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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2013 vintage - 8.5% abv


4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
corkyrory66 (589) - BELGIUM - MAY 7, 2014
Bière de Noël de 8 % abv, mais mon exemplaire a deux ans et demi de plus que sa date limite, donc il a dû prendre quelques forces au passage (du temps) et bien entendu son âge va influer sur les arômes et saveurs également... Au versage, le nez est nettement à la portorisation. (oh joie...). Couleur brun roux sombre, et roux foncé en transparence. Apparence avec un voile de levure (malgré le peu de gaz à l’ouverture). Bulles moyennes, en 3 colonnes réparties, dont une centrale intense. Mousse qui n’est plus que d’un léger nappage (normal vu l’âge), mais il durera toute la dégustation. Arômes clairement sur la tendance à la portorisation, avec des pruneaux macérés dans l’armagnac, du bois exotique (principalement acajou, teck), cassonnade brûlée, sirop d’érable. 1ère bouche veloutée sur des fruits très mûrs, dont la prune et la poire. Sous-bois à l’automne. Arrière-bouche ample, complexe, sur du malt chocolat et des fruits confits. 2ème sur le porto, le vieux cognac, le whisky vieilli en fût de bourbon. 3ème à la complexité énorme, notes de chocolat praliné, eau de villée. Arrière-bouche sur du cramique, cougnou, pain aux amandes. La longueur développe encore avec entre autres de la résine de pin, des cerises noires, des figues, des épices orientales, etc. La levure a bien entendu fini son travail, elle est terreuse mais douce et fine. L’alcool s’en donne à cœur joie, et je pense que mon exemplaire doit frôler les 10 % réels. La finale est un feu follet qui dicte sa loi à cette xmas de derrière les fagots... avec du bois de fût, des herbes de la lune et autres brindilles des bois. CONCLUSION : on ne s’ennuie pas, on a chaud, on boit du petit lait … Que c’est merveilleux quand une Christmas vous fait cet effet, parce que c’est exactememnt pour cela que ces bières ont été concues. Donc « pisse vinaigre » et autre « acide à tout va », s’abstenir !!!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1257) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Noël Des Géants has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, heavy lacing left behind, and an initially clear amber appearance, which, after one swishes the caked-on bottom bottle contents and pours them in, has a descending reddish, muddy cloud. The aroma is strong and sharp- sweet bread, spice, herbs, and other things I am not able to identify. Taste is of sharp, pronounced spices, a good hop bitterness, and rich bread. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy, and Noël Des Géants finishes dry, somewhat boozy, rich, and delicious. Drinkability isn’t bad, either. Overall, this is outstanding! RJT

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1067) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Picked this up at total wine in Fort Myers. Poured cloudy brown with a small head. aroma caramel yeast and malt, raisin, dark fruits. flavor about the same as aroma with some nice spices

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
freekyp (1490) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Pours a chestnut brown with reddish highlights. Thick fluffy tan head. Nose is full of brown sugar, molasses, and spearmint. Complex flavor starting sweet, mixing in spices and molasses, and ending with slight earthy bitterness fading to a long spruce finish. A wow beer for sure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
Floback (525) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Bottle from Knightly Spirits. One inch of white head under a murky amber brew. The aroma is enticingly piney; like sniffing a fresh Xmas tree. Fresh herbs, grass, cucumber, cookie dough, tree resin, subtle horse blanket, malty caramel in the backbone. Medium carbonation and medium body. Best holiday beer I've had all season! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (927) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2011
11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a deep dark reddish brown with a small fizzy head. Decent lacing though. Smells of cherries and dark frutis; figs and plums. A very faint chocolate note as well. The taste has underlying notes of chocolate with cherries and dark fruit being most prominent. The finish brings out almost a woodiness that is hard to describe. Finished pretty clean with the alcohol well-hidden and barely detectable. Overall a pretty respectable brew and one that is good for cold winter nights.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (4000) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Looks like I’m going against the grain on this one since I thought it was great. This was like a nice BSA without the candi sugar ~ kind of like a berliner weiss without the syrup or something. Pours nice deep bronze with a pillowy beige head. The aroma has dry caramel, lots of biscuit malt, cinnamon, basement musky funk, minor anise and light Belgium yeastiness. Medium / full body that’s quite rounded with lively carbonation. The flavor starts with cinnamon, nutmeg, dry caramel, crackers, nice earthy yeastiness and overall dryness. The finish continues to be very dry and has some graham cracker characteristics. This is very nice. It reminds me of Brasserie des Rocs without the sweetness ~ both excellent, but the sweetness makes them distinctly different.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2008
330ml bottle from 2007 served in a Duvel tulip. Dark garnet pour topped by a fluffy inch of off-white head. Smells of dark fruits, brown sugar, red wine. Tastes of molasses, dark fruit, pepper. Nice carbonation, it left a slight sting on the tip of my tongue and combined with the alcohol to warm the throat. In my opinion it is much better than the ratings show.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - FEB 4, 2010
Delicious beer, purchased during the after-Christmas clearance at Beertopia, lucky us. The color of gingerbread cake, with an aroma like bread pudding - both qualities that I find desirable in a Christmas beer. Smooth, rich, thick palate. Lots of flavor. Spiced, winter fruits, nuts and delicious. Like a german fruit and chocolate bar without the chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
basspro76 (423) - New York, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Drank from the tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House in NYC. Tons of stuff going on in this beer. Sugar, spices, a little bit of fruit, and some breadiness all mix together to make an interesting beer.


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