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Church Brew Biere de Noel

Church Brew Biere de Noel
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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.48/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
Merry Christmas! Our new SP#3 is a tribute to all the employees and customers of the Church Brew Works. The brewing of a Christmas beer to say thank you to its employees and loyal customers is a western European tradition. The British have Christmas ales, the Germans have weihactbier, the US has spiced ales, and the French have biere de noel. The tendency in all these beers is to up the ante in color, body, and alcohol and our example is no different. Biere de noel falls into the biere de garde style. This style originates in the northern French departments (counties) Pas de Calais and Nord along the English Channel and Belgian border. Biere de garde is the French contribution to the world of brewing. The style is a fine example of the artisan practice of brewing. These beers got there start being brewed in farmhouses as opposed to large commercial breweries that preferred to brew lighter lagers. Our example of this style sticks to tradition. When you taste the beer you will notice the big malty body and the taste of toffee and raisins. The hop character is subtle but it will linger after you’ve finished your sip. The ABV although higher than a traditional biere de garde is not overpowering. I did this on purpose so that the malt body will shine. Thank you for all your hard work and I hope everybody enjoys your present from the brew crew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Had on tap at brewpub.Like Christmas in a glass. Nice amber pour. Aroma of cinnamon cloves and vanilla. Alcohol warming on the back end. Very nice!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2011
Sampled at the brewpub. Poured a nice amber color with a tan head.The nose was sweet with dark fruits and toffee. Flavor was full of sweet dark fruits, toffee and nuts with a nice alcohol warming.Finishes off clean leaving a warm feeling in my belly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Art (3150) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Toffee flavor with spices. This beer is very similar to the pumpkin stout. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ttutony (851) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Hazy medium brown. Nice notes of dried fruits and toffee. Subtle spice as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2010
This year’s version is actually 11% ABV. I spoke with the head brewers of CBW at Bocktown tonight for their tasting. This is an imperial Christmas Biere De Garde of sorts...very similar to their St. James biere de garde. I really like what CBW is doing and I don’t think they get enough respect from the BA community because their specialty beers are awesome while their regular release German lagers are somewhat run of the mill...and that’s what people know them by. A- Body is a medium foggy murky brown color that is served with a 1/2 finger off white head. Head has great retention but leaves no lacing behind in the glass. S- Cinnamon and other spices and lots of them. A dose of phenols also come to the nose along with a nice bready yeast. T- Much like the smell. Lots of cinnamon spiciness upfront with a sweet malt and bready yeast backbone. The spices intensify for the finish and a big dose of alcohol hits as well. Lots of spiciness and an alcohol heat linger. P- Medium carbonation and a medium weight body smooth with bready yeast but also hot with alcohol. O- This is a great Christmas beer but the alcohol gets to you after a bit. I also sampled their whole lineup tonight (about 2-3 oz samples) cherry quad included (which was very good and might be a future investment)...so that might have something to do with it. Something that I wish they bottles so that I can age it for a few months in order to give it a chance to settle down a bit. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 12-11-2008 03:01:44

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2010
Enjoyed via draft in an elongated tulip glass at the brewery. The beer pours a lightish to medium brown color, with a substantial and fairly thick head. The nose throws a combination of familiar Belgian ale esters, along with some interesting notes that lean towards being saison-esque. Reasonably appetising. The palate begins with a nice melange of Continental character malts and ester/phenol interplay. However, there isn’t much of a leveling out, and the finish seems far too sweet; almost to the point of being difficult to finish after a meal. The alcohol is nicely hidden, and the beer remains quite light on its feet. Overall, a decent seasonal, but in need of some drying out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6839) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2010
The 2009 version is 9.5% alcohol. Sampled on draft at the brewery this beer poured a very dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma was dryish, nutty and tangy with a touch of raisin and cherry. The flavor was dry, nutty and malty with notes of raisin, fennel and bourbon with a slight medicinal undertone. Long finish. Moderately full bodied. The alcohol shows through a bit too much. Ok.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bp (891) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2009
draft: dark brown, thin white head, malty aroma, candied sugar and spiced taste, medium bodied

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2009
On draft at CBW. It was a dark brown color with a minimal head. It was hard to smell any aromas due to the overpowering aroma of grain inside the building at the time, but I was able to make out some dark fruits and some alcohol. Flavors were of raisins, malts, and brown sugar with an underlying alcohol taste (wasn’t overpowering thought). Overall I liked this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
douglas88 (8455) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 23, 2009
On tap at the brewery. An unusual version of the style. Pours a cloudy brown-red with a small white head. A sweet fruity nose, malty and raisin. A similar flavor; rich but a tad thin, fruity, raisins, loads of caramel. Festive. Nice.

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