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Brewed by Pietra
Style: Amber Lager/Vienna
Furiani, Corsica, France

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RATINGS: 35   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.05   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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This Christmas beer has an amber colour and is made following the purest traditions with the selection of special malts


1.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
Elwood (3190) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2011
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 Ive had, I am not holding out hope. Not recommended.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 12, 2011
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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goozen (2941) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - FEB 1, 2013
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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - JUN 27, 2011
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.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 27, 2011
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.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcr (2210) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 29, 2011
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.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewBoxer (2005) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2011
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

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NikkTwist (1625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2014
Bizarre. Finding the Christmas 2013 draft at Eulogy in July 2014 - so way past its 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.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
italarican (1481) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2010
Tap at Gingerman. Pours a clear auburn with standard white head. Aroma is primarily toasted sesame seeds and cereal. Buttery flavor, almost popcorn-like, with notes of toast, simcoe, and roasted malt. I keep going back to "toasty." A touch too buttery.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dfonorow (1440) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2011
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.


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