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Brewed by InBev Belgium
Style: Belgian Ale
Leuven, Belgium

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RATINGS: 260   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.16   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 198   ABV: 6.6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Bloekie (210) - BELGIUM - NOV 20, 2009
Amber brown clear body. Soap-reminding foam which decays very very quickly and is very unappealing. Taste is bitterness and leathery, not good at all. In the aftertaste there is a hint of sour cherries which makes up for a bit of the awfulness. Overall not a good beer.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Brandman (2076) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 8, 2009
330 ml bottle. Clear red/brown body with tanned head. Aroma has cherries, spices, cardamom, some alcohol, and surprinsingly some sourness. Flavour is metallic somehow. First taste is cherry and some sourness, taste goes away very fast. Some maltiness in taste and also a strong spice, just can’t point out what. Thin mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcdav2154 (449) - GERMANY - OCT 17, 2009
this is actually what I expect in a christmas beer. a darker color that could be called amber. sweet caramel with a slight bitter background. Medium to big sized maltiness. fun beer to try since I’ve never seen this one around bitburg, germany.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ogivlado (5703) - Zagreb, CROATIA - SEP 7, 2009
Bottled 330ml. -Straight from the bottle somewhere in Brussels. Light notes of spices in the nose. Moderate roasted malty, candy sugar and spices with notes of cinammon and dark fruits. A bit too sweet but overall good Noël.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This dark brown beer poured with a generous fluffy beige head and a toffee aroma this is pretty good for a Leffe. There is a nice roasted malt flavor with some bitterness at the finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (31178) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2009
33 cL bottle. Pours clear and dark golden brown with a small tan head. Aroma is roasted breadish malty. Subdued sweet flavoured with a light spice note coming through. Roasted and spiced flavoured into the far finish. Caramelish and light herbal bitter far finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bottle at Taverne ’t Botteltje in Oostend. As Leffe Kerstbier. Pours orange brown with a good beige head. Something of an evergreen aroma. Medium body with very frothy carbonation. Flavor is roast caramel with some evergreen note and some xmas type spice. But not overstated. Drinks better than many Leffes.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beelsebob (35) - Cupertino, California, USA - JUN 17, 2009
This beer is up there with the best of the winter beer. It’s got a lovely warming flavor to it, with hints of christmas pudding. The head dissipates rather quickly, but other than that, it’s an excellent beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
leaparsons (8070) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2009
Bottle. Ruby red brown with a small head. Aromas are raisins and berries with bready yeast and fudge. Spicy and warming. Flavours are sweet winter fruit with lots of spices. Some toffee malts with a peppery finish. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Embrouille (2827) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 12, 2009
Bottled 33cl. Courtesy of kappldav123. Appearance: It pours a beautiful clear ruby beer with a nicely lasting creamy beige head. Nice lacework. Aroma: Inviting, smooth, subtle and very christmassy. Yeast accentuated, sweet with hints of cherry, molasses, candy sugar, fennel, nutmeg, quite a lot of fudge, cinnamon, tobacco, stuffy sitting room, coconut and coriander. Pleasant. Flavor and palate: Low carbonation. Sweet and very smooth. Medium bodied. Very drinkable. Extremely low bitterness. Yeast driven. Rather interesting. Caramel, cinnamon, walnuts, tobacco, nutmeg and fennel showing up. Sweet yeasty finish with which is reminiscent of marmite and arabic gum. Overall impression: Better than I expected. Thanks kappldav123!


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