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RATINGS: 96   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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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TURDFERGUSON (3930) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 2, 2008
Thanks Ethan for picking this up for me. Shared with Charles and Vickie while watching Grandma’s Boy. Poured an orange golden with a small white head. Aroma has a lot of spiciness, some alcohol and belgian yeast with a fair amount of sweetness. Flavor mimics the nose with a heavily carbonated mouth feel. I found the alcohol more noticeable than other raters, it seems. Not my favorite from these dudes.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3199) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2014
My sample fizzed from here to the Pole of Inaccessibility, so have a big and thirsty towel handy when you crack a bomber. Pours a barely translucent apricot with a rather thick, if effervescent, pale buff head. Aroma has firm fruity and yeasty notes with hints of malt and butterscotch. Fruity flavor has notes of banana, pear and mango; and has yeasty and malty underpinnings plus a snippet of butterscotch. Texture is fairly thick, and strong fizz makes you feel it all the way down the pipes. This one is a real gasser!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1142) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Sample in a flight at the brewery. Pours a light gold, with a minimal head. The aroma is bready and fruity, with notes of apples, bananas, cloves, and biscuit dough. Very sweet flavor, with little to no bitterness or sourness. Medium to heavy body, creamy, and smooth. Overall, this is a cloyingly sweet, but generally tasty beer. Could be more complex, but certainly not bad.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BadAprilia1000 (239) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Pours a hazy yellow with a fantastic head. Smells of yeast, honey, herbs, spices, vegetables, alcohol, grass, hay. Bouquet is bigger than what I described. Tastes slightly metallic and also tastes of honey, caramel, dark fruits, grape, candy sugar, grass, warming herbs, sweet spice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (7902) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose/taste of honey, dark candy sugar, raisin, sweet breads, dark fruit, caramelized brown sugar and toffee. Medium body. Too sweet.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (9752) - 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 (1380) - 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 (1939) - 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 (2340) - 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 (1746) - 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.


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