L'Ambrée D'Esquelbecq / Thiriez Amber | Brasserie Thiriez

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L'Ambrée D'Esquelbecq / Thiriez AmberL'Ambrée D'Esquelbecq / Thiriez Amber

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez

Style: Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Local name - L'’Ambrée d'Esquelbecq
US Import - Thiriez Amber

Description on US bottle label:
Daniel Thiriez painstakingly crafts his rustic farmhouse ales in a rustic farmhouse brewery in the beautiful countryside of French Flanders. This brisk Amber Ale is really a luminous golden-red. It is perfectly balanced, with a soft, fresh hop bitterness playing off a hearty whole-grain maltiness, and accented by an entrancing nose of earth and spice that is typical of French farm-country brewing.

Added by TheLongBeachBum on 10-12-2004

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 49
Photo of Beginner2
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A good find. This style is increasingly hard to find. (I seek it out, but most the new ones I have are from American crafters.)
Looks unambiguously brown, cloudy and foam is gone before dinner is. Smells much better, malty and true to style.
Tastes are the same, and some interesting spicing comes into play. Mouthfeel is thin, not terribly so... but OK given that....
Overall, this complemented a starchy risotto. I'm looking forward to more from Thiriez, especially their biere de gardes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

despite whatever technical standard you want to set for a beer like this, it is my personal preference of styles to drink right now, these rustic european saison types, and so whatever is wrong with this, some sediment, some over the top residual sweetness, or some heaviness that doesnt belong in most beers of this light alcohol content, i like it, and thats what its all about. i dont think this is as incredible as some of the others they make, but its pretty darn good in the belgian amber or saison category. copper brassy colored with some clarity aside from the fish food flakes in the bottom of the bottle. head is off white and puffy but it fades. the label art is different than pictured here, prettier, shelton brothers looking, but i dont know who imports this (thanks though!). sweet and nutty, honey flavored, toasted with some toffee, baked heartiness, and almond notes, good but somewhat simple. oxidized for sure, this should have been kept in the dark or not packaged in green glass or something, i like a little of that in the style, but this is overrun with it. there are some vegetal hops later on too with the drying but also sort of cloying yeast, it fools with me, but the bitterness of the hops lasts after the swallow. its fizzy and old at the same time, reborn in the bottle or something, but i bet this is a lot better when its newer and closer to the source. i liked i a lot, and its worth the money, but i liked their other flavors better, at least they travel a little better. probably only worth it for the euro saison heads, if thats a category of drinkers and not just a self superlative...

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Photo of Eziel
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jwale73
3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottled served in a tulip. Lot 519 3/2017 printed on the label. Pours an amber hue with a dense, creamy, off-white head. Clarity has a slight haze. Nose is grassy with a hint of noble hops and spice. Taste consistent with nose; however, more spice and light metallic quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a pleasant, even carbonation. All and all, not really my thing.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hdtrice
3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dipso123
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a wonderful malt character that is unique among the 2-3 other Biere de Garde I have tried. I found it too thin and the yeast character seemed more Westmalle than I would expect, but I found the abbey character a pleasant mix with the unexpected malty-ness.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 12/3/2015 at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of fruit and caramel. Then a touch of smokiness creeps in along with a hearty malt character breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The smokiness strengthens as you continue to drink the beer. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly smoky.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good smoky representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re looking for something different.

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Photo of babaracas
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a red tinged dark orange, one finger thick creamy cream colored head settles to a thin layer, a few rings of lace left on the glass. Smell: fresh bread, loads of caramel, dried cherries, a little soft apple and spice cake, mild earthy hopping. Taste: caramel, apple-pear juice, quick bite of date bread; substantial spicy and earthy hopping to balance with a touch of pepper in the finish. Get the sediment into the glass, adds some apricot jam into the mix. Medium bodied, creamy feel, with a mineral touch it tries to dry out but finishes sticky. Delicious.

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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the Het Kasteelhof on Mont Cassel, Cassel, Nord France. Pours a cloudy amber colour with a white head. Aromas of cherries, vanilla & hops. Tastes start with a sweet fruity flavour, after a few sips you can taste the cherries & vanilla as well as maple, with a aftertaste of hoppiness. Overall on a very hot summers day a beer that that goes down lovely!

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Photo of risenz
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Serum
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with tan/off-white head.

Aroma is lemony funk, hay, spicy earthy hops.

Taste more or less follows the nose, with a touch of added malt sweetness. Finishes clean, like a lager, pulling you to go back in for another drink.

Carbonation is nice and fine, great mouthfeel.

Interesting, my first foray into biere de gardes. I can see the parallels between this and the Belgian saison tradition.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Not loving this. Slightly tart, and odd. Love the blonde but this is just a little strange.

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Photo of pat61
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thiriez Amber pours a clean creamy orange amber with a little haze and a 2” off-white foamy head that quickly dissipates. Caramel and fruity notes dominate the nose augmented by spice and floral notes. Light short cake covered in stone fruit and a trace of caramel dominate the palate with a moderate hop accent on the finish and a touch of tartness for balance. The carbonation is superb with fine soft bubbles that give a luscious mouth feel. It is very smooth and thirst quenching. The body is medium.

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Photo of BartMcStout
3.19/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of BJSmit
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

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