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RATINGS: 23   MEAN: 3.75/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
“Belgian yeast esters provide flavors akin to dried figs, currants, dates and prunes against a full-bodied, bready, molasses backdrop brilliantly accented with holiday flavors akin to cinnamon, nutmeg and clove,” said Brandon Hernandez, AleSmith’s marketing manager. Noël was brewed for Beer to the Rescue, a charity campaign supporting the Lupus Foundation of Southern California (LFSC). It will make its debut on Friday, Dec. 11 in the brewery’s tasting room at a special release party starting at 4 p.m. Noël will be available on tap throughout San Diego County and a portion of the sales will be donated to the LFSC.

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3.9
hman43 (1802) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 2, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2017 Dark amber in appearance with a light brown head. Sweet, cherries, plums, hint of chocolate, raisin and nutmeg. Light wine like qualities. 7 4 9 4 15

3.7
Tide (4496) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 21, 2017
Draught at Alesmith. Light brown color, white head. Bitter taste with ripe fruits, nuts, malts, earthy notes, toffee, bread and a bit of yeast. Bitter finish with ripe fruits, earthy notes, malts, dark fruits, toffee and a bit of grass. Very nice Belgian strong.

3.5
anders37 (27237) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2017
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel yeasty finish with hints of dark fruit.

3.2
Andrew196 (2015) - Katy, Texas, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Draft from the source - Pours a dark amber, smallish head. Spice-clove heavy on the nose, potpourri. Cinnamon and caramel on the tongue, lots of Christmas here. Strange bitterness in the finish. Just okay for me.

4.2
mcberko (19175) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2017
On tap at AleSmith, pours a deep dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma brings out a mix of holiday spices (nutmeg especially), dry red fruits and light alcohol. Flavour is bold, with lots of red fruits, holiday spices, toasted caramel and medium spices. What an awesome blend of flavours. Everything works harmoniously and the depth is impeccable. Fantastic.

3.2
gyllenbock (9977) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2017
On tap at Alesmith, Miramar. Dark brown with a small head. Really sweet with caramel, dried fruit, malt and some hints of spices. The finish was long.

3.5
Zymurgeist2 (2385) - Redwood City, California, USA - JAN 23, 2017
Tap at Pita Kabob in Visalia. Overt spice and slightly spicy malt blend nicely.

4.1
luttonm (6835) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2017
TGG, Seattle. Very thin, stringy lace. Very dark ruby amber, with clear edges. Light sweet and herb-spice aroma. Full body, creamy alcohol rich malt base with fantastic sweet notes of fig, raisin, rum balls and dark cherries. Fantastic, subtle depths of holiday time flavors. Leathery body is hung with holiday spices and fruits. Hides alcohol pretty well, but the warming character sneaks up on you. Touches of boozy butterscotch, or a dark and boozy cocktail. Quite balanced flavors, that all play nicely together. Very nice.

3.5
djd07 (15651) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2017
On tap at the brewery. Pours a dark amber with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is yeast, spice, caramel. Medium body, caramel, bread, spice, light booze finish, very good.

3.9
JStax (7225) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2016
Draft pour into a sample glass. The beer is a clear copper with a white head of foam. Good head retention. The aroma has toffee, spices, some moderate fruity notes, almost tart, but not sour. Sweet and spicy. Big bodied and moderate carbonation. Pretty solid, but the spice character was a bit overpowering for my preferences.


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