-alcohol 8+ imperial beers that seem so prevalent nowadays

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed November 26, 2006. 750mL Bottle. A light woody tooth to the aroma. Slightly grainy. Pale celar golden pour, with twice as much rocky head, soapy and off-white. An incredibly refined sweet taste, with light sweet spuice and an edge of hop flavor touches. Light esters for the the style. Not particularly deep or complex, but heavy handed on the backend with hops and hop flavor. Grassy and long. Sweet, yet dryly drinkable. Lemon peel and citrus dominate the top fusels. As it warms, the brilliant nutmeg spices enlighten me with a floral bouquet. Nice grassy finishes, as this is a delectable drinker.

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Photo of Psychmusic
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of girlmeetsbeer16
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Magpie14
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: heavily clouded yellow and pale gold run amuck throughout. The foamy crown is most impressive with tremendous staying power as a fine layer of bleach white icing remains with half my glass gone. Lacing is worthy of praise as well

S: the nose gathers dry grains, crusty hops, and tart barnyard funk. For the most part I find it pretty mild mannered in the nose with grains dominating

T: the palate unlocks a nice group of flavors. It has some light malt dimensions and textures that combine straw and hay notes. A pinch of caramel is working within as well. What is most interesting are the hop flavors consisting of grassy, earthy, and spicy notes. Hops are in good order as the spiciness takes on a peppery character after numerous sips and gulps, a nice bite to this one. It finishes crisp and dry with a pinch of lemon

M: feel is champagne like with "fizzy" being the correct description. Body is light and very airy

D: good stuff. I find this beer interesting and nice on a stormy night

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Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A superior version of the blonde. A saison/biere de garde with a nice spicey nose, easy drinking, easy alcohol. Great foaming head on attractive yellow. Easy mouthfeel, and reasonable taste. Understated for lunch. Unexpectantly hoppy bitter. Refreshing.

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Photo of Phatz
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had Thiriez XXtra at Monk's cafe. Thanks to GueuzeGeek for the recommendation. We tried this side by side with the Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Belgian IPA. A very interesting similarity while understandably different styles. Thiriez XXtra is a Saison driven by spices (and hops) and Houblon is more malt backed (and hops) but the both possess the Belgian style yeast and are particularly hoppy per style. Regardless, an interesting exercise. Thanks to phnphilly for participating in our taste test as well.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange gold with a massive massive head that was completely uncontrollable. It is not phnphilly's fault the head just overflowed *every* time. Thick white foam that took so long to receded I simply impatiently pushed my nose through it to get a taste of my beer.

Smell: Grassy hops and spices and a bit of lemon citrus and pepper. Seems to be dry hopped with the fresh grass bitter attribute.

Taste: Spicy hops and lemon lime bitter with a yeast Belgian attribute (note: it is a French beer that is simply a parallel) And earthy leather base heavily peppered and spiced and leave with another bite from the hops, and a small hint of tangy farmhouse saison funk. Full of flavor and yet never cloying. Good brew. Good Choice. Thanks GueuzeGeek.

Mouthfeel: The feel can be best described as spicy. Though that is the taste is is the feel on the cheeks as well. The body seems quite light but it is greatly over carbonated and the lively bubble with the spices just make it a prickly spicy brew.

Drinkability: I wouldn't session this. I enjoyed trying it but after the experiment it was time to move on.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

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Photo of cbutova
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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 bort11
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Photo of Absumaster
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a French beer, which reminds me of the Belgian Poperings Hommelbier, but without the caramelic taste. This is dominated by hop flavor and taste. It poured a very clear light amber with a lot of carbonation and a nice stable head.
Smell was perfect, almost like fresh hops, yet not sharp. There were also some grassy and resinous notes.
Taste was bitter and hoppy, leaving little room for other flavors. When the beer warms some ripe fruit (from the yeast) comes out. This profile reminds me of the La Chouffe strain, nice and fruity. The body was pretty thin and goes well with the taste.
Together with the hoppiness and high carbonation, it is a wonderfull refreshing brew.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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 emerge077
3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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 Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, moved to the right spot,

A: Pours a translucent dark yellow, big poofy white head, some lace.

S: Lots of grassy hops, some spice.

T: Big amounts of coriander type spice, very earthy hay-like hop character. A lot of flavour packed in for 4.5%.

M: Light-bodied, smooth, crisp, not thin for its size.

D: A real good lighter saison, probably more traditional as to what they were 150 years ago.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
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 blitheringidiot
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you want a impressive pouring beer, this is the one! Huge frothy ivory dense pillowy cap that literally leaves chunks of cloudy soft pillowy lace in the glass. There is a dimple left where the beer pours a volcano spot. A little too frothy and fast in the glass to be a 5/5.

Candy scents with a hint of honey and leafy Earthiness. Some vanilla aspects with a touch of toffee.

First swigs: A bone dry saison with a smack of cream soda hops. A crisp fresh doughy middle that mingles with a bright apple and pear, followed with a squeaky clean finish.

Light bodied, easy going and refreshing.

Last swigs: Creamy 7-Up with a light fruit hint. An easy drinker overall.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky yellow body with a sharp scent of grass and straw (which is really the defining feature of this beer), followed by a light, refreshing body and a crisp dry finish.

I was not impressed by the Thiriez Blond at all, but this is quite good. I might say that this is a beer that really typifies the style. Nothing dramatic, but a really good, solid saison that I will definitely reach for again.

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Flandre-Kent Les Frères De La Bière / Thiriez XXtra from Brasserie Thiriez
4.07 out of 5 based on 152 ratings.
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