Etoile Du Nord | Brasserie Thiriez

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Brasserie Thiriez

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DaveAnderson on 03-18-2011

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Photo of Bruno74200
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Between a saison and a hoppy pale ale, this beer is the mother of all modern French craft beer. It's mostly about earthy and herbal hops. Very good balance and nice carbonation. Almost juicy and very sessionable. Good beer, very drinkable

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BenBreeg
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours an amber golden hued body with decent enough thick white head
Aroma of lemon barley water
Tart citrus wheat inessential
Good saison

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Photo of risenz
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of HappyHomebrewer
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dull golden colour with a lot of particulate. Flavour leans a bit far towards the malty side for a saison. Some interesting yeast character, but not the bright, refreshing pepperiness one expects of the style. Resinous mouth feel.

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Photo of BAsbill
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bugs318
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biegaman
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Etoile du Nord ("North Star") would shine much brighter were it not for all that bottle sediment shading the complexion much in the way dust does house furniture. While extra cautious pouring kept most out of the glass there's enough present to downgrade the appearance from 'polished gold' to 'dirty canary'.

It's difficult to know what to make of the aroma at first; a slightly perplexing combination of tart green apple, fresh herbs and leafy celery tops, it's definitely not your typical hoppy blonde ale. But I find myself more and more attracted to this crude, spicy earthiness and the distinct hint of honey that overlays it.

It's hard to believe that honey note comes from the malts given their dry, grainy, farmhouse taste; honey flavour from hops is highly unusual but has been linked to East Kent Goldings (Kent hops are used exclusively). Regardless, it's an innate match to the cereal grain and an ideal foil to the herbal bitterness.

I still can't get over this hoppiness: a long cry from the tropical fruits and piny resins we've come to associate with hoppy beers, these ones come through on the palate as very grassy, herbal (practically vegetal), have a wonderful floral component and finish somewhat minty. Different and delightful!

Listed on the label as a "blonde houblonnée" (hoppy blonde) but described by most websites as a Saison, call Etoile du Nord whatever you want, it's good. It's also a kind of beer you'll rarely (if ever) find from a North American producer - a mouthful of English hops isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I'm good with it!

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Photo of Euroglot
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaveBar
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at the LCBO as a sell off. $1.75 for a 330/341/355ml bottle- no statement on the label. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high off white head that lasts for around 2mins before film out. Medium gold colour and unfiltered. EXTREMELY unfiltered as there is particulate floating around

S- Weird pine scent

T- Hits you with a bitter, herb, grassy bite right away. Settles off to a pine cone IPA flavor afterwards. I dislike the first 4-5sec after taking a sip then really enjoy this brew. Can't have that initial hit this bad as it destroys the enjoyment of the next sip, only looking forward to an aftertaste.

M- Dry and tart

O- If it was not for that first few seconds this would be a great brew. Will not buy again as this is not my style of brew.

Food Pairing

This ok brew went well with........ Sushi! This time it was dynamite roll and the tempura and wasabi just worked wonders with this brew.


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

Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of captaincoffee
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Crazy thick head and more sticky lacing left on the glass than I can remember from any 5.5% ABV beer. Nose is a bit of grass, a bit of citrus, and a bit of belgian-like phenols. Taste adds black pepper, green pepper, and firm hop bitterness. Definatley a hoppy take on the style (which is stated on the bottle if you read French). Really a good beer. I expect the lower scores here might reflect some old is r skunked bottle that made their way to the US.

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Photo of beerdrifter
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up at La Capsule Cave à Bière in Nancy, France. Gorgeous slightly hazy golden-yellow pour with a huge three finger pure white foamy snow-cone head with great retention and lacing. The nose was quite unique with earthy, grassy, grainy notes dominating along with hints of lemon zest, caramel, pear, white pepper, and some subtle skunky barnyard funk as well. The taste is earthy, herbal, and grassy with hints of white pepper, lemon, yeast, pear, subtle caramel and vanilla, and a really unique fresh hop character I've not tasted before. The mouthfeel is light and fizzy with the bitterness of the hops dominating. The finish is extremely dry and sour with just a touch of sweetness at the end. Overall, a unique Saison that's maybe not as refreshing as most, but still interesting enough.

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Photo of valianes
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of smbslt
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

They weren't kidding when they put "houblonnee" on the label. Had to warm way up before the hops were not overpowering. Still it acted more like a pale ale.

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Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of benbazi
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Hazee
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of barryjg
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows spicy noble hops, faint vegetable notes, sweet light malt and spicy Belgian phenols.
Similar flavours , quite hoppy with more spicy and grassy notes alongside light grainy malt.
Good high carbonation works well.

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Etoile Du Nord from Brasserie Thiriez
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