Elwood (3336) - 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.
goozen (3211) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle with cork 0,75ltr: Clear brown coloured brew with an subtle nutty taste, an Corsican speciality. Hints of caramel and fine bitter aftertaste. Nice mediterrean Christmas brew.
ryan (3186) - 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.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 mL bottle. Pours an orange brown with khaki head. The aroma is nutty malt with some toast and a hint of orange. The flavor is toasty malt with a slight fruity touch. It gets quite nutty in the finish with a little bit of a yeast kick. Not too bad, but a little bit on the boring side.
BrewBoxer (2359) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ blind tiger. Pours a deep amber brown. No head. Smells of malt , toffee and candy, tastes of cream, coal and sugar. Not much going on here. Not a fan
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750ml bottle -
A little bit pricey, but when looking at this beer from top to bottom it’s pretty tasty. The focus is centered on the malts, which is fine and what’s produced is a caramel and toasted malts. It’s probably even a little plain, but there’s no flaws noticeable and I’m sure a little bit fresher this might be really good. Now, it’s serviceable albeit overpriced.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml bottle. Sweet nutty aroma with caramel malts with just a hint of spice. Pours amber with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Caramel upfront with sweet malts and a nuttiness and a very mild spiciness and very dry finish. In the beginning it drinks like an ale but the finish reminds of a lager.
jcr (2278) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
750 ml. Deep, clear amber body. Fizzy, off-white head. Malty aroma of toasted grain, nuts and hints of caramel, spice, earthiness, wood along with some vegetal notes. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture and lively carbonation. The taste on the front of the tongue is earthy and husky. the finish leaves tastes of wood, caramel, raw grain. Plenty of bitterness, but the malts are dominant throughout.
NikkTwist (1867) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bizarre. Finding the Christmas 2013 draft at Eulogy in July 2014 - so way past it’s due date. Tastes really boozy for only 7% ABV. Cloudy blonde caramel pour with a frothy white head that has reasonably lasting foam. Some lace. Feels like a full spicy blonde, but the spices are not as complex (cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg) as one would hope for in a noel beer. Body is somewhat thin but has a bit of creaminess in the finish. Possible there was a more complicated beer there that thinned away over time, but given this pour alone it seems way too simple. Classic flavors but nothing extraordinary. Obviously its past its prime and - at least on draft - did not improve with age.
Dfonorow (1700) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Translucent brown/yellow with an average sized bubbly white head. Aroma is very bready and heavy. Notes of cookies, toasted malts, cereal grains, and some sweet caramel. Flavor is chewy - toasted dough, nuts, and some light fruits in the finish.