sfhodense (4789) - Odense NØ, DENMARK - DEC 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber with a beige head. Aroma is caramel, fruit, light pepper and rubarb notes. Flavour is caramel, fruit and yeast.
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 0.75l. Clear amber - hazy with yeast - with a small, partly lasting head. Very mild aroma of caramely malt, berries, nuts, cinnamon, and some other spices. Caramely-malty flavor with yeast and lots of Belgian-style fruitiness. Spices are present, but not as dominant as in the aroma. Medium body with quite a lot of carbonation for this brewery. Something between Leffe and Jacobsen Golden Naked, which equals roughly something ok, but nothing very interesting.
travita (4642) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is copper colored with a beige colored head. The smell is sweet, some alcohol, fruits, and malts. The taste is just about the same.
erickok (4626) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It’s brown bodied, slightly misty and light tanned head might look Christmas-y, the aroma immediately makes clear the intent of this brew: to be a lightly spiced yet very drinkable ale that many can enjoy. And although I’m not overly impressed with the light bready and nutty aroma - a bit too mellow for me - the palate brings forward a sweet bittersweet brew that combines caramel malts, cookie spices and surprisingly high drinkability. Certainly a well made beer, but probably the best part about it is how it does not try to mimic the well-known Belgian Christmas sippers or turns around and be nothing like it. Instead, this delicate yet rich tasting brew brings a well flavoured and enjoyable beer for those winter night that aren’t quite as cold as tv would like you to think it is. Suits me well. (33cl bottle from Auchan in Tours in 4-pack with glass)
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
750 swing-top. Amber color. Fizzy malt body. Aroma of sugary caramel. Flavor of cardboard and caramel.
hayduke (4293) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well, shucks. The French can make good beer. This 750 bottle from BevMo poured a slightly hazy amber with a small white head and light lacing. Nose of sweet caramel malts and cinnamon spices. Medium body and mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. The flavor is slightly sweet and the spiciness is present. A very nice holiday brew.
stouby (4187) - Holbæk, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2014
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle at Carsten. Slight hazy yellow with a white head. Aroma strange fenolic, light malty. Flavor light sweet, spicy and skunky. Medium body. Strange.
Cavie (4086) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Amber appearance. Smells of amber malts and light honey. Sharp taste that fades very quickly. Very malty flavor. Some honey sweetness with gentle fruit. Finishes easy with a tight buttery sweetness.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber, light bubbly white wisps. Nose is soft, cidery, lots of apple, yeast, and peach sweetness. Very light, nutty flavor, bit spiced and green/metallic. Very nice, wonderfully soft like all BdG should be, and quite drinkable given the balance despite so many strong flavors.
KansaiBeerLvrs (3798) - Kyoto, JAPAN - AUG 29, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle on sale at Cave a Bulle. Page 24 Biere de Noël is an amber winter ale 6.9% picked up at Cave a Bulles in Paris and drunk there during my trip. It pours a deep reddish brown with a thick beige head. The nose is a malty sweet breadiness with a touch of spices. Med-light bodied with a soft pillowy mouthfeel. The taste is nutty, boozy, cinnamon biscuits and sugared plums. Seasonally appropriate flavor profile. A pretty average Christmas beer.