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Mont Salève Bière de Noël

Brewed by Mont Salève
Style: American Strong Ale
Neydens, France
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 216   ABV: 7.2%
No commercial description

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
CraftBeerNick (1880) - London Town, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 16, 2016
Bottle at home, 14th February 16. Aroma is floral and aromatic hops. The aromatic nose, comes through in the taste, good citrus bitterness, pine. Very nice

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tderoeck (8090) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2016
15/I/16 - 33cl bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ Claudia’s serrefeestje - BB: n/a (2016-33)

Little cloudy blond beer, creamy irregular off-white head, pretty stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: lots of tropical fruits, lychee, mango, grapefruit, pineapple. MF: ok carbon, medium body. Taste: very fruity start, pineapple, lychee, lots of passion fruits, grapefruit, pretty bitter, sweet caramel malts. Aftertaste: citrus, bitter, fruity, very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AssKicker (208) - Strasbourg, FRANCE - JAN 7, 2016
Bière blonde très fruitée au nez, bien amère en bouche avec du houblon qui pète les papilles, et on ne ressent absolument pas la moindre épice. Ça ne ressemble pas à une bière de Noël, ça n’a pas le goût ni l’odeur d’une bière de Noël... bref, c’est une sorte d’IPA de Noël. ^^

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marcius (418) - Geneva, SWITZERLAND - DEC 25, 2015
Golden color, cloudy liquid and medium head. Hoppy aroma with citric notes. Taste is extremely bitter. Long finish!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (1998) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 23, 2015
Bottle at home from Geers, Gent - BE. Color: clear copper golden beer with no carbonation and small white foam. Smell: hoppy and grassy domination. Candy notes. Caramel malt. Taste: full body with good caramel malt and candy notes. Good grassy and hoppy balance. Very bitter taste. Some resin notes. Aftertaste: resin and alcohol. Very nice realization. Not a winter beer but a really nice beer ! Candied and fruity with high hoppy bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tometclo (211) - Paris, FRANCE - DEC 18, 2015
Peu de mousse, couleur jaune troublée, arôme fort floral, herbe, j’ai longtemps pensé à la violette,mais c’est plutôt du litchi, Un goût très houblonné, fruité, une bière de noël très différente des bières de noël des brasseries françaises. 33 Cl Biérocratie

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (2474) - ALSACE, FRANCE - DEC 15, 2015
Couleur ambrée-jaune trouble, légère mousse. Nez fort houblonné, fruité, sapin, herbes. Gout houblonné, fruité confit, herbes, orange sèche, notes douces et caramel. Fin longue amère sapin et fruitée . Corps épais et onctueux. Aromes intenses. Un délice, et carrement pas une "noel" comme on s’y attend, habituelle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivnizub (10102) - Bochum, Porúří, GERMANY - DEC 7, 2015
Bouteille(Merci, le professeur!): deep golden, a bit unclear, small and stable creamy white head; exotic fruits and traces of cough-syrup in the drier bitter-malty nose; moderate to solid bitter-sweet flavour, medium bodied, not very soft; lingering poney and fruity-exotic finish, hops stickin’ to the tongue. Quelle surprise!!! Quelle surprise…

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4468) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 19, 2015
My first Christmas beer of the season is from the highly regarded La Brasserie du Mont Saleve in France. Their Biere de Noël is a 7.2% hoppy pale ale (IPA?). I got it on sale at Cave a Bulles in Paris and just noticed the best before date was 5 days ago so figured I should crack it open. It looks beautiful, a lightly opaque honey gold with a light beige head that leaves a soapy type of belgian lace behind. The nose is fantastic, huge pine with mild spice & sweet malt notes. While it is pine it is the full spectrum of pineyness: earthy, woodsy, bright green pine needles, etc. For something brewed last year it’s held up very well. Med-full bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is unexpectedly sweet, fruity & Rich with a mild hop bite in the finish. Candied fruit, fruitcake, marmalade & ashey, earthy pine. Good but I suspect it’d be even better fresh. It’s also an unexpected style for a Christmas beer. I hope to try more Mont Saleve again in the future.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ulysse (429) - Brussels, BELGIUM - SEP 27, 2015
Hoppy aroma of mangoes. It’s got a honey component in its taste. Not sure what American strong ale should be like. Feels like American pale ale to me. Advertised as Christmas ale on the bottle. It has nothing to do with Belgian Christmas ale.

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