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

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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 KCHopHead
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought this bottle at one of my least favorite local beer stores because you usually have to blow off the dust from the bottles and who knows how long they've been sitting, but my hoppy radar was on and the label caught my eye.

Opened bottle right from refrigerator and got crazy carbonation head/foam. Hard to get any beer for a while. Nice white rocky head that had a lot of retention. Smell was decent and has some funk going on. Taste confirmed the funk and lots of citris hops. Taste was thin with some brett type. Very fizzy and light to the mouth. I'm glad I only got about a glass of the beer out of a 750ml bottle because I couldn't drink all 750ml with ease.

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Photo of bryanbrick
4.46/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 1pt 9.4oz bottle, no dating apparent

I have to say that in my opinion Saisons are the most underrated of all beers. Just my two cents. As one of my fave styles I wish more people would be into them. But until then I'll do my best to support the great ones out there.

This is what a saison should pour like. Cloudy with floaties bouncing around the glass. Strong streams of carbonation persistent through out. With a uniform, dense head that persists and will come back with the slightest swirl of the glass. Spotty lacing on all sides that stick in place until they are disloged by more of the beer sliding into your mouth or receding back into the glass.

Aromatically there first is wiffs of vanilla and mint. But then the dry hopped character kicks in and pitches hay and alfalfa with some mild citrus tomes. A funky brett-like quality is laying dormant underneath. Just enough to remind you that this is no APA or IPA but a Saison first and formost. Would warrant higher marks if the notes were a bit more developed, right now this is a touch muted through out.

Stone, earth and the lower register of citrus are all apparent here. In other words this is the perfect, slightly bitter, but completley vibrant Saison. The palate is meshed tightly not wanting you to dissect what is going on. But flavors of honeycomb, preserved lemon, saffron, vanilla bean, yeast and farro (the grain, not beverage) are all bouncing around my tounge.

I don't use the word creamy much to describe Saisons but this is your first experience with the beer. The first sensation is a sort of palate coating one. Not from malt but rather how the carbonation expands. Through the center of that comes a beam of acid, and a bitter notes that washes it all away and keeps you engaged and wanting to take down all of the bottle.

If you are a fan of Saisons this is for you. If you are a hops person this would be your perfect gateway Saison. Either way it is a delicious bottle and at 4.5% something you don't really have to worry about sneaking up on you.

I had this with a 5 meat torta and it was killer, something about the mayo/jalapeno combo and this really got me fired up.

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2.87/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Piss yellow with a slight haze. Nice thick bubbly white head. Second pour was all sediment, ruined the last 6 oz.

S: Mellow wheat and wild yeast. Hints of grass, orange peel, and coriander.

T: Sweet and zesty, light malts and wild yeasts. mellow tastes of coriander, orange peel, grass. almost no bitterness.

MF: very light ale, highly carbonated, grainy. loads of sediment at the end, made last of it undrinkable.

D: pleasent smell and taste, but much to be desired. A very light and very carbonated brew with not a lot to offer. Tons of sediment in the bottom which ruined the second pour from the bomber. I tried to avoid the sediment, but there was a ton. An ok brew, but an unpleasent experience. Won't be grabbing this one again.

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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 chinabeergeek
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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 EatsTacos
4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hard to find this beer, but it worth seeking out if you're in France, or Paris specifically

Pours a dark copper with a thick, creamy head

Very strong hoppy aroma, hops are citrusy, piney, very similar to an American IPA

The taste is actually very well balanced. Very prominant citrusy hop flavours. Quite bitter from start to finish. The malt backbone is not altogether overshadowed. Complex, the best french beer I've had yet.

Creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Easy drinking, great complement to chicken

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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 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 gregmurer
2.05/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

first impression, the label is so nice. Then first issue, a gushing when opening the bottle (i had six of them, i drink'em for about 3 mounths, so it's not just a problem on my side...).
Not filtered, sure it's not... Not clear at all, a big trouble in a small glass, a nice light golden color, but too much cloudy for a blonde beer.
Smell... what smell?
Taste... It's supposed to be well hopped... as i'm a big fan of taras bulba, gooden carolus green, and those kind of beers.. i'm not impressed by the bittering or by the hoppy style.
Mouthfeel... boring...
and i didn't finish most of the six beers...

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.32/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: This beer poured a clear straw yellow color with a huge rocky head. There was a steady stream of carbonation.

S: Spicy, hops floral and citrus aromas were the ones that jumped out.

T: The taste was funky and hoppy. There was a lemon zest kind of thing going on as well as a touch of band aids and paint thinner. Weird, but interesting.

M: On the thin side and carbonated.

D: A bit intense and not what I'm used to. I tried to hang. It was interesting.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with perfect retention and great lacing. Aroma of funky notes with some dry and bitter English style hops. Taste is also a weird mix between some funky farmhouse style ester with some dry notes coming from the English style hops with a nice Belgian style malt backbone. Full body with limited filtration and great carbonation. Very different but interesting experiment in the end.

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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 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 Deuane
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I must say the first time I had this beer, at Ebenezer's Pub...thanks Chris...I was BLOWN away. All that hoppy goodness in a 4.5% brew...say what!?

I have hd a few bottles since and now got to drink a few samples with the brewer himself at Mondial...awesome!

A-Hazy golden yellow with a thick, fluffy bright white head. Copious lacing.

S-Peppery spices with lemon citrus hops. An certain herbal quality too.

T-Super dry, very hoppy, and a bit of mint. The hop character builds and never goes away! Must have some kind of malt backing it but I cant find it nor do I care...this is all about the hops!

M-Medium-light body with long lasting dry bitter finish.

D-What can I say....the perfect marriage of low ABV and HOPS! I love this beer and advocate it to hopheads like myself everywhere I go. Thank you Daniel for producing such a wonderful brew....and making it available in the USA!

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%
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 -1.7%
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 -15.2%
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 -6.4%
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
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 Beerzebub
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 -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 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 CharlesRiver
4.68/5  rDev +15%
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 -1.7%
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 +14.3%
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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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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