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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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!


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2008
Pours a murky gold in color with a huge pillowy white head. Smell is coriander, spice and some citrusy fruit. Taste is more of the spice and citrus, but you also get a very nice dose of belgian candy sugar and even better than that, some tartness. This was a very pleasant surprise. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Surprisingly, didn’t notice the alcohol too much at all. I’ve only had a couple beers from Pisgah, but this one’s easily my favorite.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (8550) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 17, 2008
2007 bottle courtesy of kp. Thanks! From my review at cvillebeergeek.blogspot.com.

Appearance: This pours a hazy orange color. A moderate sized head disappears quickly, leaving a thin layer on the surface of the beer. Lacing is moderate. 4.0/5.0.

Aroma: Definitely Belgian. Very sweet, with candi sugar, toffee, raisin and subtle spice and bubblegum. Slightly toasty.... as I agitate the beer somewhat the aromas combine absolutely beautifully. 4.65/5.0.

Taste: Somewhat more bitter than the aroma. Still plenty of nice malty notes. The toffee, raisins and the candi sugar are there, along with the spice and some fruity notes, rye and alcohol. 4.25/5.0.

Mouthfeel: Full. Spicy and slightly sticky. The alcohol is a little hot, but it is 11.5% and so a little heat is understandable. 3.5/5.0

Drinkability: It’s a 750 mL bottle at 11.5% abv. You be the judge. It’s a damn tasty beer, with lots of complex flavors and very nice balance. Perfect for a long evening by the Christmas fire. 3.75/5.0

Overall: Well balanced and very nice flavor profiles are the hallmark of this beer. Not something to take lightly and definitely something to savor over a long period of time. 4.0/5.0.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6890) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 24, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Courtesy of Degarth. Pours mildly hazy gold with thin white head. The aroma is big bold sweetness, candi sugar, mildly roasty malts, some apricot like fruitiness and a growing hotness with a deeper draw. The taste is slick and sweet to start with nice lightly roasted malts. This is good and yummy. I love how the malts show up amongst the sweet Belgian candi sugar and mild blended smoothed out spice notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2008
Bottle courtesy of Retorp. Pours a slightly hazy golden with a small white head. Aroma of yeast, alcohol, and sweet malt. Taste is the same as aroma. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and slightly hot alcohol. Good.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
argo0 (11533) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 9, 2008
(BCTC, 750ml bottle, thanks kramer) Off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, herb/herbal, some alcohol astringency. Taste is moderately sweet, herbal/spicy, some honey. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
dmac (4007) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 5, 2008
Bottle shared at BCTC 2008. Pours a clear honey gold with an average size off white head. Aroma had lots going on and seemed to be a combination of some white wine and floral notes. Flavor had more of the grains and yeast showing up but still had a white wine like quality about, possibly from the alcohol which was on the strong side. Medium bodied with a good dose of alcohol heat. It might have been better to try this one earlier in the night because I can’t recall anything about other then what my notes say.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2008
750ml bottle @Joe’s NYC Gathering courtesy of rciesla–pours a white ring and hazy gold color. Aroma is perfumy, barnyard/musty yeast, bread and medium malt-caramel. Taste is perfumy, barnyard/musty yeast, bread and medium malt-caramel. Crosses over to a farmhouse style. Some herbal hops, tart/vinegar. Interesting.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JoeMcPhee (8410) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 29, 2008
Pale golden beer. Aroma is gorgeous, rich sweet spices, clove, earthy cologne, pear/apple fruitiness and a light mintiness as well. Dry finish with a nice flinty minerally character that balances the sweet spiciness. Really nice brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark apricot/orange color with medium fluffy/frothy head. Aroma was really yeasty with sweet spicy notes. The taste was the same but the taste was full and sticky with sweet candy in the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Pours a light yellow amber body. Sweet malty and a bit buttery, some spice and lots of sweet malt to balance all the abv. Nothing special really.


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