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RATINGS: 302   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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2013 vintage - 8.5% abv

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Braincage1 (147) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
Bottle. A brown and orange beer with a large off white head. Strong aroma when the beer is opened of hay and yeast but more complex nose of ginger and grapfruit on the pour. Flavor starts interesting... a honeyed sweetness and a barleywine like flavor but it is over pretty quick, instead it gives way to a weird pine sol, battery acid taste that sticks in the corners of your mouth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djd07 (4919) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Bottle during RBWG. Pours a clear orange with medium off white head. The aroma is yeast and spice. Thin mouth with spice and caramel, decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
stevoj (2543) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 15, 2015
Exploding bottle, so I only got to sample a bit. Needless to say, lively body and creamy head. Meadow, floral, herbal notes, some golden ale, some Belgian triple. All in all, a tasty brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
sloshgator (513) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2015
My botttle says Noël des Géants. They say it is the same beer but I wonder given the other ratings. Wonderful aroma rising of a cloudy brown pour with an ample head. Taste is has nice floral notes and sweet with maybe a touch of sour. It’s not real complex, but a nice balance. Slightly warming as it goes down but the flavor fades a little too quickly. Noël des Géants is a very nice Belgium with a perfectly balanced taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bkurtz (920) - PERU - FEB 11, 2015
Pours a clear copper with a creamy head. Has a sweet malt aroma. The taste starts biscuity and finishes a bit astringent. Not so nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - FEB 3, 2015
Bottle. Deep murky red-brown-orange body, medium clumping off-white head. Nose of white grape, pear, and sticky, fermented pineapple. Very sweet. Somewhat tart body, phenolic, with fermented light fruits (same as above) and drier biscuity notes. Meh.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
penstemon (190) - Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Pours rusty orange-amber with an off=white head. Aroma has strong notes of dried plum and raisin, also candied orange peel, dried cherry, apple and grape candy, some bread, and a bit of spice. Really great. Taste is lots of fruitiness - raisin, plum, grape. Cola, bread, a bit of molasses and spice. Light bitterness. Falls a little flat to the amazing aroma, but still nice. Medium body, full fizzy carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jandd1983 (2918) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of malts, caramel and some spices. The taste was of malts, caramel, fruits and more spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (4965) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2014
2011 bottle. Clear dark Amber/copper with a thin white head. Big nutty malty nose with a playful herbal whisper. The flavor is a bit bitter but has a stern caramel and almond base that’s kinda charming. Overall okay. Lots of almond in the back end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hotstuff (4388) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Rated on 02-23-2013 at RBWG (8.5%ABV) This beer’s appearance is that of a medium sized ivory head that mostly diminishes, transparent orange body, very little carbonation observed, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is light hops, spicy, malt, and sweet. The flavor is light hops, spicy, some alcohol, and malt. This beer’s mouthfeel is light carbonation and thin. This beer is light bodied. This beer needs more flavor for the style and the texture is too thin for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (2901) - Conifer, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2014
Small bottle from Total Wine & More - Gilbert, AZ. Dark orange, opaque appearance with a lacy beige head. Banana, herbs, light peppery spice, Belgian yeast and fruity esters. Medium to full body with medium sweetness.

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