Brasserie Thiriez • France
That gorgeous hop aroma . . . Could it be any more fresh? Spicy, piquant, right in our face. If we’re not mistaken, there’s more than a hint of the Saison about this blonde beer. Something earthy and spicy, a complexity that almost frightens, but at the same time beckons, and tantalizes. We love it when a beer is so forward, so fearless – so sophisticated, but so excitingly rough. Yes, talk dirty to us.
Daniel Thiriez’s rustic little brick-and-beam brewery graces the village of Esquelbecq, plunk in the middle of the rolling farm country of French Flanders. With a brewing degree from a Belgian university, and decidedly ‘Belgian-oriented,’ Monsieur Thiriez makes ales with an earthy, slightly wild character that recalls the early days of farmhouse brewing, before there was a border between France and Belgium. The delicate spicy champagne aromas of this thirst-quenching blonde beauty are quickly followed by a bracing rush of whole fresh hops.