RATINGS: 313   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
2013 vintage - 8.5% abv

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Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
This beer was a letdown. Every aspect of it seemed like a watered down version of a better beer. The spice blend, malts, and hops were all muted. Entirely mediocre.

brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 17, 2014
Bottle @ home, labeled as Noel des Géants. Slightly hazed deep amber pour with a tall off-white head. Aromas of clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Bready and yeasty, too. Some toast and maybe a touch of alcohol. Tastes just very sweet. Fair amount of spice character to it, again mostly clove. There are nice caramel, brown sugar, and toast notes to the flavor. Very mild fruit.

Patrickctenchi (6732) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Bottle: Pours bubbly, brown-orange with a small, off-white cap. Yeasty, cola, buttery caramel scent. Taste is light fruit, spiced caramel. A slight mustiness. Rich in flavor, but drinks very lightly. Very nice.

J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Nice clear golden orange color with a very foamy white head. Aroma is very light but definitely seemed like it had a sour yeast component with a touch of salty sea air. I was bracing for a Belgian sour, but it wasn’t sour at all! It tasted like a Belgian golden ale with a crisp, clean lightly toasted malt flavor. There’s some light fruitiness in there too with flavors of cherry and plum. There is a bit of saison-like hay and barnyard tastes near the end. Body is thin but creamy at the same time. The most amazing thing about this beer is that this bottle is labeled at 8.5% ABV, but it drinks like something far below that. I could have downed a few of these before I realized the strength (and then I’d be down). Very nice Belgian Christmas beer.

MarcoDL (5399) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2014
Nice Christmas beer, spicy, malty and sweet of course. Better than average.

jcweaver (770) - VA Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Bottle. Pours a hazy reddish-brown with a medium off-white head. Spice and yeast aroma with some fruit and malt notes. Similar flavor with some alcohol in the finish. A little thin but smooth.

Salmoniform (1281) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Poured from bottle to glass. Dark amber with fizzy off white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is esters, floal, banana, sugar, orange, honey, caramel, roasted malt. Mouthfeel is nice with a full body and moderate carbonation. Taste is initially quite sweet with a astringent bitterness that follows. A slight ethanol finish. Overall, this was an ok brew.

ShivanDragon (4618) - Leeuwarden, NETHERLANDS - DEC 23, 2013
rood/bruin helder met minimale witte kraag
aroma van caramel, zoet, rood fruit en iets van steranijs
smaken van bruine suiker, caramel, rozijnen, matig bittertje, stevig bier ondanks dat licht fruitig van rood fruit, matig gemout, redelijk kruidig waaronder iets van kardemom, steranijs, zeer licht rood fruitzuurtje
medium body, romig, normale co2, afdronk wat kruidig en zoetig

ronaldtheriot (1995) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Noël Des Géants has a very thick, creamy, cream-colored head, heavy lacing left behind, and an initially clear amber appearance, which, after one swishes the caked-on bottom bottle contents and pours them in, has a descending reddish, muddy cloud. The aroma is strong and sharp- sweet bread, spice, herbs, and other things I am not able to identify. Taste is of sharp, pronounced spices, a good hop bitterness, and rich bread. Mouthfeel is mostly heavy, and Noël Des Géants finishes dry, somewhat boozy, rich, and delicious. Drinkability isn’t bad, either. Overall, this is outstanding! RJT

Trappist1 (682) - Diest, BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2013
Dark, amber, hazy, off-white head, quickly disappearing. fruity, fruits, dried grapes, hint of liquer (jenever, fruit), brandy, alcoholic, slightly herbal, some medecin ruining the beer. (beer too old? served at Xmas festival at Marlou)

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