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 dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a bottle at DBGB Kitchen & Bar in New York, NY

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow in color with a half finger tall white head. The head reduces to a thin layer over the entire surface of the beer with some thicker patches and a thicker ring at the edges. Light lacing is observed.

S: There is a light wheat aroma with lots of earthiness and mustiness. I can definitely detect the hints of grassy and floral hops.

T: There are a lot of grassy and earthy flavors in the taste of this beer with some light bitterness in the finish. Very light hints of mustiness/funkiness but there are some (very few) hints of sourness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light dryness in the finish.

O: Very refreshing and a great beer to start a food and beer pairing dinner. Easy to drink and sessionable.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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 DaPeculierDane
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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 timtim
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hazy, lightly burnt gold with a big, rocky, white head that holds forever and leaves very pretty lace. nose is grassy, floral, earthy, perfumy hop (amarillo? goldings?) atop a nice, husky french grain character that is very raw and earthy smelling as well. taste is good and follows suit well. hops are barely bitter and the yeast character gets to shine a little bit more in the taste, expressing barn and farm that transports you to the brewer's paradise. this beer really tells a story of where it is from. seems to be very traditional and rustic. the milder carbonation level takes away a tiny bit of zing, but i believe this is actually proper for the style. mouthfeel besides that is creamy with a hint of chalkiness (from maybe the water?). 4.5% goes down way too easy. just wish something like this could be accessible for about a third of the price!!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +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 carln26
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured from the bottle a deep gold color, very hazy, and is topped by an immense chunky white head. The head shows great retention, and when it finally recedes leaves an intricate pattern on the side of the glass. Tons of carbonation in this beer. I did a spot refill when I began the review, and the foam overflowed all over the counter. Subtle nose. It has layers of yeast and bread dough, bright citrus orange, and a finish of spice, a little cardamom, and a touch of pepper. The flavor has light spice, more of the bread dough character. It has a lot more citrus bitterness than the aroma led me to believe. The orange character morphs into the traditional grapefruit. Nice bitterness that lingers well after the beer goes down. As already stated, tons of carbonation. This gives it a lighter mouth feel than many beers, slightly slick. Nice drinkability. It doesn’t show a lot of alcohol. Another nice beer from this brewery.

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Photo of tpd975
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
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 lostbearbrew
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 750ml bottle in Asheville. Poured a straw colored golden hue with shades of orange in the glass. Nice head which dissipated quickly and only lightly laced the glass.

Very strong up front Saaz or Tettnang hops and Saison yeast phrenolics in the nose. Very earthy, very peppery, very hoppy. Overly so, for a Saison, but I'm not complaining...I love hops.

Great flavor that began with hops, then a little sweetness of malt, then the taste went sort of grassy, with a earthen or barklike taste, maybe hay? - then faded to a dry finish, alive with earthy and spicy notes. Very addictive, although VERY dry in the long finish, this beer sort of sits on your tongue and rides for a long time. Suprising complexity for a 4.5 abv beer, and somehow the layers keep developing the longer this sat in the glass. The second glass was better than the first.

Quite drinkable – I’d love to have this fresh on tap, to see how it compares to the bottled version. I’ve been meaning to get back to France anyway….

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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 Westsidethreat
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Massively carbonated. Extremely large white head when poured...not even sure what color the beer is yet. Super tight bubbles, like whipped cream. Towering, huge, sublime. The body is a cloudy, yellowish pear color.

S: Yeasty and fruity. Very spicy, herbal with fresh grass, wet hay and other copius barnyard aromas.

T: Immediate funk. Very citrusy; lemon extract, lemon peel, grapefruit and lime. Some hidden malt on the tip of the tongue adds a balanced sweetness. Honey on the center of the tongue, continues to add a surprising sweetness...then the bitterness comes. Begins with some fresh hops taking the place of the honey around the front and center of the tongue. The flavors at this point are very crisp. The hop diversity is fairly straight forward, this isn't an extremely "complex IPA" style, just a nice pronounced hop flavor. A bittering blanket covers the roof of the mouth and stays with the drinker long after the last sip.

M: Medium mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation.

D: Interesting beer. I'm a fan.

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Photo of Cresant
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 25.4 oz. green bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. It took many pours to empty this one. The head was crisp white and huge. The foam was soapy and brittle, yet it persisted. The body was pale golden on the first pour but progressive pours increased the opaqueness and the color changed to a green/grey.

Smell was sharp. 7-Up like. Wet sand. Limes and cherries.

Taste was earthy and unique. Quinine bitterness. More bitterness than any other Farmhouse Ale I have had. Mineral. Organic decomposition. The first pour seemed to have no sweetness but each successive refill increased the sweetness. Drying, lightly chalky finish. This is a very interesting and complex beer.

Mouthfeel was medium in body and carbonation. Zestiness. Slickness increased on successive pours.

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Photo of wl0307
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
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 BeerImmediately
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exploded the instant the cap cracked - sprayed everywhere. Sweet. My bar needed a good wipe-down anyway.

Pours with a billowing, soapy white head that fades to bubbles, and leaves sticky lacing. Body is a silvery-golden color, mostly opaque from the yeast, with some carbonation present. Looks thick, even though it's only 4.5%.

Good musty aromas up front, with some zesty lime-like fruity quality. Some pineapple juice as it warmed. Slight pepper in the mix, too. Inviting.

Very refreshing - light mouthfeel, with plenty of light, citrusy hops leading the way. Lemon grass and hay. Slight mustyness. Fairly juicy, and not as dry as I'd prefer, but a really nice balance overall in the flavors. This has to be one of the most delicious <5% ABV beers I've ever sampled.

This beer has summer written all over it. Not a terribly great representation of the Saison style, but it sure is tasty, nonetheless.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

New selection available at Dirty John's. This is quite an enjoyable beer, though it seems to be more like a pils than a saison. Makes a hell of a session beer, and seems to make up for my distinct lack of Prima Pils here in Iowa.

The appearance is decent. Has a foggy golden color with little to no active carbonation. The lacing is quite frothy and white, and leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass.

The smell is definitely hoppy. It's a spicy hop, like saaz. Also contains a bit of funky saison zing in the background, and what seems to be an assload of wheat malt.

The taste is very crisp, but not altogether clean. Has a definite bite to the hops that covers any farmhouse funk. The malts work well with the spiciness of the hops for a very smooth and easy drinking beer.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, spicy, moderately dry, and has a distinct saison flavor in the aftertaste. Not bad, but it lacks in character. No residual sugars to latch on to your tongue, and the thin bodied beer washes the residual hop acids from your mouth quite quickly, leaving one with little memory of the taste that just graced their lips... time for another drink.

The drinkability is astounding. With a low ABV and a crisp light taste, this is quite the contender for the ultimate session beer/lawnmower beer. I will likely drink this beer again, if not only to use as a stepping stone for some macro-swill-drinking friends.

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Photo of jwff
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of DragYourBone
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
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 glid02
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 Gmann
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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 mwilbur
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: The carbonation is immediately apparent upon opening the bottle and before pouring...once poured it appears a cloudy lemon color with high carbonation producing a nice 2 inch thick frothy white head. Decent retention and lacing. Very, very nice...almost perfect for style.
S: Farmhouse funk hits first, closely followed by minerally, earthy hops. In the background some floral, citrus, and herbal notes. Very nice mix of hops and traditional saison aroma.
T: Lemony citrus, herbal hops, and farmhouse funk lead the taste. Hint of peppery spice. Loses a bit here though compared with the wonderful aroma.
M: Very light body. Mostly smooth with a hint of hoppy bite at the end. A little too light for style.
D: Tough to get more drinkable than this. A very nice brew with a pleasant 4.5 ABV. Very easy to drink a lot of this one...and you won't suffer badly for it! Not my favorite saison, but definitely one to check out.

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Photo of Duffman
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden wheat color with a dense off-white head. Seductively fragrant and floral. Pear, grass, sour apple. A balanced combination of the fruity notes and the floral notes as well. Reminds me of Cragganmore single malt in that it has a phenomenal and complex nose of floral and fruity notes. Wow, this is something different and I like it. Grass is predominant, it is a wheaty beer that has the typical farmhouse saison taste to it but in a different, very unique flavour profile. Almost minty and herbal, somewhat medicinal with white/pink? pepper as well. Not highly complex but very original and compelling taste. Body is medium and crisp, with a minimal grip on the tongue and a nice creaminess. Easy drinking and very enjoyable. Highly quaffable and really enjoyable. Gets definite points for style this one.

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Photo of mntlover
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up in Asheville at Bele Chere, 750ml.

Pours a hazy golden color witha huge fluffy white head that falls to a cap and leaves lots of lace behind.

Aroma is nice some farm yard odors horses wet hay, lots of dry hops even something that reminds me of brocoli.

Taste is wow. Dry to start wet horse blankets/hay loaded with raw hops even tastes a tad gritty from hop pellets. Lots of good bitterness to go with the grassy hop flavors, in fact so many hops they maybe masking the saison flavors that are present. Personal love this one a saison for hop heads, a must try.

Mouthfeel is nice almost medium with some good zesty carbonation to balance it out.

Drinkability is great low abv, great flavors loads of hops hell what more could you want. I will be buying more of these next time I am in NC loved it very tasty, not sure what I paid 6.99 or 7.99 but it was money well spent.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit that the three hop nuggets on the label are what made me want to try this beer. I also admit that I was not disappointed at all.

Pours a semi-cloudy golden-orange color with a massive white...did I say huge, because I should have...head. Reminded me of Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel with the enormous head and the aroma.

The smell is of fresh, grassy hops (you can tell it was dry-hopped), lemon zest, cloves, yeast, white pepper, and just a touch of the mustiness I was looking for. Very nice.

The flavor is just as remarkable and different as the aroma. Quick hints of sweet malts with some candied sugar up front, but then the spicy, grassy hops come through with a light banana and spice (clove and coriander) taste at the finish. The traditional Saison yeasty funk is noticeable throughout, but isn't overpowering at all.

Light body with an abundance of carbonation. Nice for a warm afternoon BBQ. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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 AlexJ
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An unexpected surprise, this saison pours beautifully, a hazed lemon yellow with a massive, billowing, white head that retains excellently and coats my goblet in lace. A view from the top reveals craggy, rocky peaks in the densely whipped froth. A real beauty to look at.

Aroma is that of a saison, mixed with an English IPA. Soft fruit, lemon, citrus, and crushed rock minerality is heightened by sticky, fresh hop notes of grapefruit, pine, and wildflowers. Very rustic and hoppy at the same time.

Flavor thankfully follows, with very saison notes of dry lemon peel, white pepper, dry minerality, flower petals, and hoppy grapefruit, lemon, floral and fruit hops providing a long, bitter finish. Bone dry and very quaffable. This is what the French must drink after mowing the lawn.

Body is mediem, light and fluffy mouthfeel and a creamy, smooth texture. Very easy to drink due to the low abv. Overall very nice and enjoyable.

Thanks Brawley!

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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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