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Brewed by Brasserie Saint Germain (Page 24)
Style: Bière de Garde
Aix-Noulette, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

bottled
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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(Translation from French):
A seasonal beer, brewed for the winter months, the Cuvée de Noël is a cordial and convivial anber beer.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2404) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2011
750mL swingtop bottle poured into a large wine glass. BB 3/20/12, guessing that means this was bottled on 3/2009, so about 9 months old. Pours with a perfect medium head that is able to maintain its strength throughout the life of the beer. As its sipped a nice strong lacing sticks to the sides of the glass. The color is glowing brown with orange tints, dark enough to only allow for medium clarity yet glowing. The aroma is airy-caramel-toffee, light and not overpowering. Its just there, not sugary, great malt component right there. Same character in the flavor with a faint raisin aspect as well. At first I thought the beer ends there and its very nice, just a good malty BdG with no flaws that is impeccably drinkable. But as I kept drinking it just kept getting better and I feel like I was tasting Pilsner malt, which surprised me. Even if it isn’t, this "airy" aspect or some beautiful light yet substantial malts to balance out the beer just work wonderfully. It seems like such a delicate and understated aspect that made me love the beer even more. As I stated with other beers from this brewery, simple yet awesome.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RexTalionis (2404) - FINLAND - AUG 10, 2013
Bottle 33 cl, BBE 25.04.2014. Pours brown in color with a small head. Brown bread, some nuttyness and light metallic notes at first. Sweetish taste with some raisins, mudcake and dough. A bit one-sided perhaps, but otherwise quite tasty. Sweetish and slightly nutty in aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2398) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2012
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is earthy and flavor is almost tart pear and earthy. $11.40 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2010
bottle thanks to bhensonb. poured amber with an off white head and some lace. aroma was caramel, citrus, and dry hay. flavor was citrus, slight hop, and some tartness. medium body with medium carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2316) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
Caramelly, nutty, aromas with figs and candied plums with a slight spice. Pours reddish amber with a thin white head. Smooth and malty with slight caramel and toffee notes and a spicy dry finish. Nice biere de garde.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Clear teak pour with a tiny head; at Churchkey on draught. Spice, hop, cinnamon, clove, and good sweet malt presence; classic biere de garde plus Christmas spice, just what you’d expect. Pleasant balance of malt and spice on the flavor with a nice dry spicy palate. Nice.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
POLK (2195) - Hørning, DENMARK - MAR 12, 2012
311211: Cloudy brown, a little too sweet. Many will probably liked this beer, it fits well with the food. It is not very exciting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 16, 2010
bottle pours light amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is sweet heather and floral. Bready flavors with nutty notes and some spicing in the finish.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle from Bev Mo: Poured with little to almost no head creation, and what foam did start, it quickly died out to a naked golden honey colored liquid. My nose detects a high presence of alcohol such as that of a bottle of isopropyl with a faint scent of Belgian yeast that contains some spice in its fragrance. The flavor has a strange green tea like flavor and lacks body structure in terms of balance and palate because of the high level of sugary sweetness and the fizzy mouth feel. Nothing else I would like to say about this beer other than the note to self: Don’t buy this ever again.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gr0ve (2132) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 10, 2010
750 ml bottle. Deep reddish copper. Clear. Small off-white fine laced head. Spicy nose with Belgian yeast characters. Notes of caramel and a little chocolate. Crisp hoppy bitterness in the finish. High carbonation level. Peppery flavours. A little light in the aftertaste, but otherwise a nicely drinkable rich Belgian-style Christmas beer.


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