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Brewed by Brasserie Saint Germain (Page 24)
Style: Bière de Garde
Aix-Noulette, France
Serve in Stem glass, Tulip

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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
(Translation from French):
A seasonal beer, brewed for the winter months, the Cuvée de Noël is a cordial and convivial amber beer.

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2.7
DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 14, 2011
750mL bottle acquired through a white elephant holiday beer swap. The aroma is a bit musty, oxidized, floral, and lightly sweet. Hints of honey is present, and this is rather quaffable. Mildly hazy orange-amber body with a small, off-white head. Starts a little toasted and sweet. Caramelly/metallic in the middle, before it becomes roasty, dry, and lightly bitter with a long long finish. Rather thin. Nothing special. Has a weird mouthfeel that is too thin and dry.

4
ryan (3185) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Rich toffee nose, with golden raisins, ripe plums and just a touch of herbal hops. Beautiful, masterful display of malt. Taste is lightly sweet, just a touch of bitterness, herbal/floral hops, light caramel, bread and cracker, raisins, light pepper and dusty yeast. Tiny bit of roast on the finish. Well conditioned, gentle carbonation; soft silky body. Lovely stuff.

2.7
garthicus (2945) - Dublin, IRELAND - APR 3, 2010
Thanks to SwoopJones. Appearance: Small brown head with a brown body to match. Aroma: Grass, hay, corn, caramel and a little leather. Flavour: Malt & bran, corn too. Not for me but glad to have tried.

3.4
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 2, 2010
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours a murky amber with off-white head. Aroma of malt and fruit. Flavor is malty, faint honey and light grain. Mouth feel is medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, not bad at all!

2.8
Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 30, 2009
Aroma: Buttery, hoppy with hints of spices. Sour. Dissapointing. Flavor and palate: Sweet with honey, metal and vegetables appearing. Sweet finish. Overall impression: Poor.

3.7
TAR (2787) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Chestnut-hued rust. Persistent creamy eggshell foam holds beautifully. Refined almond skin and breadcrust maltiness comprises the aromatically malty nose. Equally pleasant suggestions of sponge cake, sassafras, black tea, candied fennel seed, plum jam, and puttylike yeast. Soft carbonation. Fully malty, initially, with a luscious plum jam punch laced with deep poundcake girth and a finespun cookie firmness. Endlessly deep malts yield a plethora of bouncy, mouthwatering vanilla-kissed melonoidins which provide a sturdy foundation and buttress the captivatingly lustrous esters. Explosive Special-B-like character partly succumbs to the medicinal tackiness and considerable alcoholic warmth. Otherwise very mineralic and clean. Scratchy yeast and fallen leaves displace some of the sugars as they combine with the daintier nut skin malt to lend delicateness and rusticity which immediately beckon you for another sip. Expertly polished shades of cookielike malt line the well-rounded malt-centric finish. This is borderline cloying, but nonetheless it’s a rather exquisite malt showcase. Love this brewery.

3.2
RW80 (2740) - Hoogeveen, NETHERLANDS - DEC 21, 2014
75 bottle shared at the Winterbier Festival at Hoogeveen. Appearance: Brown color with a very small White head. Aroma: Fenolic, light malts, nuts, spices Taste: medium sweet light bitter, nuts spices and some caramel and light malts Taste medium sweet light bitter. Soft Carbonation medium body.

3.9
jimhilt (2625) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - APR 22, 2012
Pours a two finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Slightly hazy amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is earthy and flavor is almost tart pear and earthy. $11.40 for a 750ml bottle from Tully’s Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

2.3
DeanF (2525) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2010
Light amber colour with a fair amount of head. Aroma of tin, malt, alcohol. Taste is very malty with a hint of grass. Has a watery finish and a planty aftertaste. I imagine this is an attempt at a Bière de Garde of some disposition, but it doesn’t quite work.

2.6
SDalkoholic (2424) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 29, 2009
Bottle from Bev Mo: Poured with little to almost no head creation, and what foam did start, it quickly died out to a naked golden honey colored liquid. My nose detects a high presence of alcohol such as that of a bottle of isopropyl with a faint scent of Belgian yeast that contains some spice in its fragrance. The flavor has a strange green tea like flavor and lacks body structure in terms of balance and palate because of the high level of sugary sweetness and the fizzy mouth feel. Nothing else I would like to say about this beer other than the note to self: Don’t buy this ever again.


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