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Brewed by Le Baladin
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Piozzo, Italy

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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 21   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Nöel Vanille is a Christmas ale. Dark, with a good head, it mesmerizes with its explosion of scents and aromas which evoke a festive atmosphere, full of cuddles and lazy times. Its chocolate notes mixed with the aromas of dried fruit and toffee are unforgettable. In this version, a strong but well-balanced taste of vanilla rounds up the experience. The vanilla pods – which give this beer its name – come from Madagascar and are processed directly by Baladin through a cold infusion process. EBC 47 19°


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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tfredvik (1099) - Oslo, - OCT 29, 2012
Very hazy dark brown body with a small brown head, fair lacing. Strong and very sweet aroma of dried figs, raisins and vanilla. Unusual, special and tempting! Moderate to heavy sweet taste with some bitterness in the finish. If there is such a thing as liquid, dried figs, it will probably taste exactly like this one! Also silly amounts of vanilla. Maybe a bit one dimensional (or rather, two dimensional: figs & vanilla), but absolutely christmas! Magnificent on the palate with a close to full body, oily to syrupy texture and soft carbonation. Fun stuff!
[10 cl sample served in a small but brimful plastic cup@Juleølpremiere 2012, Mathallen, Oslo]


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomekk1978 (436) - POLAND - APR 12, 2014
Barwa: miedziana, wyraźnie zmętniona. Piana koloru kremowego, drobno pęcherzykowa, obfita i utrzymująca się. Wysycenie niskie. Aromat: słodowy, owocowy, czekoladowy, waniliowy. Jedynie lekka nuta alkoholowa. Smak: słodycz, niewielka kwaskowość, lekka czekolada, budyń waniliowy. Delikatne, nieprzytłaczające i ze świetnie ukrytym alkoholem.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Finn (4134) - Tromsø, NORWAY - FEB 18, 2014
Flaske 0,75l fra Vinmonopolet. Medbragt av Rune og delt med mange hos Leifs 23 Nov 13. Brun. Lavt tett skum. Forsiktig vaniljearoma med antytning til frukt. Smaken er bare vanilje. Nesten som vaniljesaus. Kan nok fungere som koseøl men blir ensforming. Alkoholen var veldig godt kamuflert.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Kosmokrator (472) - ITALY - JAN 5, 2014
Limpido color ambrato/rubino scuro con uno strato mediamente spesso di schiuma beige chiaro. Colpisce al naso con sentori di salamoia di olive tipici di alcune imperial stout, male amalgamati con un velo di toffee e frutta candita. Gusto dolciastro con deboli note di caramello, cacao in polvere, malto e (forse!) un lievissimo tocco di vaniglia; finale corto, appiccicoso e "acre". Acquosa, poco effervescente, poco corposa, monocorde e scipita. Avanti un’altra.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rune (7963) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 24, 2013
750ml bottle bought at Vinmonopolet Tromsø Langnes. Shared with friends at a pre-Christmas gathering at Leifs. Faint beige head over a red brown coloured body, slightly hazy. Aromas of vanilla, earthy malts and spices. The taste profile is dominated by dark vanilla added by chocolate malts and a Christmas spices. Dry and sweet ending. Medium bodied. Masked alcohol. Nice, however, one glass was enough at the time (23.11.2013).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6624) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 19, 2013
75cl bottle, bought at and shared with Giorgio @ Il Pretesto, Bologna. Cuivrée, col blanc cassé. Arôme offre de suite un bouquet agréable de vanille pour un profil doux tirant sur un sucre brun et une note rappelant le lactose. Palais est profond malté avec un résiduel doux de vanille. Léger sucre candy, caramel et léger grillé sur des pointes de chocolat. Profil adopte un style belge hivernal avec une concentration sur les malts. Fruité noire arrive en fin de bouche.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Inbreak (2013) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUL 13, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2014 26.12.2012, 0,75l bottle sampled @ BBGTC tasting:
Lett sødmerik krydra lukt med preg av malt, humle, karamell, soya, tørka frukt, salt lakris. Lett sødmerik og krydra smak med preg av malt, humle, fersk vanilje, karamell, lakris, sjokolde, soya. Middels bitterhet og lengde. Grei.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Geokkjer (5719) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 5, 2013
Bottle. Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, nuts, caramel, grains and spices. Flavor is sweet and spicy with some vanilla, caramel, nuts and malt. Medium body, average carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20295) - Vasa, FINLAND - MAR 21, 2013
Bottle (kindly shared by omhper!). Deep amber colour with a small slightly off-white head. Aroma is vanilla, spices, some fruits and a bit yeastyness as well. Flavour is strong vanilla (almost burning vanilla), with mild spices, alcohol, ripe fruits and some mild tar like notes. Lovely vanilla!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunnfryd (10430) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - MAR 14, 2013
Bottle. Amber colour with a beige head. Aroma is oak, spices, malt, vanilla. Flavour is vanilla, spices, malt, oak, dried fruits. Vanilla finish. Strange beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hovstad (2) - NORWAY - MAR 14, 2013 does not count
Dark white almost no head. Dark color. Coconut flavour. Sweet vanilla and coconut, strange taste.


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