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


on tap

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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.24/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
(Translation from French):
A seasonal beer, brewed for the winter months, the Cuvée de Noël is a cordial and convivial amber beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Pours a deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty caramel malty nose with some light holiday spice and light fruity notes. Starts with some light toasty caramel sweetness and a touch light fruits and clove before a slightly drier and earthy finish. A pretty true to style and complex biere de garde.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7118) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 14, 2010
A Mes rate. Bottle at Chris O’s Night of the Gaylords.
Dirty yellow brown with a thin off white head. Nothing special really. Very yeasty and sugary sweet with a bit of bread and cinnamon. Spicy finish. Blah.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6906) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Bottle (75cL). Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, cake), lightly to moderately hoppy (flowers, herbs), lightly yeasty (cobwebs), with notes of Mandarin orange, cantaloupe, cinnamon, black tea, alcohol. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium to full body, syrupy/watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Another delightful brew from the Page 24 line. Life-affirming kind of estery-fruity aroma chock full of Mandarin (think Satsuma) orange and cantaloupe, two of my favorite fruits of all time (I’mma let you finish, but seriously...of all time!). Along with sweet malt notes, floral hops, and cobwebby yeast (and no off notes) it’s an easy 8 or 9 for aroma. I will admit the syrupy sweetness is a bit much in the mouth, so it’s a challenge to drink a lot of it, but for a glass or two’s worth it’s delicious. I know it’s a winter warmer and all, but balance is critical no matter what IMHO and frankly this could use more bitterness. Drink on the chilly side and don’t blow out too much of the carbo on the pour, and you’ll have a better experience...both help a bit to counter the sugars.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Geokkjer (6866) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - AUG 26, 2011
Bottle.Pours golden with an off-white head.Pours deep golden with an off-white head.Aroma apples, malt, yeast and spice.Flavor is sweet and malty with some caramel, yeast and spice.Medium body, average carbonation.Nice beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
blankboy (6787) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 12, 2010
Bottle [750ml] shared w/ friends at the ’2nd Annual Buffalo Cask Festival’ -- c/o swoopjones. Pours a hazy orange-copper with a spare creamy off-white head. Aroma’s weird, and not in a good way. It’s malty along with yeast and fruit but there’s an oddness to it that I can’t describe that I did not care for. Watery, somewhat sweet flavour of citrus fruit, light spices, caramel and alcohol. Dry, spicy finish. Average bodied. Just O.K.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2010
Hazy brown beer, firm head, lovely spicy notes in the aroma. Christmas spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and white pepper, fine malt, some bitterness in the finish. Some cheating here suing the soices, perhaps, but a nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 7, 2010
750ml swing top pours a clear, orangey amber with one ring of white head. Nose is sweet, malty, sugary, root vegetables. Flavor is sweet, candy sugar, yeast, fruit, lightly spiced. Full bodied, sticky finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
blutt59 (6289) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
bottle, amber color with some off white foam, aroma is sugary with some malt and spice, flavor is fairly thin with Christmas spices and some cinnamon toast crunch, finish is thin as well

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
czar (6211) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
on tap at la fine mousse, paris. hazy amber, light brown with low light beige head, little retention. bready and toasted malts, but mainly caramel, very few spices, light banana esters - some belgiumness. average carbonation, light body, decent dry herbal and slightly spicy finish. ok. nothing really christmas-ey though.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jmgreenuk (6193) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - NOV 26, 2012
Draft at La Fine Mousse, Paris. Reddish brown pour with a bubbly broken head. The aroma is malty with yeasty notes. The flavour is bitter with fruity notes on the palate. A rather drinkable ale but the range of flavours and the smoothness and warmth that one might expect in this kind of ale is sadly missing.

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