Etoile Du Nord | Brasserie Thiriez

Etoile Du NordEtoile Du Nord
57 Ratings
Etoile Du NordEtoile Du Nord

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DaveAnderson on 03-18-2011

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 20
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

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4.44/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of maximep
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- tan beer, one finger white foamy head that is reminiscent of a Pilsner

S- smells like a Czech pilsner with grassy maltiness and a slight piney hopiness but also that grassy herbal spicy Saaz smell. smells Czech to me but the barman told me it was hopped with English hops.

T- lovely grassiness, a little salty oceanic funkiness. overall very drinkable and enjoyable. doesn't make a large impression on the palate. very clean drinking and mild.

M- wispy, reminded me of a saison mouthfeel, although i'm pretty sure this beer is an IPA. barman told me it was the first IPA brewed in France.

O- excellent beer. clean drinking, well flavored and well balanced.

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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 wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into tulip 30/7/12

A hazy golden orange with a massive three finger head after a gentle pour,great retention and some spider web lacing on the way down

S loads of noble hops with a tropical twist earthy spice, some faint pear and hay, smells very strong and inviting

T a little toned down compared to the smell but still very nice, a little white pepper and even more earthy notes with some yeast

M a little foamy and airy, just need a few swirls, nice long aftertaste and a little grit left behind

O a nice hoppy brew with a nice yeast profile and nice earthy tones, went down pretty easily and I could drink another big bottle no problem

I'd drink this one again for sure, great smell and tastes solid something I could drink under a hot sun without walking sideways

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

Photo of dstc
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a cloudy orange color with an off white head, rather large one at that. Head falls slow, but does, to a small but present one. Very decent lacing, full and coating.

Smell is of hops backed by a typical French farmhouse aroma. Bit of funk and earthiness with flower like qualities. Wow, should be interesting.

Well, I never had a beer quite like this. Take a farmhouse ale and try and make it an IPA. Your nose makes you believe it's a saison as you take a drink but then you taste hops, not American DIPA hops but plenty of hops nonetheless. I quite like it. Funky tartness on the tongue and an obvious bitter finish.

Much fuller in the mouth than expected too. Medium bodied and mild carbonation. Oily hops on the tongue.

Interesting beer. Nice to see the French are interested in hops and trying, successfully so as is the case with this beer, to make hoppy brews. If you can find it, try it.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours murky brown with a tall white light airy head that slowly sinks into great lacings.

S: Very typical for the style; nice balance between sour, yeast and spices. Dry malt, only faint sweetness. Very fruity; pears, green apples and rich oranges. Kind of grassy.

T: Dry and sour, malt. Rich fruitiness, much like the smell. Yeast and rich spices. Rich bitter hops – eventhough that usually is a very nice thing – here it’s almost like an off-taste.

M: Long bitter dry aftertaste. Body is light and carbonation rich, but never offensive – very smooth! Quite refreshing.

O: A nice Saison that would have been even better with a little less bitter hops.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

33cl brown bottle purchased from Cave à Bulles in Paris.

Pours a bright, slightly hazed golden colour with a bit of orange in its depths. Head forms a solid fine film that leaves great, intricate lace. Body is quite fine but light, and holds powdery carbonation. Looks good.

Nose is dirty, earthy and vegetative: exactly the sort of robust characters you get from slamming a beer with stacks of European hops, and I love it. Freshly snapped celery, wet soil, mushroom mold, with a lilting fragrance from the yeast that makes it a bit sweeter and fruitier. Great stuff.

Taste starts out very clean, but the hop characters here almost come out harsh. Strong tobacco ash bitterness on the mid-palate along with vegetative or bitter herbal notes. Luckily, these clear up towards the back with a fragrant buoyant yeast tone to provide and end to the ash character. The bitterness continues, but it's fortunately very clean by the end, leaving a lingering resinous character that builds up the more you drink.

Feel is light and very clean. It makes it very, very easy to drink.

Don't think I'm slamming the characters on the palate: this is just the sort of bitterness I'm not used to, but it most certainly has its merits, and it's certainly the type of thing I think I could grow to love. Right now, an overhopping with these earthier hops seems like an acquired taste that I don't have, but give me a few more of this beer and I'll probably be extolling its virtues until the end of time.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : hazy yellow color, with nice foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and grain aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty flavors, with dry hoppy finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Saison.

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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

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

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Etoile Du Nord from Brasserie Thiriez
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 57 ratings
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