La Maline | Brasserie Thiriez

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Brasserie Thiriez

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by tjd25 on 11-29-2005

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours an amber reddish. A little Scotch in the air for aroma. Active carbonation mouthfeel, though on the light side. Some sourness, some spiciness behind there that's flat like black pepper, ginger and other random spices. Flanders Red to me and not well done. Not toodrinkable.Bottle from probstk, hitchiker.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear black color ale with a big foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of sour notes with the typical Thiriez yeast. Taste is also dominated by some sour notes with a light roasted malt backbone. This is a really weird mix, i.e. a dry stout mix with Flander red, and I am not sure if this is really working. Average body with OK carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting but not sure I would buy this consistently if it was available around the corner.

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Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of samEBC
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle

A: near black with huge brownish head, small bubbles, well carbonated

S: vinous, red fruits and roasted malts

T: sweet and tart, cherries, elderberries, coffee and chocolate, almost no bitterness . Tastes a lot like a Flanders Red with some stout characteristics.

M: light to medium bodied, with an excessive carbonation

O: nice beer, quite refreshing, but nothing out of the ordinary . Would be great on a warm summerday. But not a BDA though.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rich full black body with dark brown hues and a minimal but present tan head

Rich aromas, good chianti, freshly ground coffee and napalm.

Quite sweet giving it cola like qualities, cocoa taste just at the edges
touch of port and a slightly smoky aftertaste

Quite a light touch for such strong flavours, abv, and dark colour
spritely carb as well

Good stuff that brings home the difference of a Dark Belgian beer to that say of a tout or porter

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 750ml green glass bottle. Sealed with a shiny red plastic covering on the neck leading one to have the impression that it may be corked, but once easily removed (thanks to one of those nifty pre-installed pull tab thingies) it revealed a large simple brass crown cap. Main label has a rather sexy looking white faced woman with black lips, sheer black flowing hair and dark sexy penetrating eyes. She in turn is flanked by fauna. Labeled as ‘La Maline’ in red text with the words ‘Bière noire des Flandres’ underneath. Listed at 5.8% alc. vol., but with no freshness date. No other verbiage or description at all, in fact not much information about this beer exists at all it seems.

Appearance: Soft rich carpet like carbonation punctuates the dark brown brew as it pours, all the time slowly forming a silky smooth tan brown head which flows to the top of the dark brown body easily to produce a super looking ½” deep covering. Lacing is thin but good looking. Head retention and conditioning are both excellent. Classic Belgian Dark Ale looks.

Nose: Earthy tones with hints of yeast but littered with at least two different spices. Dusty wood and a light roasted malt backdrop. Dark chocolate too.

Taste: Soft malts support roasted horse chestnuts with a hint of coffee and some dark fruits. Middle is nicely accentuated with dark chocolate malts and a tasty finish rides high on spices, maybe even some liquorice in there after half a bottle. Mild bitterness throughout. A curiously strange beer; Stout here, Porter there, spicy Belgian Dark Ale throughout though.

Mouthfeel: As with previous examples of Brasserie Thiriez, the carbonation can tend to be a little high, but whilst it is more than it should be for comfort reasons, it’s kept in check and is acceptable. The feel is above average but nothing outstanding yet very solid.

Drinkability: Soooo glad I had a 750 of this one. It slips down the throat easily, the smooth nature and medium body makes for a thirst quenching brew, even on an 85˚F degree.

Overall: Had mixed luck with the products of Brasserie Thiriez in the last month, but this is very nice indeed. It was a gift from an old mate of mine during a stop over trip to London last week. Big Thanks to BA RichLightWeight for this one, quite the gift as it turned out.

“The Cunning One”, as I believe it translates, is hard to classify though, it calls itself a ‘Flanders Black Beer’, not sure what that is, but it is a sort of a cross between a spiced Belgian Dark Ale and a Stout with some Porter-esque tones thrown in for good measure. Super!!

Solid Stuff. Recommended.

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Photo of desint
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenBreeg
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in Cassell, Northern France on route to Belgium last summer. A 330ml bottle which pours a dark brown colour with a beige head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate & sweet malt. Tastes again of coffee, chocolate and sweet malt as well as earthy nuts, char, black pepper, bread, vanilla, bayleaf and berries. Medium body & carbonation. Aftertaste is a sweet malty medium bitter finish

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Photo of Bruno74200
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soulgrowl
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a fiery core of cola-red and an active, somewhat short-lived camel-colored head. The Flanders terroir, if you'll excuse my use of an annoying wine term, is distinct: Balsamic vinegar and tart, berry- and oak-soaked red wine mingle for a very zesty yet deep nose. Prune is quite prevalent as well, as is molasses, and behind it all there are rum and Coke, cherry, and lactic acid notes. The taste is quite different from what I expected, only slightly tart and redolent of cinnamon and clove, with a little licorice as it warms, especially in the finish. Dry as a bone and mellow, with poofy, rolling carbonation that aerates (or maybe disrupts) a thick malt character of chocolate, prunes, and brandy. Orangey hops provide a touch of balancing bitterness as well. Quite a pleasant drinker, although nothing exceptional - just a very tasty and unique brew.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is 6.5% abv. Pours dark brown with a soda pop beige head that dissipates quickly without lace. Nose is light, with some licorice, roasted malt, and brown bread. Taste is also light, with the same combo of licorice, roasted malt, and brown bread along with a touch of residual sweetness. Overall, comes across as a light stout in flavor and body. Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of Boozecamel
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a very dark brown. Large three finger brownish white head that dissipated quite quickly to a quarter finger head.

Smell: Moderately strong aroma, grassy hops, slightly sour chocolate smell.

Taste: Light dark chocolate malty taste with a slight coffee finish. Almost a porter feel to this beer. Getting some sour notes too.

Mouthfeel: Very light, somewhat thinner than I was expecting and easy drinking

Overall: I enjoyed this beer, it’s not going to be a problem for me to finish this bottle. A solid offering and not what I expected at all, but in a very positive way.

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Photo of Duesler
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a DFH IPA Glass
Purchased from 'La Cave a Bulles' in Paris

Appearance: Pours a very dark amber, with a large beautiful eggshell puffy head that is retained well- the bottle art is beautiful.

Smell: A very clean, dry smell, with subtle grape notes.

Taste: Very well balanced, and subtle, the sweet roasted malts and very low bitterness, mild in every way, with some very mild chocolate notes, very stout like.

Mouthfeel: Drinkability is extremely high, goes down like a dream, medium plus carbonation, with sticky residual.

Overall: This beer is very enjoyable, but not very memorable, it is lacking in aroma, but it does what it claims to do very well (which is a darker dry French offering).

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Photo of tjd25
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Soft dense head fading on an intensely dark mahogany to black body. The nose is dry and spicy, with cinammon. The taste develops interesting roasted flavors of coffee. Round and smooth like an espresso, but with a milky note for the mouthfeel and some red fruits and citrus coming to give the brew a melting trufle character. Salty and slightly peppery too. Interesting.
Mouthfeel is round, with a long lasting roastiness but a moderate bitterness. Lacking maybe a little bit of creaminess, a bit thin.
Quite drinkable. hard to classify.

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Photo of spicelab
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330mL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip, with thanks to Beermasons.

Molasses-brown when poured against the light, glossy black in the glass, with a two-finger pillowy beige head. Settles to leave a healthy half-centimetre tall ring.

Lots of candied malt with just a touch of roasted malt character. Banana esters, sultanas, sarsparilla and demure musty yeast notes. It sure is sweet.

Taste is very similar, although less expressive and a tad less sweet. Sarsparilla and light woody character from the yeast are the main elements.

Pretty thin and fleeting, with some mid-palate fizz provided by the above average carbonation about the only lingering aspect. Yet it's nice and clean, and shouldn't feel like a 9% Strong Dark Ale, which I unconsciously keep comparing it to.

A very sessionable and tasty Belgian Dark Ale without any rough edges. Brasserie Thiriez is doing a really good job of challenging my conception that Belgians generally don't do mid-strength beers well.

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Photo of jeranbrews
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - creamy beige head. dark Wooster sauce. somewhat higher clarity than you'd expect for a beer with this much sediment at the bottom.

s - meaty beefy. sweet stone fruit and red wine. then oak. the smells change rapidly as it aerates and warms. then a bit of roasted caramel chocalate. My friend, "That's why it's got a picture of a woman on the bottle. It has the scent of a woman."

T - chocolate and smokey but also witg a hoppy fiberous leafy taste. Constantly sweet from start to finish. I recommend to leave a little yeast in the bottle. There is a bit of an ash tray aftertaste. Its small but there. This one is a bit too smokey.

M - a bit thin but very coating like a layer of primer and two layers of paint.

D - Complex smells and equally complex tastes are very nice. The odd aftertaste and thin body are the only things holdin this beer back.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle thanks to a Beermasons subscription. Poured into a Murrays tulip style glass.

Pours 75% foam, 25% liquid, compact small beige bubbles sit on top of a pretty well black beer that has ruby hints to it.

Smells stong, lots of cherry in there, a bit of chocolate as well and some cherry and raspberry syrup smell as well. Did get some currants. A lot going on, though doesn't seem to work out that well.

Taste has some chocolate to it, a bit of sourness and some cherry. Not as strong an impact as the smell, but seems to marry up better.

Body is thin, perhaps a little too much for everything else. Nice acidic sourness on the finish that helps with the complexity.

A solid beer, too much going on in the nose of it. Otherwise, it is not too bad.

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Photo of BartMcStout
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BMoldy
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Two fingers of creamy mocha-colored head sit on top of a profoundly dark brown brew. Head retention could be better, and there is essentially no lacing.

S: Light roasted and toffee malt notes blend with hints of dark and dried fruits such as raisins. Very light sort of vanilla and herbal aromas.

T: Sweet, lightly roasted/toasted malts slide gently across the palate, complemented by the faintest fruitiness from the yeast. A hint of a burnt malt character is also present and adds a light sort of burnt coffee flavor to the finish, which is otherwise quick and unremarkable. Extremely minimal bitterness, and only the lightest herbal hop flavor.

M: Medium to medium-light body with a rich creaminess and very mild carbonation.

O: Pretty unimpressive (sorry Simon!). All the right flavors are present, just not really as vibrant as they should be. Plus it really feels like the flavor just sort of bottoms out and disappears towards the end, making for a really weak finish. If I had to pick a good light bodied French stout (because this is a STOUT, not a BDA) I'd pick the summer version of Nuit de Goguette and pass on this.

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Photo of Coren
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of dirtyskunk
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Super dark, minimal head with little staying power. Opaque with thin mahogany highlights at the edges.

Smells like mild roast coffee, some sweet dark bread.

Good roasted stout character. A little coffee, a little chocolate, and some sweet toffee, with a very nice dry pull at the finish. All the basics are there, working harmoniously.

Mouthfeel is good for a Belgian dark, it provides nice support, coats the tongue. this bottle seems undercarbonated though.

Simple, unpretentious dark beer with good execution. It could use just a little bit more in pretty much every category though. Needs slightly more body, head retention, a more intense nose, and more complexity of palate. Nice to see the French pulling of a very solid simple dark beer though.

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Photo of Arminius757
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Got this in Paris.
Was told this is a must have if you are new to French beer.
Gotta say, I was not impressed.
Im not sure if this was just a bad batch or what.
Very watery feel. Taste was overly bitter, almost soapy. Almost prefume like. Poured nice and dark with a tan head.
I would have to pass on this one...

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Photo of stulowitz
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml green bottle bought at Bootlegger, a specialty beer store in Paris.

A: Black, but dark ruby when held up against the light. Amazing creamy, billowy head.

Sm: Chocolate, dark fruit, prunes, spice and floral notes.

T: Very easy to drink. Good maltyness with nice dark chocolate aftertaste. Not at all aggressive and yeast is subdued. I swear there must be blossoms of some flower in this beer.

M: Lots of carbonation which makes it very drinkable.

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Photo of Sjokvistarn
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours dark into the glass with a medium high head, when held up to the light you can see that it has more of a dark red tone to it.

S: Pretty complex but still somewhat vague, can mostly make out smells of light roasted coffee, light chocolate and also small hints of grass and citrus. Gets me wondering what I'm in for really?

T: Not the same as the smell, more tastes of sour grapes and red fruit/berries, some prunes and also some yeast. Surprising and quite intriguing.

Really nice mouthfeel with surprising quantities of acid and yeast taste, lightly carbonated and you don't get disturbed by any great amounts of bubbles.

A real treat and a journey for the senses. Really enjoyed this. The only downside was the pretty vague smell.

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La Maline from Brasserie Thiriez
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 25 ratings
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