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

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RATINGS: 133   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(Translation from French):
A seasonal beer, brewed for the winter months, the Cuvée de Noël is a cordial and convivial amber beer.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7118) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (8714) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 1, 2013
75 cl bottle @ Timo A. BBE 03/2010
Pours clear mahogany color with a small head, a bit lively. Aroma has quite a lot of ripe fruits, caramel malts, some mild spices and some yeast. Flavor is a bit watery, spices, caramel malts and ripe fruits, plums and raisins on the front, some distant berries also. Probably one of the best Biere de Gardes I’ve tasted, maybe they age well..
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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sigmund (6231) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 16, 2013
On tap at Amundsen, Oslo. ABV was 6.9%. Ruby red colour, moderate off-white head. Nice aroma and flavour of Christmas spices, malts and caramel. Not too sweet, pleasant. Would buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Skinnyviking (8396) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2014
Swingtopbottle at home. High fluffy lasting off-white head. Clear dark amber beautifyl body. Herbal malty straw aroma. Sweet fruity roasted malt caramel plum raisin flavor with a spicy note and little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long sweet finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (17195) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 5, 2014
Bottle shared in Belgium - picked up at a Carrefour. Pours clear amber with a big, billowing yellowy off-white head. The nose holds lots of bready malts, caramel and toasted sugars. Medium sweet flavor with sugary, lightly toasted malts, hints of cereal and caramel; but thankfully the sweetness is never excessive. Medium to full in body with average carbonation. Lightly dried caramel in the finish with further toasty, rich bread. A very nice biere de garde. Pretty well balanced and drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5854) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2009
Bottle - 75cL swing-top - from the Rare Beer Club. Pours a translucent copper with a short, fading white head. Aroma is grassy and yeasty with dried fruit, light caramel, and sweet malt. Taste is sweet malt, light caramel, hints of honey, dusty yeast, grassy hops and soft spices. Body is light-medium and the carbonation delicate. Ends with more honey, sweet malt, dried fruit notes, spices, light yeast, caramel, straw and grassy hops.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (4096) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2010
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.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FSUScott (112) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
nice dark yellow color. sweet smell. a bit salty as well. very mild taste. a bit bitter but barely. goes down really smooth.

3.5
   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.


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