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Thiriez La Noël dEsquelbecq

Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Brown Ale
Esquelbecq, France


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RATINGS: 113   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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Bière brune 100% malt. Non filtrée et non pasteurisée. Refermentation en bouteilles. 5,8 % Vol. Alc.

There are small tweaks and changes every year.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ShivanDragon (1253) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - JAN 2, 2014
kastanjebruin, helder en schuimige kaki kraag aroma is zoet, mout, rozijn, caramel de smaken zijn matig zoet, matig bitter, zwak moutig, pepertje, zwakke body, dun van textuur, normaal van co2, verder caramel en laat voor mij niet zo’n bijzondere indruk achter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tricksta_p (627) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - DEC 15, 2013
As Thiriez Bière De Noël. Pours a dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of bready malt, yeast, dark fruits, caramel toffee, spices. Medium sweet flavour. Enjoyable if average winter brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmongoose (1085) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Bottle shared. Pours light orangish brown with fluffy off white head. Aroma was an immediate Brett. Ok I am thinking where is the spice for this winter beer. Get really nothing else in the aroma. The flavor is mild spice and Brett. Maybe some orange in there. Just about the only thing I get is Brett. Decent enough but just ok for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
jehoesefat (227) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 27, 2013
Nice sweet aroma, caramel and herbs. Poured cloudy brown with tons of carbonation -- my bottle may have been overprimed, it erupted everywhere when I opened it! Sweet caramel, cinnamon and ginger flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrhoppy (1284) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 29, 2013
AROMA caramel, chocolate, coffee, nuts, toast, roasty, herbs, basement aromas, earthy, clove, smoke, woody. APPEARANCE red, brown, cloudy, minimal head, tan foam. TASTE medium sweetness, medium juniper bitterness, lightly sour. PALATE full body, creamy, thick feel, soft carbonation, astringent, bitter, long finish. OVERALL it is like a spicy Irish Red Ale. Rich and pleasing. Dry finish. Malty. Deserves a better rating.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
TAR (2410) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Eclipsed crimson. Fat and pasty dirty-white head exhibits stellar retention. Intricately malty is comprised of dark breadcrust, creamed coffee, Turkish apricot, candied fennel seed (Strisselspalt?), tobacco, ripe plum, plasticlike phenolics. Characterful yeastiness. Fluffy, expansive effervescence. Initially leathery with an earthy yeast signature swirled with sweet toffee-drenched nuts and a brisk cottony roast contrast. Malt continues to gradually unravel, yielding layer upon layer of artfully nuanced smoky dryness interwoven with deeply roasted nuts, unsweetened chocolate and dabs of espresso richness. Splash of ripe fruity esters gorgeously augments the malt-resonant center with striking vibrancy. Burnt popcorn generates considerable acidity and thus hampers the otherwise impeccable maltiness. Robust earthy hoppiness exudes with moderate strength. Remarkably juicy to the core, with a savory fusion of fruity esters and lush toasty dextrins. Closes with a refined scratchy bitterness mirrored by grassy malt and a pronounced char clench. A very nice beer aside from the dreaded burnt popcorn off notes. Brown ale is one of those styles that can easily become tainted by huskiness if the brewer is not extra careful, and such is the case with this. Truly a bummer because without that minor flaw this would probably be a 4+ beer for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MikeJslc (686) - USA - MAR 8, 2013
Light brown, beige head. Aroma is malty with some toffee and light chocolate, moderate spice. Flavor of bready and toasty malt, moderate earthy spice and orange peel. Spices are well balanced and not overdone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DuffMan (6153) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
Bottle, labelled as "Biere de Noel". Bubble medium brown pour. Low aroma of bready malt with sour undertones. Slightly watery mouthfeel, with simple bready malt flavours and a definite sour/tart finish. Lively mouthfeel. Lightly spicy. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but it was more than what this delivered.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (760) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 24, 2012
750mL bottle to pint glass Heavy toasted malt, coffee, and ginger. Very deep cloudy amber under light, but looks brown; thin off white head, nice lacing. Taste is sweet with a slightly alcohol bitter finish. Full bodied and creamy. A great beer to drink while wrapping presents.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
goozen (2721) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2012
Bottle 0,33ltr: Hazy brown coloured brew with an fruity, roasty, kinda smokey, spicy and caramel taste and the finsh is light bitter.

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