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

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BA SCORE
4.06/5
Exceptional
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:
#3,874
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
152
pDev:
13.05%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
2
Trade:
0
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 152 |  Reviews: 116
Photo of shelby415
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jredner
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells like a once wild field that has been freshly mown. Herbal notes with slight citrus asspects. Hazy yellow in color with a massive snowpeak-like white head. Fore is slightly bitter, but quickly fades to reveal a sweet yeasty, malt laden base. Has sweetish citrus notes like lemon meringue or Key Lime pie. These citrus notes are the most outstanding and play nicely off a slightly bready maltiness that is present through all flavor ranges.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of wesley14
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of beef13
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of LostHighway
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of savagepm
4/5  rDev -1.5%

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 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 draheim
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 into a tulip. Pours a hazy straw color w/ a fluffy white head, some nice lacing.

Aroma is a blend of earthy, grassy barnyard funk and floral hops.

Taste follows nose. Bright citrusy hops and biscuity pale malt, earthy saison yeast and just a touch of honey.

Mouthfeel is crisp, drinkable and dry. Light and refreshing.

Overall a rock-solid, well-crafted saison, just plain good across the board.

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Photo of paresis
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

750ml green bottle, directly from the case to minimize light exposure. no date found on the bottle.

golden honey color, almost clear, but then the yeast flakes come in, no matter how carefully you handle the bottle. enormous rocky head slowly recedes to thin but frothy layer. a good amount of foamy, bubbly lace.

aroma: ripe pear, maybe apple, maybe peach skin. lots of bready yeast. mild grassy hop, plus hay hint. faint farmhouse odors with with a trace of sweet spices.

taste: fruity pear and white grape juice with bready yeast, into a grassy hop blast with moderate yet balanced bitterness. a bit more spicy and phenolic in the finish.

smooth, with faint astringency in the finish. moderate carbonation is very fluffy, with some prickle upfront.

again, leaning more towards biere de garde than a saison. a little less cloyingly sweet than the regular blonde, so a tiny bit more drinkable.

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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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Photo of Goldorak
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Lemony colored, with a fat layer of creamy vanilla frosting and some dust in the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Wow! Hallertau! At least I think it is...Anyways, it smells really herbal, leafy, danky, weedy! Like rubbing hop buds and pot buds between your hands. An agressive aroma for sure, that won't please everyone, but for those who like plenty of nose and are getting tired of the same old IIPA hop bombs, this one if for you.

Taste: Very interesting taste as well, it starts off salty, then like the rind of a semi-soft cheese, Sir Laurier d'Arthabaska to be precise. Plenty of hop bitterness to finish it all off. Great stuff!

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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 metter98
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of floral hops and earthy yeast in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell with earthy flavors and lots of hops (compared to other beers in the style). There are also some hints of honey.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: This beer is a good aperitif because it’s light-bodied and the amount of hops really clears out your palate.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Next in line (for me) of the newly available Belgian (or in this case, French, but Belgian -style) beers that are kicked up with hops for the American palate, these beers tend to bring a new sensation to hoppiness for the beer lovers in the States (and hopefully elsewhere too!).

Pours a rich thick honey colored with a huge huge huge rocky white head in my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. Very pretty but annoying in that the head is so huge in this glass that there is almost no liquid. The problem reappears with each top up from the 750 ml bottle ($9.99 at La Bodega in Riverside, CA).

Aroma is a gentle but solid hop that orangy, floral, and slightly organic. For a saison, the brett caused organic funk is almost completely drowned out by the hops.

Flavor is a nice rich malty orange soda (but not that sweet)- kinda creamsickle flavor (but not sweet) with a solid hop sharpness on top and at the end. Didn't care for it on the first sip, but gets better as time goes on, but overall I get a little tired of it as the bottle empties. Maybe because the flavor profile is good, but not that complex?

Mouth and drinkability- amazing amount of body for a 4.5%, I really like that. It's an easy drinker, but as I said, it kind of tires as it goes along. Hop bitterness at the back of the throat is a bit harsh.

Overall I really like this. Recommended.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 +1.5%
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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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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