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

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

Brewed by:
Brasserie Thiriez
France
brasseriethiriez.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
75
Reviews:
47
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
11.83%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
6
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 75 |  Reviews: 47
Photo of Eziel
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jwale73
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hdtrice
3.17/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dipso123
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +0.8%
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 +6.9%
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 +5.9%
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 +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Serum
3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobinLee
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
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 -24.2%
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 +16.7%
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 -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of benbazi
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of CasanovaCummins
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BJSmit
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of uturn
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of draheim
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a clear amber w/ a 1-finger head.

Aroma is tart and oaky, earthy, a little sweet.

Taste follows nose. Amber malt, oak, and a sour earthy quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied w/ a semi-dry finish.

Overall a unique cross between a saison and a Flanders oud bruin. Nice.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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