GT2 (6980) - Riverside, California, USA - FEB 23, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
750mL thanks to argo0. Pours a clear cherry red with a thinning, off-white head that leaves some sticky lace. Aroma is metallic, sharp, some cherry juice box. Taste is watery, full of cherry juicy juice. Palate is dry and suddy.
bb (6481) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Amber-brown beer with a whitish head. Malt and light nutty aroma with light yeast. Malt and light caramel flavor with light nuttiness andlight yeast. Medium bodied. Caramel and light nuttiness lingers with light yeast and light spice.
sebletitje (5974) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 14, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Delirium, Brussels.
Bière qui n’a de Noël que son nom.
Cuivrée, au col blanc épais.
Arôme garde la signature de cette brasserie dans l’usage de la châtaigne. Le tout sur un malt grillé léger, pointe de levure, houblon en retrait et qui ajoute peu au bouquet.
Bière rappeuse au palais laissant ce profile de châtaigne concassées/poudreuse. Cela tend à donner une pointe épicée à la bière. Autrement, je ne vois rien de bien festif, je dirai une bonne voire meilleure version que la blonde et la blanche avec plus de malt. En se réchauffant, malt grillé revient au devant avec la châtaigne, mais on y note aussi un malt type carapils.
marcus (5605) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 from BevMo Arden. Pours reddish brown with a thick beige head and a nutty aroma. There is a smooth roasted malt flavor with a dry slightly bitter finish.
jredmond (4569) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at rnh with streets and baron. Pours a clear amber bodywith white lacing. Aroma is light and lagery. Mouthfeel is light with notes of light spice, malts, sugar, and really plain.
nearbeer (3278) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 ml. Clear brew, with a tidy little cover of creamy bubbles and the right look for a darkish lager. Nose is earthy cereal and dry grass, with a honey-medicinal note. Flavor is similar, with bittersweet nutmeat on the finish. Mouthfeel is airy-light and mostly smooth. Light-medium body is to the dry side. Odd tasting brew, but develops a nice aftertaste after a bit.
jaghana (3264) - Strasbourg (France), FRANCE - NOV 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 75cl, a clear amber beer with medium head. Nose is nutty and on toasted grain. Aroma is on toasted grains and cereals, very sweet, light spices, not that complex, nice malty side, low hops, a bit too sweet to be really drinkable, ok beer.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Funky nose with some darker sugar notes and a touch of doughy yeast. Taste is lightly sweet, just a touch of bitterness, some nuts, some caramel, and a touch of vienna malt.
Elwood (2900) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
1.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle. Oddly enough, this says biere de noel on the front, but talks about chestnuts like the strong says in the database. So here we go. It pours hazy reddish brown with a small, off-white head. The nose is putrid and smells like rotting nuts. The taste is equally as foul with some caramel malt and rotting vegetation. I regrettably took another sip just to confirm and then poured the whole bottle down the drain. I can only hope this bottle was off, but based on the other Pietra beers I’ve had, I am not holding out hope. Not recommended.
mansquito (2878) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whole Foods, Bowery sampling (as Pietra Winter, but it seems to be the same beer, especially because of all the references to chestnuts): Pours an amber color with white head. Aroma is slightly floral, with some roasted malts. Body is pretty light. Taste is kind of minimal. I get a bit of chestnut, as some other people opined, but not too much. I’ve brewed beer with chestnut myself before and it is hard to get the taste into it.