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

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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 Goldorak
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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 merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a clear, straw yellow body with a gigantic, soapy, white head that has a long retention. Clingy, soapsudsy, clumps of lace are all over the tulip glass.

Aroma: Earthy hop and yeast aromas are everywhere. Some funky barnyard notes play second fiddle to dominant hay and grassy hop leaf aromas. Some mild spicing of pepper and coriander is also apparent. Some faint citrusy lemon enlivens the bouquet to Belgian Saison like complexity.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, and the body is light and airy.

Taste: The label bills this as a "dry hopped French farmhouse ale", but it is essentially a Saison. Crisp and refreshing, lightly spiced, earthy yeast funk, dry lemonrind, and aggressively hopped for a Saison. Herbs, grass, and hay impart a substantial, dry, hoppy character to the taste. Lemony citrus reemerges toward the finish to add a nice sour twang to the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Excellent sipping French farmhouse ale, or Saison. Dry, herbal, hoppy, and lemony. Absolutely delightful, with incredible drinkability.

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Photo of EPseja
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted this one with Yelterdow. Served at just above fridge temperature in a tasting tulip glass.

A - Large, soapy, pillowy off-white head showcasing many different sized bubbles. Hazy, pale straw gold in color with many beige particles in suspension. As the beer is moved gently from side to side, the particles sway with it, giving the illusion of thick viscosity, or a setting gel candle. Quite interesting indeed!

S - Fresh hay. Wild organic sweetness. Moderate floral hops. Wet cardboard. Some metallic notes that I associate with some Czech Pilseners. Very strange for this style.

T - Light, unsweet hoppiness in the beginning gives way to a yeasty middle. The finish is very dry and leaves a shadow of burnt pretzels and wet cigarette ashes; interesting, but bordering on detrimental. Long lasting dry, tart hoppiness. Displays much of the dryness of a Czech Pilsener but in an unbalanced way. Could use a bit more malt to even out the hop notes.

M - Slick and slippery. Thickens slightly in the mouth. Sharp, but rolling. Nothing impressive.

D - This is a one-glass saison due to it's out of whack balance. The dryiness and lack of sweet malt balance makes it an un-smooth drink. I'm disappointed by this fact given that it's low in alcohol and would have otherwise made for a fantastic "session saison" for a hot summer day. Heh heh.. say THAT 10 times fast!

Conclusion: An interesting concept with flawed execution. One thing however: this beer would be a fantastic pairing for any barbecued meal that brings some sweetness with it, such as a grilled honey glazed chicken or grilled apricot glazed pork chops.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.21/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle served at just under fridge temperature in a Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very interesting, to say the least. Pale to medium gold in color with a beautiful, supple crown of 3" soapy foam with tiny bubbles. Particles abound, but the odd thing is the suspension... almost like gelatin, the particles move with the beer as if they're "trapped" inside. Points for uniqueness there.

Smell- Wet cardboard, fresh cut grass, a faint metallic note and some floral hops. This does exhibit the olfactory equivalent of a seriously hopped saison.

Taste- Here's where my interest begins to wane. Considering the amazing look and impressive aromas, the taste just doesn't deliver. What I get is a weak beginning and middle that finishes with a bone dry hop bitterness, like I would expect from a Czech pils. There is no malt to round out the beer's taste, this could use some balance.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Thin with low carbonation, which emphasizes the bigger than life hoppiness in a detrimental way. The only way I can imagine really enjoying this one is by pairing it with something that offsets the aggressive bite, maybe an asparagus salad with spicy chicken.

Not bad, but I will stick with the lesser hopped saisons in the future.

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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 kmpitz2
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy straw color with particulate just floating around in suspension. The head sits about 4 fingers, falling to leave huge billows randomly over the top. Very cool looking beer here. The nose is big in the super noble hops. Spicey and grassy and awesome smelling. I know there are aromas hiding behind the hop. I get a light horsey aroma but hops are most dominant. The flavor is damn complex. The noble hop imparts a very grassy quality, but this melds seamlessly with the horse-blanket funk and spice to really leave no definition between them. Its so damn tasty. An incredible saison base overlayed with delicious hops. What a great marriage. The feel is moderate with a light-moderate carbonation. Great balance between mouthfeel and bubble. Highly drinkable brew. Low alcohol keeps the flavors from being hastled. A great beer. I am so happy I was able to try it. So tasty.

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Photo of clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a very tall head that has great retention (takes forever to get a full glass) and leaves tons of lacing on the glass. The particulate matter is in constant suspention - it just won't fall down. The aroma is like some nice noble hops with some slight funk and some interesting spices (from the hops), maybe even a little citrus. The flavor is really weird. The hops carry a grassy character here and there is a backing of slight funkiness, as is character in a farmhouse brew. Caramel malt is also evident, but the slight funk hangs on the palate (in a good, controlled manner). The mouthfeel is on the light end of thick and the drinkability is very good.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden yellow with some sediment floating about under a tall fluffy white head. Thick rings of sticky white lace were left decorating the glass. About an inch of a white foam cap stood strong while this was consumed. Light funky notes mix with bitter grassy and earthy hops. Mild spices and a dash of lemon round out the nose. Plenty of grassy hops jump out over a light spiciness and yeast flavors. The prickly bitterness plays well with light peppery notes and bit of malt sweetness. Dry bitter hoppy finish. Lively with carbonation in the mouth and smooth drinking. For everything that’s going on in this brew its very drinkable. The hops and typical Saison flavors work well together even with the large amount of hops. Excellent take on the style.

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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 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 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 twelvsies
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is a wicked saison. This was one of those times where I just grabbed something off the shelf that I hadn't ever had before, or heard much about, and in this situaiton had a surprisingly great outcome. Pours a bright yellow, with bits of orange shining through. Nice creamy head on this one, a real treat to oggle. Lots of spicy smells, of both the sweet and savory varieties, such as nutmeg, and corriander, respectively, as well as a load of black pepper. Taste is wonderfully subtle. Nice bitterness up front, rather than in the finish, is a nice change. Then it tapers off to a grassy, dusty, and uncharacteristically (for a saison) hoppy boquet. Really peppery as well. Delicious, and complex, but not trying too hard. Excellent dry mouthfeel brings the beer to a new level. This is a real gem of a brew, and I think it's fairly new, at least to our country, so if you can find it, get it, and enjoy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Thiriez XXtra initially pours a clear golden body beneath a good-sized head of creamy bright-white foam. Subsequent pours, however, bring up the yeast giving it a bit of haze. The head retention is very good, and it leaves thin walls of lace throughout most of the glass.

The nose is bold and bright with grassy, resinous, lemony and even spicy hops over a mild, earthy malt base.

It's crisp in the mouth with a medium-light body and just slightly elevated carbonation.

The flavor delivers dripping, resinous, grassy, lemony, spicy/peppery and delicately floral hops awash in an earthy/mineral/straw-like maltiness that's backed by a brisk, drying bitterness that holds it all together rather than letting the hops go toppling... spilling out all over everything, and leaving it unbalanced. This one's really a tightrope walk of balance!

It's a unique beer in that it is so highly hopped for the style; and that it holds it's balance so well. But it's also fairly straightforward in what it is, delivering basically the same characteristics throughout the nose, flavor, and finish.... yet it's oddly compelling!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

25.4oz dark green bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy pale gold color with a big, slow-fading pure white head and lots of sticky and sliding lace.
It smells like a fist full of freshly rubbed hops or resinous buds. Another smell that comes to mind is a dry desert and cut oak.
This moderately malted brew has a fresh bagel taste with a mild grassy finish.
The hops are edgy and sharp-edged, but not over done. Resinous floral hop flavors abound.
Ever inhale deeply on a slightly clogged unlit hash pipe? Me neither, but it might have a taste very reminiscent to that.
At 4.5%abv, it's one of the few brews I've had that tastes stronger than it actually is. This brew is quite different from anything out there today. Uniquely flavorful and totally refreshing!

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to GCBrewing for sharing this 750ml bottle with a few of us.

This beer poured a hazy light yellow straw color with a creamy head.

Holy Hops, Batman. Aroma -- hops; Bittering -- hops; Flavor -- hops; Aftertaste -- hops. Not like IPA hoppiness, but a fresh and lighter beer without anywhere near the malt. Some lemon and a little of the farmhouse look and smell.

A very enjoyable, light and refreshing beer.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer poured into the chalice clear pale golden straw with a fluffy and moussy head which rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was a strong Saaz hop aroma when first opened and poured. After a few minutes, that aroma flashed away and the head dropped back to reveal a slight belgian farmhouse character akin to that of a saison. The aroma was extremely earthy and pleasant with some slight components of cooked corn (DMS).

The flavor was crisp with a very well executed earthy hop flavor and bittering that were both interesting and surprisingly complex in such a low abv beer. The malt flavor that backed up the hop flavor and bittering was slightly sweet in the background when dicernable and had a corn flavor as well. The bittering was earthy yet leaves a citrusy characterist flavor on the palate.

The finish was just dry with lasting earthy and citric bittering and hop flavor causing the beer to finally leave the palate bone dry in the final long aftertaste. The body was medium light and well done. I believe corn was used in this beer, if not it contains similar aroma and flavor attributes to beers using flaked corn as part of the grist.

750 ml capped and foil sealed green bottle. Purchased at Green's in Atlanta, GA. How much is a ticket to France?

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