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Thiriez La Noël d’Esquelbecq

Brewed by Thiriez
Style: Belgian Ale
Esquelbecq, France


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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
themightylazza (108) - - DEC 26, 2015
Dark Xmas ale, plummy fruit aroma, palate is caramel fruitiness, a dry finish with some bitterness, for me it lacks richness and spiciness, pleasant but underpowered.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Idiosynkrasie (6316) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 25, 2015
330ml bottle. Murky amber colour with small, frothy, half-way lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Slightly fruity, spicy aroma, slightly nuttily caramel malty basis, cautious hints of orange and cinnamon. Taste is slightly sweet malty, hints of caramel, a nuttily touch, cautious hints of cinnamon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
blackisle (1976) - IJburg, NETHERLANDS - DEC 22, 2015
Bottle 33cl. Hazy medium amber, small frothy off-white head, diminishing slowly, light lacing; aroma roasted malts, caramel, brown sugar, anis, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, quite medicinal altogether; taste is light heavy sweet and slightly bitter, malty, spicy, medicinal notes, long duration; medium body, oily texture, soft carbonation, aftertaste malty sweet followed by a rather astringent finish; too much on the spicy side for me, I have associations with mulled wine or glühwein.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VDuquerroux (1200) - Airvault, FRANCE - DEC 20, 2015
2015 Bottle, 75cL. @Naintré, France. With dad and mom. A sparkling dark brown beer with a good beige foamy head ; medium retention. Roast, elderberry, flower, caramel, herbs. Light sweet, average bitter dry refreshing. Average body and texture, avearge carbonation, sweet spicy finish. Overall, a light spicy chritmas beer, bittersweet ; drinkable. I would have loved a more cheerful christmas beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
corkyrory66 (1359) - BELGIUM - DEC 5, 2015
Spéciale de Noël de 5,8 % abv. Couleur brun roux, et roux en transparence, à la clarté nette. Bulles peu nombreuses. Mousse qui est un nappage fin de surface, brun clair. Arômes de malt noir avec notes d’anis, cassis, groseilles noires, pas très homogènes. 1ère bouche souple au petit malt grillé et épices, dont l’anis. Arrière-bouche plutôt souple, correcte agréable. 2ème à la texture un peu plus dense, avec malt cara, grillé et pointe d’olive noire. Arrière-bouche souple, mais sans complexité. 3ème agréable, un rien épicée. Arrière-bouche un peu plus longue, mais linéaire. Longueur sans développement, mais très correcte, plus ronde. Jambes groupées, assez lisses. Levure douce, fine, belle ligne. Alcool beaucoup trop bas, il ne travaille pas la longueur. Finale qui suit la longueur, sans élan particulier. CONCLUSION : les spéciales Noël sont difficiles à réussir, et sont toujours affaire de goût. Celle-ci, sans être négligeable, n’est pas superbe à mon goût, et surtout pas assez ample, à cause d’un niveau abv beaucoup trop bas pour le genre. Quand je pense que ce brasseur a fait une ipa de 8,6 % abv !! et puis nous sort cette Noël de 5,8 % !!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Unde (859) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 31, 2014
Brown hazy colour with nice head. Aroma is sweet, malty, there is caramel, dried fruit, grass too. Taste has sweet malts, grass, something is not right here. Really off taste in the end. Body is medium and carbonation is medium.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (7354) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4oz pour at Churchkey DC pours a hazy dark orange with some creamy, white head. Nose has orange, yeast, pepper, honey, biscuit. Flavor has orange, honey, a little butterscotch, lemon, mild yeast. Yeasty finish. A little bland.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Karstenborg (754) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 27, 2014
Clear dark red-brown with a medium off-white head. Aroma is wood, chocolate and spices. Taste is sweet with notes of spices, caramel and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sir__v (1984) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 26, 2014
Bottle shared with friends from L’Abbaye des Saveurs, Lille - FR. Color: dark amber beer with medium carbonation and small white foam. Smell: malt notes with spicy aroma notes. Fresh nose. Taste: fresh sensation with spicy notes. Caramel and malt well balanced. Aftertaste: spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrHangover (3897) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle @ THT December. Pours a clear reddish beer with a medium sized, beige head on top. Aroma is very herbal, cinnamon, nutmeg, kandi sugar. Flavor is sweet, malty, herbal, loads of cinnamon again joined by some nutmeg. Typical Christmas ale, could use a bit stronger moutfheel though.

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