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RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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This Belgian Noël takes it’s name from Jan Baptista van Helmont (1579-1644), the Flemish chemist and physician who first discovered CO and coined the word “gas” by recognizing the existence of gases distinct from air. This energy luminary was the founder of pneumatic chemistry and also the first to bridge alchemy and early chemistry. Hats off to the man behind the bubble. Proost and Happy Holidays!


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (9438) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2013
A golden ale with a thin white ale. In aroma, sweet candy sugar with apple juice, honey, light oxidation. In mouth, sweet honey with light aniseed, signs of oxidation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1317) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 14, 2013
750 mL bottle from Bruisin’ Ales, Asheville, NC. Dark orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of orange peel, cherry, and faint caramel. The flavor is sweet Belgian candi sugar upfront with a fruity, citrusy finish. A bit of bugglegum as well. Moderate alcohol warming. Good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
blklab2007 (1879) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Bottle as an extra. Pour has an orange golden color with a slight cap of white foam and a fairly still look in the glass. Aroma has some sourness, pear sweetness, white grape, and honey. Flavor definately has some sour, honey, white grapes, sweet over ripe fruit, and odd yeast. I drank the whole first glass thinking one sip I like it and the next that I dont. I am confused it is sour and sweet, while being fruity and Belgian. The only plus side is that you can not tell there is any alcohol in this even though it is so high in the abv department. The barcode is cut off this bottle so I will assume it was on a clearance rack somewhere as it is definately super aged. I am going to guess that this one got a little abused and who knew she would like it.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Clear ruby, no head. Nose is caramel, berries, sweet sweet honey, strangely some polenta. Flavor is cherries, honey, alcohol, toffee. Really nice, really sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Bottle shared with friends. Slightly hoppy, more malty then anything, but has a certain in your face sugar presence. A slow slipper for sure. Would probably age really well.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (1712) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Pours an amber-orange into the glass, with a wispy white head that leaves wispy lace. The nose is spot on for fruits and caramel candies. The flavors contain many fruity sours, of mixed berries, yeasty light sourdough, caramel and toffee candies and some butterscotch to finish the pull. The body is full and very complex to the palate, with lots of "bursting" moments in the mouth. Quite active, yet complex and mature, this is a very nice Belgian from Pisgah. I can’t imagine what some aging would do for this... even yummier just to think about.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3704) - Frisco, Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2013
The smell is sweet, honey, spices, fruits, good, and Belgian yeast. The look is clear, golden in color, and has a whitish head. The taste is alcohol, sweet, fruits, spices, and belgian.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Draft at Salud. Last if the keg. Hazy golden amber color, thick beige head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of lightly spiced caramel. Taste is very boozy and extremely sweet.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
kbutler1 (1345) - Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Bottle. I have had this one cellared for a while and it was time to bring it out for a tasting! Poured a clear copper yellow color, somewhat like applejuice, with a fluffy whitehead. Ok, so far so good as the look is nice. Sweet aroma of white fruit (apple and pear) with very minimal hop notes. Medium mouthfeel with carbonation. Wow, this is a very sweet beer. Minimal belgian flavors but very syrupy sweet apple, pear, and white grape. Overall, a let down as the sweetness of this was almost too much to keep drinking.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (13364) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 6, 2011
17th May 2009
Cloudy orange brown beer. Softish dry palate. Sweet malt with an undertone of sweet peach and orange. All this sweetness is well balanced by warming aniseedy alcohol! Finishes aniseed and lightly spicy. Interesting!


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