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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 318   ABV: 10.6%
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Like most big Belgian holiday beers, Noel is bursting with subtly complex flavors and fits no particular beer style. Its explosion of sensations comes from just Belgian Pilsner malt, cane sugar, Motueka hops, Trappist yeast, water, and fermentation. Drink warm or cold in various glassware shapes and sizes to discover all its nuances. Entendez should age extremely well for years to come. Availability: Bottles and Draft

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcberko (6560) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
650mL bottle, pours a hazy golden orange with a small white head. Aroma brings out Belgian yeast, spicy notes, apples, and floral notes. Flavour is very fruity, with lighter stone fruits, floral notes, Belgian yeast, and apples. Lightly sweet, well-balanced and certainly on the edge of a tripel and a light quad. Very solid stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hanuta06 (327) - Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Serving: from bottle--purchased at Sound Brewery. Aroma: moderate apple aroma. Appearance: no head. Hazy, light orange body. Taste: moderately sweet initial flavor and moderately sweet, apple finish with heavy caramel overtone. Long duration. Palate: medium body with oily texture and lively carbonation. Overall: very good. Complex flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2630) - Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
22 ounce bottle into chalice, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a lacing cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, clove, pepper, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity yeast ester and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big peach, pear, apricot, pineapple, clove, pepper, candi sugar, honey, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, clove, pepper, honey, candi sugar, bread, herbal, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/fruity ester balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and fairly smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice tripel style. All around nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CampesinoTino (763) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bomber. Golden amber colored in appearance with a half-inch of foam. Mostly Belgian yeast, honey, pear and malt in the aroma. The flavor is candi sugars, pear and apple cider upfront followed by notes of clove, yeast and toasted grains. Medium body with moderate carbonation and a dry, spiced alcohol-warming finish. Decent Belgian style holiday ale.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robforbes (2073) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - MAY 21, 2013
pours a clear amber orange with a thin white head, and not much of a lacing. smell is of fruit (pear and apple), yeast, and some caramel. taste is oily, sweet fruit, a little spice, some yeast, and malt. ends thick on the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
after4ever (6140) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 9, 2013
Draft at the brewery. Pours a crystal clear dark gold. Loose white head. Big sticky sweet palm sugar and bubblegum nose. Sticky thick mid palate, soft carb. Palm sugar, white wine, and bubble gum mid palate. Sticky, filmy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 3, 2013
Bottle:   Amberish, somewhat fiery, translucent, moderate frothy white head, little lacing.   Very mustydoughy aroma, sweat, dank socks, with a huge yeasty funk to it, almost cheezy.   Strong breadiness on the tongue, not as dank and cheezy as the nose suggested.   Still remains a bit musty and barnish.   Not a bright or floral example, very much American like.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, despite it feeling a little sticky or sickly sweet.   Finishes very bready, yeasty, and American like for an Abbey Tripel.   I always wish this were more floral and bright, floral, but they are always heavy and bready.   Oh well, lived up to my expectations I guess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (2223) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JAN 5, 2013
Draft at The Pine Box, Seattle. Big rich ’tripel’ aroma and alcohol. richly sweet, over sweet i think. Coating alcohol, hops, and deep yeast. Alc is a bit much, oranges, some bitter. Huge residually sweet aftertaste.. they may have aimed a little high here. But still tasty and interesting.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crit (3350) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
Tap at Elizabeth Station Deep golden,small white head. Neutral nose. Palate is mostly alcohol and spicy yeast

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
On tap at The Stumbling Monk in Seattle, WA. Pours a cloudy golden-amber colored body with an inch thick, dense, creamy and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is intensely sweet with lots of caramels and a good amount of banana-bread, floral pears, a light peppery spice, and some candi sugar. Flavor is similar. Tons of sweet caramels and candi sugar with a light peppery spice, lots of banana-bread, and a bunch of floral pears. Finishes clean and lightly dry with a bunch of sweet caramels. I’ll give this beer credit in that its not cloyingly sweet. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, man, I really should stop drinking tripels because its a style I just can’t enjoy, but despite the size and intense sweetness of this beer, it avoids being too cloying and yeasty. Well balanced and probably more suited for other palates, but just not my thing.

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