Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Belgian Ale
Leuven, Belgium


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RATINGS: 336   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
With its amber color, fruity and spicy bouquet, and its creamy foam, Leffe Biere de Noel is a beer full of character. Very expected during the holiday season, it continues the tradition of master brewers who kept their best barley and hops to brew once a year. Leffe Biere de Noel makes your aperitif a moment of intense flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
tderoeck (7877) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUN 17, 2011
10/06/2011 33cl bottle @ home - BB: 1/04/2011 (2011-256) Thanks to Geers for the free bottle (it’s true I would never have given any money for this)

Completely clear red brown beer, creamy off-white head, pretty stable and adhesive. Aroma: caramel, some citrus fruits. MF: good carbon, light to medium body, bit watery texture. Taste: caramel, some malts, bit of citrus. Aftertaste: little bitter, but watery. Some mocha and alcohol. OK, have to admit it’s not undrinkable, but it’s pretty watery and not a Christmas beer by far.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2011
(33cl bottle dated best by 4-15-11 thanks to bu11zeye) clear orange, few bubbles. Nose of rye, candied citrus. Taste of orange, maple and a bit under-carbonated.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Koelschtrinker (16427) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 17, 2011
Verhaltener, später deutlicherer Malzantrunk, in dem süße und verbrannte Malznoten zu gleichen Teilen enthalten sind. Nach diesem durchaus angenehmen Antrunk stagniert das Bier und ruht sich auf der süßlichen Malzigkeit aus. Wenig getreidig, auch der Alkohol ist ganz leicht spürbar. Getürbt wird das bisher positive Bild durch den trockenen und leicht bitteren Abgang, der nicht zu der vorher herrschenden Süße passenden will. Solide! 9/11/11/11/8/11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
FatPhil (13258) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 18, 2011
330ml bottle (?, Brussels)
6 Sweet bananabread aroma, some butter on that.
4 Rich red, self-supporting tight head.
6 Cakey, caramelly and buttery. Not bad at all. Maybe a touch sweet, but forgivable for a christmas beer.
3 Sweet sugary palate, pleasant carbonation. Very simple sweet finish with some cut mixed peel and very emasculated hops.
12 Lacking real character, but certainly not actually bad in any way. As a mass-produced product, this actually good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
saxo (16377) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - APR 10, 2011
Bottle courtesy HenrikSoegaard. Nice head with good duration. Color is brown. Aroma and taste are dark fruits, yeast, malt, nuts and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (10357) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Bottle. Sweet toffee malt and dry cherry aroma. Clear chestnut color with large tan head. Sweet toffee malt flavor with light bitter/astringent finish. Light body. Nice beer but pretty light.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (7432) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - MAR 15, 2011
bottle@home: got the last bottle at the store, red fruit, brown sugar, minor spices, some liquorice, bit like a fruiter & simpler Leffe Brune, too thin/light for Christmas beer, not really impressive, mostly a marketing

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marko (4793) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 28, 2011
Thanks to Morko for sharing this! Clear amber-brown-red body. Sweet nicely fruity nose, malty. Pleasant, but I can’t think of better descriptors. Dry sweet malty taste, slightly bitter, typical Leffe spicy notes. Drinkable stuff, even if it smells better than it tastes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
txspartan (1014) - Berchem, BELGIUM - FEB 27, 2011
I guess I expected too much from a Leffe Christmas beer. It didn’t quite deliver.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sebletitje (9029) - Enghien, BELGIUM - FEB 23, 2011
Donc Leffe se met à l’esprit festif de Noël? On retrouve là une bière dans le grand style InBev. Personnellement, je ne trouve à cette bière rien de festif. Couleur rubis/ambre clair, mousse beige. Arôme est fruité, malt et caramel, sucre brun, faible et rien de spécial, ressent un peu les additives sucré. En bouche, même expérience ratée que pour leur Leffe cerise, une bière qui se veut de tradition et en fait fini sans grande inspiration à vouloir couvrir tout le marché brassicole. Notes de fruits noirs, prunes et cerise, cassis présentant une fine couche acidulée avec en retrait un côté caramélisé. Amateur de vraies bières de Noël et de saison hivernale, cette bière n’est pas pour vous.

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