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Saint Rieul Bière d’Hiver

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Brewed by Saint Rieul
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Trumilly, France

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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.38/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.32   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brassée avec des malts torréfiés et des épices

Known as Bière de Noël before 2011/2012.
Silver medal at Concours Général Agricole 2012, Paris


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ulysse (298) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAY 23, 2015
Light aroma of roasting. Typical Belgian strong ale alcohol feel in the mouth with a layer of roasted malt. Rich brew but not complex.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
LeFaune (38) - ST MANDE, FRANCE - FEB 28, 2015
I was in awe when I poured it. It’s magic, like a snowball. Smells of clove, hot wine, walnuts. Opaque with almost no foam. Quite bland on the tongue: taste of cereals, biscuit and raisins but disappears quickly.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
blackisle (1196) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 17, 2014
Bottle 33cl. Hazy dark ruby brown, decent creamy beige head, recedes slowly, good lacing; aroma sweet malty, caramel, candy sugar, roasted, cacao, some cinnamon; taste moderate sweet and bitter, some chocolate; medium to full body, oily to creamy texture, average carbonation, malty bittersweet finish, chocolate, spicy notes (cinnamon, cloves), hint of wood, alcohol well-hidden; overall a tasty and robust winter beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kappldav123 (5484) - GERMANY - AUG 17, 2014
Bottle looks simple but really good. Beer in the glass zippy, dark brown, nice head. Starts intense malty, strong, a bit alcoholic, some fruity notes. Hints of caramel, a bit earthy. Strong-malty finish, light woody notes. A good one!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3485) - Radom, POLAND - MAY 20, 2014
Dobre smaczne ze srednia piana piwo koloru ciemnego bursztynu. W smaku smaczne karmelowo rodzynkowe. Przypomina belgijskie piwa swiateczne. Tresciwe i nieco wytrawne w koncowce. Zgrabna buteleczka z artystyczna etykieta. Piwo ktore zachecilo mnie do skosztowania srebrnym medalem w Paryzu. Udane dobre lecz nie porywajace piwo.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (10472) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 19, 2014
Trübes dunkel rötlichbraunes Bier mit ordentlicher Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr fruchtig malzig, Karamell, würzig. Geschmack leicht röstmalzig, dunkle reife Früchte, Karamell, leicht alkoholisch.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quack-Duck (8572) - Down South, GERMANY - MAR 2, 2014
bottle from saveur-biere. Murky brown, mid-sized off-white head. Fruity-spicy-chocolatey aroma. Full-bodied with the alcohol well disguised. Malty with hints of chocolate, caramel, dreid fruit and cough syrup/spices. Smooth palate. Unusual and pleasant.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
erickok (4302) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - DEC 24, 2013
Brown bodied, dark and Christmas-y. Dough, candy sugar, bit grainy, licorice root. Original but wouldn’t please anyone. Taste is cough drop, light sweet, medicinal, not super nice. Bit too dry and not concentrated enough. Alcohol warms but should give body too. Wintery yes, but not heartwarming. Doesn’t do it for me. Could have been better. (33cl bottle from La Cave à Bulles)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
markas101 (2001) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - APR 17, 2013
33 cl bottle, Sheffield, UK via La Cave à Bulles , Paris, France. Deep brown mahogany, thin head. Sweet rasin and brown sugar aroma, some winter spice as well. Sweet, mince pie flavour, then more prune and some chocolate on the long spiced hop finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andyhwcinc (1657) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
Purchased at La Cave a Bulles in Paris, FR; enjoyed in my hotel room at Hotel Bradford in Paris, FR getting ready for the long trip home. Appearance is a dark, murky cola brown with a rich bubbly head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of dark fruit, prunes, a touch of spice as well, smell is pretty potent and sweet. Taste is quite potent but enjoyable, rich in dark fruit and spice with a sweet profile. It’s decent stuff, not the greatest for the style by any means, but decent.


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